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Aug 22, 2023

How do we balance emotional energy as practitioners? And if we lose it, how do we get it back? In this episode of The ABMP Podcast, Kristin and Darren are joined by Diane Matkowski to discuss how to find the positive and overlook the negative, how to check in with yourself pre- and post-session, and when to pause before you react.

Diane was accredited by the Owens Institute of Massage and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and has an associate’s degree in business administration. She has been practicing therapeutic massage for more than 25 years and has been an ABMP member for 23 years!

Diane began her business, Freedom Massage, with only six clients. Presently, more than 12,000 clients have received therapeutic massage within the walls of her business.

She moderates a closed group for massage therapists on Facebook called the Massage Mentor Closed Group and is co-founder of the Massage Mentor Institute.

Diane is the author of The Massage Therapist’s Guidebook and The Body is Art. For more information, visit and




Darren Buford is senior director of communications and editor-in-chief for ABMP. He is editor of Massage & Bodywork magazine and has worked for ABMP for 22 years, and been involved in journalism at the association, trade, and consumer levels for 24 years. He has served as board member and president of the Western Publishing Association, as well as board member for Association Media & Publishing. Contact him at

Kristin Coverly, LMT is a massage therapist, educator, and the director of professional education at ABMP. She loves creating continuing education courses, events, and resources to support massage therapists and bodyworkers as they enhance their lives and practices. Contact her at





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