CAMTC Sunset Hearing Report – March 11, 2014

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A sunset review is a periodic assessment of state regulatory programs to determine whether or not they should be continued by the legislature. In 2008 the state legislature provided for the creation of a private, nonprofit corporation to issue voluntary certifications to qualified massage therapists. The California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) was established in February 2009. It is often compared to state regulatory agencies but it is not actually part of government. When the law was established, the legislature inserted a Sunset date with the purpose of re-evaluating the effectiveness of the certification program, just as they do with state regulatory programs. Without legislative action, CAMTC and its voluntary certification program will Sunset on December 31, 2014.

The first step in the evaluation process is a Sunset Hearing. CAMTC’s Sunset Hearing was held on March 10, 2014. Bob Benson, Chairman of ABMP, and Jean Robinson, Government Relations Director, attended the hearing and testified. Legislative staff prepared in advance of the hearing a background report for legislators based on information provided by CAMTC and other stakeholders. ABMP also provided a pre-hearing letter to the Sunset Committee. Read ABMP’s submission here.

ABMP’s view of the evaluation

There have always been pros and cons to having a private nonprofit organization fulfill a role traditionally reserved for state agencies. Political realities in 2008 drove the process toward this model; no other massage therapy regulatory approach was likely then to gain state approval. ABMP has been deeply invested and involved in CAMTC since its inception by providing (along with other organizations) a loan for start-up costs and appointing engaged, informed, and active individuals to serve on the CAMTC Board of Directors.

ABMP feels that CAMTC has been a success overall. Consumers are served by being able to distinguish therapists who have been vetted against meaningful education and behavioral standards. Educated, law abiding massage therapists gain appropriate recognition. Profession standards are clearly being raised as required under the founding law. Add it all up; it’s a highly constructive step forward for California therapists and consumers.

That acknowledged, the private, voluntary regulatory model was initially regarded as a stopgap approach. In addition, CAMTC management has gotten too comfortable with some interim organizational approaches and has been resisting management improvements appropriate for an organization gearing up for a long run. Consistent with the findings in the Committee report, we think it’s now time for California to join with 43 other states and create a state entity to oversee the mandatory licensing of all massage professionals. While the voluntary model has generally been successful, because it is not mandatory there are still two sets of rules for practitioners (those certified and those not) and two sets of rules for businesses (those using all certified practitioners and those that don’t). That’s confusing both for the public and for local government officials. Regulation is more effective when it’s required, more helpful for both those audiences. Mandatory regulation should be overseen by a state board or state agency, a Board of Massage Therapists, to provide direction.

ABMP believes it is time for California to transition to a regulatory model that most professionals are familiar with, that facilitates national portability for practitioners, and that local jurisdictions are used to working with. CAMTC has given the state a great head start by currently certifying more than 45,000 massage professionals, each of whom has been rigorously screened.

As you can see from reading Bob Benson’s testimony at the Sunset Hearing, we believe it is time for CAMTC to take a victory lap but give way to a state Massage Therapy Board. ABMP was far from alone in expressing this view at the Sunset Hearing. The Legislative staff report concluded that “The Committee may wish to discuss the relative merits of continuing the non-profit model of regulation, deregulating the industry completely, or transitioning to a board or bureau overseen by DCA (the California Department of Consumer Affairs).” None of the principal organizations testifying argued for a return to complete deregulation at the state level, while several advocated for switching to a state board within DCA.

Going forward

ABMP’s support for a transition to state regulation is conditioned upon a transition process in which every individual with then currently valid CAMTC certification would automatically be granted a state license. We will work hard to ensure that this principle is ingrained in any reform approach.

This Sunset process will advance through multiple further steps during 2014. The end resolution is unclear. We will keep ABMP members informed throughout the process.

Sincerely,

Jean Robinson
Director of Government Relations


Upcoming Michgan Massage License Deadline

If you have already obtained your Michigan massage therapy license, you can disregard this reminder.

All massage therapists in Michigan are required to have a Michigan massage therapy license by November 29, 2014 in order to practice. If you do not have your license by November 29, 2014, you cannot practice massage in Michigan until you get your license. This is not the application deadline; it is the deadline to have your license in hand. The processing time for applications can be several months. Therefore, you should apply for your license now in order to be sure that you will have your license by the November 29 deadline. Don’t delay!

Click here for the license application and instructions.

You can apply by grandfathering prior to November 29, 2014. There is no “automatic” grandfathering – you must apply to be grandfathered in.

You can apply by grandfathering if:

(1) you were a member of ABMP for at least one full year prior to January 9, 2009, or
(2) you took and passed the MBLEx exam or an NCBTMB exam, or
(3) you have practiced massage therapy for an average of at least 10 hours per week for the past 5 years, or
(4) you have practiced massage therapy for an average of at least 10 hours per week for the past 3 years and you completed at least 300 hours of massage therapy coursework at an approved school, or
(5) you completed 500 hours of a Board-approved supervised curriculum in massage therapy.

 

After November 29, 2014, in order to qualify for a license you must have:

(1) completed 500 hours of a Board-approved supervised curriculum in massage therapy,

AND

(2) taken and passed the MBLEx exam or an NCBTMB exam.

Different requirements apply if you hold a current massage license issued by another state. Also, if your practice is limited to one or more of the following modalities, you are not required to obtain a Michigan massage therapy license:

  • The Feldenkrais method
  • The Trager approach
  • Polarity or polarity therapy
  • Asian bodywork therapy
  • Reiki.
  • Shiatsu.
  • Reflexology, or
  • Structural integration.

If you submitted your application more than 3 months ago but have not yet received your license, you should check the status of your application at http://www2.dleg.state.mi.us/appstatus/, or contact the Michigan Board of Massage directly at (517) 335-0918 or bhpinfo@michigan.gov.

Renewals: All Michigan massage licenses will expire on October 31, 2014, no matter when the license was issued. The Board will mail renewal information to your address on file three months before the expiration date. If you’ve recently moved, make sure the Board has your current mailing address. You must renew your license within 60 days after the expiration date, or your license will lapse. Your renewed license will be valid for three years. You will not need to complete any continuing education (CE) to renew in 2014, but there will be a CE requirement for subsequent renewals. The Board has not yet determined how many CE hours will be required.

Please contact nancy@abmp.com, or the Michigan Massage Board at (517) 335-0918 or bhpinfo@michigan.gov, with any questions.

AL Bill Would Clarify Exemptions to Massage License Requirement

Alabama House Bill 119 is currently pending in the Alabama State Senate. If passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor, the bill would make a number of changes to the Alabama Massage Therapy Licensure Act. Some of the most important changes would include:

  • Increasing the number of hours of massage education required for licensure from 500 to 650 (the Board increased the entry-level requirements to 650 hours by rule several years ago so this would simply update the statute).
  • Specifying that practitioners of accupressure, deep tissue therapy, neuromuscular therapy, and reflexology must obtain massage therapy licenses.
  • Exempting from the massage licensure requirement those people who practice only directed movement therapy including, but not limited to, the Feldenkrais method of somatic education, the Trager approach to movement education, the Rosen method, and body-mind centering; and energy field work including, but not limited to, Polarity Therapy, Reiki, Reflexology, Touch for Health, or Jin Shin Do, provided these services are not designated or implied to be massage or massage therapy.
  • Deleting the existing provision for temporary massage therapy permits. Temporary practice permits would no longer be available if HB 119 becomes law.

We will continue to keep you posted on the status of the bill.

Utah – Reflexology and Ortho-Bionomy Are Now Exempt from State Licensure

On April 1, 2014, Governor Herbert signed into law two bills which create new exemptions from the massage licensing law.

House Bill 207 provides that practitioners whose practices are limited to the manipulation of the soft tissues of the hands, feet, and outer ears, including practitioners of reflexology and foot zone therapy, are not be required to have a state massage therapy license, as long as:

(1) the practitioner is certified by and in good standing with an industry-recognized organization that represents a profession with established standards and ethics, and

(2) the client remains fully clothed from the shoulders to the knees.

House Bill 324 provides that practitioners whose practices are limited to the scope of practice of ortho-bionomy are not be required to have a state massage therapy license, as long as:

(1) the practitioner is certified to practice ortho-bionomy by, and is in good standing with, an industry-recognized organization that is approved by the Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing, in collaboration with the Board of Massage, and

(2) the client remains fully clothed from the shoulders to the knees.

These exemptions are now part of Utah’s Massage Therapy Practice Act, and are the law in Utah.  If you have questions, please contact Nancy Potter at nancy@abmp.com


A Minor Legislative Change is Adopted in Indiana

Two bills, Senate Bill 348 and House Bill 1293, failed to pass the state legislature this year. The bills would have changed the current state certification (title protection) program, to a mandatory licensing (practice act) program. The bill would have also expanded the authority of the State Board of Massage Therapy by authorizing it to establish standards for the competent practice of massage therapy, approve massage therapy school curricula consistent with accepted national standards, and establish continuing education requirements. We expect a new bill to be introduced next year.

Senate Bill 421 was signed into law by Governor Pence on March 25, 2014. The bill addresses several professional licensing matters, including one related to massage therapy (found on page 18 of SB 421). The bill removes the requirement that state certified massage therapists list the “State of Indiana” as an additional insured on their professional liability insurance.

Effective July 1,2014, Indiana CMT’s will still have to provide proof that they currently possess professional liability insurance but you will no longer have to list the “State of Indiana” as an additional insured.

Deadline is July 1, 2014 for License by Grandfathering in Idaho

If you have already obtained your Idaho Massage Therapist license, you can disregard this reminder.

All massage therapists in the state of Idaho must now have a State-issued massage license in order to practice.  The deadline to apply for your license by grandfathering is July 1, 2014.  There is no “automatic” grandfathering – you must apply to be grandfathered in.

Click here for the license application and instructions.

You can apply by grandfathering if:

(1) you are a current member of ABMP and have been a member for at least one year, or

(2) you took and passed the MBLEx exam or an NCBTMB exam, or

(3) you completed 500 hours of massage education at a registered school, or

(4) you have practiced massage therapy for an average of at least 5 hours per week for the past 3 years and you have 300 hours of formal training in massage, or

(5) you have practiced massage therapy for an average of at least 5 hours per week for the past 5 years and you have 200 hours of formal training in massage.

After July 1, 2014, in order to qualify for a license you must have:

(1) completed 500 hours of massage education at a registered school,

AND

(2) taken and passed the MBLEx exam, the NCETMB exam, or the NCETM exam. 

Different requirements apply if you hold a current massage license issued by another state.

Don’t delay!  Apply for your license now.  Please contact nancy@abmp.com, or the Idaho Massage Board at (208) 334-3233, with any questions.


Con Artist Back to Targeting Massage Therapists, Making Advances

After Incarceration, Man Calling with Sham Job Offers and Stalking Practitioners Again

Update, March 31, 2014: ABMP has received reports from members in the Maryland/D.C. area that this man is back at it again. Using the same names—Steven Min, Steven Poe, Steven Sung, and Steven Yamamoto—he has begun soliciting individual massage therapists and their places of business again. He draws therapists in by offering a significant amount of money to work with “high rollers,” this time at the Rocky Gap Casino in Flintstone.

An alert was sent to therapists in April of 2011 as a notification that these happenings had occurred, and they could potentially happen again. We remind therapists to use caution and contact the authorities immediately if there is suspicious activity.

Update, April 27, 2011: Steven Min, also known as Steven Sung and Steven Yamamoto, is out of prison and harassing massage therapists again.

Last October, ABMP reported that Min had been arrested for impersonating a public servant. Min had posted a Craigslist ad soliciting massage therapists to work on high-profile guests at the Sands Casino and make a significant amount of money for every massage session. Under the guise of an interview, Min would invite massage therapists to a hotel room late at night to test their skills.

Several massage therapists reported very uncomfortable experiences, including sexual advances, and the job opportunities never came to fruition. After reporting the incident to police, one massage therapist said Min harassed her over the phone and online afterwards.

Ultimately, Min was incarcerated because he identified himself as a Pennsylvania Gaming Board member and an employee of the Sands Casino, and the impersonation was grounds for arrest. Many people in the massage profession expressed relief, as his tactics and actions were becoming more aggressive, and there was concern someone would eventually be hurt. However, it’s relevant to note he was not actually arrested for harassing massage therapists.

On April 25, 2011, ABMP received a report that Steven Min is back to his old tricks, at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Min has reportedly pulled this scam on massage therapists in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Nevada. ABMP cautions massage therapists to please be aware of such scams, protect themselves appropriately, and immediately report any misconduct to the local authorities.

Massage therapists in several states, including New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Nevada breathed a sigh of relief. Many massage therapists have corroborated
contacting massage therapists under the guise of alluring job offers. We received information that he’d been doing this for more than eight years.

This time he calls therapists and offers work in his spas and says that he would like a late-night meeting. It has also been reported that he is in New Jersey and has tracked down a therapist that he met the last time he was preying on our profession. The phone calls come late at night and early in the morning and are repetitive. The therapist who first reported this to me contacted the police who in response called him and told him to stop. This seems to have set off a rampage of web postings suggesting that the therapist has investigations against her and worse.

Update April 26, 2011: While Steven Min was arrested last September, it appears he’s out and back to his old tricks again, in Las Vegas. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to see Barbara Potter’s latest report. He has typically targeted massage therapists in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Las Vegas. MTs, please be aware!

Update, March 27, 2010: We have received reports that this man has also pulled the same con on massage therapists in the South Florida area.

ABMP received the following letter from Meg Darnell, LMT , Director of Alumni Services, Swedish Institute. In the past, some ABMP members have been harassed by this individual. We take this warning very seriously and ask that you please pass on the information to other therapists.

March 2010
I am once again sending this to alert you of someone who has tried to prey on massage therapists in the past.

I am sorry to have to report that the man named Steven Sung, also known as Steven Min and Steven Yamamoto, who has been soliciting massage therapists with dubious get-rich schemes for the last eight years, is back on the scene.

This time he calls therapists and offers work in his spas and says that he would like a late-night meeting. It has also been reported that he is in New Jersey and has tracked down a therapist that he met the last time he was preying on our profession. The phone calls come late at night and early in the morning and are repetitive. The therapist who first reported this to me contacted the police who in response called him and told him to stop. This seems to have set off a rampage of web postings suggesting that the therapist has investigations against her and worse.

I am sending this email to as many therapists as I can reach, as well as to the New York State Board and the New Jersey Board of Massage Therapy, with the hope of reaching all massage therapists in our area. I am reaching out to a lawyer and an investigator who were both helpful the last time this man was contacting therapists. I am not sure what, if anything, can be done to stop this man.

While it may seem obvious to some, I am strongly suggesting that everyone ignore his phone calls. Do not engage, do not suggest that we know what he’s up to or try to stop him, as I believe it will cause more phone calls and harassment. Just ignore him. Originally he had just one phone number, but now it seems there are many and they are from New Jersey. These job offers are not legitimate and you may be at risk by responding to them. At one time I believed this man was harmless but have come to believe that he may be dangerous.

Many therapists from our school, as well as the schools in our surrounding area, have contacted me because they have seen or heard about the school’s warnings and did not respond to his solicitations. Some, unfortunately, have not heeded the warnings and have met with him–only to find that his offer amounts to nothing.

He is contacting therapists in the entire tri-state area. I implore you to ignore these solicitations and to pass this warning on to your colleagues.

As always, graduates, please remember to trust your instincts. If something feels funny or strange, listen to your wisdom. As a general rule, if something sounds too good to be true, it very well may be.

Meg Darnell, LMT
Director of Alumni Services, Swedish Institute
New York, NY

Minnesota Voluntary Credentialing Bill Fails

House File 1925 and Senate File 1792, the bills currently under consideration in the state legislature has had considerable legislative support but did not pass certain committees by deadline so the 2014 effort has failed. It is very likely that a new bill will be introduced next year. If passed, the bill would:

  • Create a voluntary credential – practitioners voluntarily choosing to register would be allowed to the use the very specific title:  Registered Massage and Bodywork Therapist, or RMBT.
  • RMBTs would be exempted from multiple mandatory city licenses for individual therapists, which has become such a burden for so many in our field. There are well over 5,000 massage therapists in Minnesota and most practice in multiple cities and too often go through a lengthy, time-consuming and costly process in every city they wish to work in.

While the bill had tremendous support from lawmakers of all political stripes in both the House and Senate, the chair of the first House committee refused to grant HF 1925 a hearing.

ABMP recently asked our MN members to contact their state legislators to voice their support for a voluntary state massage therapist credential (Senate File 1792 and House File 1925) and to please consider adding their name as a co-author. This legislative effort is dependent on legislators hearing from their constituents.

If you would like to read the bills in question, you can find them on the state website LINKED HERE. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at nancy@abmp.com or Jean Robinson at jean@abmp.com.

Kansas Bill to Require State Licensing of Massage Therapists Fails Again

Despite significant support from individual legislators, HB 2187 again failed to pass the Kansas Legislature. As in previous years, the bill would have set minimum training requirements, defined a scope of practice, provided an avenue for consumer complaints, and pre-empted local regulations. If passed, the bill would have required massage therapists to become licensed by the state under the Kansas State Board of Nursing, and would have established a Massage Therapy Advisory Committee to advise the Board in carrying out the provisions of the Act.

It is likely there will be a new bill in 2015; we will keep members informed.

MO Bill Proposes New Licensing and Registration Requirements

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Bill Proposes New Licensing and Registration Requirements

Maryland HB 1157 was introduced in the state legislature this month by Delegate James Hubbard. If passed, the bill would change Maryland’s massage practice law by:

  1. Requiring that all license and registration applicants submit to a criminal history records check as part of their application;
  2. Specifying that the additional 60 hours that must be obtained from an institution of higher education in order to be licensed (but not registered) must include at least 24 hours in one or more of eight specified content areas, or the license applicant must have obtained 24 additional hours of continuing education in at least one of those content areas; and
  3. Increasing the number of hours required from an approved massage school from 500 hours to 600 hours, for both licensure and registration.

These changes would affect new applicants only.

ABMP supports the addition of a criminal background check requirement for massage therapy applicants. However, we are opposed to the state adding new complexity to its already complicated two-tiered massage law. Instead, ABMP has suggested that the legislature take this opportunity to do away with the two-tiered system altogether, and replace it with a simpler system comprised of one credential only: licensed massage therapist. Doing so would remove the unnecessary distinction between therapists who do and do not work in “health care settings,” would provide one clear title for the public, and would streamline administrative procedures for the Board staff.

ABMP also believes that any increase in the entry-level hours requirement should be supported by actual research. To that end, we are advocating for a standard which would require new applicants to complete a 625 hour massage program, which is in line with the results of the Entry-Level Analysis Project’s (ELAP) extensive research into the educational hours needed to ensure safe, competent entry-level practice. To read the final ELAP report concerning entry level hours, click here.

Click here to read ABMP Director of Government Relations Jean Robinson’s recent letter to Delegate Hubbard regarding HB 1157.

We will continue keep you informed of developments on HB 1157.

 

 

 

Massage Coalition Releases Statement on Entry-Level Analysis Project

On February 3, 2014, the Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations (Coalition, members detailed below) shared this group statement supporting the Entry-Level Analysis Project (ELAP) in anticipation of the project’s publication later this month.

ELAP is a research project initiated by the Coalition in March 2012. The project goals were to use data to define knowledge and skill components of entry-level education and recommend the minimum number of hours schools should teach to prepare graduates for safe and competent practice in the massage profession. After work was completed in December 2013, the project work group submitted two documents to Coalition representatives—The Core: Entry-Level Analysis Project Report (the Final Report) and The Core: Entry-Level Massage Education Blueprint (the Blueprint). These documents describe ELAP work group data analysis processes, procedures, findings, and recommendations for core learning objectives, outcomes, and teaching hours.

The Core: Entry-Level Analysis Project Report and The Core: Entry-Level Massage Education Blueprint will be available to download from www.elapmassage.org on February 10, 2014. ABMP will be in touch again on that date.

Download the Coalition statement here

Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations includes:
Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE)
American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP)
Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA)
Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB)
Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF)
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB)

Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations Meets for Collaboration

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Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations Meets for Collaboration

December 20, 2013—Representatives from all seven participating organizations in the Coalition of National Massage Therapy Organizations met December 11, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The meeting began with five hours of constructive exchange on reactions to The Core: Entry-Level Massage Education Blueprint, its companion document The Core: Entry-Level Analysis Project Report  (ELAP), and discussion about project implementation.

Participants agreed that the documents will remain in draft form pending review by the boards of directors of the constituent organizations in January 2014 and development of an agreed upon Coalition statement. All project documents will be publicly released after this review.

Also discussed at the meeting: COMTA research on the value of programmatic accreditation, a presentation of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education’s final report on “Core Competencies for Massage Therapy Teachers,” a re-examination of the original Coalition priorities formed in September 2011, a discussion about profession entry examinations, and a COMTA/Alliance proposal for a 2015 joint Educational Congress.

The Coalition meets as needed to consider important issues related to the profession. The following massage therapy organizations participate in the Coalition:

Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE)

American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP)

Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA)

Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB)

Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF)

National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB)


Get Ready for Small Business Saturday: November 30, 2013

ABMP members are invited to participate in Small Business Saturday on November 30, 2013, to help your business stand out! ABMP is pleased to support this event that focuses on supporting your small business and attracting new clients. Promote your practice, team up with other businesses in your community, and reach new clients!
Download free marketing materials and learn more at www.shopsmall.com/about.


An Update on the Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), was signed into law by President Obama in March, 2010.  The ACA focuses primarily on new consumer protections, improving quality and lowering the costs of healthcare, and increasing access to affordable care. In addition, there are sections in the law that have the potential to support the integration of massage professionals and other complementary and alternative health care providers into state-regulated insurance plans.

The ACA ensures that health insurance is comprehensive by requiring insurance plans to cover essential health benefits. All insurance plans must include these benefits beginning in 2014.

 Section 1302. (b) Essential Health Benefits.—(1) IN GENERAL.—Subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary shall define the essential health benefits, except that such benefits shall include at least the following general categories and the items and services covered within the categories: (A) Ambulatory patient services. (B) Emergency services. (C) Hospitalization. (D) Maternity and newborn care. (E) Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment. (F) Prescription drugs. (G) Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices. (H) Laboratory services. (I) Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management. (J) Pediatric services, including oral and vision care.

Massage therapy is not listed as an essential health benefit; however, it can certainly fit into the covered categories. Research shows that massage therapy has been effective for many health conditions. Patients choose to pay out of pocket for massage therapy because they are seeking non-intrusive ways to improve their health or relieve pain and muscular soreness. Even clients seeking massage for relaxation or stress reduction purposes recognize the health benefits of massage. There is a reason why massage therapy is a multi-billion dollar industry; it is a much desired therapy that is not prevalently offered as a stand-alone health insurance benefit. If it’s covered, it’s usually in conjunction with other rehabilitative services.

Most insurance plans must cover these essential health benefits beginning January 1, 2014. However, states have had a lot of discretion as to how the ACA is implemented, including the authority to further define the essential health benefit categories. In reality though, there was little to no discussion, or desire, among state officials to expand insurance benefits to include massage therapy or any other treatment historically not covered by most health insurance plans. States simply chose an existing health plan in their state to serve as the “benchmark” plan. For this reason, ABMP does not expect to see massage therapy covered more often now than it was prior to the ACA passing.

Section 2706 of the ACA was designed to provide patients with greater access to a variety of providers, which results in better access to healthcare in general and lowers the cost of healthcare.

Section 2706, Non Discrimination in Health Care.  A group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall not discriminate with respect to participation under the plan or coverage against any health care provider who is acting within the scope of that provider’s license or certification under applicable State law. This section shall not require that a group health plan or health insurance issuer contract with any health care provider willing to abide by the terms and conditions for participation established by the plan or issuer. Nothing in this section shall be construed as preventing a group health plan, a health insurance issuer, or the Secretary from establishing varying reimbursement rates based on quality or performance measures.

