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Moving Your Practice Outside the Treatment Room & Building a New Foundation


There is no way this is not going to be a challenging time for you! A major disruption to your practice, a loss of income, and constraints that are out of your control. 

How do you navigate your way through this?

It might be very easy to get fully caught up in the current fear and anxiety - after all, there is a lot to worry about. 

Fortunately, your knowledge base and training has prepared you for times like this. How would you advise yourself if you were your own client? 

Let's put our wisdom to work for us!





Member Meeting 6-11-20 Video | Watch the recording of the AOBTA member meeting where members discuss their experiences with the shut-down and preparations for reopening. 

Financial Assistance Resources - 4/22/20 Video  |  Access to presentation PP, PDF, Notes  | A interactive webinar of AOBTA members exploring the available resources.

Adapting Your Practice Membership Meeting. This is a video of the virtual meeting where members explored the various ideas and experiences for adapting your practice during the pandemic.



A Template for Providing Self-Care Tips to Your Clients | Contributed by Alix Keast

Massage Magazine / "It’s easier than ever to put the power of the digital revolution - online marketing - to work for your massage therapy business." / Ed. note - time spent on this during the pandemic can pay off after.  |

MMIP (an AOBTA MarketPlace partner) has presented this article about the importance of communicating with your clients.  |



An Open Letter About Re-opening Your Practice. An interesting perspective on the topic by Tracy Walton. Though aimed at Western massage therapist employers, information for consideration by ABTs when reopening. Contributed by Brian Skow.



Small Business Support Resources | Helpful information and resources for small businesses.

A PPP Loan Caution. Encouragement to pay attention to the details if you interested in a PPP loan and being able to have the loan "forgiven".

The NCCAOM COVID-19 town halls contain practice and financial-related information useful not only to acupuncturists, but to ABTs. Contributed by Brian Skow.  |  NCCAOM COVID-19 Town Hall Meetings Recordings

A helpful list of financial resources from AMTA  |  COVID-19 Financial Resources

A helpful list of financial assistance information from Massage Magazine | Massage Magazine Financial Resource Listing

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Contact your bank and talk to them about the Paycheck Protection Program | Program OverviewProgram Info / Borrower Info / Lender Info

Disaster Loan Assistance (note Eligible Disaster Areas)

Facebook Small Business Grants Program:

Women's Business Development Center: | Includes links to checklist and guide for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Helpful even if your business is not woman-owned.

MMIP (an AOBTA MarketPlace partner) has created a COVID-19 collection of resources that includes financial information for massage and bodywork therapists.  |

ClinicSense has a good list of resources on their site  |

A helpful list of tips for saving money and prepping to reopen your practice from Massage Magazine  | 21 Tips to Save Money, Cut Spending, and Keep Your Practice Poised to Reopen




Listening, Non-Doing and Appreciative Attention | This podcast is an interview with Alice Whieldon, in which she presents a perspective shift on healing and the roles of the practitioner and client.

Creating Shiatsu Treatments Online.  Great video series by Clifford Andrews and NewEnergyWork. A free 4 part online course for re-imagining your practice and moving it online.

A sample approach to online sessions. An article in Acupuncture Today

Teach Your Clients Simple, Powerful Practices from Asian Bodywork Therapy for the Prevention and Recovery Phases of COVID-19. Contributed by Deborah Valentine Smith  |  Virtual Supervised ABT Self-Treatment Sessions

Zoom / Support during the COVID-19 pandemic - This site is here to help you most effectively use Zoom as we all navigate the coronavirus pandemic. / Includes sections on Effective Remote Working, Educating Over Zoom, Hosting Virtual Events, and Telehealth.

A bit of humor. Funny video about providing bodywork in the era of COVID-19.




Sample COVID-19 Screening and Consent Form | Use this form as a template to create your own form that works for your practice.

Video from Mayo Clinic MD's about safely reopening a bodywork practice or spa.

State by State Status on Reopening | A great resource from Massage Magazine with links to each state's massage board and their COVID-19 updates.

Reopening Guidelines from Massage Magazine

CDC Guidelines for Disinfecting and Sanitizing

AMTA's Considerations for Reopening Your Practice | Helpful perspectives and considerations in preparation for reopening.

FSMTB Guidelines for Practice with COVID-19 Considerations | A helpful set of guidelines for safely reopening your practice once your state/local governing bodies allow reopening.

Guidelines for reopening your practice. Contributed by Deborah Valentine Smith

New OSHA COVID-19 Guidelines for the Bodywork Workplace. From Massage Magazine

OSHA Guidelines on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19. Contributed by Brian Skow.

Infection Control Guidelines. Provided by CCAOM for school clinics, it's also useful information for practitioners preparing to re-open their in-person practices. Contributed by Brian Skow.

ClinicSense offers a list of resources, including office sign templates, office cleaning standards guidelines, client communication templates, etc.  |



From Cindy Banker, AOBTA®-CI | Helping the Immune System Fight a Damp Heat Toxin Epidemic



New Energy Work / Covid-19, the home of our free support. / Includes links to platforms and recorded webinars for teachers and practitioners.

Video series offered by Grand Master Nan Lu |




Mar 24 COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall For Acupuncturists by CSOMA / Focused on the practice of acupuncture, but of value to ABTs.



NCCAOM Town Hall Slide Show on TCM Perspectives on COVID-19 | Contributed by Catherine White.

A collection of resources for the COVID-19 Era. From Acupuncture Today, this great collection of resources about self-care, coping, and understanding the TCM perspectives on the pandemic. Contributed by Brian Skow.

Guidelines on Acupuncture and Moxibustion intervention for COVID-19  |

A 2-hour video on a Chinese Medicine perspective of COVID-19  |

An eLotus website with a list of resources for the TCM treatment of COVID-19  |


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