Like so many across the country and around the world, we are heartbroken by the devastation caused by the fires on Maui. On behalf of the team here at ABMP, ASCP, AHP, and ANP, our hearts go out to those affected by the tragedy, and we are wishing for the health and safety of our members and their families as they navigate this painful journey.  

We have reached out directly to our colleagues in the affected areas and have pledged to offer support in the ways we can. As one of those efforts, we will be making a donation to the local teams on the ground, and we invite you to do the same. The Honolulu Civil Beat identified the following organizations working on the front lines.   

Maui Strong 


Focusing on rapid response and working with local nonprofits to understand community needs.   

Maui Food Bank 


Collecting and distributing food to help the hungry in Maui County. 

Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement 


Working to match every donation to Maui fire victims. 

Maui Humane Society 


Supporting shelters for displaced people and animals and caring for injured animals.   



Gainful Employment Rules Compliance Updates

Over the past two weeks, the US Department of Education issued updates to the new “Gainful Employment” (GE) regulations for vocational programs published last fall. This web post addresses the updates to prepare school owners and educators ahead of the July 1, 2024, new GE rule effective date.

New Study Reconfirms the Benefits of Touch

A recent study found that touch interventions were effective in helping regulate cortisol levels, reducing feelings of depression in adults, and having other significant benefits.

Louisiana Bill Proposes Massage Program Hour Increase

Effective October 1, 2024, Louisiana massage students will no longer be eligible for federal financial aid because massage programs are limited by Louisiana law. But there is a solution: Senate Bill 353 will increase the required education hours for massage licensure from 500 to 625. ABMP fully supports this bill, and we explain why you should too.


ABMP CE Summit: Headaches


Join us online Tuesday, April 30, 2024, for the ABMP CE Summit: Headaches, which take learners on a journey from understanding headaches to working with clients with headache pain using multiple modalities and techniques.


Podcast: Cancer, Clots, and COVID—A Complicated Client

A client was recently treated for colon cancer—and it didn’t go well. She had surgical complications, a bout of sepsis, and more. Is massage therapy safe? We discuss on this episode of “I Have a Client Who . . .” Pathology Conversations with Ruth Werner.

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