Some groups interpret this section to mean that when a CAM provider treats any health condition covered in an insurance plan, the CAM provider is eligible for reimbursement so long as the provider is licensed by his or her state and can treat the condition under that provider’s scope of practice. This is where some confusion arises.

ABMP does not believe inclusion of services by massage therapists will prove to be this straightforward. Providers contract with insurance companies and by doing so, accept certain terms and conditions for participating in the plan, including reimbursement rates. Section 2706 specifically does not require that health insurance companies contract with any and all types of providers and there is nothing in the ACA that sets provider reimbursement fees; insurers set fees that are subject to state law and are agreed upon by the network providers that contract with the insurance company.

If a provider is not contracting with an insurance company they are an “Out of Network” provider. Out of Network providers receive an even lower reimbursement rate providing a treatment that is a covered health insurance benefit than an in-network contract provider receives. They would also be held to higher standards for treatment documentation. Payment by the insurance company would take longer at best and reimbursement would not be automatic.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the federal agency most responsible for implementing the ACA, has already stated they do not intend to issue clarifying regulations on Section 2706, so it will be up to the states to implement this section. Section 2706 goes into effect on January 1, 2014 and, while not perfect, this section of the ACA is an important one to non-MD health care providers and it’s worth protecting.

And it needs protection. In July 2013, Representative Andy Harris M.D. introduced H.R. 2817, which would remove the non-discrimination requirements in Section 2706. The American Medical Association immediately issued a letter of support for H.R. 2817, arguing that this section of the ACA is too vague, conflicts with state scope of practice policies, and could harm patients. ABMP submitted a letter of opposition that can be read here, we will alert members if H.R. 2817 is scheduled for a hearing.

ABMP believes Section 2706 will provide additional justification for insurance companies to reimburse massage therapists. For example, when massage therapy is a covered benefit of a health plan, it is not uncommon for an insurance company to reimburse massage provided by a physical therapist, chiropractor, or osteopathic doctor – but not massage therapy provided by a massage therapist. Evidence shows that massage therapy, especially when performed by a massage therapist, is a cost-effective delivery method of health care.

It defies logic that patients are denied access to a massage therapist, whose primary service is the manipulation of the soft tissue, and are required to see another provider, who provides massage therapy as an ancillary service at a more costly rate. Patients and massage therapists providers will have a more substantial argument to make if they are denied insurance reimbursement just because they aren’t a physical therapist, for example.

HIPAA changes
The Administrative Simplification provisions of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) build on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) with several new, expanded, or revised provisions, including requirements for:

  • Operating rules for each of the HIPAA transactions
  • Enumeration of a unique, standard Health Plan Identifier (HPID)
  • New standards for electronic funds transfer and electronic health care claims attachments
  • Health plans to certify compliance with the standards and operating rules
  • Penalties for health plans that fail to comply or to certify their compliance with applicable standards and operating rules.

The US Department of Health and Human Services issued new HIPAA rules in 2013 that change some aspects of the current law. ABMP has provided a summary on www.abmp.com as well as a link to the entire rule. If you bill health insurance, you must comply with HIPAA requirements.

Do you need health insurance?
There are more than 45 million people uninsured and many more under-insured in this country. Decreasing this number is the first priority of the ACA. If you are uninsured, please be aware that starting in 2014, most people must have health coverage or pay a fee (the “individual shared responsibility payment”). If you have job-based insurance, you are already covered.

ABMP members generally mirror these national patterns. When we last checked, approximately 3/4 of members possessed health insurance. A good portion of the remaining 25% will qualify for insurance through ACA state exchanges, with a number of them qualifying for partial subsidies. It’s worth checking out.

For people who don’t have health insurance from an employer and must buy it on their own, states have either set up their own health insurance marketplace, will work with the federal government to co-run the state marketplace, or have opted to have the federal government run its marketplace. This is the new way to find quality health insurance coverage. Open enrollment begins October 1, 2013 and coverage starts as soon as January 1, 2014. If you are currently uninsured or want to look at other insurance options, now is the time for that assessment.

Insurance plans in the Marketplace are offered by private companies and cover the essential health benefits previously mentioned in this article. These are the services that all insurance plans must cover beginning January 1, 2014. No plan can turn you away or charge you more because you have an illness or medical condition. They must cover treatments for these conditions and plans cannot charge women more than men for the same plan. Many preventive services are covered at no additional co-pay or cost to you other than the premium.

If you are interested in shopping for an insurance plan through your state exchange or the Marketplace go here (https://www.healthcare.gov/marketplace/individual) , enter your state, and you will be directed to next steps. It is important to note that by completing one application, you’ll be able see all the plans and programs you’re eligible for and compare them side-by-side. You’ll also find out if you qualify for discounted rates on monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs, which is dependent on your income and the size of your family.


NJ State Licensing Reminder and Update on Energy Work

The New Jersey Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy indicated at its meeting on September 26, 2012, that a massage license is not required for people who practice only Reiki in New Jersey.  Click here to read the September 26, 2012 Board meeting minutes (see page 3, paragraph E).

However, the Board apparently is now reviewing the issue of whether a state license will be required for energy work.  The Board has posted the following notice on its website:  http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/mbt/

“The New Jersey Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy meeting originally scheduled for August 28, 2013 has been cancelled for administrative reasons. The next Board meeting will be held on September 25, 2013. Under the Massage and Bodywork Therapist Licensing Act, a license is required to practice massage and bodywork therapy in New Jersey. The Board, however, understands that there is confusion regarding the forms of touch therapy that are subject to the requirement to obtain a license, specifically with regards to forms of therapy that focus on the energetic system of the body. The Board continues to analyze this issue, but until a final decision is rendered, urges all practitioners who have been working full-time as massage and bodywork therapists for at least 2 years, or part-time for five years, and who have 200 hours of education to apply for a license by the August 30, 2013 deadline. If you are not sure whether you should obtain a license, or whether you qualify for a license based on the requirements above, the Board encourages you to submit an application by August 30th in order to preserve your right to qualify for a license without having to satisfy additional training requirements mandated under the Massage Therapist and Bodywork Licensing Act.”

We will keep you informed of any information that we receive concerning the Board’s position with regard to energy work.  For now, there is no official position from the Board other than that Reiki practitioners do not need to be licensed, as stated at the September 26, 2012 Board meeting.  If and when the Board changes, clarifies, or adds to this statement, we will let you know.

If you have not applied yet, please be aware that the qualifications for licensing will change on September 1, 2013. From that date forward, all applicants, regardless of modalities practiced, will have to meet the 500 hour education requirement or pass an exam in order to qualify for the state license. If you have any doubt whatsoever about whether you are required to apply for a license, ABMP strongly encourages you to apply now and sort the rest out later.

The application process is entirely on-line; there are no paper applications available. We also recommend that you have access to a printer so you can print a copy of the receipt, and any other pages for your records.

Begin the application process here.

If you have already applied for your NJ license you may disregard this message. ABMP is aware that the administrative processing of applications by the state has been slow, however, if you have already applied for your license, you have done what needs to be done and your application is pending (awaiting the Board’s review).  You do not need to take further action unless you receive something from the Board telling you otherwise.


Volunteer Outreach Opportunities

ABMP Members, if you’re seeking volunteers for an event you’re organizing, log in to the ABMP Members section and under Marketing Center select “Outreach and Volunteer Opportunities – Do you have an event you would like posted?”


Rewarding Volunteer Opportunities – Hospice of Michigan
Date: Ongoing
Location: Multiple Counties, Lower Peninsula,MI
Contact Name: Alana Knoppow
Contact Phone: 248-303-6818
Contact Email: aknoppow@HOM.ORG

Hospice of Michigan has rewarding volunteer opportunities for bodyworkers, cosmetologists. Reflexology, Healing Touch, Reiki, etc. for patients and caregivers. Set your own hours. Req: MI Massage License and NCTMB. HOM Volunteer Training provided: http://www.hom.org/volunteer/volunteer-online/.


Hospice Massage Volunteer
Sponsor: Hospice of the Twin Cities
Date: Ongoing
Location: Greater Metro Area
Contact Name: Theresa May
Contact Phone: 763-531-2424
Contact Email: mayt@hospiceofthetwincities.com
Website: www.hospiceofthetwincities.com

Use your talents & your open heart to provide massage to hospice patients throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area.  Hospice of the Twin Cities provides compassionate care to patients where they live – private home, assisted living, long term care facility.

To join our team you have:

  • Completed a massage/bodywork program with an established school.
  • Complete TB screening (no cost), background check (no cost), & full hospice volunteer training.
  • Commit to volunteering for 1 year with a minimum of 4 hours per month
  • A compassionate heart & a desire to be of service!

You will gain: Free training, supervision, experience and mentoring.  Build your resume & skills while providing compassionate touch.

Call or email for more information!


Join the Massage & Bodywork Community of Giving!
Sponsor: Massage & Bodywork Community of Giving (MBCG)
Date: Every day!
Location: Across New Jersey
Contact Name: Valerie Inzinna
Contact Phone: (732) 895-4869
Contact Email: Contact@MBCG.org
Website: www.mbcg.org

We are a network of massage and bodywork businesses and professionals across NJ ~ We in the MBCG support the Community FoodBank of New Jersey & the NJ SPCA in their efforts to end hunger, poverty and animal abuse and neglect by collecting donations of non-perishable food and pet food and supplies all year round!

Whether you are an independent professional or own your own business, travel to your clients or practice in a studio, teach students or are a student ~ if you are a member of the wellness community- You’re Invited!

Getting involved and giving back is SIMPLE and FREE, and you can help to make a tremendous positive difference in the lives of New Jersey families and homeless animals.

For more information, please visit www.MBCG.org or email Valerie at Contact@MBCG.org.


Giving back to our Veterans
Sponsor: Helios Warriors
Date: Ongoing
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Contact Name: Gayle Sovinee
Contact Phone: 828-299-0776
Email: helioswarriors@gmail.com
Website: www.helioswarriors.org

Helios Warriors is a 501(c)3 non profit organization offering complementary and alternative therapies every Friday and some Sundays to our men and women veterans.

Many have seen us and have found relief from PTSD, chronic physical and emotional pain and just to find relief from stress.

WE need licensed and insured massage and bodywork therapists in and around Asheville, North Carolina willing to commit at least 3 hours once a month.


Fairview Home Care and Hospice
Location: Twin Cities metro area
Contact: Anne Myers-Richards
Phone: 612-728-2408
Email: amyersr1@fairview.org
Website: www.fairview.org/hospice

Fairview Home Care and Hospice seeks volunteer massage therapists to supplement the care provided by our massage therapy staff. Volunteers provide comforting massage to our 160+ patients who are located throughout the Twin Cities area. Patients live in private homes as well as skilled care facilities.

Commitment: May be as much as 2-4 hours per week or as little as 2-4 hours per month. Hours are flexible. You will work with the same patient, in your area, on an ongoing basis.

Requirements: Complete hospice volunteer training, health screening including two TB tests (at no cost to you), criminal background check (at no cost to you), and provide two references.

For more information, please contact: Anne Myers-Richards, Volunteer Supervisor
612-728-2408
amyersr1@fairview.org


The Indianapolis office of the Visiting Nurse Service (VNS), which services several central Indiana counties, is looking for volunteer massage therapists. Volunteers will bring comfort and relief to patients by providing palliative massage care to homebound patients who would otherwise not be able to receive massage. The massage will be done with professionalism and care to provide a safe, dignified, and respectable environment for ill/terminally ill patients.

Volunteers, who are asked to provide one to two visits to patients per month, will need to complete an application, be interviewed, submit references, go through an orientation process, and get a TB test, provided by VNS; all of this is at no cost to the therapist. Therapists will be matched with patients in the area they are interested in.

ABMP members interested in participating are invited to contact the volunteer coordinator at VNS:

Emily Gage
Visiting Nurse Service, Inc.
4701 N. Keystone Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46205
317-722-8299 x293
EGage@vnsi.org


PoverelloThis not-for-profit agency serving Broward County HIV-AIDS clients, seeks several Licensed Massage Therapists for their Holistic Health Center,  which curently offers Acupuncture, Yoga and Meditation. This is a valuable opportunity to expand knowledge and experience, while providing community service. No time committment is too small; even two or three hours per week would be welcome,  either on weekdays or on weekends!  Other Poverello programs include a Fitness Center, HIV testing, a Food Bank and a Thrift Store.  These are currently volunteer-only positions. Please contact David or Beatrice at (954) 563-1299, or at Partnersinhealth@aol.com.

 

The Heart Touch Project is a non-profit, educational, and service organization devoted to the delivery of compassionate and healing touch to homebound or hospitalized men, women, and children. Founded by ABMP Member Shawnee Isaac Smith, the organization was created ten years ago in response to her friend and fellow bodyworker’s struggle with AIDS. She saw that he was being ostracized and deprived of touch and began to offer him her support through free massage.

To date, the Heart Touch Project has trained over 1,000 massage therapists and other professionals, who have provided more than 23,000 free massage sessions to more than 1,200 of the most ill and untouched members of our community. In addition, the project has educated thousands of physicians, nurses, parents, and other caregivers through hands-on demonstrations, workshops, and international presentations. This service has been called upon by many of the region’s most prominent healthcare, home-health, and hospice organizations.

The Heart Touch Project is looking for compassionate volunteers in order to meet community needs. Interested members are invited to contact:

Jennifer Noguera
The Heart Touch Project
3400 Airport Ave. #42
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 391-2558
jennifer@hearttouch.org


Massage License Not Required for NJ Reiki Practitioners

At its meeting on September 26, 2012, the New Jersey Massage Board indicated, in response to an inquiry from a Reiki practitioner, that a massage license is not required for people who practice only Reiki in New Jersey.  Click here to read the relevant Board meeting minutes (see page 3, paragraph E).  ABMP’s Director of Government Relations Jean Robinson attended a subsequent Board meeting in March 2013 and confirmed that the Board’s position is that Reiki practitioners are exempt from the NJ licensure requirement.  Therefore, the Board has clarified that if you practice only Reiki, you do not need to obtain a NJ massage license.


In Memoriam: Bob King

Bob King, cofounder of the Chicago School of Massage, passed away July 5. King’s career as an educator spanned several decades, during which time he positively influenced countless students and helped build the massage profession. In 2004 he was recognized with a Distinguished Service Award by the Massage Therapy Foundation, and in 2009 he and his wife Kathie received the Massage Therapy Foundation/Performance Health Humanitarian Award. His family requests that, in lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation do so in his name to the Massage Therapy Foundation.

Minor Changes to South Carolina’s Massage Law are Adopted

Senate Bill S. 214, signed into law by Governor Nikki Haley on June 7, 2013, amends South Carolina’s Massage/Bodywork Practice Act (MPA) in several ways.  Many of the changes are minor wording changes.  However, there are some important substantive changes as well.  Previously, the massage profession in South Carolina was regulated by two separate panels under the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation:  an “Advisory Panel” and a “Disciplinary Panel.”  S. 214 combines these two panels into one “Panel for Massage/Bodywork.”  The new Panel will be composed of seven members, one of whom must be a public member with no financial interest in the massage profession.  The Panel has the authority to advise and make recommendations on massage regulations and statutory changes, mediate consumer complaints, conduct hearings on licensure determinations, address and decide alleged violations of the MPA, issue witness subpoenas, require the production of documents, and recommend disciplinary actions.  The law also authorizes standard compensation for board member service.

The bill also changes the massage licensure requirements by stating, at section 40-30-110, that license applicants must complete 500 hours of classroom study at an approved school, among other requirements.  The prior law, by contrast, stated that applicants must complete 500 hours of supervised study at an approved school.  As a result, the law makes clear that any out-of-classroom coursework cannot count toward the minimum required 500 hours.  If a massage program is more than 500 hours, out-of-classroom work is allowed as long as at least 500 hours are in class.


Florida Massage Establishments May Not Operate Between Midnight and 5 AM

House bill 7005, signed into law on June 14, 2013, prohibits the operation of massage establishments between the hours of midnight and 5:00 AM.  The prohibition does not apply to:  health care facilities, hotels, timeshares, and airports if the massage is performed under a medical prescription or during a county-approved special event.

The new law also states that a massage establishment cannot be used as a primary residence unless it is zoned for residential use.

The Florida rules define “massage establishment” as “a site or premises, or portion thereof, wherein a licensed massage therapist practices massage for compensation.” The new law takes effect October 1, 2013.


Two Oklahoma Bills Introduced to Require Licensing of Massage Therapists, Both Fail

As previously reported, two bills were introduced in 2013 with the intent of regulating massage therapists at the state level. One bill attempted to regulate massage therapists under the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners; the other under the State Board of Medical Licensure. Both bills needed significant changes in order to earn the support of ABMP and the rest of the massage therapy profession. Neither bill progressed through the legislature this year.


Bill to Require Licensing of Massage Therapists Fails in Kansas

House Bill 2187 failed to pass the state legislature. The bill would have set minimum training requirements, defined a scope of practice, provided an avenue for consumer complaints, and pre-empted local regulations. If passed, the bill would have required massage therapists to become licensed by the state under the Kansas State Board of Nursing, and would have established a Massage Therapy Advisory Committee to advise the Board in carrying out the provisions of the Act.

Progress was made this year in educating both the public and the state legislature about massage therapy regulation in Kansas and nationwide. In addition, as a result of dialog and negotiations with massage practitioners once opposed to the bill, there is better understanding and consensus moving forward. We expect a new bill to license massage therapists to be introduced next year.


Georgia Law Requires Bodyworkers to Post Human Trafficking Notices

Georgia House bill 141 was amended through the process to require that only an establishment that offers massage or bodywork services by a person who is not a massage therapist must post a notice which contains specified information about human trafficking and contact information for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. The notice will have to be 8 ½ inches by 11 inches in size. The state Department of Public Safety would make the specific text of the notice available for download on its website by August 1, 2013.

Any person who failed to comply with the posting requirement would first be notified in writing by law enforcement of his or her noncompliance. A failure to correct the violation within 30 days would then result in a misdemeanor conviction and fine of up to $500, with subsequent offenses punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and up to 30 days imprisonment.

Our interpretation of this new law is that all licensed massage therapists are clearly exempt. Since it is illegal to practice massage therapy without a license, we are interpreting this to mean that all bodyworkers who are exempt from the Massage Therapy Practice Act are required to post this notice.  The list of practitioners would include movement educators (Feldenkrais, Trager), structural integrators, reflexologists, and those providing energy work (ABT, Polarity).


Indiana Bill to Require Mandatory Licensing Fails, State Certification Continues

Senate bill 573 failed to pass the state legislature this year. The bill would have changed the current state certification (title protection) program, to a mandatory licensing (practice act) program. The bill would have also expanded the authority of the State Board of Massage Therapy by authorizing it to establish standards for the competent practice of massage therapy, approve massage therapy school curricula consistent with accepted national standards, and establish continuing education requirements.

ABMP expects a new bill to be introduced next year.


Oregon Bill to Regulate Facilities Signed Into Law

Governor Kitzhaber signed Senate Bill 387 into law on June 13, 2013. Beginning January 1, 2014, “massage facilities,” meaning any “facility where a person engages in the practice of massage,” will be required to obtain a massage facility permit from the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists in order to operate. This requirement will not apply to massage schools, or massage facilities that are owned or operated by licensed massage therapists, or other health professionals listed here.

Only facilities owned or operated by people who are not licensed massage therapists (or other licensed health professionals) will be required to obtain a facility permit.

The next Oregon Board of Massage Therapists Rules Committee meeting is scheduled for June 24, 2013 and we expect the committee to begin discussing rule development for the implementation of SB 387 at that time.

In addition, the Board has adopted new rules that go into effect on July 1, 2013. ABMP strongly encourages members to review the new rules.


Bill Extending Massage Therapy Regulation in Colorado Signed Into Law

Senate bill 151 extends the Colorado Massage Therapy Practice Act, the law that regulates massage therapists in Colorado, until 2022.  SB 151 does not make any drastic changes to the existing massage law; however, it does include a title change for the profession.  Under the new law, massage therapists will be required to obtain a “license,” instead of a “registration,” in order to practice, and therefore will be titled as Licensed Massage Therapists. This title is consistent with the rest of the country and we believe it will mean more to consumers.

The requirements for licensure will be the same as they have been for registration:  500 hours of massage therapy education, passage of a national massage exam, successful completion of a background check, and adequate liability insurance.  The bill also updates the grounds for discipline, streamlines the process for applicants who attended out-of-state schools, and specifies that applicants who have been denied a license must wait two years to re-apply.

On July 1, 2014, each active massage therapy registration becomes an active massage therapy license automatically. As of that date, RMT’s may begin using the LMT title. Please be aware of this upcoming change when ordering new business cards or any other marketing tools.

Governor Hickenlooper also signed Senate bill 26 into law, which adds massage therapists and others to the list of health care professionals who must disclose certain information about their practice history to the state for inclusion in a publicly available database when they are applying for or renewing their registration.


Certification Now Required for Non-Licensed Reflexologists in Washington State

As we noted in our April 2012 legislative update, Senate Bill 6103 amended Washington’s massage licensing statute by requiring that reflexologists who do not have a Washington State massage license must obtain a state reflexology certification (also referred to as a credential).  The state has developed rules to implement the change, which can be read here.

Reflexology practitioners who already have a Washington State massage license do not need to obtain the reflexology certification.

Reflexology certification applications are now available.  Click here for the application.  It takes approximately 4 weeks for the Board to process an application.  The application processing time can be longer if your application is incomplete, you have a criminal history, or you have pending charges or disciplinary action against another license.

In order to apply under the law’s grandfathering provision (waiver of exam), you must:

  • Apply before July 1, 2014
  • Complete and mail in the application, along with $50 application fee
  • Complete four hours of AIDS education
  • Complete the jurisprudence exam, and
  • One of the following:
  1. Complete at least 200 hours of reflexology instruction in an approved program.  The 200 hours must consist of the coursework set forth under “Educational Requirements” at section WAC 246-831-040 of the rules; OR
  2. Practiced reflexology as a licensed massage practitioner for at least 5 years prior to July 1, 2013; OR
  3. Verification that you hold a current reflexology credential in another state or a territory of the United States which has substantially equivalent standards to those of Washington State.

If you do not meet the grandfathering requirements, then to apply you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Complete and mail in the application, along with $50 application fee
  • Complete at least 200 hours of reflexology instruction in an approved program.  The 200 hours must consist of the coursework set forth under “Educational Requirements” at section WAC 246-831-040 of the rules
  • Pass the American Reflexology Certification Board (ARCB) exam, or another approved exam
  • Complete four hours of AIDS education, and
  • Complete the jurisprudence exam

After you apply, you will be able to view your credential status on the Provider Credential Search.  Once you are approved, you can print your status and use this document to verify your credential until you receive your certificate.

More information regarding the reflexology profession can be located on the State’s reflexology program website.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Kris Waidely, Program Manager
Reflexology Program
PO Box 47852
Olympia WA 98504-7852
(360) 236-4847


Your Chance to Weigh In on Entry-level Requirements for MTs

The massage therapy Entry Level Analysis Project (ELAP) work group has completed its research and invites all in the profession to provide feedback on its first draft blueprint of what potentially might be included in entry-level massage education.  ELAP is a cooperative venture by the coalition of major national organizations in the massage therapy profession. Its goal is to provide research-informed recommendations on essential elements of entry-level education.


Human Trafficking Notices Must Now Be Posted Unless You Are CAMTC-Certified

Last fall we notified our California members that Senate Bill 1193, which added section 52.6 to the California Civil Code, would be requiring that massage establishments — except those that employ only California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC)-certified therapists — must conspicuously post written human trafficking notices.  The law is now in effect.

