ICYMI—Massage & Bodywork Issue Features Fibromyalgia, Protecting Your Livelihood, and Making Ethical Choices Online

Fibromyalgia in M&B

The November/December issue of Massage & Bodywork magazine was full of great content applicable to all massage therapists and bodyworkers. In case you missed it, here are a few highlights:

Fibromyalgia and Managing the MTs Therapeutic Expectations

If you work with clients who have fibromyalgia, then you understand the special challenges you face with this group. For clients who often feel trivialized by the medical community, some of your best work comes with listening, having realistic expectations for them, and recognizing that massage is not going to “fix, solve, or cure” their condition, but will help them experience their body in a safe, comforting way.

Read:Working with Invisible Pain: The Sustainable Practice MTs Can Use to Help Clients with Fibromyalgia” by Ruth Werner and watch her accompanying video

Listen: The ABMP Podcast, Episode 291 “Working with Invisible Pain” with Ruth Werner and Angie Parris-Raney discuss how to reset expectations when working with the client with fibromyalgia and how to honor “the human experience”

Protect Your Livelihood

Understanding disability insurance is important when your income is dependent on your body. This easy read explains the kinds of disability insurance out there, as well as the pros and cons of each.

Read:Protecting Your Livelihood: The Importance of Disability Insurance” by Allissa Haines and Michael Reynolds

Refrain From Diagnosing—In the Massage Room and on Social Media

Author Laura Allen outlines the frustrations she feels watching MTs showing irresponsible behavior as they confidently diagnose a stranger’s problems on social media—and sometimes in the treatment room too. She offers a good reminder why this is reckless behavior.

Read:Diagnosing and Bias: Stop the Insanity” by Laura Allen 



Texas Massage Therapy Advisory Board Vacancies

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation is looking to fill two vacancies on the Texas Massage Therapy Advisory Board with qualified applicants: one seat is open for a licensed massage therapist and one seat is open to a public member. Find out how you can apply!

New Hampshire Establishment Licensing Bill

The New Hampshire legislature introduced House Bill 341, which would create massage therapy establishment licensing. The bill is being heard by the Executive Departments and Administration Committee (Committee) at 10:45 a.m. EST on January 25. If you are opposed to establishment licensure, ABMP encourages you to advocate and speak your mind by emailing your opinions to the Committee.

Maryland Board of Massage Vacancies

The Maryland Department of Health is accepting nominations for three positions on the Maryland State Board of Massage Therapy Examiners. ABMP has the opportunity to nominate three professional members and is now accepting applications from licensed massage therapists. Apply before March 20, 2023.



PODCAST: Pediatric Touch Therapy with Tina Allen

In this episode of The ABMP Podcast, Kristin and Darren speak with Tina Allen, founder of Liddle Kidz Foundation, about the differences between infant and pediatric massage and other topics.

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