In Celebration of Pride Month: Resources from ABMP

A multicolored Pride Flag representing the LGBTQIA+ community.

Happy Pride Month! At ABMP, we believe love always wins. This month, to honor the LGBTQIA+ community, we want to take a moment to celebrate the diversity of our members along with their clients, as well as provide educational resources from our magazine, CE library, and podcasts. 

In July, we will celebrate Massage is for EveryBody Week, our annual event with guiding principles that promote the importance of bodywork for all. Every ABMP member agrees to follow the ABMP Code of Ethics to uphold the inherent worth of all individuals and never refuse service to any client based on disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, physical build, or sexual orientation; religious, national, or political affiliation; or social or economic status.

Radical Liberation, Rest, Joy, and Wellness”—ABMP Podcast Episode 55 with Shana Chivon

“I would truly like you to step back in your day-to-day practices for membership, for hiring, for marketing, for expanding, for community outreach and apply a lens of inclusivity that includes you looking at your practices, looking at your establishment, looking at your organization and saying, ‘Are we truly reaching out and making it acceptable for those who feel othered?’ Now, othered can mean a multitude of things. Othered could mean black, other could mean people of a trans experience, other could mean queer, other could mean someone with a physical disability, other can mean a multitude of things, because I want you to see that inclusivity is not just about race and so I would just ask ... I think the biggest message for me is to apply a lens of liberation, apply a lens of decolonization, and apply a lens of radical wellness that means that you are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that everyone in your community, everyone within 50 miles of your practice, feels safe, feels that it’s trusted, and feel that they can come in and have the same experience that those who you have easily accepted have access to.”

Massage is for EveryBody Award Winner—“Walking the Transgender Journey” by Deckllan Hartte

“I specialize working with my transgender community. A community that has a hard time finding safe and supportive bodywork. I am passionate to create a compassionate and safe space by asking and using personal pronouns, acknowledging gender fluidity, honoring their gender dysphoria, and using specialized techniques for assisted healing of their gender-confirming surgery.”

“UnFixed: Do You Need a Good Relationship with your Body to be a Good Bodyworker?” by Kerry Jordan

“Today, Cal is fond of saying, ‘I’m not in the wrong body; I’m in the wrong society.’ I ask them if this sensibility, this new relationship with their body and their past dissatisfaction, affects the way they work with clients. ‘Yes,’ they answer. ‘Because I believe that’s where we all live for the most part. In this place of “Never quite what I want.” It makes me more compassionate, and it makes me able to hear what people aren’t saying with their mouths.”

“No Labels on the Table: The Transgender Client—What MTs Should Know” by Ellen Santistevan

 “… I find it a helpful exercise to periodically examine myself, my motivations, and my attachments so I can be a better therapist. In today’s world, we are now experiencing greater visibility of many people who are ready to claim their authentic selves. They are tired of being erased for their race, ethnicity, body size, religion, sexuality, and gender. I welcome these societal changes because not only am I the mother of an adult transgender man, I cannot help but believe openness leads, eventually, to acceptance for all people.”

“Centering Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Our Practices” with Shana Chivon

“I am not here to change your mind. I think of myself as more of a gardener. I’m here to sow seeds that when you water them and utilize the resources that I offer, can grow into change.”

“Cultural Competency for Massage Therapists” with Cal Cates and Kerry Jordan

“Culture is really a complex concept, and we’re going to take you through just how complex it is and how it’s everywhere, it’s unavoidable, and it’s affecting your treatment and the people you treat in all kinds of ways that you may not be aware.”

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News

Oregon Proposes External Pelvic Floor Massage Rules

The Oregon State Board of Massage Therapists proposed new massage therapy rules that would allow licensees to perform external pelvic floor massage. Submit your comments in support of, or opposition to, the rules before October 31, 2022.

Maryland Implicit Bias Training Resources

Maryland massage therapists must complete implicit bias training by October 31, 2022, to fulfill their continuing education requirements. View a list of approved training resources.

Blog

Keeping Massage Fresh for Longtime Clients

As much as we want massage therapy to be a routine, we also want it to be an intentional choice every visit because of the client’s love of the service and our care to always meet the client’s (changing) needs.

Blood, Lymph Get Pumped Thanks to Massage

Massage therapy has become a wildly expansive net that has caught, and continues to catch, a slew of methods of bodywork. You can be an authority in all sorts of approaches, spanning from myofascial release to trigger point therapy to cupping to manual lymphatic drainage. And that’s a good thing! 

Benefits

2022 ABMP CE Summit Course—MLD: Basic Techniques for the Neck and Face

Gain an understanding of manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) movements and the location of important lymphatic structures as you watch Nicola McGill’s dynamic demonstration of three MLD techniques and MLD sequences for the neck and face. Learn about this important modality that, when provided effectively, can support and enhance the movement of lymph fluid through the lymphatic vessels and eventually back to the cardiovascular system.

2022 ABMP CE Summit Course—Introduction to Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a gentle, rhythmic form of bodywork that enhances and supports the movement of fluid through the lymphatic system to support health and well-being. Developed by Danish therapists Emil and Estrid Vodder in the 1930s, MLD is now practiced extensively by health and wellness practitioners and is used within the medical community to treat lymphedema and post-surgical and post-traumatic edema. Join Nicola McGill in this engaging course to learn the benefits, indications, and mechanics of this gentle, effective modality.

2022 ABMP CE Summit Course—Lymphatic System: An Essential Guide to an Underrated System

Join us for a fascinating look at the underrated lymphatic system, with special emphasis on its structures and functions. Learn the vital role each of the system’s components plays, including lymphangions, nodes, trunks, ducts, and the glorious cisterna chyli. We’ll also look at various lymphatic-related pathologies, including lymphangitis, lymphoma, cardiovascular and traumatic edema, and lymphedema.

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