As a result,

  • If you practice massage or bodywork in California, and you do not have any other massage therapists or bodyworkers as employees, you must post the human trafficking notice in the place where you practice, unless you are CAMTC-certified. If you are CAMTC-certified, you do not have to post the notice.
  • If you employ others as massage therapists or bodyworkers, then you must post the human trafficking notice in your place of business unless you and all of the therapists/bodyworkers you employ are CAMTC-certified. If you and all of your therapist/bodyworker employees are CAMTC-certified, you do not have to post the notice. If some, but not all, of your employees are CAMTC-certified, you must post the notice.

Any establishment which is required to post the notice but fails to do so is subject to a $500 penalty for the first offense and a $1000 penalty for each subsequent offense.

The notice must be at least 8 ½ inches by 11 inches in size, and written in 16-point font.  It must be posted near the public entrance of your business or in another location which is in public view.

All establishments which fall under the posting requirement must post one copy of the notice in English and another copy in Spanish.  Establishments in certain counties must post the notice in other languages as well.

Click here  to download and print a copy of the notice in English.

Click here to download and print a copy of the notice in Spanish.

Click here to see if you are required to post the notice in additional languages as well, and to download and print a copy of those notices.

After you have clicked on the required notices, print them on 8 ½” x 11” paper and post them conspicuously in your establishment.

Please do not delay; the requirement is in effect now.

Please contact Nancy Potter at nancy@abmp.com with any questions.


In Our Thoughts

ABMP would like to let its members know that the Massage Therapy Foundation Team that ran in yesterday¹s Boston Marathon is all accounted for and safe.  President Les Sweeney, who ran the race, and several other ABMP staff members who were in attendance to cheer him on, were not affected by the tragedy. Our thoughts are with those who were injured and the families of the deceased.


Idaho License Applications are Now Available

Applications for Idaho licensing are now available. This is not voluntary.  All massage therapists are required to obtain a license by July 1, 2013 in order to practice.  We recommend that you begin the license application process as soon you can. 

To be clear – the term “grandfathering” relates to the qualifications required for existing practitioners to obtain a license for a certain period of time without meeting the normal licensing requirements. Grandfathering doesn’t mean you don’t have to apply.  Everyone must submit an application if they plan to practice massage therapy in the state of Idaho.  You will only be able to apply by grandfathering until July 1, 2014.

If your practice is limited to one or more of the following modalities and you do not advertise or use the term “massage” in your practice – you are not required to obtain an Idaho massage therapy license:

The Feldenkrais method, the Trager approach, body-mind centering, Ortho-Bionomy, craniosacral therapy, polarity therapy, polarity bodywork therapy, Asian bodywork therapy, acupressure, jin shin doo, qi gong, reiki, shiatsu, Rolfing, structural integration, Hellerwork, or a practice which is limited to manipulation of the soft tissues of the hands, feet, or ears as long as practitioner does not hold him/herself out to be a massage therapist or someone performing massage or massage therapy.

Fees

The application and licensing fee is $125.00, which must be paid by check or money order made payable to the Idaho State Bureau of Occupational Licenses (IBOL).  You can pay by cash (exact change required) or credit card if you choose to submit your application in person at the IBOL offices in Boise.  For future reference, you will have to renew your license yearly for a fee of $75.

Choose the correct application 

It will be easiest for most applicants to choose one of the five methods below and apply by grandfathering. If you do not satisfy any of the five grandfathering categories, then refer to the instructions for “Examination Applicants” or “Endorsement Applicants” in the “Application Instructions” on the Idaho State Board of Massage Therapy’s Website.

All applicants must:

  • Pay the $125 fee.
  • Complete the application. Most applicants will use the Grandfather Application.
  • All applications must be signed in the presence of a notary public, who also must sign and stamp the document.  Many banks have notary publics on staff.
  • In addition, all applicants will have to provide other documentation depending on which one of the five different requirements you are meeting in order to qualify for a license by grandfathering.

You only need to fulfill one grandfathering category.  They are:

(1)    Professional membership.  If you were a member of ABMP (or certain other professional associations) for any full one-year period prior to the date of your license application, then you can apply for a license by grandfathering on that basis.  This is the easiest and most efficient way to qualify for licensure.

Checklist:

  • Contact Nancy Potter at nancy@abmp.com to request that ABMP send a membership verification letter directly to the Board.
  • At number 7 and number 8 on the Grandfather Application Link, check yes or no after each question, but disregard the instructions stating that you must have a transcript and exam test scores sent in.
  • At the bottom of page 1 of the Grandfather Application, place a check mark on the line before the sentence which begins, “Provide proof of active membership in good standing as a massage therapist…”  Do not place a check on any of the other lines at the bottom of page 1.
  • You do not have to fill out the “Work Experience” section on page 2.
  • If you hold a license in another state, contact the Board in that state to have them mail verification of your license directly to the Idaho Board.
  • Keep a copy of this and all other completed documents for your records.

 (2)   Exam.  If you have taken and passed either the MBLEx exam or one of the NCBTB exams (the NCETM or the NCETMB), then you can apply for a license by grandfathering on that basis.

Checklist:

  • You must contact the testing agency to have it send a copy of your exam scores directly to the Idaho Board.  If you passed the MBLEx, go to www.fsmtb.org, click on “MBLEx Mobility Form along the top of the page, fill out the form, and mail it in to the address on the form.  If you passed one of the NCBTMB exams, contact the NCBTMB at 1-800-296-0664 or info@ncbtmb.org and request that your exam scores be sent to the Idaho Board.  Current certification by the NCBTMB is not required – passing the exam at some point in the past is sufficient.
  • At number 7 on the Grandfather Application link, check yes or no, but disregard the instruction stating that you must have a transcript sent in.
  • At the bottom of page 1 of the Grandfather Application, place a check mark on the line before the sentence which begins, “Provide proof of having passed an examination…”  Do not place a check on any of the other lines at the bottom of page 1.
  • You do not have to fill out the “Work Experience” section on page 2.
  • If you hold a license in another state, contact the Board in that state to have them send verification of your license directly to the Idaho Board.
  • Keep a copy of this and all other completed documents for your records.

(3)    Education. You can apply for a grandfathering license based on education if  you completed 500 hours in a massage therapy program at a school which is registered with the Idaho State Board of Education or a comparable agency in another state, which consisted of at least:  200 hours in massage and bodywork assessment, theory, and application; 125 hours in body systems including anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology; 40 hours in pathology; 25 hours in business and ethics; and 110 hours of supervised clinical work.

Checklist:

  • Contact your school to (1) confirm that it is still open and (2) that is registered with the Idaho State Board of Education or a comparable agency in another state.  If your school is now closed, try to locate any contact information for your school that you can.  If you cannot locate contact information, you may need to apply for a license in one of the other ways.
  • Ask your school to send a copy of your official transcript directly to the Board.
  • At number 8 on the Grandfather Application link, check yes or no, but disregard the instruction stating that you must have exam scores sent in.
  • At the bottom of page 1 of the Grandfather Application, place a check mark on the line before the sentence which begins, “Completed a minimum of five hundred (500) hours of supervised classroom and hands-on instruction…”  Do not place a check on any of the other lines at the bottom of page 1.
  • You do not have to fill out the “Work Experience” section on page 2.
  • If you hold a license in another state, contact the Board in that state to have them send verification of your license directly to the Idaho Board.
  • Keep a copy of this and all other completed documents for your records.

(4)    If you have practiced massage therapy for an average of at least 5 hours per week for the past 3 years AND you have 300 hours of formal training in massage, you can apply by grandfathering on that basis.

Checklist:

  • Contact your school to (1) confirm that it is still open and (2) that is registered with the Idaho State Board of Education or a comparable agency in another state.  If your school is now closed, try to locate any contact information for your school that you can.  If you cannot locate contact information, you may need to apply for a license in one of the other ways.
  • Ask your school to send a copy of your official transcript directly to the Board.
  • At number 8 on the Grandfather Application, check yes or no after the question, but disregard the instructions stating that you must have exam test scores sent in.
  • At the bottom of page 1 of the Grandfather Application, place a check mark on the line before the sentence which begins, “Completed at least three hundred (300) hours of formal massage training in massage therapy…”  Do not place a check on any of the other lines at the bottom of page 1.
  • Fill out the “Work Experience” section on page 2.
  • If you hold a license in another state, contact the Board in that state to have them send verification of your license directly to the Idaho Board.
  • Keep a copy of this and all other completed documents for your records.

(5)    If you have practiced massage therapy for an average of at least 5 hours per week for the past 5 years AND you have 200 hours of formal training in massage, you can apply by grandfathering on that basis.

Checklist:

  • Contact your school to (1) confirm that it is still open and (2) that is registered with the Idaho State Board of Education or a comparable agency in another state.  If your school is now closed, try to locate any contact information for your school that you can.  If you cannot locate contact information, you may need to apply for a license in one of the other ways.
  • Ask your school to send a copy of your official transcript directly to the Board.
  • At number 8 on the Grandfather Application, check yes or no after the question, but disregard the instructions stating that you must have exam test scores sent in.
  • At the bottom of page 1 of the Grandfather Application, place a check mark on the line before the sentence which begins, “Completed at least two hundred (200) hours of formal massage training in massage therapy…”  Do not place a check on any of the other lines at the bottom of page 1.
  • Fill out the “Work Experience” section on page 2.
  • If you hold a license in another state, contact the Board in that state to have verification of your license mailed directly to the Idaho Board.
  • Keep a copy of this and all other completed documents for your records.

Avoid Common Mistakes

Keep a copy for your records of all documents that you submit.

Don’t lie on the application.  The information you submit is easily verifiable, and you are likely to get caught.  A past arrest, criminal conviction, or disciplinary action will not automatically disqualify you.  Lying will.

You must have a license issued by the state of Idaho by July 1, 2013 in order to practice massage legally.  Don’t let anyone convince you that it is “okay” to practice with only NCBTMB certification.  It is not okay.

Don’t Panic

It will be a criminal violation of the law to practice massage therapy without a Board-issued license.  You must be licensed by July 1, 2013 to work as a massage therapist.  This gives you sufficient time to complete the process, but do not procrastinate.  Get the process started now.

License Renewals and CE

Massage licenses expire every year on the licensee’s birthday.  You must renew every year before your birthday by completing and submitting a renewal form, which will be made available on the Board’s website, along with a $75 renewal fee.  Each year starting after your first renewal, you will need to complete 6 hours of massage therapy continuing education (CE), which must include one hour of ethics.  All of the CE can be done online if you so choose.

If You Have Questions

We’ve tried to summarize the application process and address anticipated questions as best we can.  If you’ve reviewed all the information here and on the application but still have questions, please contact Nancy Potter at nancy@abmp.com.  However, it’s possible that only the Board can answer your question.  To contact the Board:

Idaho State Board of Massage Therapy
Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses
700 West State Street, PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0063
Phone:  (208) 334-3233
Fax:  (208) 334-3945
Email:  mas@ibol.idaho.gov
Website:  click here


EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week 2013 Materials Available

ABMP is proud to sponsor EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week, July 14–20, 2013. During this annual July event, ABMP members give their time, money, and effort to help those less fortunate in their communities, while raising the profession’s visibility at the same time. In 2007, the program won a silver award from the Colorado Healthcare Communicators for its overall excellence.

Throughout EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week, ABMP encourages and supports members as they donate their time to such community-spirited activities as offering complimentary massages while collecting cash or canned-food donations for nonprofits. Other efforts include offering free massage or discounts to senior citizens, students, police and firefighters, as well as charity telethon work and health fair participation. ABMP members can learn more about this event and print their customizable Massage Week materials at ABMP.com.

Massage therapists can also order a free sample packet of materials, or reserve an event banner from ABMP’s EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week hotline: 877-208-7546.


MD Bill to Increase Entry-Level Education Requirements is Withdrawn

Maryland House Bill 818 and Senate Bill 915, both recently introduced in the state legislature, propose to increase the number of hours that an applicant for licensure must complete in a Board-approved massage program from 500 hours to 600 hours.  The bills also would add kinesiology to the content areas that must be included in those 600 hours.

ABMP opposes any increase in the required educational hours or content areas without justification for such a change. There are already considerable inconsistencies in the Maryland law regulating massage therapists that make reciprocity very difficult. Adding to those obstacles for no apparent reason is unacceptable.

The bills have been withdrawn so no additional action will take place in 2013.


SD Bill Signed into Law, Changes Will Benefit LMT’s

As we discussed in our last legislative update, HB 1126 initially proposed to repeal South Dakota’s Massage Therapy Act.  However, a compromise amendment was achieved which deleted the repeal language and instead made several improvements to the massage law, including:

  • Removing the requirement that schools must be accredited by a US Department of Education recognized accrediting agency by July 1, 2014 in order to be recognized by the Board.
  • Improving reciprocity/endorsement licensing requirements for those moving to South Dakota.
  • Improving the renewal process and adding a grace period for licensees who renew within 30 days of expiration.
  • Requiring eight (8) hours of continuing education and allowing all 8 hours to be obtained online if the licensee chooses.
  • Setting a minimum professional liability insurance coverage limit of no less than two hundred fifty thousand dollars per occurrence instead of allowing the Board to determine limits by rule. Liability insurance coverage included in your ABMP membership far exceeds this amount.

ABMP was in favor of the proposed amendment, and we are now pleased to report that the final enrolled bill was signed into law by Governor Daugaard on March 14, 2013.  We thank those of you who contacted your legislators to voice your support for the bill.  ABMP will attempt to assist the Board in developing rules which might better accommodate those license applicants who graduated from schools which are now closed.


Invitation to Participate in a Massage Education Survey

All interested massage therapists are invited to participate in a survey on massage education. The purpose of this survey is to gather opinions regarding the quality of massage education, with the overall goal of improving its quality. The survey is being conducted by Martha Menard, PhD, as part of a program evaluation on behalf of the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA).

The survey link is available here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8W8GZHJ
Please respond no later than April 5, 2013.

All responses are anonymous. The final results of this study will be used for scholarly purposes and may also be published in a summary format in a peer-reviewed journal.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Martha Menard, PhD, at 434-960-6862, or via email at martha@sigmaappliedresearch.com. This study has been reviewed according to accepted Institutional Review Board (IRB) procedures for research involving human subjects, and approved. If you have questions about the rights of research participants you can call Solutions IRB. They are an impartial ethics review board, and can be contacted by phone at (855) 226-4472.


Washington State to Consider Licensing Massage Businesses

House Bill 1981 was introduced in the Washington state legislature on March 7, 2013.  The bill proposes to require that massage therapy businesses, or “establishments,” obtain establishment licenses from the Department of Health in order to operate.  The bill lists several exemptions, including exemptions for student clinics, establishments owned by licensed medical professionals, establishments which provide only chair massage, establishments owned and operated by a licensed massage practitioner who is the only practitioner working in that establishment, and establishments that are affiliated with a national massage franchise.

ABMP is opposed to the bill and has voiced its opposition in a letter to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, which you can read here.  The bill has not been sent to Committee, and it is in the early stages of the legislative process.  We will let you know of any developments concerning HB 1981.


Rhode Island Will Consider Changes to the Massage Law

Under current law, Rhode Island massage therapists are regulated directly by the Department of Health.  House Bill 5714, introduced in the state legislature on February 27, 2013, would amend Rhode Island’s massage law by placing the regulation of the massage profession under a new State Board of Massage Therapy Examiners operating under the Division of Professional Regulation of the Department of Health.  The Board would be composed of seven members, five of whom would be licensed massage therapists and one of whom would be a member of the general public.  No more than one member could be affiliated with a massage therapy school.  Board members would serve in staggered two-year terms after an initial term not exceeding three years.

H 5714 also would impose a new continuing education (CE) requirement for massage therapists.  If the bill is passed, therapists will need to certify that they have completed six hours of CE every year, or twelve hours every two years, in order to renew their licenses.  The Board would issue rules detailing the specifics of the new requirement.  We have asked the bill sponsors to provide their reasoning for proposing mandatory CE now.  Required CE means additional costs for practitioners, and ABMP believes that it should be imposed only if doing so will enhance public protection, not simply because other states do so.

Additionally, H 5714 would require that massage therapists state their name and license number on all advertising, and display a copy of their license in their principal place of business.  Other amendments proposed in the bill include new, expressly-stated exemptions for modalities including Feldenkrais and Trager, and an increase in the limit on monetary penalties for violations of the massage law from $1000 to $5000.

We will keep you informed of any important developments.


Missouri Bill Would Make Massage Licensure Voluntary

HB 659, recently introduced in the Missouri legislature, proposes to dramatically alter the state’s massage therapy law by stating that “nothing [within the massage therapy statute] shall require a person engaged in the practice of massage therapy to be licensed,” except that only someone who has obtained a license can call him or herself a “licensed massage therapist.”  Therefore, if the bill becomes law, no massage therapist in Missouri will be required to have license in order to practice massage, as long as the therapist does not call him or herself a “licensed massage therapist.”

ABMP strongly opposes HB 659.  Professional licensure is critical to ensuring entry-level standards of practice for the profession, and it protects the safety of the public by ensuring that therapists have received adequate training and that massage clients have an avenue to file complaints if necessary.  Only five states in the country have experimented with a voluntary licensing scheme.  Two of those (New Jersey and Wisconsin) have now switched to mandatory licensing, and two more (Indiana and Virginia) are considering a switch in 2013.  Voluntary licensing is confusing to clients and does not serve the profession or the public. 

ABMP opposes HB 659 and has contacted the sponsor and committee members. We will keep you informed of the status of the bill.


Massage Apprenticeships Could Be Eliminated in Florida

Under current Florida law, an applicant is qualified for licensure as a massage therapist if he or she passes an approved exam and either completes a course of study at a school approved by the Massage Therapy Board or completes an apprenticeship program that meets the Board’s standards.  Under SB 1334, recently introduced in the Florida state legislature, apprenticeships would no longer serve as a qualification for licensure.  If the bill becomes law, every applicant will be required to pass a Board-approved exam and complete the required massage education at a Board-approved school.

We will keep you informed of the status of the bill.


OR Bill to Regulate Massage Facilities Favorably Amended

If passed, Senate Bill 387 would require that “massage facilities,” meaning any “facility where a person engages in the practice of massage,” obtain a massage facility permit from the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists in order to operate.  This requirement would not apply to licensed massage schools or to individual massage therapists working out of their homes.  In addition, the bill was amended on March 1st to exclude all clinics or facilities owned or operated by a person regulated by a health professional regulatory board from obtaining a facility permit as well.

This means that massage facilities that are owned or operated by licensed massage therapists (or other health professionals listed here) will not be required to obtain a facility permit. Only facilities owned or operated by people who are not licensed massage therapists (or other licensed health professionals) will be required to obtain a facility permit.

ABMP is very supportive of exempting licensed health professionals from the facility permit requirement.  The Board of Massage Therapists believes that regulating facilities will help combat the serious problem of human trafficking in Oregon by giving the Board the authority to discipline establishment owners operating illicit businesses under the guise of massage and providing a tool for law enforcement in shutting those businesses down. ABMP expected the Board to exempt licensed health professionals by rule, but it is more appropriate that they are clearly exempt by statute.


Utah Will Study the Issue of Mandatory Education

House Bill 351, sponsored by Rep. Paul Ray, would require massage therapy licensees to complete twenty-four hours of mandatory continuing education during each 2 year renewal cycle.  You may read ABMP’s letter to the bill sponsor and committee members regarding our concerns here. The bill was heard by the House Health and Human Services Committee on February 27, 2013 and several committee members and testifiers voiced similar concerns with the bill. As a result, the Committee referred the bill to the House Rules Committee with the recommendation that they move the bill to interim study.

Interim Committees study key issues facing the state and recommend legislation for the upcoming session. These committees meet between legislative sessions from April through November and serve as an opportunity for the public to speak and give their input to the legislature concerning matters being considered. Offering opinions regarding issues being considered in the interim committees is an excellent way to participate in the lawmaking process and ABMP will inform members when the opportunity arises.


Bill Reauthorizing CO Massage Law Moves through State Legislature

Colorado Senate Bill 151 was approved by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on February 13, 2013. The bill now goes to the Appropriations Committee for review. If passed, the bill will extend the Colorado Massage Therapy Practice Act, the law that regulates massage therapists in Colorado, until 2022. SB 151 does not make any drastic changes to the existing massage law. The requirements for licensure will be the same as they have been for registration: 500 hours of massage therapy education, passage of a national massage exam, successful completion of a background check, and adequate liability insurance. The bill does not impose any continuing education requirement. However, SB 151 does include a title change for the profession. Under the new law, massage therapists would be required to obtain a “license,” instead of a “registration,” in order to practice, and therefore would be titled as Licensed Massage Therapists (LMT’s) instead of Registered Massage Therapists (RMT’s). This title is consistent with the rest of the country and we believe it will mean more to consumers. The bill also updates the grounds for discipline, streamlines the process for applicants who attended out-of-state schools, and specifies that applicants who have been denied a license must wait two years to re-apply. ABMP supports SB 151 and has been actively working for its passage. We will keep you apprised of the status of the bill.


Indiana Bill Would Require Mandatory Licensing for the Practice of Massage Therapy

Indiana Senate Bill 573 (Landske) was passed by members of the Committee on Public Policy on February 14, 2013. This is the first step in a long legislative process. If passed, the bill would amend the current state certification law to a mandatory practice act. Anyone practicing, or advertising that they practice massage therapy, would be required to obtain a license in order to practice legally in the state. Practitioners who are currently state certified would be considered “licensed” automatically on July 1, 2013 if the bill is passed so they would not have to re-apply or meet new qualifications.

Under current law, state certification is required only if one “professes to be a certified massage therapist,” uses the title “Certified Massage Therapist” or “Massage Therapist,” or uses the abbreviation “CMT” or “MT” to imply that he or she is a certified massage therapist. The proposed bill would eliminate the “certification” process and replace it by requiring a mandatory license for anyone who practices massage therapy, no matter what title the practitioner is using. A person practicing massage therapy without a license would be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.

If passed, SB 573 would expand the authority of the State Board of Massage Therapy by authorizing it to establish standards for the competent practice of massage therapy, approve massage therapy school curricula consistent with accepted national standards, and establish continuing education requirements. In addition, the Board would have the ability to establish an inactive license category.

SB 573 would also pre-empt the local regulation of massage therapists so that practitioners would not have to obtain multiple individual city permits/licenses to practice; however, the municipalities would maintain their authority over zoning and business licenses.

ABMP is generally supportive of SB 573. If passed, the regulation of massage therapists in Indiana would become more consistent with the rest of the country. We will keep Indiana members apprised of the status of the bill.


Alliance Publishes Teacher Standards Document

February 4, 2013. The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education has completed Phase 1 of its National Teacher Education Standards Project, and has announced the publication of the Core Competencies for Massage Therapy Teachers. This document describes the foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) needed for teachers to produce successful and consistent outcomes with adult learners in a variety of educational settings.

These comprehensive standards apply to the work of teachers across the entire continuum of massage therapy education, from entry-level training programs to post-graduate studies. They also apply to teachers throughout the arc of their professional careers.

In December 2010, the Alliance launched the National Teacher Education Standards Project (TESP) as part of its long-term commitment to strengthen and improve the quality of massage therapy education. This endeavor is both timely and essential because the majority of instructors in this field have not received formal training in the theory and methodology of teaching. As well, there are few jurisdictions that uphold competency standards for massage therapy teachers.

The Core Competencies will provide guidance to classroom teachers, continuing education providers, schools, national accrediting commissions, state regulatory agencies and other organizations in the massage therapy field.

The National Teacher Education Standards Project (TESP) will be carried out through a series of five phases: With Phase 1 now finished, the Alliance moves into Phases 2 and 3, which involve the creation of a model teacher training curriculum and the identification and development of training resources. To ensure that teachers have achieved the competencies, a voluntary certification program will be established as Phase 4. The final step will involve working with school accreditors and regulators to incorporate these teacher education standards. Overall, it’s estimated the TESP will take 5–10 years.

