Massage & Bodywork

January/February 2012

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EDITOR'S NOTE contributors Editor Leslie Young soaks up the resources at the International Spa Association conference in Las Vegas. Photo by Danny Kelly/ISPA Since 1991, VANESSA KING has been a massage therapist, nutritionist, and freelance writer. She recently continued her study of Chinese medicine and Welcome to 2012 This issue kicks off the New Year with insightful editorial and a fresh look for Massage & Bodywork. We're delighted to have you with us on this adventure. Published by Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), we're here for you whether you practice part time or full time, as an employee, an independent practitioner, or both. We travel extensively throughout the year to make sure we're meeting your needs. From the American Massage Conference to the International Spa Association, we're in touch with the keenest minds and cutting-edge techniques and products—all for you! Throughout 2012, we'll present a broad variety of features to help inspire and empower you as a professional. We're proud of our collection of columnists who share their knowledge and help strengthen your skills, and this year we welcome Whitney Lowe to that esteemed group. Whitney's @Work column and Thomas Myers's BodyReading the Meridians series are enhanced with free webinars for you on Past webinars and previous issues are digitally archived for you there, too. This particular magazine is brimming with wisdom about communicating with your clients; soaking up these pages will help you in your conversations and in your sessions. Your clients want to connect with you. You already know how to reach them through your fingertips, but a brief conversation before each session, and a few words during, can ensure positive, therapeutic experiences. From the very first impression and throughout a lasting relationship, you'll be able to craft your messaging to better engage with loyal and prospective clients. I invite you to communicate with us after you turn these pages. How do you feel about our newly polished design? What else would you like to see in our editorial lineup? Send me an email at I'm eager to hear your thoughts. Happy New Year! Let's make this one the best yet. LESLIE A. YOUNG, Editor in Chief A massage therapist, author, and educator, ANNE WILLIAMS is happiest when she is developing resources for massage instructors, schools, and students as ABMP's director of education. An adventurer, she loves climbing (ice and rock), hiking, and kayaking—anything that gets her into Colorado's beautiful outdoors. 8 massage & bodywork january/february 2012 yoga while volunteering in the Yunnan Province, and her bizarre adventures abroad inspired her film studies, photography, and second novel based on tribal healing traditions. WHITNEY LOWE is an educational entrepreneur whose emphasis on research-based education has given him a reputation for high-quality programs. Always at the forefront of massage education, Lowe has moved into online curriculum development, producing one of the profession's most innovative online certification programs.

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