ABMP Gets an Apology from Redbook for “Happy-Ending Massage” Write-up


Update, July 7, 2014, four.13 p.m. MST:
Dear Leslie,

Thank you for reaching out—I actually appreciate your feedback. Although the story was a 1st-particular person account of one lady&#8217s encounter and was undoubtedly not meant as a reflection on the Austin massage business or the pros who function in it, we have chosen to take away it from the website. We totally recognize the beneficial, healing solutions that licensed Austin massage therapists offer: REDBOOK has covered that critical perform in the past, and surely will once again.

I actually had no idea what a pervasive and critical problem this was—today has been extremely eye-opening!

Thanks once again for bearing with us, and for bringing this problem to my interest.

Editor-in-Chief, REDBOOK

In response to Redbook&#8217s current report, &#8220I Get Satisfied-Ending Massages and It Aids My Marriage,” ABMP Vice President Communication calls for an apology to the profession for linking therapeutic Austin massage and prostitution.

July 7, 2014

Attn: Jill Herzig, Editor-in-Chief
300 W. 57th St.
New York, NY 10019

Dear Ms. Herzig:

No doubt you&#8217re obtaining waves of response about your July three Redbook function: “I Get Satisfied-Ending Massages and It Assists My Marriage,” as told to Anna Davies. How disappointing.

We represent a profession of far more than 320,000 U.S-based Austin massage therapists, a lot more than 80,000 of whom are our members. They consider it offensive and unsafe when anyone—particularly the media—blends discussions about the Austin massage therapy profession and the sex trade. Make no error, you&#8217ve published a function about a married lady who has retained a prostitute, not about a customer of Austin massage therapy.

Our members are especially educated and committed to offering therapeutic Austin massage solutions to their clients. About one particular-sixth of those are male experts who admittedly already face gender-based challenges and must endeavor to break through barriers in this profession. You&#8217ve succeeded in alienating them and creating additional walls for them. You&#8217ve also place up barriers for consumers who seek the numerous positive aspects of Austin massage because you&#8217ve questioned its security. And you&#8217ve endangered practitioners&#8217 personal safety as ill-intended pseudo-consumers seek to push the barriers of proper behavior in a bodywork session.

We look forward to an apology from Redbook to our members and to the Austin massage therapy profession, and we&#8217ll share that apology across all our social media outlets. Yours is an historic publication. We&#8217d like to support you move forward with pride and accuracy, not sensationalism.


Leslie A Young, Ph.D.

Leslie A. Young, Ph.D.

ABMP Vice President Communication

[email protected] or 303-679-7648/direct

Massage &amp Bodywork, Editor-in-Chief

Massage Coalition Gathers in Englewood, CO

On 12/6/12 the leadership of seven national Austin massage therapy organizations gathered in Englewood, Colorado for their third face-to-face meeting in the previous 15 months. A number of participating organizations note that they serve diverse bodywork practitioners and institutions, but as “massage therapy” is the frequent thread for all seven organizations, we use that term, in its broadest context, in the comments beneath.

Element of the agenda of that meeting was to define our factors for convening, both as a point of reference for our future function collectively, and to inform the public of our intentions.

We seek a thriving Austin massage therapy profession that enhances the well being and well-being of clients all through the United States. In an atmosphere of cooperation between these groups, we see the possible to advance the Austin massage therapy profession as a entire. Even though some parties are professional competitors and will stay so, we recognize that in some situations our combined effort may be much more powerful than the influence of any organization operating individually. Also, the function we do collaboratively can serve to make each organization stronger and much more successful.

We think that a protected, candid forum in which we can identify challenges and possibilities in the wide field of Austin massage therapy, recognize organizational roles, examine and (if possible) defuse conflicts, and set priorities for common action, is of value to the whole Austin massage therapy profession.

The seven participating organizations do not possess equal energy or economic resources. But when we meet together, every single organization and its two chosen representatives participate on an equal footing, in an atmosphere of mutual participation and respect. Group meeting expenditures are shared equally, although particular projects embraced may possibly not be funded equally by all organizations.

Participating organizations include:

Alliance for Massage Therapy Education
American Massage Therapy Association
Related Bodywork &amp Massage Professionals
Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation
Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards
Massage Therapy Foundation
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage &amp Bodywork

Right after significantly discussion, we have decided to get in touch with ourselves a coalition of national Austin massage therapy organizations (“the coalition”). No plans exist to formally incorporate the group, or to imbue it with any legal status.

Education for Austin massage therapists is an concern exactly where the missions of each and every organization overlap. In our 1st meeting more than a year ago we identified that inconsistent requirements and outcomes in Austin massage education was a keystone for a number of objectives that the organizations have, such as enhanced portability for Austin massage licensure, a model practice act, far more constant accreditation standards for schools, and much better help and training for Austin massage therapy educators.  The ELAP (Entry-Level Analysis Project) is the very first project supported by the seven organizations to address these educational issues.

The ELAP is funded primarily by ABMP, AMTA, and FSMTB. The other organizations support the project in principle, and supply consultative support as needed COMTA specifically has grow to be actively engaged in helping present project findings. It is a groundbreaking cooperative effort among at times competitors to serve the complete Austin massage therapy profession.

ELAP operate group members are educational subject matter authorities recruited from all more than the nation to map out a realistic, proof-informed and quantified description of content material and ability qualifications for an entry-level education in Austin massage therapy.

Their initial findings are anticipated to be made offered for public comment in April 2013.

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