The Alliance’s Professional Standards Committee was responsible for the development of this document. A diverse group of experienced teachers, CE providers, and massage school directors researched existing teacher standards throughout the realms of public education and specialized professional education. The committee incorporated some of these well-researched templates, adding to them the unique nature and attributes of massage therapy education. Throughout the process, important feedback on working drafts was obtained from attendees at the Alliance’s 2011 and 2012 Annual Conferences, as well as through public comment periods.

According to Alliance President Pete Whitridge, LMT, “The establishment of the Core Competencies is a landmark achievement in the massage therapy field. Now that these standards are in place, we are shifting our focus to the practical tasks of implementation. In the months and years to come, the Alliance will provide resources to assist individuals and institutions in the process of meeting these standards, for the ultimate benefit of students and clients of massage therapy.”


KS Massage Therapy Licensure Bill Introduced

Massage Therapist Call to Action:  The new massage therapy licensure bill has been introduced, it has not been given a hearing date yet.  Now is the time to contact your legislators in support of House Bill 2187.

House Bill 2187, the Massage Therapy Licensure Act, would set minimum training requirements, define a scope of practice, provide an avenue for consumer complaint, and pre-empt local regulations. If passed, the bill would require massage therapists to become licensed by the state under the Kansas State Board of Nursing, and would establish a Massage Therapy Advisory Committee to advise the Board in carrying out the provisions of the Act.

The bill includes generous grandfathering opportunities for current massage therapists.  For a period of two years, existing practitioners would be able to qualify for a state license by meeting one of the following criteria:

  1. Has completed a massage program consisting of a minimum 500 hours; or
  2. Has completed at least 300 hours during the 3 years prior to the date of application; or
  3. Has practiced massage for at least 5 years prior to the date of application; or
  4. Has been an active member of a national massage therapist association (such as ABMP) which provides professional liability insurance for at least a year; or
  5. Has passed a nationally recognized examination approved by the board.

After two years, all NEW applicants only will have to demonstrate they have completed a massage program consisting of at least 500 hours and passed an examination approved by the board.

Several practices would be exempt from licensure as long as practitioners do not practice, or advertise that they practice massage therapy, including: reflexology, movement educators (Feldenkrais, Trager, and Body-Mind Centering), energy work (Reiki, Shiatsu, Asian Bodywork, Polarity), structural integrators (Rolfing and Hellerwork).

The licensing fee would be no more than $75 every two years and continuing education requirements would be limited to no more than 12 hours biennially. Massage therapists would be required to carry professional liability insurance.


 

ABMP Statement Regarding Erie County Public Employee Health Care Benefits in Buffalo, NY

A recent article highlighted statements made by the office of Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw in Buffalo, NY that referred to massage as a “luxury,” and derided the Erie County Public Employee Health Care Benefits program for offering massage and acupuncture as a benefit to public employees. After being alerted by ABMP members in the area, ABMP Government Relations Director Jean Robinson has sent a statement on behalf of our organization and its members to support the role of massage as a valid and proven form of complementary and alternative medicine. The statement, in its entirety, is below:

February 14, 2013

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz

Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw

Erie County Executive’s Office

Edward A. Rath County Office Building
95 Franklin Street, 16th Floor
Buffalo, New York 14202

Re:  Erie County Public Employee Health Care Benefits

Dear County Executive Poloncarz and Comptroller Mychajliw,

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) is a professional membership association for massage and bodywork therapists representing more than 80,000 members nationally and over 2,000 in New York State.

We would like to take this opportunity to provide some facts in response to recent items in the Erie County press calling into question whether county employees should receive health insurance benefits for therapeutic massage.  Study after study indicates that therapeutic massage is not a frivolous indulgence but rather an effective treatment for dozens of physical conditions.  For example:

  • Massage therapy is a safe and effective way to reduce pain and improve function in adults with osteoarthritis of the knee, reported a 2006 study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
  • The Annals of Internal Medicine reported in 2003 that massage therapy was effective for treat­ing persistent back pain, as did a 2000 report by the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
  • Research has shown massage reduces carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.  The Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 2004.
  • Premature infant massage in the NICU was reported in Neonatal Network to be effective in increasing weight gain, improving developmental scores, shortening hospital stays and improving parent-baby bonding (2003).
  • Pediatric healthcare staff report increasing hospital use of complementary and alternative medicine, including massage (Advance for Nurses, April 2007).
  • In 2005, Cancer Control reported massage therapy effectively reduced stress and anxiety in cancer patients, with a promising outlook for pain control and management of other symptoms.
  • Oncology patients show less pain, fatigue, nausea, anxiety and depression following massage therapy, according to a study by Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 2004, and a report in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 2002.
  • Women with lymph node dissection receiving arm massage had less pain and surgery-related discomfort, according to a 2004 Cancer Nursing article.
  • Forty-eight percent of respondents to a Consumer Reports survey rated massage therapy as “very helpful” in relieving back pain. The survey revealed pain relief was a top motivator for those seeking massage. (Consumer Reports, May 2009).
  • Touch may help alleviate symptoms of depression according to the American Journal of Psychiatry. Researchers suggested the release of oxytocin and relaxing aspects of massage help improve this condition. (March 2010).

Individuals who are treated with massage therapy are often able to address their conditions without physician or hospital visits, resulting in enormous health care cost savings.  Massage therapy is an accepted, proven, and cost-effective health care practice.

We invite you to review the facts and continue to include therapeutic massage as an important part of Erie County’s employee health benefits.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Jean Robinson, Government Relations Director


SD Amendment to HB 1126 Makes Little Difference in Current Law

HB 1126 was amended during the House floor vote. The amendment changed one word in the entire massage law.

The board shall (instead of may) issue a license to engage is the practice of massage to a person who submits an application form and the nonrefundable application fee as approved in § 36-35-17 and who demonstrates the following qualifications….

The qualifications for licensure remained the same.

The amendment passed yesterday is not sufficient. It eliminated one “may” but left another “may” in the same section of the bill that allows the board to refues to issue a license . We expect there to be more compromise in the Senate and will keep members informed.


Oklahoma Bills Would Require that Massage Therapists Become Licensed

Two bills have been introduced in the Oklahoma state legislature which would require that all massage therapists in Oklahoma have state licenses in order to practice, and that all massage schools have state licenses in order to operate. Neither bill has been set for hearing in the legislature. ABMP is opposed to both of these bills unless significant changes are made.

House Bill 1417 places the regulation of the massage profession under the authority of the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. The bill provides that the Chiropractic Board will issue a license to applicants who (1) have passed an (unspecified) exam, (2) maintain professional liability insurance, and (3) have not been convicted of, or plead guilty or nolo contendere to, a felony, a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, or a violation of federal or state controlled substances laws. Under the bill’s grandfathering provision, for 18 months after the law becomes effective, applicants may obtain a license if they have (1) completed 500 hours of massage education from a state-licensed school and have practiced massage in Oklahoma for at least one year, or (2) practiced massage in Oklahoma for at least 3 years, or (3) completed at least 750 hours of massage education from a state-licensed school. Licenses would have to be renewed every two years. The bill gives the Chiropractic Board authority to discipline licenses for violations of the massage law.

Senate Bill 1019 places the regulation of the massage profession under the authority of the State Board of Medical Licensure. The bill provides that the Medical Board will issue a license to applicants who (1) have passed a standardized national massage therapy exam, (2) maintain professional liability insurance, and (3) have not been convicted of, or plead guilty or nolo contendere to, a felony, a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, or a violation of federal or state controlled substances laws. SB 1019 contains no grandfathering provision. Instead, it states that from November 1, 2013 until May 1, 2014, the Medical Board may issue “temporary” licenses to applicants who have (1) completed 500 hours of massage education from a state-licensed school and have practiced massage in Oklahoma for at least one year, or (2) practiced massage in Oklahoma for at least 3 years, or (3) completed at least 750 hours of massage education from a state-licensed school. All “temporary” licenses would expire May 1, 2014, at which time the person must have qualified for full licensure in order to practice. Licenses would have to be renewed every two years. The bill gives the Medical Board authority to discipline licenses for violations of the massage law.

We will keep you apprised of the status of the bills.


FL Bill Would Impose New Requirements for Massage Establishments

Florida Senate Bill 500 (and companion bill: House Bill 7005, affecting massage establishments, has been scheduled for a hearing in the state legislature.  Current law requires that all massage establishments, defined as “a site or premises, or portion thereof, wherein a massage therapist practices massage,” must have a state-issued license in order to operate.  HB 7005 proposes to add requirements that a person operating a massage establishment may not: (1) operate a massage establishment between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am, unless the massage establishment is a health care facility or hotel, or unless all massages are performed under the supervision of a physician or other specified health care professional, or (2) use the establishment, or permit it to be used, as a principal domicile, unless it is zoned under a local ordinance for residential use.  Any person violating these requirements would guilty of a misdemeanor for the first offense, and a third degree felony for subsequent offenses.

The language of the bill states that while the legislature recognizes that the majority of massage establishments are operated by law-abiding citizens, a small number are operated in order to conduct illegal activity, such as human trafficking.  The text of the bill states that it is the legislature’s intent to protect the public, and the massage profession, from those establishments that engage in illegal activity.


GA Bill Would Require Posting of Human Trafficking Notices in Massage Establishments

Georgia House Bill 141 was recently introduced in the state legislature.  If passed, the bill would require that all establishments that offer massage or bodywork services by a massage therapist must post a notice (1) in the establishment’s restroom and (2) near the establishment’s entrance or in another conspicuous location, which contains specified information about human trafficking and contact information for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.  The notice would have to be 8 ½ inches by 11 inches in size.  The state Department of Public Safety would make the specific text of the notice available for download on its website by August 1, 2013.

Any person who failed to comply with the posting requirement would first be notified in writing by law enforcement of his or her noncompliance.  A failure to correct the violation within 30 days would then result in a misdemeanor conviction and fine of up to $500, with subsequent offenses punishable by a fine of up to $1000 and up to 30 days imprisonment.

We will keep you apprised of any developments regarding this bill.


Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards Call for Participation

January 31, 2013

The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards invites you to consider participating in one of the following committees associated with the Licensure Renewal Program.

Ethics and Professional Practice Committee
This Committee will be responsible for developing the State-sponsored “Ethics and Professional Practice” continuing education component for the FSMTB.

Professional Development Activity Committee
The PDA Committee will be responsible for developing and reviewing applications in the Professional Development Activity registration and tracking system .

Information Technology Review Committee
Experts in IT are needed to review the various technological requirements of projects associated with the License Renewal Program and provide recommended IT solutions for those identified needs.

Some travel may be required to attend meetings, the first of which is scheduled for early 2013. Other meetings will be held via conference calls, as indicated by the Committee.

The choice of participants will be based on demonstrated interest in the profession and support of FSMTB’s mission and a willingness and ability to serve and commit their knowledge and skill to the project. Participants should have leadership and communications skills and will be accountable for cooperative effort and timely completion of tasks associated with the project. Those individuals with experience in the subject matter,curriculum development, continuing education and information technology will receive priority consideration.

The FSMTB will provide Committee members with policy information, appropriate training and orientation to assist in the performance of their activities and travel expenses will be reimbursed. Prior to selection, all participants will submit a signed Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form. Interested persons may download, print and mail     documents to the office OR submit electronically using the links provided.     Confidentiality of application materials will be respected. Interested persons should submit a Volunteer Application by February 6, 2013.

For more information please contact:
Lorena Haynes
Continuing Competence Coordinator
lhaynes@fsmtb.org 
913.681.0380

Volunteer Application (.pdf version)
Electronic Volunteer Application 
Licensure Renewal Recommendation

 


Oregon Bill Would Require Permit for Operation of Massage Facilities

Oregon Senate Bill 387 was recently introduced in the state legislature.  If passed, the bill would require that all “massage facilities,” meaning any “facility where a person engages in the practice of massage,” must obtain a massage facility permit from the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists in order to operate.  This requirement would not apply to licensed massage schools or to individual massage therapists working out of their homes.

To receive a permit, a facility would be required to submit a permit application and pay a fee, comply with the Board’s health and safety requirements, and employ only licensed massage therapists, among other things.  Facilities would be required to obtain Board approval before relocating the facility or transferring a permit.  A permit would need to be renewed periodically, with payment of a renewal fee, prior to its expiration date.

The bill authorizes the Board to adopt rules establishing health, safety, and infection control requirements for massage facilities, as well as rules governing facility investigations.  Massage facilities operating without a permit, or which violate any other requirements of the proposed law, would be subject to discipline and monetary penalties.

We will keep our Oregon members apprised of the status of the bill.  If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Potter, ABMP’s Government Relations Coordinator, at nancy@abmp.com.


South Dakota Bill Would Repeal the Regulation of Massage Therapists

House bill 1126 was introduced and referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee where it was passed (11-2) on January 25, 2013. The bill will now be voted on by all members of the state House of Representatives (House) and if passed, will advance to the Senate for the same process. HB 1126 would repeal the Massage Therapy Practice Act (Act) and massage therapists would no longer be regulated in the state. ABMP is opposed to the bill and we have contacted the bill sponsors to voice our opposition but as of yet, we do not know the motivation or reason behind the bill.

The current law sets minimum training requirements, defines a scope of practice, provides an avenue for consumer complaint, and pre-empts local regulations. South Dakota has been regulating massage therapists since 2005 and the licensing requirements are the same as the majority of the 44 states and 3 US territories that regulate the profession. If problems with the current law have been identified, we are happy to work with the bill sponsors and the State Massage Therapy Board to amend the law in a productive manner, but there is no known reason to repeal the entire Act.

We encourage all ABMP members to contact their state legislators in the House of Representatives to voice your opposition. If you don’t know who your representatives are, you may go to http://legis.state.sd.us/who/index.aspx and search by District, County, or City.

Click on your legislators name and their contact information will appear. Next to email appears: “Contact Representative (name)” Click and fill out the email form:

  • Type your email address in the “From” line. You can even send yourself a copy of the email.
  • Under “Subject” write: HB 1126 – oppose.
  • A simple, direct message is best. Example: “My name is Jane Smith, I am a licensed massage therapist and have been practicing 5 years. I oppose HB 1126 (the repeal of the massage therapy practice act) because I firmly believe consumers deserve to know their health care provider has met minimum education and training requirements to practice massage therapy safely. I reside in your district, please represent me by voting “no” on HB 1126.”

The state system makes it easy to voice your opinion. Please do not hesitate to contact legislators, they have chosen to serve in public life and we are all obligated to make our views known to them.


Colorado Bill Would Require MT’s to Disclose Practice History Information

Colorado Senate Bill 13-026 was recently introduced in the state legislature. If passed, the bill would amend the “Michael Skolnick Medical Transparency Act of 2010” to add massage therapists and others to the list of health care professional who must disclose certain information about their practice history to the state for inclusion in a publicly available database when they are applying for or renewing their registration.

We will keep our CO members apprised of the status of the bill.


Hawaii Bill Would Require Posting of Human Trafficking Notices in Massage Establishments

Hawaii Senate Bill 193 was recently introduced in the state legislature.  If passed, the bill would require that all massage therapy establishments in Hawaii post, in a conspicuous place, a notice measuring at least 8 ½ by 11 inches which states, “If you or someone you know is being forced to engage in any activity and cannot leave – whether it is commercial sex, housework, farm work, or any other similar activity – call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 to access help and services,” along with other information concerning the human trafficking hotline.  The Department of Professional and Vocational Licensing will make a copy of the poster available on its website to print.

Any massage therapy establishment which fails to post the notice would be subject to a $100 penalty, with an additional $100 penalty for each day that the violation continues.

We will keep our Hawaii members apprised of the status of the bill.  If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Potter, ABMP’s Government Relations Coordinator, at nancy@abmp.com.


Massage Coalition Gathers in Englewood, CO

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

Part of the agenda of that meeting was to define our reasons for convening, both as a point of reference for our future work together, and to inform the public of our intentions.

We seek a thriving massage therapy profession that enhances the health and well-being of clients throughout the United States. In an environment of cooperation between these groups, we see the potential to advance the massage therapy profession as a whole. Although some parties are professional competitors and will remain so, we recognize that in some circumstances our combined effort may be more effective than the influence of any organization operating individually. Also, the work we do collaboratively can serve to make each organization stronger and more successful.

We believe that a safe, candid forum in which we can identify challenges and opportunities in the wide field of massage therapy, identify organizational roles, examine and (if possible) defuse conflicts, and set priorities for common action, is of value to the entire massage therapy profession.

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

Participating organizations include:

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

After much discussion, we have decided to call ourselves a coalition of national massage therapy organizations (“the coalition”). No plans exist to formally incorporate the group, or to imbue it with any legal status.

Education for massage therapists is an issue where the missions of every organization overlap. In our first meeting over a year ago we identified that inconsistent standards and outcomes in massage education was a keystone for several goals that the organizations have, including improved portability for massage licensure, a model practice act, more consistent accreditation standards for schools, and better support and training for massage therapy educators.  The ELAP (Entry-Level Analysis Project) is the first project supported by the seven organizations to address these educational concerns.

The ELAP is funded primarily by ABMP, AMTA, and FSMTB. The other organizations support the project in principle, and offer consultative help as necessary; COMTA specifically has become actively engaged in helping present project findings. It is a groundbreaking cooperative effort between sometimes competitors to serve the entire massage therapy profession.

ELAP work group members are educational subject matter experts recruited from all over the country to map out a realistic, evidence-informed and quantified description of content and skill qualifications for an entry-level education in massage therapy.

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


Massage Without Borders Helps Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Massage Without Borders (MWB), a newly formed charitable organization, is
helping massage therapists and bodyworkers affected by Hurricane Sandy. Gloria
Coppola, massage therapist, owner of Massage Pro C.E., and founder of MWB, is
leading the efforts of more than 30 MTs to replace massage tables, raise funds
for massage students unable to pay tuition, and work to restore homes and
businesses lost in the hurricane.

“It’s been an amazing effort to help our colleagues,” Coppola says. “So many
connections have happened as a result.” MWB is partnering with Associated
Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) to raise funds through selling
T-shirts, and companies including Custom Craftworks, EarthLite, Oakworks, and
more are contributing to the organization.

Upcoming fundraising opportunities include a virtual concert, which will be
broadcast live on January 29 at www.massagenerd.com. Performers will
include colleagues and professional artists, and there will be an auction of
massage products and supplies to raise money.

To volunteer with MWB, or to learn more, go to the organization’s website
(www.massagewithoutborders.org), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HelpMTs), or
email Gloria Coppola at massagewithoutborders@gmail.com.

Renowned Craniosacral Therapist John Upledger Dies at 80

John UpledgerJohn Upledger, the developer of craniosacral therapy and founder of The Upledger Institute, died today, Friday, October 26. Dr. Upledger, an osteopathic physician and surgeon, was 80 years old.

The author of several texts, including Your Inner Physician and You, Dr. Upledger had served on the Alternative Medicine Program Advisory Council for the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, was a clinical researcher and professor of biomechanics at Michigan State University from 1975-1983, and was a certified fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy. He was also well-known for being a member of the medical team that in 2003 separated 2-year-old conjoined twin boys.

From the Institute’s Facebook page: “Dr. John has made such an incredible impact on so many and we are honored to continue to support his work and carry it forward.” Details regarding services for Dr. Upledger are pending.

Recent Amendments to the CA Massage Certification Law

California SB 1238 was signed into law by Governor Brown on September 27, 2012.  The new law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2013, amends California’s voluntary massage certification statute in several ways.

First, the amendment changes the requirements for certification.  The prior law allowed applicants to obtain a massage therapist certification by showing that they had either obtained a minimum of 500 hours of massage education, or passed an approved massage and bodywork competency exam.   Under the new law, applicants now must show:

  • That they completed 500 hours of massage education.  250 of those hours must be from approved schools, and the remaining 250 can be from registered schools or approved or registered continuing education providers;

OR

  • That they completed 250 hours of massage education from approved schools, which included at least 100 hours total of anatomy and physiology, contraindications, health and hygiene, and business and ethics, AND that they passed an approved massage and bodywork competency exam.

Second, the new law allows the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) to immediately suspend a massage certification, after notice to the certificate holder, if CAMTC receives “clear and convincing” evidence that the certificate holder has committed an act punishable as a sexually related crime related to the qualifications or functions of a certificate holder.  In making its determination, CAMTC can rely on any written statements made under penalty of perjury.  A certificate holder whose license is suspended may request a hearing on the suspension, which must be held within 30 days of the request.

Third, the amendment authorizes law enforcement and local government agencies, upon CAMTC’s request, to provide information to CAMTC concerning an applicant, including information related to criminal activity or alleged unprofessional conduct.

Lastly, while the prior law allowed CAMTC to deny an application or discipline a certificate holder based on a felony conviction that is substantially related to the certificate holder’s qualifications or duties, the new law also allows denial or discipline based on the conviction of a misdemeanor, infraction, or municipal code violation, or liability in an administrative or civil action, that is substantially related to the certificate holder’s qualifications or duties.


Massage Envy Raises More Than $650,000 for Arthritis Foundation

During the Healing Hands for Arthritis event on September 19, Massage Envy locations nationwide raised nearly $678,173 to support the Arthritis Foundation in its mission to “prevent, control, and cure arthritis.” More than 800 clinics donated $10 from every massage and facial, as well as 10% of all BioFreeze, Murad, and Wyndmere product sales. “The support we received this year for Healing Hands for Arthritis was incredible,” said Massage Envy Director of Communications Paula Stapley in a press release. “We can’t thank all of our members and guests enough for participating.” This is the second such event for Massage Envy, and it brings the total raised for the Arthritis Foundation, which supports the estimated 50 million Americans affected by arthritis, to more than $1 million. “We are pleased to partner with Massage Envy and bring attention to arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability,” said Arthritis Foundation President and CEO John H. Klippel, MD. “The funds raised during Healing Hands for Arthritis will provide support for arthritis education, research, advocacy and other vital programs and services.”


New CA Law Requires Notices To Be Posted in Massage and Bodywork Establishments which are not CAMTC-Certified

As anticipated, Senate Bill 1193 was signed into law by Governor Brown on September 24, 2012. Under the new law, certain types of businesses in California, including establishments offering massage or bodywork services for compensation, must “conspicuously” post a written human trafficking notice which includes contact information for two human trafficking hotlines. However, massage establishments that use or employ only massage therapists who are certified by the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) are exempt from the notice posting requirement.

As a result,

  • If you practice massage or bodywork in California and you do not have any other massage therapists or bodyworkers as employees, then you must post the human trafficking notice in the place where you practice, unless you are CAMTC-certified. If you are CAMTC-certified, then you do not have to post the notice.
  • If you employ others as massage therapists or bodyworkers, then you must post the human trafficking notice in your place of business unless you and all of the therapists/bodyworkers you employ are CAMTC-certified. If you and all of your therapist/bodyworker employees are CAMTC-certified, then you do not have to post the notice. If some, but not all, of your employees are CAMTC-certified, then you still must post the notice.

Any establishment which is required to post the notice but fails to do so is subject to a $500 penalty for the first offense and a $1000 penalty for each subsequent offense.

The notice must be at least 8 ½ inches by 11 inches in size, and written in 16-point font.  It must be posted near the public entrance to your business or in another location which is within view of the public and employees.

The text of the notice must state:

If you or someone you know is being forced to engage in any activity and cannot leave – whether it is commercial sex, housework, farm work, construction, factory, retail, or restaurant work, or any other activity – call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 or the California Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) at 1-888-KEY-2-FRE(EDOM) or 1-888-539-2373 to access help and services.

Victims of slavery and human trafficking are protected under United States and California law.

