Calling all instructors! ABMP will launch our NEW topic in the Instructors on the Front Lines (IFL) workshop series on Friday, June 3, in Denver, Colorado. Topic 7: “Peer Learning: How to Bring Out the Best in Your Students” is a free 5-hour, live workshop focused on developing peer-learning activities that build student engagement and motivation, and reinforce key concepts. Click here to find 2016 workshops in your area.
Recent News and Legislative Updates
Oklahoma Senate Bill 687, passed in the state legislature and has now been signed into law by Governor Fallin. A workable grandfathering provision was added to the bill, and the hours of massage therapy education required to obtain a license (after the grandfathering period) was reduced from 750 hours to 500 hours.
ABMP members get exclusive pricing on Ben Benjamin's in-person Advanced Deep Tissue Muscular Therapy Technique Workshops. Regularly $190, ABMP members save 50% and pay just $95.
Fibromyalgia—a musculoskeletal syndrome characterized by widespread pain, tender points, incapacitating fatigue, anxiety, depression, migraines/chronic headaches, fibro fog (inability to concentrate/focus) and myriad other seemingly disconnected symptoms—affects more than 12 million Americans.
Massage & Bodywork magazine has been recognized by the Western Publishing Association (WPA) and its MAGGIE awards as the winner for Best Overall Publication Design and Best News Story.
The Elements franchise system now has 223 open studios in 36 states across the country, and Elements was recently ranked No. 182 on the Entrepreneur magazine Franchise 500 List.
Update on Colorado HB 1320
HB 1320 passed May 2 on a third reading in the Senate, with multiple positive amendments having been made throughout the process.
The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) has released a draft of its Assessments Table for Standard One of the Core Competencies and is asking for public feedback through a brief 12-question survey.
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) recently announced Guptha would leave the interim CEO position at NCBTMB and Kirin was asked to return as CEO as the Board continues to develop a long-term strategic plan.