Ep 212 – If These Hands Could Talk with Mandy Urena

A pair of open hands with a map of the world superimposed on the palms.

In this episode of The ABMP Podcast, Kristin and Darren speak with Mandy Urena, author of If These Hands Could Talk: The Girl Who Touched the World, about the global power of massage, her insight on how massage is viewed differently around the world, her advice to MTs who wish to blend travel and bodywork, and what motivated her to write a massage memoir.

Author Bio: 

Mandy Urena was born in Coventry, England. She is an Air Force wife of 27 years, and after training in London, Tokyo, and New York, she began her massage career as “masseuse to the troops” on military bases in Germany, Spain, and Guam. Over a period of almost three decades, she has built an international following, including some of the biggest celebrities in the world and people going through cancer. She also worked as an instructor in Philadelphia, teaching a new generation of therapists.

If These Hands Could Talk is her debut memoir, and writing about her passion for massage is a dream come true.

As a world traveler, she has gallivanted through 64 countries and is now settled in Miami Beach, Florida, with her husband and their Great Pyrenees, Abraham.

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