The hotlines are:

  • Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Toll-free.
  • Operated by nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations.
  • Anonymous and confidential.
  • Accessible in more than 160 languages.
  • Able to provide help, referral to services, training, and general information.

The new law requires that the notice be printed in English and Spanish, and, if the establishment is located in a county where a language other than English or Spanish is the most widely spoken language, then in that third language as well. The California Department of Justice will post a model notice for download on its website, http://oag.ca.gov/, no later than April 1, 2013.

Massage therapists who are not certified by the CAMTC will be required to post the notice as of the date that the model notice becomes available on the California Department of Justice website.


New Jersey License Applications are Now Available

Applications for New Jersey licensing are now available. This is not voluntary. All massage therapists and those who practice Asian Bodywork must now have a state license in order to practice. We recommend that you begin the license application process as soon you can. The application process is entirely on-line; there are no paper applications available. We also recommend that you have access to a printer so you can print a copy of the receipt, and any other pages for your records.

To be clear – the term “grandfathering” relates to the qualifications required to obtain a license. Grandfathering does not mean you don’t have to apply. Everyone must submit an application if they plan to practice massage therapy or energy work in the state of New Jersey.

You will need to pay by credit card, debit card, Visa gift card or Mastercard gift card. You cannot pay by check or money order. If you do not possess a credit or debit card, you may purchase a Visa or Mastercard gift card at most grocery stores.

Preparing to Apply

There are 6 different ways to qualify for a license. You will need to meet ONE of the following:

1. If you are currently a NJ state-certified massage and bodywork therapist, you do not need to apply for a license but you will need to renew as scheduled in November 2012.

The State will consider your certificate as a license until your renewal date. When you renew your state certification, pay the fee, and verify that you have completed your continuing education requirements, you will then be issued a license rather than a certification.

2. If you have 500 hours of massage education from a school accredited or approved by the state of New Jersey or by another state, you will apply for License by Education:

You will be required to contact your school and have it send a copy of your transcript directly to the Massage Board. If your school is closed, you will need to contact the custodian of records for that school. To find the contact information for the custodian of records, call 609-984-5262 or email schoolapprovalunit@dol.state.nj.us.

3. If you took and passed a written national exam, you will apply for License by Examination:

You will be required to have verification of passing the exam sent to the NJ Board directly from the exam provider. This can usually be accomplished by submitting an online form. Current certification by either the NCBTMB or NCCAOM is not required –passing the exam meets this requirement.

If you passed the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (MBLEx: www.fsmtb.org), submit the MBLEx Mobility Form https://fsmtb.org/downloads/mblexMob.pdf ; OR

If you passed the national certification exam offered by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB: www.ncbtmb.org), submit the Official Score Report Request https://www.ncbtmb.org/school_report_request_form.php ; OR

If you passed the Asian Bodywork Therapy Exam offered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM: www.nccaom.org), Exam Results and Certification Verification Form.

4. If you are currently licensed in another state, you will be able to apply for License by Endorsement.

You will be required to submit two items:

Official verification of licensure in good standing from the state in which you are licensed sent directly from that state’s massage board to the NJ Board; AND

A copy of the current statutes and regulations regarding massage and bodywork for the state you are currently licensed in.

You will apply by License Without Meeting Full Education Requirements if you meet one of the following:

5. You have 200-499 hours of massage education from an approved or accredited school or providers, and you have practiced full time for the past 2 years (which means 500 hours per year, or an average of 9 massages per week); OR

6. You have 200-499 hours of massage education from an approved or accredited school or providers, and you have worked part-time for the past 5 years (which means 250 hours per year, or an average of 5 massages per week).

You will be required to submit documentary evidence that shows that you completed the 200 hours of education, which could include a copy of a transcript or a diploma. The Board will review this documentation prior to issuing a license.

You will have to attest to the fact that you have worked full or part time for the number of years required. Be prepared to document this fact if you’re chosen by random audit by the Board.

Begin the application process

To get started, please click on the link: https://newjersey.mylicense.com/eGov/

On the left side menu, choose ‘Register a Person’.

In the section titled ‘Other Registration’, enter your Last Name, Social Security Number and Date of Birth.

Click on Search.

This will bring you to the Initial Registration page, where you will enter your personal information onto the page.

This process will ask you to create a User ID and Password (similar to many sites such as EBAY or Amazon, etc.).

After your User ID and Password are created sign on to the login page and choose Initial Application.

The instructions say to save each page as you go, you don’t need to do this. Your information is automatically saved. If you want to stop and finish your application later, click “Save and Finish Later.”

All applicants will be required to submit the following:

Complete and submit the on-line application.

Pay the $75 application fee online by credit card. When your license is approved, you will receive it by US Mail along with a bill for $120 for the initial license fee.

A full face passport size (2inx2in) photograph of your head taken within the past 6 months with your name printed on the back of the photo. Most chain drug stores, copy shops like Kinko’s, and many post offices provide this service.

Provide proof that the applicant has current certifications in CPR, first aid, and AED (automated external defibrillator) from courses offered by the American Heart Association, or courses approved or offered by the American Red Cross, the National Safety Council, Coyne First Aid, Inc., the American Safety and Health Institute, or EMP International, Inc.

If you do not possess current certification in CPR, first aid, and AED, contact one of the approved providers immediately and register for a class. We have provided a link to each providers website (click the name). You are not required to be certified in the courses for healthcare providers, the courses designed for community members or lay people are accepted by the NJ Massage Board. Confirm that the course you register for offers all three requirements (CPR, first aid, and AED) so you don’t have to take multiple courses.

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/CPRAndECC/CPR_UCM_001118_SubHomePage.jsp

http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class

http://www.nsc.org/products_training/Training/firstaidandCPR/Pages/FirstAidTrainingPrograms.aspx#.UD_JmCI098E

http://www.coynefirstaid.com/courses.php

http://www.hsi.com/about-hsi/

The background check

After you complete the online application, the state will mail you the required fingerprint card and instructions to obtain your fingerprints and begin the background check. You will have to pay a fingerprint fee of $67.00, or $22.50 if you have already had fingerprinting done in NJ for another license, or for some other reason. If you would like to plan ahead, view this link to find a fingerprint location near you. https://www.bioapplicant.com/Locations.aspx

The following people are not required to obtain massage licenses in NJ:

People who are licensed in NJ to practice another profession and are performing massage as part of that profession, using the title of that other profession. For example, a NJ-licensed nurse may perform massage as part of his or her profession as a nurse, as long as he or she uses the title of nurse and not massage therapist.

People who perform only manipulation of the soft tissue of the body contained on hands, feet, or ears, as long as the client does not remove any clothing other than shoes or socks.

People whose practice involves solely the use of touch, words, and directed movement to deepen awareness of existing patterns of movement in the body, or to suggest new possibilities of movement, provided that these services are not designated or implied to be massage and bodywork therapies, and the client remains fully clothed.

Avoid Common Mistakes

If you have changed your name since you graduated from school, send documentation of all name changes (copy of marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order).

Don’t lie on the application. The information you submit is easily verifiable, and you are likely to get caught. A past arrest, criminal conviction, or disciplinary action will not automatically disqualify you. Lying will.

Don’t skip any portion of the application.

Answer all questions completely.

It will now be a criminal violation of the law to practice massage therapy or energy work without a Board issued license. Don’t let anyone convince you that it is “okay” to practice with only NCBTMB or NCCOAM certification. It is not okay.

Do not panic

It will now be a criminal violation of the law to practice massage therapy or energy work without a Board issued license. This does not mean the state enforcement unit will be out tomorrow banging on doors writing violations. The applications were just made available. The state will not enforce the law until a reasonable time frame has passed to allow individuals to apply for licensure.

This statement is not an excuse to procrastinate! The sooner you apply, the sooner you will complete the process.

Fees

There are 3 different fees that will be paid at different times throughout the process.

The application fee ($75) that you pay when you submit the online application;

The background check fee ($67.50) you will submit at the fingerprinting location;

The initial license fee ($120) that you will be billed for when the Board sends your license to you.

Employer registration

An individual or entity that employs another person (or persons) to provide massage and bodywork therapies must register with the Board. State approved schools and health care institutions licensed by the Department of Health and Senior Services do not have to register.

 


In Memory of Elaine Calenda

Author, educator, practitioner, and researcher Elaine Calenda passed away the evening of Friday, August 24, surrounded by friends and family. Elaine has been an integral part of Boulder College of Massage Therapy (BCMT) since she joined the faculty in January 1992. Prior, she graduated from the Swedish Institute in 1978 and gained clinical work experience at the Center of Osteopathic & Sports Medicine in New York City.

In June, BCMT honored Elaine with its Lifetime Achievement Award. In announcing her passing, her BCMT family wrote, “…our lives and the profession we all love will not be the same without Elaine. Her incredible presence in the massage therapy field, and her unparalleled commitment to the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, will never be forgotten.”

At BCMT she taught sports and orthopedic massage with infectious joy and humor, and served as academic dean until she stepped back to fight an aggressive form of cancer. Elaine contributed to the development of the Associate of Occupational Studies Program at BCMT and participated in multiple research projects.

Dedicated to the advancement of the massage profession, Elaine wrote for massage and CAM publications. She is a contributing author to the textbook Teaching Massage: Fundamental Principles in Adult Education for Massage Program Instructors, published by Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Elaine’s legacy and passion live on through her fellow instructors and the thousands of therapists she touched and inspired over the years.

A celebration of Elaine’s life is scheduled for Saturday, September 8, from noon to 3 pm at BCMT, 6255 Longbow Drive, Boulder, Colorado. Any condolences may be sent to elaine.calenda.assistance@gmail.com.


ABMP Members In The News

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If your practice was mentioned in print, online, on the radio, or on TV, please let ABMP know. Send an email to differentstrokes@abmp.com with the subject line “Members in the News” and a link to the online news coverage.

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(March/April, 2014)

Valecia Weeks: Massage … Cellulite’s Worst Enemy

Carolan McFarland: Massage therapist retiring after 24 years

Amanda Smith: Bucyrus Massage Therapy fulfills dream for three partners

Celeste Kelly and Grace Granatelli: Equine Massage Therapists Sue Arizona Vet Board

Kathy Flippin: Massage therapists say laws need to change

Tashauna Baringer: Massage business opens in Millville

(January/February, 2014)

Kim Kizzier: Massage therapists stay in touch with horses

Meredith O’Brien: Spiral Path Massage and Bodywork Opens Near Historical Williamsburg

(May/June, 2013)

Vince Celdran: Massage therapist fulfills dream in Skokie

Sandra Menzel: Local Therapist Extends Veteran Contest

DeJuan Williams: Massage tips to help ease your over-active muscles

(January/February, 2013)

Eric Schiavi: Regular Massage Can Address Aches and Pains Before they Happen

Jan Swiscz: New massage therapy business focuses on mind and body

(November/December, 2012)

Rita Garnto: Mompreneur works out the kinks with massage therapy

Justin Kaye: Thai Massage Aligns Spiritual, Physical Energy

Shannon Leslie: Massage Therapists Criticize Plan to Regulate Industry

Gina Liccardo: Queens Casino Holds “Massage-A-Thon” to Benefit Sandy Relief

Janine Ray: North Austin Massage Therapy

Jennifer Roshon: Massage therapist living her dream

Marybetts Sinclair: Environmental Costs of Pain Management: Pharmeceuticals versus Physical Therapies

Sally Spurgeon: Therapeutic Bodyworkers Bring Relief to Breast Cancer Patients

Dan and Joy Steele: Marine View Massage Celebrates New Digs

Karen Stringer: 3 Ways Massage Therapy Can Ease Labor

(September/October, 2012)

Susan Bishop: Massage spa comes to Swampscott

Maryann Reid: Local Massage Therapist Turns Record Breaking Weight Lifter

Maggie Schuld: The Handiwork of a Healing Touch

Anne Williams: A DIY foot massage

(July/August, 2012)

Todd Adams: James Rumsey expands repertoire

Robin Allen: Wellness Center in Northbridge to Help Kids with Diabetes

Lauren Bear: Affordable body work: Bear offers “pay what you can” option

Lisa Bedoya: Massage Therapist Uses Scheduling to Propel Online Marketing

Karmen Buchhop: New Massage Therapy Business Opens in Waukee

Susan Cann: Gettysburg YWCA adds massage therapist

Liz Florine: A Touch Above Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork

Richard Forney: Hospice patients find relief in massage

Koleen Fruhling: Massage therapist enjoyed time with U.S. swimmers; Fremont Massage Therapists will Help Olympic Hopefuls

Karen Geer: WNWO Today learns the diverse benefits of massage therapy

Jacki Gethner: Multnomah County Health Department Honors 2012 Public Health Heroes

Janet Hagerbaumer: Fremont Massage Therapists will Help Olympic Hopefuls

Helen Hodgson: Mobile Spa Services—A Great Way to Enjoy a Staycation this Summer!

Anne Hooter: Massage therapist spreads hope with her hands

Reece Leonetti: West Wash Park massage therapist called to her career

Alma Nightingale: “EveryBody Deserves a Massage” & “Got Pain?” Health Fair

Penny Pysh: Hands of Health, Valparaiso

Donna Ridenhour: Everybody deserves a massage

Ricci Saliba: Massage Therapist Takes Over Practice

Denise Theobald: Massage Therapy for Dogs

Ludivina Velasquez: 10 Questions for Divine Massage Therapy Owner Ludivina Velazquez

Barbara Verrastro: EVERYBody Deserves a Massage Week

Jon Weedn: Everybody deserves a massage

Christy Yost: Local Massage Therapist to ‘Lend a Hand’ to the Community

(May/June, 2012)

Rachel Alderson: Revival through massage: Local massage therapy clinic focuses on healing, pain management

Eva Branson: Heart of the River Healing Center open house is Saturday

Mary Edwards: Feel Good Friday

Danielle Hendrix: Apple Valley Massage Therapist Thrilled to Be Picked for 2012 Olympics; Local massage therapist heading to Olympic Games

Mark Lamm: Renowned Longevity Expert Honored by the World Massage Festival for Lifetime Achievements in Massage and Bodywork

Larrie Rodriguez: Stretching her reach: Yoga, massage give new direction, business

Steve Rogne: Evanston massage rules misguided, therapists say

Rupa Schodowski: Singapore Transplant Becomes Shelby Massage Queen

Robin Swanson: Equine body worker massages horses, assesses gaits

(March/April, 2012)

Kristen Burkholder: Stressed-out Belfast Area High School students, teachers to have a ‘wellness room’

Jerome Davre: Massage therapist works on Bucks, Brewers

Killeen Martinez: Community College of Allegheny County Newsletter

Michael Rebman: Massage therapy ancient, valuable art

Mary Kathleen Rose: Spotlight: Mary Kathleen Rose

Robin Streit: Announcing the Winners of the MTF’s 2011 Practitioner Case Report Contest

(January/February, 2012)

Emilie Ashton: YMCA Expands Massage Programs

Gustave Boisits: Bringing Some ‘Loving Healing to the NFL

Svetlana Braunt: A Spa Day at Venus Allure

Joan Cole: Therapeutic Massage for Runners

Jenn Dobransky and Kim Jacques: Business of bodywork improves as people become aware of health benefits

Lynda Duck: C-TEC students test skills at Zen Garden

Amy Elizabeth: Unlicensed massages draw ire in Natick

Jenny Farr: Local woman joins Ipava business

Jacki Gethner: North Portland’s Jacki Gethner earned a $5,000 grant for her efforts to spread the word about safe sex to older women

Lisa Gutowski: MI Massage Law needs to be stricter!

Kimberly Huneycutt: Personal transformation inspires W.Va. wellness coach to share gift of health

Lisa Hunstiger: New, Moving or Expanding: Cold Spring woman’s latest challenge: Massage therapy

Heather Karr: Golf Ball Massage on Good Day Columbus

Lori Lewis: Lewis Helps Daily Stress Go Away with Massage Therapy Position

Kimberly Mathews: Pamper yourself nature’s way

Beth Morford: The Winning Touch: KU Massage Therapist Beth Morford

Aimee McDonald: Holistic Practitioner Heals Humans and Animals Alike

Elise and Thomas McMasters: Ohana Bodywork & Massage: Extended family grows in Templeton

Jennifer Pyper-Muno: Columbia Heights massage therapist celebrates five-year anniversary

Allison Shorb: Hidden Treasure Offers Top-Notch Bodywork Experience

Roslyn Stephens: Massage Therapy For Cancer Patients

Le’Shaun Williams: Body Language Dr. Fountain Dermatherapy

(November/December, 2011)

Jennifer Boal: Evolve Spa in Scott Towne Center Isn’t Just for Luxury

Wanda Bonet-Gascot: Terapia de Masaje para Pacientes con Cáncer

Sean Davis: Melodic massage

Beth Goren: The healing touch: Body-Mind Centering

Julie Hightman: Holistic massage therapist moves to new clinic in Sandy

Kim Hover: Massage therapist’s nimble fingers truly make it ‘a dog’s life’

Amanda King: Talk, demonstration on Zero Balancing massage

Theresa Labell: Local massage therapist has magic in her fingers

Mark Mills: Massage at work to fight off flu, stress

Lucy Moorman: Light Works Energy Therapy

Kim Novotny: People spending more and more to pamper their pets

Sharon Puszko: Thriving through touch

Suzanne Smith: Discover how sugar is making personal grooming a little bit sweeter

Kristin Taravella: Native daughter returns with muscle therapy business

Sarah Willette: Mu-Xing Massage

(September/October, 2011)

Sorina Durante: Massage therapies benefit body, mind

David Esposito: Massage therapies benefit body, mind

Darcy Fournier: 24 massage therapists train at new spa in Chattanooga

Illinois Valley Community College: Massage more than relaxing

Knox County Career Center School of Massage Therapy: Massage therapy good for body, soul

Denise LaBarre: Author, massage therapist offers parents seminar on stress relief

Mary Lieberman: Who’s doing business in and around New Braunfels, Comal County

Joy Musacchio: Stillpoint…Living in Balance Introduces New Company – Stillpoint Aromatics

Angela Rafferty: Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa—The classic hotel California

Quita Reed: Skin and body salon to hold open house in Coldspring

Ellen Santistevan: Third Goddess; Healing hands will travel to offer different solutions

Jean Sefcovic: Healing Path Massage

Paula Sorg: Huntsville women find many resources for building their own businesses and careers

Doug Walker: Business Profile: LaVida Massage

Jack White: Best Massage—1st Place

Eric Williams: Beneficial treatment

Sara Wirth: Kneading Relief Massage in Grand Ridge rubs out the stress

(July/August, 2011)

Kimberly Blanton: $1k Massage License Fee May Be Eliminated

Scott Butler: Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork course open house Sept. 7

Cindy Carlson-Wilson: Study provides evidence about benefits of massage therapy

Kathy Cesa: Who’s Who: Kathy Cesa, Nurse Turned Massage Therapist

Litahni Coleman: A massage for Alice: Massage therapy for seniors

Joseph DiPuma: Business of Relaxation

Christine Gallagher: Acutonics practitioner employs healing vibrations at natural health center

Norell Leung: 15-Second Pitch: Aina Massage

Bobby Lewis: GNTC massage therapy instructor also has his own practice

Chris Masters: Local School to Give Massages for Charity

Abbey Rhoads: Get to Know: Abbey Rhoads, 25

Aura Rose: Aura Rose expressing healing beauty and life

Darby Trovato: Fundraiser benefiting The Watson Institute to be held July 17-23

Jerri Walston: Jerri Walston incorporates Healing Touch therapy at Sigler Chiropractic and Wellness Center

(May/June, 2011)

Tina Allen: Tina Allen awarded International Massage Therapist of the Year

Tiffanie Burger: Woman of the Year

Jonathan Burt: Everest Institute hosts walk-a-thon for breast cancer research

Chuck Dixon: Massage oasis holds ribbon cutting

Jessica Evans: Massage therapist enjoys healing power of hands-on therapy

Marie Free: Massage therapist has healing touch

Keith Eric Grant: Flying in the Coffin Corner—Air France Flight 447

Joseph McCue: Two-Time Cancer Survivor Finds New Lease On Life

Helen Moss: North Sioux City massage therapist offers help to flood volunteers

L. Rosalind Ojala: Fortuna’s Loving Hands Institute of Healing holds week-long massage event

Sandy Tuttle: Massage therapist gives back to community

Michael Wolfes: Massage therapist soothes sore muscles on the go

(March/April, 2011)

Tracy Bittner: Pets get complementary treatment

Cheryl Close: Great Escape: Relax – Massage therapist sees patients in Channahon and Shorewood

Sadie Coffer: Holistic healing is ‘harmony inspired’

David Crowell: Blindness prompts Freeport man to make career change

Jacki Gethner: Jacki Gethner Treats HIV/AIDS In Women Over 50

Jonathan Goldberg: Relax with a massage this weekend

Amber Hammond: Charlotte massage therapist named Massage Envy Therapist of the Year for North Carolina

Barry Lowe: Relay to promote a cancer-free world

Denise Nickey: Massage therapy licensing adds credibility to industry

Janine Ray: NFL players testify for bill allowing massage therapy without license

Lori Tackman: Massage therapy for the musical set

Ashley Watterson: Tocca Massage Therapy has the Touch

Angela Yoder: Massage therapist opens business in South Hutch

(January 10, 2011)

Meghan Arbogast: For Bandera 100K racers, ‘Rugged and Brutal Beauty’ await

Harry Chrissakis: Lecturer to discuss losing, maintaining weight

Laurie Drogue: Rowley Town Notebook

Jen Dunham: The Joy of Cooking

Cora Edwards: Wide-ranging effects of therapeutic massage help increase popularity

Patricia Halcomb: Massage helps dogs and cats become calm, free of pain, restores their flexibility and helps prepare them for surgery or competition

Danielle Hendrix: Going for the gold

Lisa Kleva-Cook: New adult education courses available at career center

Michael Quibell: Massage therapist has mission to help Maricopans

Gail Steele: Retail Roundup

(December 30, 2010)

Sandra Baughman: Richmond Hill acupuncturist seeks to bring balance and healing

Amy Therese Burk: Local gifts are just the ticket for those last names on list

Jessica Dragan: Rubbing Rover the right way

Stephanie Fountain: Self Therapy expands around three partners

Rita Marie Grudzinski: Chiropractic center’s cookbook benefits Komen foundation

Dianne Kent: Power of touch: Massage offers many health benefits

Dianah Kuhl: High Desert Warrior, Massage therapist offers ‘five-star service’

Kevil Kushle: South County Profile: Kevil Kuchle

Denise Labarre: Girls just wanna … hang loose and have fun!!

