Recent News and Legislative Updates

ABMP Back Pain Summit Reaches Thousands

The ABMP Back Pain Summit took place Monday, October 12, reaching 13,000-plus registrants from around the world, making it the largest gathering of massage therapists and bodyworkers ever.

Presenters included Clint Chandler, Drew Freeman and Rick Garbowski, Whitney Lowe, Douglas Nelson, Til Luchau, Diana Thompson, and Heath and Nicole Reed.

Replays of the conference will be available for the next seven days. Attendees are still eligible to earn 7 CE hours.

Schedule Released for ABMP Back Pain Summit

The ABMP Back Pain Summit will take place Monday, October 12, from 8:00 a.m. MT to 6:15 p.m. MT. Registration is free, and 7 CE hours are available for those who attend the conference.

Practitioners, students, schools, and instructors in the massage profession can attend any and all of the sessions, and replays will be available to those who register for one week after the event.

The following is the schedule of presentations:


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: