The Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations met December 4 in Chicago to continue dialog on a variety of issues facing the massage therapy profession. The coalition comprises seven organizations participating on an equal footing, in an atmosphere of mutual participation and respect. Two representatives from each of the organizations participated in the daylong conversation.
Recent News and Legislative Updates
The Massage Therapy Foundation has extended the deadline for abstract submissions for the 2016 International Massage Therapy Research Conference (IMTRC). The new deadline for poster and presentation abstracts is January 4, 2016, at 11:50 p.m. CST.
The IMTRC will take place May 12–15, 2016, at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel.
Attention—all therapists interested in advanced certification training in elite sports massage through CORE Sports & Performance Bodywork: the deadline for discounted early registration is just a week away. Apply by December 15 to get the best rate! After this date, tuition for the weeklong program in Boca Raton, Florida, will be full price.
ABMP does not oppose an Iowa Massage Board considered reduction in the number of required CE hours from 24 to 16.
The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) offers massage therapy students and practitioners the opportunity to advance their work through contest and grant programs.
The following grants and programs will be offered in 2016:
The ABMP School Forums will be back in 2016, and in three locations across the country to make it easier for school owners, directors, admissions representatives, instructors, career services counselors, and curriculum designers to attend.
Biofreeze, Massage Envy Spa, and Bon Vital’ announced the winners of their second annual Successful Hands Grant Program. The program supports professional massage therapy students in their educational pursuits. Applicants were asked to complete a 200-word essay on the topic, “What being a successful massage therapist means to me.” Each winner received a $1,000 grant, and each winner’s school received a $1,000 grant package.
The winners are:
A new free music download is available for ABMP Certified members. Mountain Light, by musician/composer Rob Whitesides-Woo, is a compilation of songs spanning international cultures. Normally $9.99, Mountain Light is perfect relaxation music to be used in a variety of settings, including massage, meditation, and reading.
The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) will be hosting its triennial International Massage Therapy Research Conference (IMTRC) May 12–15, 2016, at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, Washington.
This is the fourth research conference the MTF has hosted, and the attendance is expected to be between 300 and 400 people from across the United States and abroad.
The November/December 2015 digital edition of Massage & Bodywork magazine is now available.
In this issue:
Massaging a pregnant woman is an honor and a privilege, and this rewarding specialty comes with tremendous responsibility. Explore how competent and appropriate training is essential for the safety of mother and baby.