Jeraldine Peterson-Mark: Wireless foes gear up for new battle

Charles Robinson: Sympathy on the street, with a nudge about age

Anita H. Tatge: Morton welcomes Granite Valley Business Center

Stephanie Taylor: Massage therapist opens practice in Bishop Hill’s one-time hospital

Crystal Utech: Sweet Escape offering spa services

Jayne Varian: Salon raises $900 to help homeless

Benjamin Vernon: Open for Business

Debbie Webster-Wood: Local Wizards of ‘Ahs’

(November 30, 2010)

Danielle Almendinger: Health Briefs, Prenatal massage workshop for Glenwood YMCA

Karen Elaine Billberry: Rituals, hanging out, talk of who will win fill the night before national cross country championships

Dawn M. Dillon: Briefly, Cut-a-thon benefit

Kenneth J. Dipersio: Business People

Reni Fairman: Business provides relaxation, charity for holiday season

Aime’e Grahe: Health, Fitness and Sports Expo promotes health and wellness

Sabina Gutsell: Cotton Mill Open House schedule

Leandra Jackson: Leandra’s Touch Therapy, South Side Business News November 2010

Katheryn M. Langelier: Prints, paper, paintings and photos

Michele Merhib: Lucky at Losing

Nicole Methot: Williamstown holistic businesses unite

Sammy D. Molitas: Crossfit Workouts in Honolulu

Bonnie Nussbickel: Relax with restorative yoga

Rebecca Ross: White Lily Teas closing storefront, Owner to open studio for herbs and massages

Amy J. Smith: Business Briefs

Sadhana Louise Stupar: Volunteer and community events abound in Sunnyvale and Cupertino on Thanksgiving

Teresa Syperreck: Who’s News in the Grand Valley business community

Stephanie Taylor: New massage practice in The Colony Hospital Bed and Breakfast

Terri Vacek and Stacy Vacek: A New Career and an Authentic Journey

Moonstone White: Local toastmaster earns Triple Crown

(November 10, 2010)

Eugenia Jarema: The Saginaw News All About Women Expo readies for annual show at Ryder Center

Tanna Keller: Liberty massage therapist a 1-stop shop for relaxation, pain relief

Jessica Evans: Therapist always had a knack for massage

Joanne Cole: Inner Balance Day Spa opens in Dunkirk

Kelmie Blake: A life in balance: Healing with a body’s energy

Fritzi S. Schnel: Council Approves First Reading of Revised Massage Business Ordinance

Erica Butto: Dinner honors 20 Under 40 Award winners

Danielle Morris: Work as art: employees at The Studio offer art in all its forms

(October 26, 2010)

Chris L. Widlund: State Considers Licensing Massage Therapists

Jenna Minnes: Community Wellness Clinic to promote affordable health in Tahoe City

Jennifer Sweeney: Her odd, amazing gift to me

Timothy Scott Herold: Blind massage therapist and employer receive honors

Hana Ventura: Village Barber-ettes to mark reopening and unveil new services on Friday

Madeline Norland: Infant massage promotes health and bonding

Debbie Sellick: Cancer support group celebrates 10 years

(October 7, 2010)

Jamie Pettiette-Rhone: Local spa offers Fijian massage

Tracey Moon: European Wellness Center’s Tracey Moon

Kimberly Becker: Belmont artists share the places they’ve been

Benjamin Fox: Communication Helping Blue Hill Massage Business Grow

Victoria Oaks: Daymar instructor, grad offer area ‘essential therapy’

Alison Bentley: Alternative ways to manage the effects of cancer treatment

Bryan Brown: Inaugural event to showcase local businesses

Lynda Kuckenbrod: Area Woman Certified Harp Therapist

Rhonda Lenair: SHE is Your ‘Predictable Miracle’

Andy Trujillo: New Kearney therapist takes hands-on approach to relaxation

Lynn Watson: World Reflexology Week at The Painted Planet Artspace

(September 3, 2010)

Laura Eilers & Brooke Sutor: “Summit County resorts not just ski destinations”

Paule-Dominique Anneheim: On Seeing Beyond, KEST 1450 AM, San Francisco

Frank Arce: “Business Spotlight: Frank P. Arce Massage Therapy”

Ashley Bowen: “Massage therapy takes on a new twist: Humans, animals can both be treated with yoga-like Thai form”

Shannon DeWitt: “Red ribbon at Unwind Massage Therapy”

Jennifer Evans: “Crystal Therapy with Intuitive Jennifer Evans”

Patti Justice: “Austin pregnancy spa opens this month”

Wendy Kauff: “Cortiva Institute Graduate Opens New Visions Massage in Phoenixville”

Carole LaRochelle: “Healing Hands: 9 Massage Techniques That May Improve Your Health”

Heather Lastuka: “Therapist: Medical Massage Popular”

Rachel Madsen: “New massage therapist in SV hoping to ‘help people get better’”

Beverly McKinley: “Stuart massage therapist offers manual lymph node drainage”

Susan Monk: SLGT Photo Project: the Body Dynamic

Mark Pukmel: “Massage office opens in Poughkeepsie art center”

Rob Smith: “New Massage Therapy School Opens in Montrose”


EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week, July 18–24, 2010:

Coverage of Activities Across the Country

Watch staff and students from Everest College in Seattle, Washington, on KCPQ Q13 News

Jodi Hubbell and Lou LaManna Celebrate in Truckee, California

Rhonda Holt (Indianapolis, Indiana) Raises Donations to Benefit Riley’s Children’s Hospital

Hands On Health (Raleigh and East Cary, North Carolina) Offers Free Massages to Area Residents

Helix Wellness Solutions Offers Free Mobile Massage to Nominated Individuals in Phoenix Metro Area

Natural Elements Health Center Collects Nonperishable Food Items for Milaca (Minnesota) Food Pantry

Jeff Figgins Reduces Massage Fees in Turn for Donations to Bangor (Maine) Humane Society

Serenity Day Spa (Ozark, Missouri) Offers Free 30-Minute Massages to Veterans

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If your practice was mentioned in print, online, on the radio, or on TV, please let ABMP know. Send an email to differentstrokes@abmp.com with the subject line “Members in the News” and a link to the online news coverage.

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(July 14, 2010)

Jennifer Carroll: “Healing through touch: Cancer Services program offers free massages for clients”

Mary Ellen Hill: “Wende Breast Care adds massage, spa services”

Jodi Hubbell: “‘EveryBody’ deserves a Massage Week in Truckee Tahoe”

Christopher Loboda: Video from WFXV, Utica, New York

Danae Miley: Video from WVLT-DT, Knoxville, Tennessee

Jamie Pettiette-Rhone: “Jamie’s spa anniversary celebration set Friday”

Barbara White: Wiregrass Living Magazine

(July 6, 2010)

Shelah Barr: “She rubs pets the right way”

Andrea Creque: “Hands On Health Adds Massage Therapist Andrea Creque To Practice”

Shannon DeWitt: “‘Unwind Massage Therapy’ now open on East Main”

Carole LaRochelle: “From twister cables to pointe shoes: The birth of a Certified Rolfer” (3 part series)

Carolan McFarland: “McFarland rubs people the right way”

Jennifer Schoonover: “Tree of Life offers some health care alternatives”

Wally Ubben: “Senior Health Fair”

(April 15, 2010)

David Dowdy: “Touch therapy comforts fragile patients”

Gary Fineseke: SportsDay DFW “Catching up the blog”

Sharon Roggio: “Massage therapy: Ah, there’s the rub”

Shannon Tessier: “Tessier joins Relaxation Plus in Moorhead”

(March 25, 2010)

Shay Beider: “Soothing therapy is hands-on, and that’s just fine with him”

Lou Ann Brandeberry: “Family medicine”

Mary Ruff: “Business Digest: Massage therapists joins health network”

Elizabeth Schrock: “Everybody Needs a Little Me Thyme”

Lenore Teer: “Local massage therapist took career into her own hands”

(March 9, 2010)

Shannon Lynn Brown: “Massage said to help heal scar tissue”

Camdine Cox:
“Two new massage therapists have set up practice in metro”

Tracey Holderman: “Believing in the power of touch: Hailey Yoga Center offers yoga spa retreat”

Kat Katz: “Quit Your Day Job: Salome”

The Rex Center & Heather Sanders: “Beast of the Bay Awards 2010″

Paula Scott: “Taking care of your heart”

Nicole Shostak: “Open House for Haiti a joint effort”

Laura Lee Soderberg:Yoga and art classes for school children to begin”

(February 16, 2010)

Veronica Armstrong: “GOP contenders for McHenry Co. Board 3 discuss transparency”

Susan Harmuth: “Massage therapist offers nurturing touch”

Linda Ifert: “New Mom Tea & Social Hour”

David Ireland: “Quake Relief: Locals among group of volunteers sent to aid earthquake victims”

Karen McElroy: “The Art of Reiki”

Margie Molina: “Meet Your Merchant: Massage therapist provides much-needed de-stressing”

Tammy Nelson: “Students in massage therapy class find there’s a lot more to it”

Lisa Renaud: “Fayetteville: Renaud finds her center in massage”

Sue Shaver: “The psychic next door”

Desiree Smith: “Valentine’s Day packs economic punch”

Renee Waters: “Health tips will be topic at Feb. 10 Women in Management luncheon”

Ashley Wilson: “Market to offer special event”

(January 27, 2010)

Melissa Benson: “Strong-willed, strong heart: A woman’s weight-loss story”

Ken Bryant: “Lending a touch of hope”

Harvey Caine: “Business Beat”

Shane Carpenter: “Fairmont [WV] Massage: Relax and Feel Better”

Ashley Costas: “Longtime family restauranteurs open surf’n’ turf restaurant”

Margaret Dutcher: “Health Briefs: Infant massage class offered”

Kari Falk: “Massage therapist opens business on Frazee’s Main Ave.”

Bea Furman: “Massage therapist lends hand at center”

Sister Rosalind Gefre: “Finding Minnesota: Sister Rosalind’s Healing Hands”

Amy Hackett: “Delivering a new spa experience”

Lisa Hammons: “Clyde Career Women”

Joni Kaiser: “Kaiser offers massages at The Massage Shoppe”

Moriah McKee: “Bozeman women opt to stay and help at Haitian orphanage”

Andrea Mongillo: “Spotlight: The book on life—A rookie author offers wide-ranging advice”

Krystle Shapiro: “Group promotes holistic wellness”

Denise Young: “Salem Business Builders end-of-year party”

(January 6, 2010)

Jaime Devine and Kelly McCarthy

Aaron Ameny

Patricia Boyd

Steve Cable

Rina Durman

John Earl

Gail Galivan

Susan Guttzeit

Lisa Herz

Debby Jay

Costa John

Holly Jones

Brian Lawrence

Christopher Loboda

Craig Lozzi

Linda Maher

Beth Nolan

Manuel Perry

Sue Rexford

Hildegard Rutter

Jim Schlough

Catherine Senesac

Juliet Stahl-Schehlein

Christine Voss

Nila J. Webster

Dale Winger

(November 30, 2009)

Janet Biondi

John Earl

Jennifer Mulhern

Janet Shelton

D. Shannon Smith

Shannah Tenner

(November 25, 2009)

Angela Houser and Angelia Nash

Lea Allen

Brandi Davis

Angela Ferri

Colleen Fletcher

Farida Gipson Burt

Valencia Green

Richard Hays

Marilyn Kier

Lara Kurtak

Elizabeth Martorana

Pat McDonald

Pam Peretz

Audrey Powell

Brother Bernard Seif

Nadine Steg

Morgan Sturtevant

Kim Musolf


Connecticut MTs Targeted by Lewd Text Messages

As reported by NBC Connecticut, at least 16 massage therapists have reported receiving inappropriate text messages, often containing lewd images, after being contacted by an individual who claimed to be looking to book an appointment. If you are contacted by this individual or have any other information to offer, please contact the police. The full story is available at NBC Connecticut.


The Profession Needs Your Voice!

We’re excited to invite you to share your wisdom to help boost our profession. ABMP is part of a profession-wide Leadership Group working to better support the massage profession by understanding who today’s massage therapist is, how you feel about your calling, and your perspective on your massage therapy education.

We need a bit of your time to provide your honest, thoughtful feedback to two online surveys courtesy of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB).

The first section—the FSMTB Job Task Analysis Survey—pinpoints exactly who a massage therapist is and what a massage therapist does in practice, every day. The second section—an Education Survey—explores what you learned in your entry-level massage training and how relevant those knowledge and skills are in your actual practice. These results will inform the Entry Level Analysis Project (a workgroup of the Leadership Group).

Your responses are anonymous, so please answer each question based on your massage education, practice, and experiences in the profession as honestly as possible. Your feedback will be combined with other responses and is crucial to understanding which knowledge and skills should be taught in entry-level education programs.

It may take you up to 45 minutes to complete both surveys, but they are investments in your career and in the growth and success of our dynamic profession. Thank you for your time and your willingness to help move your profession forward.

Click here to provide your feedback, and ensure your experience is represented in this important analysis. 

FL Massage Law Amended, LMT’s Must Present Valid ID if Asked

Beginning July 1, 2012, the massage law will require that any person operating, employed by, or performing a massage, in a licensed massage establishment, must immediately present, upon request of a Department of Health inspector/investigator or law enforcement, a valid government identification while in the establishment.

Valid government identification means one of the following:

  1. Current driver’s license,
  2. Current identification card issued by a state, territory, or district of the United States (U.S.)
  3. Valid passport issued by the, U.S.
  4. Naturalization certificate issued by the U.S.,
  5. Valid alien registration receipt card (green card), or
  6. Valid employment authorization card issued by the U.S.

In addition, any person, firm, or corporation operating a licensed massage establishment must maintain a valid work authorization document on the premises for each employee who is not a United States citizen.

Read HB 7049 here.


Louisiana Massage Therapy Act is Amended

House Bill 923, sponsored by Representative Ponti, and signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal on June 6, 2012, amends the Louisiana Massage Therapy Act in several ways.  Some of the more important changes are:

Education

Until now, the Massage Therapy Act has required that licensees complete a minimum of 500 hours of massage education in particular areas of study listed in the statute.  H.B. 923 maintains the education requirement at 500 hours, but does not designate specific required areas of study.  Instead, the bill states that the Board will issue rules addressing the required course of study.  We will update members when the Board issues rules concerning course of study or other educational requirements.

Scope of Practice

H.B. 923 adds reflexology and Swedish massage to the definition of “practice of massage therapy.”  Therefore, all reflexology and Swedish massage practitioners will be required to obtain a state massage therapy license under the new law.  In an effort to curb illegal activity, the bill also provides that a massage license is required for anyone who advertises as a massage therapist or massage establishment, including those advertising reflexology or Swedish massage services.

LMT-ID Cards

Massage licenses will now be issued in the form of Licensed Massage Therapist Identification Cards (LMT-ID Cards).  The bill states that each person engaging in the practice of massage therapy at a massage establishment must display his or her LMT-ID Card publicly and in plain view.  A licensed massage therapist who works outside of a massage establishment must keep his or her LMT-ID Card in his or her possession, and must present it to a client or Board representative upon request.

Associations

H.B. 923 includes a new definition of “Professional Massage Association.”  ABMP does not fall under the definition because it does not have state chapters and is not structured as a tax exempt 501(c)(6) business entity.  It appears that the definition was specifically aimed at excluding ABMP.  For the time being, the provision only affects ABMP’s ability to nominate candidates for Board membership.  However, we cannot know how the provision will be applied in the future.  There is no legitimate reason for the legislature to lessen the voice of a particular membership association. We are hopeful that the definition will be re-drafted when the law is next reviewed; however, if an ABMP member is interested in serving on the LA Board of Massage Therapy, we will be happy to provide a letter of support.


CA Bill Would Require that Massage Businesses Post Human Trafficking Notices

California Senate Bill 1193, sponsored by Senator Steinberg, has passed by a vote of 5-2 in the Senate Appropriations Committee.  If approved by the Assembly and Governor Brown, the bill will require that all massage businesses post a notice near the public entrance to the business containing certain information regarding human trafficking, including the contact information for human trafficking hotlines.  A model notice containing the required language would be made available for download on the California Department of Justice’s website by April 1, 2013.

ABMP opposes the inclusion of massage businesses in the bill. While we believe that human trafficking is a serious problem in California, notices regarding human trafficking which are placed in legitimate massage businesses will do nothing to address the problem, and are not appropriate in such locations.  ABMP wrote a formal letter of opposition to Senator Steinberg in April of this year, which you can read here.

Current information indicates that despite ABMP’s opposition, S.B. 1193 is likely to pass. The bill has been assigned to the Assembly Judiciary Committee, we will keep you updated on the status of the bill as it progresses.


License Now Required to Advertise Shiatsu, Acupressure, or Thai Massage in Connecticut

Connecticut House Bill 5455 was signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy on May 31, 2012.  The new law, Public Act No. 12-64, amends prior law by adding “shiatsu, “acupressure,” “Thai massage,” “Thai yoga massage,” and “Thai yoga” to the list of services that may not be advertised without a massage therapy license.

The new law also provides that any employer who knowingly and willfully employs someone without a massage license to perform massage is guilty of a class C misdemeanor.

If you are already licensed as a massage therapist in Connecticut, the new law won’t significantly affect you. However, if you are unlicensed and practice shiatsu, acupressure, or Thai massage, you will need to become licensed in order to continue practicing.


Work of the Entry-Level Analysis Project (ELAP) Begins

New Work Group a Product of Leadership Summit Conversations

Members of the Entry-Level Analysis Project (ELAP) released a project description detailing the workings of the group, its planned activities and its goals.

The ELAP work group, a product of Leadership Summit conversations over the most recent eight months, includes eight members expert in massage curriculum development, teaching and research assessment. The ELAP work group will conduct a research project to identify the essential elements of foundational massage curriculum through analysis of a number of massage profession project outputs, surveys and resources. The use of detailed learning outcomes maps will allow for an accurate recommendation of hours related to competent teaching of essential topics.

Please find the entire ELAP project description document attached.


Celebrate ABMP’s 25th Anniversary

In 2012, ABMP celebrates its silver anniversary. We’ve proudly served the massage and bodywork profession for 25 years. We want you to share in the celebration! Starting in January, we’ll conduct a random drawing every two weeks—including everyone who renewed or upgraded their ABMP Practitioner, Professional, or Certified membership during that time—and we’ll refund their membership fees paid for the year.

Yes! If your name is selected, we’ll cut you a check for 100% of the membership dues you just paid. By year’s end, we’ll have 25 members celebrating our 25th anniversary and enjoying a free membership.

(Actually 26 members will win—thanks to the way the calendar falls—but that’s OK. You’ve come to expectmore from ABMP.)

Winning members can share their stories of success and portraits, and help inspire other members of our ABMP family.

Good luck! And Happy Anniversary!

Renew now.

Meet the Winners of ABMP’s 25th Anniversary Renewal Giveaways.

ABMP Member Julie Mezzy ABMP Member Melissa Cooper ABMP Member Heather Sanders

In Memoriam: Dianne Polseno

Dianne Polseno, 60, passed away Saturday, May 12, 2012, at home surrounded by her family. Polseno made significant contributions to the massage field in many ways, including through her role as campus president of Cortiva Institute, Boston campus, a position she held until mid-April. She was educated as a massage therapist at Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, Massachusetts, and as a nurse. She graciously shared her intellect and skills as an educator, leader, mentor, and volunteer. Starting in autumn 2011, she continued to inspire friends and colleagues as she battled cancer and shared her thoughts on http://www.caringbridge.org/.


Reflexology Certification Bill Signed Into Law in Washington

On March 29, 2012, Governor Gregoire signed Senate Bill 6103, which amends and supplements the existing massage licensing statute by requiring the certification of reflexologists. Because massage practitioners must be licensed in Washington under existing law, and reflexology falls within their scope of practice, the new certification provisions will not have an impact on currently licensed massage practitioners.

The new law states that no person may advertise or represent him or herself as a reflexologist by the use of any title without first being certified as a reflexologist (unless an LMP). In order to obtain reflexologist certification, the applicant must complete an approved course of study and pass an examination approved by the Washington Secretary of Health. The statute includes a grandfathering provision which states that an applicant may be certified without examination if he or she has practiced reflexology for at least five years prior to the statute’s effective date, or applies for certification within one year of that effective date (6/7/12).

Additionally, the legislation adds a new section to the massage licensing law which states that the secretary of health has the authority to inspect the premises of any massage or reflexology business during business hours, and may apply to a court for a warrant if access to the premises is denied. The prior statute provided for inspections only by state and local law enforcement personnel.

The Washington state board of massage may adopt rules and regulations to implement the statute. ABMP will be providing updates as they become available.


Idaho Licensing Bill Signed by Governor – There is NO Action to Take at this Time

On April 3rd, 2012, Governor Otter signed Senate Bill 1295a into law. The law requires massage therapists to become licensed by the state and establishes a Board of Massage Therapy to implement the process. The law also establishes minimum training requirements, defines a scope of practice, provides an avenue for consumer complaints, and pre-empts local regulations.

Qualifications for licensure the first 2 years (grandfathering)

The qualifications for licensure are outlined in the law. For a period of two years from the time applications become available, massage practitioners will be able to qualify for a state license by meeting one of the following criteria:

  1. Has completed a massage program consisting of a minimum of 500 hours; or
  2. Has completed a massage program of at least 300 hours and has practiced massage for at least 5 hours a week (on average) for a period of 3 years; or
  3. Has completed a massage program of at least 200 hours and has practiced massage for at least 5 hours a week (on average) for a period of 5 years; or
  4. Has been an active professional member for at least a year, as a massage therapist, of a national massage therapist association (such as ABMP) which provides professional liability insurance; or
  5. Has passed an examination approved by the board.

The Board of Massage Therapy will have the responsibility of providing the details regarding how and when to apply. ABMP will alert members when applications become available. In other states, this process has typically taken at least a year.

After two years, the qualifications for licensure change and all new applicants will have to demonstrate they have completed a massage program consisting of at least 500 hours and passed an examination approved by the board.

Several practices will be exempt from licensure as long as practitioners do not practice, or advertise that they practice massage therapy, including: reflexology, movement education (Feldenkrais, Trager, and Body-Mind Centering), energy work (Reiki, Shiatsu, Asian Bodywork, Polarity), and structural integration (Rolfing and Hellerwork).

Next steps

Governor Otter will need to appoint members to the Board of Massage Therapy. The Board will consist of five members, four of whom will be massage therapists who are residents of the state, and have been for at least 3 years, and have practiced massage therapy for at least 3 years. The remaining member will be a public member with no connection to the profession.

ABMP encourages members looking for a meaningful volunteer experience within the massage profession to consider applying for a position on the Board. The Board will receive guidance from professionals within the Idaho Bureau of Professional Occupational Licenses (IBOL) to write rules and regulations to implement the new law.

ABMP will provide more information regarding how to apply for a position on the Board of Massage Therapy in the upcoming weeks.


Montana Licensing Reminder

If you have already received your license, you may disregard this message.

It is illegal to practice massage therapy in Montana without having a state license. Most massage therapists have already applied for and received their license. However, if you were delaying the process for some reason, perhaps you have not been practicing, or you’re taking a break for some other reason, please be advised that the “grandfathering provision” is expiring soon.

On July 1, 2012, Montana will stop issuing massage licenses under the state law’s grandfathering provision.  If you wish to obtain your license under the grandfathering provision, you must act before July 1, 2012.  The grandfathering application is the quickest and easiest way to become licensed.  Applications can be found at www.massagetherapists.mt.gov.

The grandfathering application consists of four parts, listed below:

  1. Submit a completed application and application/license fee of $130.00 (check or money order payable to the Montana Board of Massage Therapy).
  2. Submit documentation that the applicant was at least 18 years of age as of 7/1/2010. A copy of a driver’s license or birth certificate is acceptable.
  3. Provide a notarized affidavit stating that the applicant engaged in the practice of massage therapy for at least 100 hours in Montana on or before 7/1/2010 and prior to application. A form is provided in the application packet for your use.
  4. Provide two letters attesting to the good moral character of the applicant sent directly to the board office by individuals who are not family members (your employer or clients are good choices). A form is provided in the application packet for your use and may be copied as many times as needed.

You will personally be submitting the application, one affidavit document, and the fee. Letters attesting to moral character will be sent to the board office by the individuals you ask to provide them. You may choose to provide individuals attesting to your moral character a postage paid envelope already addressed to the board to make it as easy as possible for them.

As always, ABMP will make licensure information available at www.abmp.com.

Specific questions should be directed to the board:

Montana Board of Massage Therapy
PO Box 200513
301 South Park, 4th Floor
Helena, MT 59620-0513
(406) 841-2369 or 2037
Fax: (406) 841-2305
Email: dlibsdlmt@mt.gov
Website: www.massagetherapists.mt.gov

After July 1, 2012, the licensing qualifications will change and applicants will have to have completed a minimum 500 hour education program and pass an exam.


E-mail Scams Continue to Target Massage Therapists

> Report online scams.

