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ABMP Podcasts for Massage Therapists & Bodyworkers

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Exploring the issues and challenges unique to the massage and bodywork community.

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The biceps are that muscle you know before you study anatomy. But there is a lot going on underneath the skin to make it all look easy. Join Allison as she explores the magic behind the curtain. Don’t get overwhelmed, though—just remember that you already know what you know.

In this episode of The ABMP Podcast, Kristin and Darren sit down with Allissa Haines and Michael Reynolds from Massage Business Blueprint to discuss changes for the upcoming year, why you should think of your business as an asset, how keeping your physical space organized helps maintain a healthy mental space, and how to stop procrastinating and start “adulting” in 2022.

A client with a history of heart failure, lymphedema, and diabetes contracted COVID. At first, she seemed to get through with only mild symptoms, but many months later she is hospitalized for three days with blood clots and lung scarring. Is there a role for massage therapy for this client?

Aubrey Gowing and Alison Kavanagh, a brother and sister team from Dublin, Ireland, are the founders and college directors at the Holistic College of Dublin. Join Allison Denney as she sits down with Aubrey and Alison to reflect on how the field of massage therapy continues to expand, and how their ability to listen to expansion and contraction continues to point them in the right direction. 

Massage Smart. Massage Lazy. Be the Sloth. In this episode of The ABMP Podcast, Kristin and Darren sit down with Ian Harvey, a.k.a. the Massage Sloth, to discuss his new book Massage is Weird, how to treat pain (and dealing with it yourself), client-therapist boundaries in a therapeutic relationship, and how to beat burnout.

A client was involved in a motor vehicle accident three years ago. Since then, she’s had numbness and weakness in her legs, and she struggles with incontinence, balance, and fatigue. Oh, and she had a baby, and hopes to have another. What is going on, and what are the safety parameters for massage therapy?

Every therapist wants to help their clients feel better. Unfortunately, there are many cases of well-meaning therapists who have seriously injured their clients. In this episode of The ABMP Podcast, Darren speaks with Dr. Ben Benjamin about guidelines to help prevent these occurrences, taking a thorough client history report, keeping your knowledge current, and maintaining humility about what we know—and don’t know.

A client is tapering off her prednisone to treat her polymyalgia rheumatica. She still has persistent pain in her shoulders. Is there anything her massage therapist can safely do to help her? Polymyalgia rheumatica sounds dire. The good news is, it’s highly treatable, and massage—with respect for pain and medications—is a great choice for people who are recovering.

The muscles of mastication are many. But if one of them goes astray, it can create a downward spiral into a series of pain responses that no one wants. In this episode, Allison takes a closer look at the masseter, its intricate attachments, and its similarities to a Lego brick.

How can we reverse the growing trends of disconnection to forge meaningful connections in business and life? In this episode of The ABMP Podcast, Kristin and Darren are joined by Susan McPherson, author of The Lost Art of Connecting: The Gather, Ask, Do Method for Building Meaningful Business Relationships. Susan discusses the difference between connecting and networking, going from FOMO to JOMO, the importance of being a good listener, and how technology plays a role in deeper connections.

A client has a neuromuscular disorder that causes prolonged, painful neck spasms. Her treatment led to some further complications. Can massage therapy help? Not only is the answer yes, but in this episode our contributor gives us a pretty detailed idea of what she did, and how things went. Hmmm, all the key pieces of a case report!

In this episode of The ABMP Podcast, Kristin and Darren are joined by David Palmer, commonly referred to as the “father of contemporary chair massage.” David discusses what his “aha” moment was when developing seated massage, where the chair massage routine was born out of, keys to success for practitioners, and what the future of chair massage holds.