Recent News and Legislative Updates

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.

Vermont Office of Professional Regulation (OPR) requests Public Input on Proposed Regulation of Massage Therapists - Two Public Hearings Scheduled

ABMP is sending this to ABMP members at the request of the Vermont Office of Professional Regulation (OPR).

Re: Request for Public Input on Proposed Regulation of Massage Therapists

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) have asked the Office of Professional Regulation to conduct a preliminary assessment of whether massage therapists should be licensed in Vermont.

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.