Internet Scams Target Massage Therapists
Please note! ABMP has received several reports reporting this scam. Be aware!

Massage therapists are now on the receiving end of a variation of an online con. Here’s how it works: An out-of-town “client” contacts a practitioner via e-mail wanting to schedule appointments for a time in the future when he/she will be visiting the area. The appointments and times are scheduled. Shortly thereafter, the practitioner receives a cashier’s check for these services, but it’s generally for much more than the originally agreed upon price. The alleged client or a secretary of the client contacts the therapist, explains the mistake, and asks the therapist to deposit the check and simply refund the balance. The check appears to clear and the practitioner sends the overage back to the client only to learn two weeks later that the check was a fraud. Now the practitioner is out whatever the overage was.

If this has happened to you, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) website, www.ftc.gov/ftc/consumer.htm, and click “File a Complaint” to fill out the form. You can also forward the offending e-mails to spam@uce.gov. In addition you can file a complaint at the Internet Crime Complaint Center’s website, http://www.ic3.gov/.

Using caution and common sense will help you avoid the pitfalls of Internet scams. For more information on Internet scams, visit www.ftc.gov/spam/ or www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/cashier.asp.

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member on January 6, 2014

From: Brad Foster [mailto:bradfost2@live.com]
Sent: Monday, January 06, 2014 11:30 PM
To:XXXXXX
Subject: MASSAGE INQUIRY

Hello,
My Name is Brad Foster,from Belfast,Northern Ireland.I want to book an hour massage therapy appoint for 6 sprinters that will be coming to your country for a one month training tour in your area. We will require massage therapy appointments to help reduce strain,improve physical fitness and enhance body movement for the sprinters.

I will like to know if you can organize an hour massage therapy appointments for us in your clinic ?.

Here is a brief outline of the reservation:
# Booking Dates:from 3rd to 30th of April 2014 # Number of appointments:3 times per week for each sprinter # Number of guest: 6 adults within the age of 18-33yrs

Appointments can be scheduled from 1pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Kindly get back to me with details on availabilities,total cost for the group booking of the appointments and the types of credit cards you accept for payments so we can secure the Booking with a part payment.I await your prompt response.

Regards,
Brad Foster
bradfost2@live.com

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member on November 2, 2013

First Name: XXXXX
Last Name: XXXXX
Member ID: XXXXX
Date: 11-2-13

Received this email today.  Doesn’t seem legit.  I googled it and found nothing. –

Hi,

Am Spencer Drew,a Journalist from Alexandria,Egypt. My wife is 7months pregnant and i wanted to know if you offer pregnancy Massage?if yes kindly get back to me with the details below:

1-Charges per session
2-Years of Experience
3-Your Website

Looking forward to read back from you.

Spencer Drew
+201129186121
Alexandria,Egypt

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member on September 16, 2013

From: XXXX
Sent: Monday, September 16, 2013 8:00 PM
Description: Hello,

My Name is John Bellamy,from Montreal, Canada.I want to make inquiry on your massage therapy appointments for 6 of my colleagues that will be coming to your country for a three weeks vacation in your locality. as part of our plans for the trip, we will be playing golf during those dates.we will like to know if you can organize a 60 minutes massage therapy appointments for us in your clinic.

Here is a brief outline of the reservation:

# Booking Dates:from 4th to 26th of November 2013 # Number of appointments: 3 times per week for each # Number of guest: 6 adults within the age of 33-48yrs. participant (54 appointments )

Appointments can be scheduled from 1pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Kindly get back to me with details on availabilities,total cost for the group booking of the appointments and the types of credit cards you accept for payments so we can secure the Booking with a part payment.I await your prompt response.

Regards,
John Bellamy
jhbellamy@msn.com

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member on August 2, 2013

From: XXXX
Sent: Friday, August 02, 2013 8:40 AM
To: Membership
Subject: fraud

As associations representing the massage therapy community nationwide,  I thought you might be interested in publicizing the following and/or doing a story on scams targeting massage therapists.
I am a massage therapist in Baltimore, Maryland with over five years in practice. I received an unsolicited email July 9, 2013, requesting massage therapy services for someone coming into my area from out of state/country. This person insisted on setting up a payment in advance for four sessions (extremely unusual to do) and said I would receive a check from an intermediary. I replied that I asked for cash from new clients and preferred it at each session rather than all at once in case plans changed. Then, oops, the check was made out for a larger amount and I would need to deduct my fee plus $100 and then be told later what to do with the remainder. A check did show up at the Wellness Center July 30, 2013 for $2500.00 when my actual charges would have been only $300.00. the check was drawn on JP Morgan Chase Bank from the account for the Gym Store, a legitimate Brooklyn, NY business selling new and used fitness equipment.
The correspondence from this potential client was suspect in that the story kept changing slightly, that she ignored the health screen I sent her, that she insisted on this convoluted payment scheme, etc. Obviously, the intent was to get me to cash the check and then write one to her for the “overage” when in reality, the check would not have been good and/or was fraudulently used on a business account that had nothing to do with me.
I reported this to the consumer protection division of the state’s attorney office, which suggested that, in addition to alerting everyone, I file a complaint at Ic3.gov. This is a program partly under the aegis of the FBI which deals with cybercrime. I also reported it to the New York attorney general’s cybercrime office since the business the check came from is in their state.
I subsequently discovered that one of the other massage therapists in the wellness center where we have shared offices was also targeted with a similar scheme. Several years back, there was another flurry of similar attempts to defraud therapists with promises of lare sums of money which would need to be partially refunded.
Bottom line, if it sounds too good to be true (multiple sessions paid in advance from someone out of the area) or unusual and the person will not conform to your usual business practices, beware. And report it. It is difficult to trace online crime, but if you save any email correspondence with headers, that can help law enforcement.
Thanks!

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member on July 22, 2013

First Name: XXXX
Last Name: XXXX
Date: July 20, 2013

I received several emails from a potential client starting back in June from someone who claimed to be travelling from New York to my city (Ontario, Canada) and wanted to book 18 appointments over a period of time while he & his friends were to be in the city. He wanted to send the money through first, but I wrote back and explained that it is not my policy to accept funds prior to treatments. I was suspicious from the beginning, but was just confirmed that it was a scam when I googled the names and found this on your website.

Example, Reported by two ABMP Members May 29, 2013

First Name: XXXX
Last Name: XXXX
Date: 05/25/13
Description: Email exchanges from Leo Zack

Hello XXXX,

We will be staying at: Comfort Suites South (1701 E. St. Elmo Rd Austin, TX, U.S., 78744). Yes 3 back to back. We are going to book hotel not far from your location, so you can come for the appointment or we can also come for the appointment at your location, which ever you like. Our schedule is very flexible so any days in the week is perfectly okay with us, so schedule the appointment into your convenience schedule, that will be okay with us during our stay between June 14th to July 13th and any time of the day is okay for our appointment session, just let us know the best time that works best for you.

Please send the schedule that work best with you in your next message.

Thanks

On May 25, 2013, at 07:49 AM, ABMP member wrote:

Specifically where in Austin will you be staying?  Specific times and days?

You mentioned 6 massages each…Would that be 3 back to back once a week during your stay?

I charge $90 per hour if its back to back otherwise it will be $100 per hour.  If your north Austin it will be a $40 travel charge.  I live 30 min south of Austin so my drive time will be at least an hour round trip if your in south Austin.

I have off Tuesdays thru Thursdays to work my outcall clients.  So those would be the days I’m available.  I’d prefer back to back one of those days if possible.  I work Fri-Mon at my full time massage job so I would be unavailable those days.

Let me know your preferred schedule and we can see if we can work something out.  Also, do you have a phone # I can reach you?

PS..I am a therapeutic massage therapist only. :)

On May 25, 2013, at 8:34 AM, “Leo Zack” <leozack1@icloud.com> wrote:

Very happy to hear from you. I am so sorry for my late response, i have been very busy lately with Conference. We are coming to: Austin let me know if you are available to accommodation our request.

Thanks

On May 16, 2013, at 03:21 PM, ABMP member wrote:

Where will you be staying?

On May 15, 2013, at 11:44 PM, “Leo Zack” <leozack1@icloud.com> wrote:

Hi

Hope you are good today? I got your information through my professional massage therapist directory search on google. I will be celebrating my 50th Birthday vacation in your city, along with two of my best friends, we’ll be spending almost 1 month there, between June 14th to July 12th 2013. We’ll like to have our massage with you, back to back or you can have your partner available, if you have.

My own name is: Leo Zack and the of my other two friends are:

Enrique Jose and Bright Cobes.

We’ll like to have Relaxation / Stress relief massage, 6 appointment for each one of us during our stay, making 18 appointment session for all of us, so schedule the appointment into your own availability during our stay which is between June 14th to July 13th 2013. The appointment can be out-call or in-call, depends on how you want it.

Please send the schedule as soon as you can and your charges per appointment.

Sincerely

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member May 16, 2013

I received a TEXT request, as follows, with spelling as texted:

Hello My name is Nicte Alanis i got your business information from nationally certified practitioner website, i need a massage therapy of relaxation for 25,26,27 and 28 of this month, i stay in georgia but i will be in Iowa for vacation for four weeks and that is why i am contacting you.thanks

Example, Reported by two ABMP Members May 14, 2013

First Name: XXXXX
Last Name: XXXXX
Member ID:XXXXX
Date: 5/12/13
Description: Leo Zack <leozack2@icloud.com>
8:59 AM (10 hours ago) to undisclosed recipients

Hi,

Hope you are good today? I got your information through my search for professional massage therapists directory. I will be celebrating my 50th Birthday vacation in your city, along with two of my best friends, we’ll be spending almost 1 month there, between June 14th to July 12th 2013. We’ll like to have our massage with you, back to back or you can have your partner available, if you have.

My own name is: Leo Zack and the of my other two friends are: Enrique Jose and Bright Cobes.

We’ll like to have Relaxation / Stress relief massage, 6 appointment for each one of us during our stay, making 18 appointment session for all of us, so schedule the appointment into your own availability during our stay which is between June 14th to July 13th 2013. The appointment can be out-call or in-call, depends on how you want it.

Please send the schedule as soon as you can and your charges per appointment.

Sincerely

Example, Reported by an ABMP Members May 7, 2013

First Name: XXXXX
Last Name: XXXXX
Member ID:
Date: 5/6/2013
Description: Leo Zack <leozackleo@icloud.com>

Hi,
Hope you are good today? I got your information through my professional massage therapist directory search on google. I will be celebrating my 50th Birthday vacation in your city, along with two of my best friends, we’ll be spending almost 1 month there, between June 14th to July 12th 2013. We’ll like to have our massage with you, back to back or you can have your partner available, if you have.

My own name is: Leo Zack and the of my other two friends are: Enrique Jose and Bright Cobes.

We’ll like to have Relaxation / Stress relief massage, 6 appointment for each one of us during our stay, making 18 appointment session for all of us, so schedule the appointment into your own availability during our stay which is between June 14th to July 13th 2013. The appointment can be out-call or in-call, depends on how you want it.

Please send the schedule as soon as you can and your charges per appointment.

Sincerely

Example, Reported by two ABMP Members April 11, 2013

First Name: XXXXX
Last Name: XXXXX
Member ID: XXXXXX
Date: 04/08/2013

Description: Hello Bearer,

Good day, I hope this mail met you in good condition; I am Mr. Michelle .M. Lewis, of Bravura Inc. I will like to make inquiries and availability on your services for June 11th, 12th, 13th 2013. Some of my casual workers need your service in sessions. Kindly send me your SERVICE MENU or your catalog for them to choose which of your services they preferred.

Also I will like to know the number of person that can receive your service per day and also to confirm your best time, because they will like to come in the morning. Likewise, I want you to know my term of payment is via my Master card to cover your service.

I will appreciate it if you could get back to me in time with substantial Information regarding my request by attaching or sending me the SERVICE MENU and likewise confirm my mode of payment. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind Regards,

Michelle M Lewis
Supervisor & Staff Welfare
Bravura Inc
2330 6th Avenue, Whitehorse,
Yukon, Y1A 1K1.
Canada.
Tel: (616)419-8088.
E: Michelle.lewis.M@msn.com

 

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member March 31, 2013
Example, Reported by another ABMP Member August 8, 2013 – same starting email but the person’s name was Jenifer Gayler.

First Name: XXXXX
Last Name: XXXXX
Member ID: XXXXXX
Date: March 31, 2013

Description: I received this email about a lady wanting to get massage services. I was about to make a huge mistake. It’s a good thing I just read an article about email scams before did.

—– Forwarded Message —–

From: Jennifer Lewis <jennyqueen27@yahoo.com>
To: _____________
Sent: Saturday, March 30, 2013 10:59 AM
Subject: Re: Massage Treatment Needed.

Hi,
How are you doing today? Sorry for not getting back to you earlier. I have been a bit busy lately. I got your email and I’m very much satisfied with your service charges per hour. Right now, I would be making arrangement for my traveling plan to Georgia and would be arriving on the 18th of April 2013. In the meantime, I have already budgeted my expenses as i would only be staying for just one month before returning back to France.

I would like to be booked for 60 minutes session. Please kindly calculate how much it will cost me for 2 days treatment Tuesdays 10:30am- Thursdays 12: pm for 3 weeks Which makes a total of 6 treatment.

At the moment, I will get in touch with a friend of mine in the US to issue out a state check payment drawn in US Dollars from a local bank and send to you to cover for my treatment as i would not be traveling with enough cash nor my credit card on me due to my financial budget and my account been closed at the moment. I will need your payment information as follows:

Your Name:
Address:
Phone #:

Once these information’s are provided, i will make necessary arrangement for the check to be mailed out to you immediately before my arrival date for the treatment and i will email you as soon as that is done.

I look forward to hear from you.

Jenny

From: _____________
Subject: Re: Massage Treatment Needed.
To: “jennyqueen27@yahoo.com” <jennyqueen27@yahoo.com>
Date: Friday, March 22, 2013, 2:50 PM

We’re open from 9a-7p Mon-Sat and 1p-6p on Sundays. we charge the following rates

25 min massage $40
50 min massage $75
80 min massage $110
75 min hot stone massage $ 95

From: Jennifer Lewis <jare.hayor1@gmail.com>
To: _____________
Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2013 1:19 PM
Subject: Massage Treatment Needed.

Hi,
My name is Jennifer Lewis. I would be visiting Georgia for a short vacation. I am looking for a competent massage therapist for Deep tissue, Therapeutic and Swedish massage therapy to help relieve of stress and pains.  I would be glad to know the following information regarding your service.

Charges per hour:
Hours of Operation:
I look forward to hear from you ASAP.

Thanks,
Jenny

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member January 12, 2013

First Name: XXXXX
Last Name: XXXXX
Member ID: XXXXX
Date: January 12, 2013
Description: here is the latest of many e-mails

Hello,
My name is Susan Blow; I will be going on my annual leave on the 8th of February and my husband & I will be coming to California, USA on holiday for 1month. We would be staying from Sunday 10th of February 2013 to Wednesday 13th of March 2013. I require the services of a Personal massage therapist, though this could be done rather flexibly for the entire period of our stay. I will require your services for 2 days each week and for 1 session of 1hour or 1hour/30mins each depending on your availability.

Basically I require full body massage in other to relax as I regularly have stiffness in my shoulder and lower back. Over the past 1 month I have hired the services of a personal massage therapist and I find each session very relaxing and refreshing. Since I am going on a 1 month holiday I would like to continue with my work-out program during my stay in California. I am interested in either full body massage or a combination of massage and manual therapy. I would greatly appreciate your thoughts, recommendation and the total costs for your services (4weeks – number of sessions 8).

I’m 45 years old and a senior accountant, working with Palomar Foods Limited here in the United Kingdom. I will be happy to pay in advance of our visit to guarantee your services during our stay. We can have the therapy sessions at your Clinic/Studio. I look forward to hearing from you, many thanks.

Best regards,

Susan Blow
72 Crownstone Rd,
London SW2 1LY
United Kingdom

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member November 26, 2012

First Name: XXXXX
Last Name: XXXXX
Member ID: XXXXXX
Date: 11/25/2012
Description: From: adson23101@gmail.com [mailto:adson23101@gmail.com] On Behalf Of F B
Sent: Sunday, November 25, 2012 10:36 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Booking Date (January 22nd, 23rd, 24th 2013)

Good Morning,
I hope this mail met you in good condition; I am Dr. Brooke of Bravura Inc.

I will like to make inquiries and availability for January 22nd, 23rdand 24th 2013. Some guest would need your service. Kindly advise your service menu or your catalog for them to choose which of your services they preferred.

Also I will like to know the number of person that can receive your service per day and also to confirm your best time, because they will like to come in the morning. Likewise, I want you to know my term of payment is via credit card to cover your service.

I will appreciate it if you could get back to me in time with substantial Information regarding my request by attaching or sending me the SERVICE MENU and likewise confirm my mode of payment. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely

Brooke Fredrick
Welfare Manager
Bravura Inc
Canada Region
Phone: (517) 798-6771

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member September 12, 2012

Description: Good to read from you,
Thank you for the response, regarding your reply, here are lists of adult coming to have your service on the date previously stated, as you will know how best to space them to complete the services from 9:30 am within the 3 days (NO GENDER PREFERENCE). Listed below are the names of guests who would have the following services

Spa Service Needed:
Full Massage: October 17th (Minutes as stated per person)
Sports Massage: October 18th (Minutes as stated per person)
Half Foot Massage: October 19th (Minutes as stated per person)

Names of Guests:
Mr. Garry Barrett
Mrs. Esther Harker
Mr. Howard Clayton
Miss Lisa Suzman
Mr. Oliver Plevin Srn
Mr. & Mrs. Anderson                                  Couples
Dr. & Mrs. Dennis Eastwood                      Couples

I will like to know the total cost for the listed above service. And also, I plan making an advanced Deposit of $1400 which is my budget to cover for you service, as they might require more services. While I wait for your response, I make further arrangements to meet up standard bookings; I will be waiting to read from you with the total cost. Thank you.

Brooke F
Welfare Manager
Bravura Inc.
2330 6th Avenue, Whitehorse,
Yukon, Y1A 1K1. Canada.
Tel: (517) 798-6771
Email: lordfredb1111@cafuc.net

——————————————————————————–

Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2012 09:52:03 -0500
Subject: Re: Service Inquiry and Date Availabilities
From: XXXXXX
To: lordfredb1111@cafuc.net

Your message seems like a spam message. If you are genuine and serious, the information can be found at XXXXXX.

New Page 1 Hello,

Good day, I hope this mail met you in good condition; I am Dr. Fredrick Brooke, the Welfare Manager, Bravura Inc. I will like to make inquiries and availability on your services for October 17th,18th, 19th 2012. Some of my delegates need your service in sessions.

Kindly send me your SERVICE MENU or your catalogue for them to choose which of your services is preferred. Also I will like to know the number of person that can receive your service per day and also to confirm your best time, because they will like to come in the morning. Likewise, I want you to know my term of payment is via credit card to cover your service.

I will appreciate it if you could get back to me in time with substantial Information regarding my request by attaching or sending me the SERVICE MENU and likewise confirm my mode of payment. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely

Brooke Fredrick
Welfare Manager
Bravura Inc
2330 6th Avenue, Whitehorse,
Yukon, Y1A 1K1. Canada.
Tel: (517) 798-6771 (SMS & Calls)
Email: lordfredb1111@cafuc.net

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
September 6, 2012

Description: I received this today.  Not sure if it is a scam, but it looks very similar to the others posted.  I’m going to ignore this and not respond.

From:    Collins W wcollins28@careceo.com
Subject: Your Service Is Needed

Hello,

Good day, I hope this mail met you in good condition; I am Dr. Collins Williams, the Welfare Manager, Bravura Inc.  I will like to make inquiries and availability on your services for October 17th, 18th, 19th 2012. Some of my delegates need your service in sessions. Kindly send me your SERVICE MENU or your catalogue for them to choose which of your services is preferred.

Also I will like to know the number of person that can receive your service per day and also to confirm your best time, because they will like to come in the morning. Likewise, I want you to know my term of payment is via credit card to cover your service.

I will appreciate it if you could get back to me in time with substantial Information regarding my request by attaching or sending me the SERVICE MENU and likewise confirm my mode of payment. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely

Williams Collins
Welfare Manager
Bravura Inc
2330 6th Avenue, Whitehorse,
Yukon, Y1A 1K1. Canada.
Tel: (517) 798-6771 (SMS & Calls)

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
July 20, 2012

Description: I seem to be getting these almost daily  Below are copies of two I’ve gotten today. I recognize all as scams but have gotten so many that I finall googled it and found this–thank you.

Hello,
Am Dr Russell,i will be in your city on the 29th of August and i need more details about your service and sessions,i will be staying 2 months or more.Kindly let me know your charges and details if you offer any of Deep Tissue,Energetic and sport Massage so that i will book ahead before coming.

Await your reply

I will be arriving on the 29th of August, and i will start on the 3rd of September,Kindly calculate the total amount for 10 sessions and can i see you twice or thrice a week and Tuesday,Thursday and Friday between 9am -10.30am or evening 7pm – 8.30pm or you can let me know your own arrangement.

Kindly get back to me with the following details so i can make half or full advance payment IMMEDIATELY.

1: Your Full Name to be on the payment

2: Your Address and zip code

3: Your cell phone number

 

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
July 20, 2012

From: XXXX
Sent: Friday, July 20, 2012 5:59 AM
To: expectmore@abmp.com
Subject: Possible scam email

Hello,
I wanted to report a possible scam email aimed at MTs.  I just received it and I am not going to respond as I do not accept unsolicited new clients in this fashion.  The subject line said YOUR SERVICE !!!.

This is not the first email like this that I’ve received. It immediately struck me as not right. But other MTs might answer it and get scammed.  As our professional organization, can you please look into this?

——– Original message ——–
Subject:YOUR SERVICE !!!
From:Dr Russell Park <drrussell111@gmail.com>
To:
Cc:

Hello,

Am Dr Russell,i will be in your city on the 14th of August and i need more details about your service and sessions,i will be staying 2 months or more.Kindly let me know your charges and details if you offer any of Deep Tissue,Energetic and sport Massage so that i will book ahead before coming.

Await your reply
Dr Russell

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
July 18, 2012

From ABMP Member XXXXXX

Description: Greetings from Sydney!!

My name is Mr.Robert Kavalio I live and work as a massage therapist here in Sydney, I am 49yrs old, Am originally from milan italy. I have been doing massage since 1991. I do deep relaxation massage in which the muscles relax without pain. I also do energy massage that helps people feel great when I am done. I am also certified to do pregnancy massage. I have lots of happy clients here in Sydney.

I have been looking for a Massage therapist for over a week now till i met an old friend yesterday that referred you to me, so i decided to contact you to know if you will be able give my client some massage sessions..My client’s name is Ms Stacy Rebecca , A model here in Sydney, who will be needing some Massage sessions when she arrives the States..She will be coming to the U.S in 3 weeks time for a modeling job and will be residing in your Area temporarily until the necessary arrangement for her job has been made before she leaves.

She will be needing 1hr Massage session per day, 3 Sessions per week for 6 weeks. Ms Rebecca, asked me to come with her to America but i told her i would not be able to go with her as i have a course i will be going for in a week time, so i promised to help her get a good Massage therapist in your Area.

Pls tell me a little more about your self, how long have you been a Massage therapist? Would you be able to provide her with the sessions from the 22th of July to the 30th of August, 3 Sessions per week for 6 weeks. I need you to get back to me with the amount you charge per session and also let me know if she can pay you with a Certified check drawn from a US bank?

You can view some of Ms Rebecca Pictures from the link below:

Pls i would need you to send your reply to my personal email ( robertkavalio@yahoo.it ) as i do not check this always

Till I read from you remain blessed.

