ABMP continues to stay on top of small business administration programs, unemployment benefits, and disaster relief aid to help you stay financially afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reiki master and educator Pamela Miles is leading free, online Community Reiki Self Practice sessions on Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m. EDT and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. EDT. Everyone is invited to attend.
Healwell (www.healwell.org) has launched a new podcast titled Massage Therapy Without Borders. Hosted by Cathy Ryan, RMT, and Cal Cates, LMT, the podcast aims to “use research, science, experience, and humor to explore the differences and similarities in the practice, regulation, education trends, and so much more of the 'landscape' of the massage therapy profession in Canada, the United States, and beyond.”
A case series published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork aimed to investigate whether massage therapy interventions for chronic tension type headaches (CTTH) were more effective when muscles of the anterior neck, jaw, and cranium were included.
The CARES Act that passed Friday, March 27, provides many potential methods of assistance for our members. There are small business loans and payroll assistance loans, modifications to tax filing deadlines, and an expansion of unemployment benefits to include a longer duration, access to benefits by self-employed individuals and independent contractors, and an additional $600 per week from the federal government.
At 11:30 a.m. MT, it was announced that Congress completed its approval of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), a $2 trillion deal to provide economic relief to those most affected by COVID-19. The President has committed to signing the bill. Congress had been working feverishly for more than a week to develop the eventual 880-page bill.
Updated April 12, 2021.
We are tracking state updates on COVID-19 closures and reopenings and updating as often as possible. As of June 17, a general overview of the situation across the country is:
Most states are open for members to practice in some fashion.
In states that are open, there is usually some specific legal guidance for members to follow.
Many states have additional opening restrictions and guidelines on a local or county level, and you should be sure to look up your local county guidelines.
ABMP member Charmaine Stattman was recently featured in the "Local Stories" section of Voyage Denver online. Stattman, a Reiki Master, registered massage therapist and yoga teacher, and foot reflexologist, spoke with Voyage Denver about her bodywork path and the obstacles she's overcome along the way.
Read the article at www.voyagedenver.com/interview/meet-receive-englewood-littleton.
The 2020 World Massage Festival (WMF) scheduled for July in Michigan City, Indiana, has been canceled over COVID-19 concerns. The WMF is transferring registrations to the 2021 festival. The 2020 American Massage Championships, that were to be held in conjunction with the 2020 World Massage Festival, are also canceled.
We’ve been carefully watching the wave of coronavirus sweeping the United States. As of today, we’re contacting our legislators in Colorado to strongly encourage them to create a national financial package that would assist you—independent businesspeople and contractors—through this pandemic. We cannot email each of the 535 Senators and Congresspeople directly, so we encourage you to contact them.