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Massage Today
March, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 03

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By Editorial Staff

Massage Today encourages letters to the editor to discuss matters relating to the publication's content. Letters may be edited for space and clarity, and published in a future issue or online. Please send all correspondence by e-mail to .

The Differences Between Asian Bodywork Therapy and Massage Therapy

Dear Editor:

As a board certified Asian Bodywork Therapist, a Certified Instructor, Licensed Massage Therapist and member of both the AMTA and the AOBTA, I welcome this opportunity to put the record straight concerning the misconceptions and misinformation presented by your columnist Ralph Stephens in your July 2007 and January 2008 issues.

One needs to ask from whom he receives his regular ABT? A massage therapist who integrates a few ABT techniques into a massage session? Certainly it does not sound as though Mr. Stephens receives professional ABT, otherwise he wouldn't claim that "ABT is part of the continuum of massage." All forms of professional ABT are rooted in the theories, assessment principles, and philosophy of Chinese medicine/harmonization of qi energy, and as such cannot be confused with massage.

I urge Mr. Stephens and your readers to check the U.S. Department of Education's distinctly separate references to Massage Therapy (clause 51.3501) and Asian Bodywork Therapy (clause 51.3502) on page 369 at

Pamela Ellen Ferguson, Dipl. ABT, (NCCAOM),
Via e-mail

Discounting Massage?

Dear Editor:

Those of us with a lot of experience will probably not participate in these programs; however, massage therapists that work for companies like Massage Envy are going to think that $45 sounds pretty good.

I don't understand this new trend for discounting massage. With our ability to massage lasting on an average of five years if we don't injure ourselves, many therapists will have just paid off their student loans at the time of retirement.

I can't imagine getting into the massage business today. Right now, in my neighborhood, there are three places offering $39 massage. When they first opened, I said, "Who would massage for $19?" Apparently, a lot of struggling therapists will. Can we fight them? Probably not.

Lauri Vyselaar


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