The Fruit of Our Labors

By Leslie Young and Darren Buford
[Editor's Note]

You appreciate the beauty and benefits of continuing education. This period of introspection is a chance to rejuvenate or learn skills and an opportunity to bring new energy into your work. Our equivalent at Massage & Bodywork magazine is this redesigned January/February 2008 issue we’re so proud to present to you.

These pages represent the cumulative efforts of M&B staff, our Washington-DC design consultants, and, of course, reader feedback. From the beginning this redesign has been an interesting journey because M&B wasn’t “broken” per se. In fact, you consistently tell us how much you enjoy the magazine. But we knew that in order to help you stay successful in this ever-demanding profession, your magazine needed a more efficient look and feel, with reevaluated and reorganized contents.

We don’t want to be a flashy consumer publication. Rather we’re interested in a timeless look that allows you to seamlessly access and integrate M&B features and advertising into your practice. As the profession evolves, we’re keeping pace and, in many ways, leading the way. Our gifts to you include keen page templates, inviting color and font palettes, reconfigured feature placement, super-efficient copy flow, and new short, yet highly useful, departments and columns.

Our newest offerings include Talk About Touch (p. 20), an exchange between authors Mary Ann Foster and Mary Kathleen Rose; ’Round the Table (p. 24), a place for readers to voice opinions about a variety of topics; Practitioner Parables (p. 28), Robert Chute’s firsthand accounts of events that shaped his bodywork practice; and Ten for Today (p. 106), advice for industry-related topics. Information expert Ravensara S. Travillian joins M&B as our Somatic Research columnist (p. 142). You’ll be pleased we haven’t deleted any of your favorite columns or departments. They may be in a little different order, but they’re all dressed up and waiting for you.

At Massage & Bodywork, our strength has always been editorial excellence. We believe this new design complements and enhances the editorial content you count on and helps establish the magazine’s presence for another generation of bodyworkers.

Remember that Massage & Bodywork is always evolving. Please let us know what
you think and how we can continue to meet your needs. We hope you enjoy the fruit
of our labors.


Leslie A. Young, Editor in Chief                                                


Darren Buford, Managing Editor