Recent News and Legislative Updates

Universal Companies Opens West Coast Wellness & Beauty Learning Center

New Continuing Education Designed for Spa and Salon Professionals

Universal Companies has opened a Wellness & Beauty Learning Center in Southern California. The company will provide classes and on-site training in the new 8,500-square-foot facility located in Torrance, California. Advanced continuing education will be offered for a broad range of wellness and beauty professionals, including spa and med-spa practitioners, estheticians, massage therapists, salon technicians, independent practitioners, and solopreneurs.

Green Spa Network Announces Winners of the 2015 Sustainability Awards

Green Spa Network, a not-for-profit association dedicated to promoting sustainability in and through the spa and wellness industry, has announced the winners of its 2015 Sustainability Awards.

The annual awards celebrate groundbreaking activities, comprehensive measures, unique contributions, and overall leadership in environmental management, green techniques, or sustainability.

Body Sense Autumn 2015 is Now Available!

Have you communicated lately with your clients?

The Autumn 2015 issue of Body Sense magazine is now available.

Click here to launch.

As an ABMP member, you have access to this beautiful 16-page publication to share with your clientele, to remind them about the value of frequent bodywork. Simply visit, then click on the “Current issue: Autumn 2015” link.

2016 International Massage Therapy Research Conference Call For Abstracts

The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) will host the 2016 International Massage Therapy Research Conference, which will take place at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, Washington, May 12–16, 2016.

This is the foundation's fourth research conference, which brings together massage and manual therapy practitioners, educators, CIM researchers, and allied health professionals.

Attendees will have the chance to attend a variety of speeches and classes spotlighting the latest cutting-edge massage therapy scientific research.

More Evidence for the Effectiveness of Soft-Tissue Therapies

A systematic review published in Manual Therapy found that manual soft-tissue therapies are effective in treating certain musculoskeletal disorders and injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, lateral epicondylitis, and plantar fasciitis.

The review critically appraised seven articles published between 1990 and 2015, with the purpose of clarifying the role of soft-tissue therapies in the management of upper and lower extremity musculoskeletal disorders and injuries. The review concluded that:

Wildfires Ravage Harbin Hot Springs Resort

Harbin Hot Springs Resort, the oldest of its kind in California, and a beloved destination within the holistic healing community, was nearly completely destroyed by the California wildfires on Saturday, September 12.

The once-luxurious campus of pools, meditation gardens, camping areas, and fountains was virtually leveled by what is being called the Valley Fire. A total of 295 residents, practitioners, and local staff were displaced as a result of the devastation.