Massage & Bodywork

September/October 2009

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what's on the web BY LARA EVANS BRACCIANTE is a community of practitioners celebrating a common interest in bodywork and professional camaraderie. The rapidly growing site—which acquired more than 1,500 members in its fi rst ten days—was launched by Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) on July 7. The association recognized the importance of an inclusive, nonpartisan community; consequently, is powered by ABMP, but open to all. INVITE E-mail colleagues and invite them to participate. Import an existing address book or send individual invitations. MY PAGE Customize your profi le page. Add text, html, photos, or widgets to your text box. Post a blog or change the layout by clicking the title bar and dragging it to a new spot. GUIDELINES We've established a few ground rules: be respectful, post appropriately, no advertising, and be professional (no inappropriate or illicit references to massage). MEMBERS View all members, or use the advanced search fi eld and search for practitioners by region, school, or modality. CHAT Have real-time conversations with members. Access the Chat feature by: 1) clicking the Chat navigation button; 2) scrolling to the bottom of the homepage; or 3) clicking the Chat bar in the footer of each page. NEWS Get the latest massage headlines from various media. information services for Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. Contact her at lara@ Lara Evans Bracciante is director of Forum Ask questions, brainstorm ideas with colleagues, vet issues. The Forum is the place for seeking feedback on a single topic/question, and doesn't require everyone to be online at the same time (like the Chat feature). Post a topic, and check responses throughout the week. Regional groups may be the catalyst for in-person meetings or gatherings at local events. Groups Connect with colleagues in your area or who practice your techniques. Blogs Typically published on a regular schedule in article format, blogs posted by members will be found under the Blogs navigation button. Featured blogs are displayed on the homepage. connect with your colleagues on 13

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