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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Ep 19 – “Change Your Breath, Change Your Health” with James Nestor, bestselling author of Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

Is it possible that mouth breathing has contributed to, and exacerbated, numerous health conditions? Bestselling author James Nestor wants to convert you into a nose breather. He spent years in laboratories and ancient burial sites, working with researchers at Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania, and other institutions to figure out what went wrong with our breathing—and how to fix it.

Ep 18 – Shoulder Injury—Or Is It?—“I Have a Client Who …” with Ruth Werner

A client complaining of seemingly uncomplicated shoulder pain has a very complicated issue indeed—the wrong choices here could have led to very serious repercussions. Pathology educator Ruth Werner shares one of her own “I Have a Client Who . . .” stories involving a neighbor, her garden, and her mysterious, stubborn shoulder pain—that turned out not to be shoulder pain.

Ep 17 – The Sacred Sacrum with Massage & Bodywork Columnist Cindy Williams

The sacrum is held with a reverence because of its energetic, structural, and nervous system significance. Working to create positive change in this area can help balance your clients. Listen as Massage & Bodywork columnist Cindy Williams equips MTs with the information needed to foster a safe working environment for both MTs and clients, removing fears of working in this area.

Ep 16 – Essential Tremor –“I Have a Client Who ...” with Ruth Werner

A beloved long-time client is already affected by heart disease and diabetes. Now his hands have begun shaking too. In this episode, pathology educator Ruth Werner addresses the complex overlap of conditions that this client lives with, with special attention to his latest challenge: essential tremor, a common, sometimes debilitating problem that is poorly understood and difficult to treat.

Ep 15 – Emotional First Aid with Chopra Center Certified Angie Parris-Raney

How do emotions affect our biology? What determines how we interpret an experience? How do we navigate a heated exchange? How can understanding emotional intelligence help us? Listen as we wrap up our three-part mini-series on communication skills with Angie Parris-Raney, a 20-year MT who also has certification in Chopra Center meditation. Conscious communication means stopping during an altercation, taking deep breaths, observing from innocence, and proceeding with compassion.

Ep 12 – Improving Your Client Communication Skills with Dr. Kerry Mitchell

What does successful client communication look like? It involves active listening, foregoing judgment and assumptions, and clear direction. University of Denver assistant teaching professor Dr. Kerry Mitchell guides listeners on being present for your clients during COVID-19, “selling the why” during difficult conversations, and being aware of verbal triggers.

Ep 10 - “Supercharging Standard Precautions” with Massage Mastery Online’s Anne Williams

Preventing Disease Transmission in Massage Practice author Anne Williams talks about transitioning textbooks from print to digital, effective teaching methods, and supercharging MT practices with guidance on best practices for ensuring practitioner and client safety. Darren also checks in with pathology expert Ruth Werner on recent WHO statements regarding asymptomatic transmission of COVID-19.

Ep 8 – Conversations in Quarantine – Interview with Allissa Haines and Michael Reynolds (Massage Business Blueprint) – Part 2

In Part 2 of our discussion with Allissa Haines and Michael Reynolds of Massage Business Blueprint, we discuss short-term business triage ideas and long-term goals, planning for worst-case scenarios and unpredictability, accounting basics and financial literacy, impostor syndrome, developing your dream practice, diversification, and productivity in a downtime. 


ISPA Announces 2022 Innovate Awards Winners

The International SPA Association (ISPA) has announced winners of the 2022 ISPA Innovate Awards, celebrating members whose thoughtful and creative innovations advance the spa industry.

Nevada Introduces Massage Compact Bill

The Nevada legislature introduced Senate Bill 270, the Massage Compact, in March 2023. If you believe an interstate license would benefit massage therapists, write a letter to your representatives.


Eight Reasons Why I Love Being a Massage Therapist

Love Being a Massage Therapist

Taking inspiration from a recent ABMP Facebook thread on the subject, freelance writer and LMT Cindy Williams put together a list of her top eight things she loves about being a massage therapist.


Podcast: Sound Healing with Ben Brown

In this episode of The ABMP Podcast, Kristin and Darren speak with Ben Brown, founder of HND + TMPL Massage Therapy, about how sound affects the body, mind, and spirit.

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