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A B M P m e m b e r s e a r n F R E E C E a t w w w. a b m p . c o m / c e b y r e a d i n g M a s s a g e & B o d y w o r k m a g a z i n e 19 FROM FACEBOOK Respectful pay. We were told in school that we would only need to work 20-hour weeks and make the same income as a 9–5 salary. This isn't a job, it is a career, and it should be shown as such. We shouldn't need second jobs for the amount of time, classes, licenses, fees, and energy we use to heal. REHANNA LONCAR Massage being considered preventive health care by insurance companies and receiving compensation to cover services at a fair market rate. VERONICA HILDEBRAND I think there is going to come a time where massage therapy splits between those who are esthetician- and relaxation-minded and those who are more physical-therapy minded. MANDY COURTRIGHT Insuffi cient research that explains why massage works. Evidence-based practices would go a long way toward solving a lot of other problems. KYLE PUTNAM Massage "professionals" who got into the business for the wrong reason. They think that because school is generally only a year or so and a massage costs $60+/hour, they're going to be raking it in for very little effort. So, I feel a lot of people who have no business working with people in this capacity are actually doing it. I was a massage instructor at a college in North Carolina, and I saw it too many times. HENRY JORGENSEN Trying to talk to people about how massage really can help them. I feel like so many people still think of massage as pampering or a luxury instead of a fi eld related to health care. BRITTANY THOMSEN The biggest challenge I've been having in the last six months is a lot of people requesting inappropriate massages or inquiring if that's what I do before they set up an appointment. CHELSI LAYTON At what point did you know you were going to be successful at massage? Publication Date: Sept/Oct 2018 Tell us about a time you referred out to another massage therapist or health- care professional and why it was successful (or not). Publication Date: Nov/Dec 2018 Email your responses to Your submission can be as short as you'd like and up to 250 words. Upcoming Topics SPEAK YOUR MIND What is the biggest challenge in our profession today? Getting clients to understand the signifi cance of meds or surgeries (or even pregnancy) on their treatment. People still say to me, "It's just a massage ..." DENISE AURELIA Staying involved with other professionals. So much of our work happens one on one with our clients without the stimulation of an offi ce atmosphere. It can be isolating. SARAHJOY ZELL Last-minute clients. Ugh. "Now-ish" is not a time. I hate telling people no, so I've added a $10 fee to any appointments I take within 24 hours. BRIANNE OVERS My biggest challenge in this profession is self-care. Finding that work-life balance and fi nding respectable pay with offered benefi ts is extremely diffi cult. You almost have to burn yourself out to make ends meet unless you have another person supporting you. I do what I do for the love and not the money, but not everyone can. EMORIE TAYLOR

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