Robert Kavalio
tworth Avenue
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
April 13, 2012

From ABMP Member XXXXXX
Description: I received this email on March 30 and never responded to it since I found it sounded phoney. I live in Puerto Rico.

Greetings,

I am Mr Alex Perso,I have some people who are inuring for your therapy session during their stay in your city,They are on vacation and would like to have a therapy session during their stay in your city.Please let me know how possible it is for you to hold the session for the guests on their stay date,Also let me know the whole cost for the session if you can handle it and i will get back to you with the whole other information.

Please find the dates of arrival:
Date of Arrival:10th June 2012
starting date:12th June 2012
End of treatment:20th June 2012

Please send me the cost for the Therapy session appointment with you for the mentioned date and for the number of person so i can communicate it with the sponsors and guests.

Thanks.
Alex Perso

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
April 6 , 2012

From: Mr Joseph Lee <lee.josephu@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: 11/26/11

Dear sir/Madam,

I wish to know if you can provide massage services for my clients on business trip.They are
three males and will need at least 1 hour massage services and relaxation each for three weeks from 16 January – 06 February 2012.They will be needing 1 hour massage sessions each,at 3 days in a week for three weeks.

They will be visiting your clinic for the massage services in the evening from 03:00 pm.I hope that you will be able to accommodate my request at this time.My clients do not have any medical issues and have received massage in the past.

Give  me your quote and the total cost for your services.Get back to me at lee.josephu@yahoo.co.uk

SUMMARY OF MY REQUEST-

Number of customers:3 males

Number of daily massage hours:1 hour massage/person/day

Total number of days:9 days

Massage days:3 days a week for 3 weeks

Type of massage: Full body massage

Payment: Credit card

Customers Language:Chinese and English

Regards

Mr Joseph Lee
Tree Craft Ltd
Hillside Farm,Rushmore Hill
Knolckholt,Kent.TN14 7NL
PH:+447024063564

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
April 6 , 2012

From: camachoa@cv3.compuvisionenlinea.com; on behalf of; Daniel Nowozeniuk <Danielnowozeniuk@rediffmail.com>
Date: 12/2/2011

Hello, I would like to book massage sessions for 4 persons arriving from the United Kingdom on vacation. They will arrive your region on the 27th February and depart 19th March, 2012. Send me in a reply the total cost for the entire sessions. Can you have each person scheduled for appointments twice a week for 3weeks, in between the period of their stay? Kindly, advise on price and availability. Thanks. Daniel Nowozeniuk. Kinesiotherapist, 52 Abbey Gardens, NW8 9AT +447024017561

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
April 6 , 2012

Dear,
I would like to book massage therapy appointments for 4-clients arriving from the United-Kingdom on vacation. They will arrive to your region on the 24th May and depart 22nd June, 2012.
Send me in a reply the total cost for the entire appointments.

Can you schedule each person for appointments twice a week for 4-weeks, in between the period of their stay?

Your advice on price and availability will be highly regarded.

Kind Regards,

Tom Hoy.
Kinesiotherapist,
52 Abbey Gardens,
NW8 9AT,
+447011140414 

 

 

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
April 6, 2012

From: XXXX
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2012 4:39 PM
To: expectmore@abmp.com
Subject: Another scam email

This is a follow up email to one I answered from Jeremy Bernard.  Exactly as you described they send a larger amount and have you wire the difference.

Greetings!!

How are you doing today? Hope all is well with you? Am very sorry for the late reply, I was away to Verona for my daughters wedding and just returned, Am very pleased to read from you, Hope you having a nice time over there, I am doing great here,  You sound like a very nice person am sure Ms Martinez will love your work.

I sent a copy of the message you sent me to Ms Martinez  and she is very happy you will be able to give her  the Massage sessions, I also want to let you know she speaks good English so you do not need to worry about communication, She is in Italy at the moment for a runway show, She said she would not finish her show until the 14thof this Month so you should pencil her her from the 16th, She said you should make a Schedule from 16th to the 29th of  May, 2 Sessions per week for 6 weeks and she would like all the sessions to be before1pm or after 5pm because she will be going out for her photo shoot between the hr of 1pm – 5pm and you should not Include Sundays because of Church.

She would be making reservations in the hotel below next week and will give you all the details you will need as soon as the reservation is done, Let me know if the hotel is close to you, she would be having transportation when she arrives so distance should not be a problem.

Best Western Denham Springs Inn
146 Rushing Road East,
Denham Springs, LA 70726

About Payments, Ms Martinez  said she is doing a Billboard job for best buy, so the payments would come from best buy Company in Chicago, She said she would tell the Company manager to make out the cashier check for her job in your name, The cashiers check is for ( $4,850 ) so that when you receive the Certified Check on her behalf, you deduct the money for the Sessions, and have her scheduled and you help her wire the rest of her Money to her Via Western union when she arrives Asia to pick up the Photo Equipments she is Renting for her job so she can use the rest of the money to pay for her photo shoot Equipments before her arrival.

Pls let me know if you can assist her with that? All you need do, is email me when you received her check and i will give you all the instructions on how to get the rest of her money to her when she arrives Asia to pick up her Equipments before her flight to america. she said if you will need a tip for that, it should not be a problem.

She would need the details below below so she can pass it to the Company manager to make her cashier check in your name and overnight it to you via Fedex so you can have her booked. Pls send the details below to her email   : {  therapiamartinez@yahoo.fr }

1) Name on check:…………………..

2) Address check will be sent to:…………………….

3) Phone Number to call on delivery: …………………..

4)Total amount for your job ……………

You can reach Ms Martinez on her Cell incase you have any questions: +447924838121

Have a beautiful day!

Jeremy bernard
112 Rue des Beaux-Art,
75006 Paris, France

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
April 2, 2012

From: JEREMY BERNARD atlantic-soudures@orange.fr
Date: Sun, 1 Apr 2012 19:15:11 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Massage therapist needed asap..
To: XXXX

Greetings from Paris, &nbsp;

My name is Mr Jeremy bernard I live and work as a massage therapist here in France, I am 49yrs old. I have been doing massage since 1991.

I do deep relaxation massage in which the muscles relax without pain.
I also do energy massage that helps people feel great when I am done.
I am also certified to do pregnancy massage. I have lots of happy clients here in France.

I have been looking for a for Massage therapist for over a week now till i met an old friend yesterday that referred you to me, so i decided to contact you to know if you will be able give my client some Massage sessions.. My client’s name is Ms Anais Martinez, A model here in France who will be needing some massage session when she arrives America…She will be coming to the U.S in 2 weeks time for a modeling job and will be residing in your Area temporarily until the necessary arrangement for her job has been made before she leaves.

She will be needing 1hr Massage session per day, 2 Sessions per week for 6 weeks. Ms Martinez, asked me to come with her to America but i told her i would not be able to go with her as i have a course i will be going for in a week time so i promised to help her get a good Massage &nbsp;therapist in your Area..

Pls tell me a little more about your self, how long have you been a Massage therapist? and would you be able to provide her with the Massage sessions from the 16th of April to the 29th of May, 2 Sessions per week for 6 weeks.

I need you to get back to me with the amount you charge per session and also let me know if she can pay you with a Certified check drawn from a US bank?

Pls do send your reply to my personal email address &nbsp;( therapiajeremyb@yahoo.fr &nbsp;) &nbsp;as i do not check this email always.

You can view some of Ms Martinez Pictures from the link below:

 

 

Jeremy Bernard112 Rue des Beaux-Art,&nbsp;75006 Paris, France

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
March 9, 2012

First Name: XXXX
Last Name: XXXX
Member ID: XXXX
Date: March 8, 2012
Description: Letter recd. 3/7/2012

Hello,
I hope this mail met you in good condition; I am Dr. Fredrick Brooke, the director of Staff welfare, Ancient Greek Theatre.  I will like to make inquiries and availability on your services for April 25th, 26th, 27th 2012. Some of my delegates would be coming for treatments on sessions.

Kindly send me your treatment menu or your catalogue for them to choose which of your services is preferred.

Also I will like to know the number of person that can receive treatment per day and also to confirm your best time. Likewise, I want you to know my term of payment is via credit card to cover their treatment.

I will appreciate it if you can get back to me in time with substantial Information regarding my request by attaching or sending me the spa menu along with mode of payments.. Kindly confirm as per above

Fredrick Brooke
Director of Staff welfare
Ancient Greek Theatre
40 Wyndham Crescent
Canton, Cardiff
CF11 9EH
Email: lordfredb2@cafuc.net

Scam is making its rounds, again – refer to scam reports here
http://firstofnine.wordpress.com/2012/03/07/the-anatomy-of-a-massage-scam/

 

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
February 1, 2012

First Name: XXX
Last Name: XXX
Member ID:XXX
Date: 1/26/12

Hi,
I’m an ABMP member and I just received this email. I’ve gotten others like it before and forwarded them to you. They are always someone coming from another country and sent to undisclosed recipients, wanting info on services and sessions. Anyway, here’s another one. Just want to let you know in case this is some kind of scam so you can let the membership know.
Thanks much,

XXXXXXX

[Initial Email Inquiry]
From:
andrearossi820 <andrearossi820@gmail.com>
Date: January 26, 2012 8:09:33 AM PST
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
BCC: XXXX
Subject: Re—-Enquiry About Your Service !!!

Hello,

My name is Andrea from Ireland,i will be coming on an official assignment to your city on Feb 8th and i like more info about your service and sessions,i will be staying 3 months or more.Kindly let me know your charges and details if you offer any of Deep Tissue,Energetic and sport Massage so that i will book ahead before coming.

Await your reply.
Andrea

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
January 11, 2012

First Name: XXX
Last Name: XXX
Member ID:XXX
Date: 12/15/11
Description: Good Day,

My Name is Wayne Packer from Scotland. I want to make inquiry on your Pilate sections for 8 athletes that will be coming to your country for a 3 weeks training tour in your area. We are interested in an hour pilate sections after each day activities. do you offer private/simi private pilate sections?

Bellow are details of the reservation:

Arrival Date: 23rd of January to  12th of February 2012

Time: evening sessions, Mondays through Saturdays (18 section) Number of athletes: 8 adults.3 females & 5 Male Sprinters within the age of

19-27 years.

Kindly advise details on availability and the TOTAL COST for the booking of the sections, so we can make payment to secure the booking.Hope you accept credit card payments? I await your prompt response.

Regards,

Wayne Packer
waynepk74@yahoo.com

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
January 2, 2012

[Initial Email Inquiry]
From: Mr Joseph Lee lee.josephu@yahoo.co.uk
To: #####
Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2011 3:55 PM
Subject: MASSAGE SERVICES

Dear sir/Madam,

I wish to know if you can provide massage services for my clients on business trip.They are three males and will need at least 1 hour massage services and relaxation each for three weeks from 16 January – 06 February 2012.They will be needing 1 hour massage sessions each,at 3 days in a week for three weeks.

They will be visiting your clinic for the massage services in the evening from 03:00 pm.I hope that you will be able to accommodate my request at this time.My clients do not have any medical issues and have received massage in the past.

Give  me your quote and the total cost for your services.Get back to me at lee.josephu@yahoo.co.uk

SUMMARY OF MY REQUEST-
Number of customers:3 males
Number of daily massage hours:1 hour massage/person/day
Total number of days:9 days
Massage days:3 days a week for 3 weeks
Type of massage: Full body massage
Payment: Credit card
Customers Language:Chinese and English

Regards

Mr Joseph Lee
Tree Craft Ltd
Hillside Farm,Rushmore Hill
Knolckholt,Kent.TN14 7NL
PH:+447024063564

[Reply from ABMP Member]

From: ####
Subject: Re: MASSAGE SERVICES
To: “lee.josephu@yahoo.co.uk” lee.josephu@yahoo.co.uk
Date: Tuesday, 13 December, 2011, 15:38

Dear Mr. Lee,

First my apologies for the delay back to you. My name is #### and as of now will be able to accommodate your clients for the time frame you have requested. For a traditional 1 hour massage $79.00 per person, traditional massage with reflexology 70 minutes $84.00 per person. I also offer 90 minute massages as well. These services will need to be booked and redeemed  at ##### to provide the best service.  If you wish to book these services, please request it to be with me specifically, I will take 20% off their first massage, also you will get more for your money if you purchase a gift certificate before 12/31/11.

Please feel free to call or email me with any questions you may have.

Happy and Healthy Holidays,

####

[Last Response, Requesting Overpayment to be Sent to a Third Party—the Tell-tale Sign of a Scam]

Date: 1/2/12

Description: I confirm that my clients will receive massage services and relaxation each for three weeks in your clinic from 16 January – 06 February 2012 as i told you in my previous mail. According to your quote,the total amount for your services is $2133.I wish to proceed with the payment. I will make the payment with a credit card.I will send the credit card details to you on Monday so that you can process the entire amount with your POS machine.

We also made arrangement with a travel/logistics agent to take care of their travel arrangements from China and also make hotel and car hire reservations for them before they arrive. You are to process the credit card to the tune of $9000 + (credit card charges, vat and tax) to cover the entire cost for your services and the booking for other services. When you receive the money $9000 in your account, you deduct the cost of your services $2133 and send the balance $6867 to the travel/logistics agent to enable him make the other bookings for them.

Confirm this message and get back to me with the below detail -

YOUR FULL NAME-
CONTACT ADDRESS-
PHONE NUMBER-
THE TYPE OF CREDIT you ACCEPT-
THE CREDIT CARD INFORMATION YOU NEED-

I await your reply so that we can proceed.

Regards
Mr Joseph Lee
Tree Craft Ltd
Hillside Farm,Rushmore Hill

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
December 20, 2011

We received an email with stilted English that they wanted three days of 90 minute massages for himself “Ben Raes” and his wife “Janet.”

I had no idea it was not legit so I booked them and asked him to send $550.

I received three money orders totaling $2975(from New York, even though the letter was postmarked in London, UK.)

We are notifying our local police on how to proceed.

My assistant became suspicious and said that this was a scam. They get you to deposit the checks, then cancel and ask for their money back before the deposit cleared.

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
November 4, 2011

It was worded exactly same as what you have shown in the scam warning except set up for Texas.
Same dates, times etc.
sentfrom the email addresses:
whqt1941@gmail.com and whqt1941@yahoo.com

Greetings,

I found your contact after a brief search for a Massage Theraphists on the internet and I therefore use this channel to request if you will be available to offer 3days of 90Mins Massage Service to me and my wife.  My name is Ben and my wife’s name is Janet, we live and work as textiles suppliers in United Kingdom and we will be visiting the State of Texas in United States on the 10th of February, 2012.

February 10th, February 17th and February 24th,2012 are our preferred massage dates and morning session between 9am & 12pm will be fine for us,but if this time is not available, then period from 5pm upward will make a good alternative.

Moreover if there is any of the quoted dates/times that is not available,please let me know and possibly furnish me with alternative dates/times.We can on each day do the sessions  back to back(i.e one after the other) OR at the same time if you have another therapist working with you. Alternatively I can have my own massage in the morning and the one for my wife comes later in the day.  We do not have any medical issues whatsoever and we have received massage services several times in the past .

Kindly answer the following questions if you are available for the service required.

What is your address location in Texas so as to estimate our proximity to you ?

How many years of experience do you have in this career?

I look forward to your prompt response.

Regards,
Ben Raes

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
October 31, 2011

Greetings,

I found your contact after a brief search for a Massage Theraphists on the internet and I therefore use this channel to request if you will be available to offer 3days of 90Mins Massage Service to me and my wife.  My name is Ben and my wife’s name is Janet, we live and work as textiles suppliers in United Kingdom and we will be visiting the State of Massachusetts in United States on the 10th of February, 2012.

February 10th, February 17th and February 24th,2012 are our preferred massage dates and morning session between 9am & 12pm will be fine for us,but if this time is not available, then period from 5pm upward will make a good alternative.

Moreover if there is any of the quoted dates/times that is not available,please let me know and possibly furnish me with alternative dates/times.We can on each day do the sessions  back to back(i.e one after the other) OR at the same time if you have another therapist working with you. Alternatively I can have my own massage in the morning and the one for my wife comes later in the day.  We do not have any medical issues whatsoever and we have received massage services several times in the past .

Kindly answer the following questions if you are available for the service required.

What is your address location in Massachusetts so as to estimate our proximity to you ?

How many years of experience do you have in this career?

I look forward to your prompt response.

Regards,
Ben Raes

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
January 24, 2011

From: panilawren0101@fusemail.com
Date: January 17, 2011

Description from the ABMP Member:
I got an email that claimed “Massage Therapist needed.” I found the wording to be of broken english and they also wanted to send a cashiers check in advance to sessions. When I went to respond with some key questions–I already had red flags going off–I was asked to download Japanese. This email came on January 17th and I have not gotten any response yet to my questions. It is requesting massages for a wife and husbank supposedly in the UK and coming to my area on the 28th of this month. They wanted a local “associate” to get me the money in advance. I have reported it to local news, BBB, and FBI. I really hate to see the scam cause anyother professional and problems. This is coming from panilawren0101@fusemail.com and going to mellow060@yahoo.com Please be cautious.

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
November 10, 2010

From: doyen00066@yahoo.com
Date: Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 9:41 AM
Subject: In need of massage therapist

Hello my name is Patricia, I’m in the United Kingdom for a year contract and I got here last August this year. My husband and I have agreed to spend our holiday in the United States starting from the 22nd of November. We intend to have some deep tissue massage to relieve some of the usual work related pains that we do have. I will like to know how much you charge for each sessions and we will like to have about three sessions each. Once am sure of the price, I will have my associate in the United States send you a cashiers check payment as I will like to make payment and bookings in advance.

Example, Reported by an ABMP Member
10/05/2010
Description: Greetings from Milan ,

My name is Mr Roberto Branco, I live and work as a massage therapist here in Italy . I am 46 yrs old. I have been doing massage since 1991. I do a deep relaxation massage in which the muscles relax without pain. I also do energy massage that helps people feel great when I am done. I am also certified to do pregnancy massage. I have lots of happy clients here in italy.

I have been looking for a massage therapist for over a week now till i met an old friend yesterday that referred you to me, her name is Serah. She used to live in America before she relocated here with her family, so i decided to contact you to know if you will be able to give my client some massage sessions when she arrives the US.

My clients name is Ms Monica Picchi, Shes is a model here in Italy . She will be coming to the U.S in 2 weeks time for a modeling job and will be residing in Illinois temporarily until the neccesary arrangement for her job has been made before she leaves. She will be needing 1hr massage session per day, 2 Sessions per week for 6 weeks when she arrives.

Ms Monica asked me to come with her to the US but i told her i would not be able to go with her to the US as i have a course i will be going for in a week time, so i promised to help her find a good massage therapist in your Area.

Pls tell me a little more about your self, how long have you been a massage therapist? Would you be able to provide her with the massage sessions from the 25th of this month to the 6th of December, 2 Sessions per week for 6 weeks?

Pls i need you to get back to me with the amount you charge per session and also let me know if she can pay you with a Certified check drawn from a US bank?

Do send your reply to my personal email address { brancoroberto70@yahoo.it } for a quick response as i do not check this email always.

Till I read from you remain blessed.

Roberto Branco
712 Via Mercato,
1,26129
Milano Italy


Advertising Company Takes Money, Doesn’t Deliver
9/21/2009
Alert Regarding Nationwide Advertising (aka Coast to Coast Advertising)

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) members have reported entering into a contract with the company calling itself Nationwide Advertising (aka Coast to Coast Advertising). This company purportedly disappears at times and reappears under a different company name. This company has taken our members’ money but has not provided the advertising that was contracted for. The company sells printed ads on restaurant placemats and phone book covers and appears to have a policy that it will charge yearly for the ads even if a yearly renewal was not agreed upon. In some cases the ads are never printed.

We advise ABMP members to check out any complaints that may be on file regarding a company that you are considering for advertising contracts or for other business relationships. Watch your credit card accounts for any unauthorized charges, and take steps to report these unauthorized charges to your credit card company as soon as possible. Go online and Google the company’s name, or contact your local chamber of commerce to research for any reported complaints.

NJ update on February 29th meeting

To: NJ ABMP members

From: Jean Robinson, government relations director

RE: February 29, 2012 Board Meeting, Board review of public comments submitted

Applications for licensing are NOT available yet, and probably won’t be available until the fall at the earliest. There is no action for you to take at this time; this is simply an update.

I wanted to take a moment and update you on the NJ Board of Massage and Bodywork meeting I attended on February 29, 2012. The Board was scheduled to review the public comments related to the DRAFT regulations to implement the massage and bodywork licensing law.

Most of the letters related to concern from individuals that they would not be able to obtain an “official transcript” due to the school no longer being open.  This problem has been discussed at several meetings and the Board has discussed several possible solutions, all of which were discarded as too lenient. However, at this meeting, Chuck Manning (Board Counsel) came with a viable solution.  In August 2011, Governor Christie signed Executive Order Two, which orders and directs all state agencies to implement and adhere to certain principles to provide for relief from regulatory burdens. One principle orders state agencies to adopt rules for “waivers” from regulations that are unduly burdensome.

The Division of Consumer Affairs, which the massage board is under, is in process of finalizing rules for waivers as they will relate to professional licensing.  Applicants who will not be able to have a transcript sent from their school because it is no longer open, will be able to apply for a waiver of this requirement. It is unclear exactly how the process will unfold but I felt confident that ABMP members and other massage therapists who are simply not able to obtain transcripts will have an opportunity to qualify for a license through this option.

Timeline
The Board reviewed all the public comments, made a few non-substantive changes, then unanimously approved the rules.  Next steps include another official rule review process at assorted levels within the state government. License applications will not become available until the entire process is completed, by December 7, 2012 at the latest.

The Board will be meeting again in late April to work on developing license applications, they hope to have the applications ready so there is no further delay when the rules are approved. Applications will be done on-line.

ABMP will let members know when applications are available.


Kansas Bill to License Massage Therapists Fails

House Bill 2564, which would have required massage therapists to become state licensed, failed to progress this year. Thank you to all members who made phone calls to legislators at our request. There will very likely be another attempt in the 2013 legislative session to re-introduce a bill. ABMP will continue to work with others to ensure the best possible outcome should a bill progress.


CAMTC Eliminates Exam Options

At its meeting on February 15, 2012, the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) voted to eliminate the National Exam for State Licensing (NESL), offered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and  the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) from the list of approved exams for the Portable G pathway to CAMTC certification. Applicants will only be able to apply for CAMTC certification by becoming certified by NCBTMB if applying by Portal G. There are still several other application pathways to CAMTC certification at either the CMP or CMT levels.

The reason for the change was based on the concern that “even the slightest potential of certifying a non-massage therapist was too great for the CAMTC to take”. The majority of the CAMTC board members voted to remove the NESL and MBLEx from the list of approved exams because the application process to sit for either of these exams does not include a minimum education component or verification of education an applicant represents having received on the exam application form. The decision made by the CAMTC board is no reflection on the actual quality of either exam or the security of the testing environment. Both exams are given by the professional testing company Pearson Vue, the leading provider of secure computer-based testing.

The CAMTC board members are well intentioned, however, both ABMP representatives on the CAMTC board (Bob Benson and Jean Robinson) voted against the motion to eliminate the NESL and the MBLEx based on the fact that there has been no evidence, documented or anecdotal, that allowing these exams has compromised the CAMTC certification process. In fact, only a small number of applicants have used the exam only option to actually apply for CAMTC certification.

To be as fair as possible to applicants already having initiated plans to gain CAMTC certification via the “exam-only” route, CAMTC will phase out the NESL and MBLEx “exam only” pathway to certification:

1. Applicants must apply and qualify through the “exam-only” route by May 15, 2012. This means you must have applied for CAMTC certification AND passed the exam by this date.

2. Anyone who was specifically told by CAMTC’s Professional Standards Division that if they pass an exam they will be deemed qualified for certification, will get certified when they present a passing score.

Applicants for CAMTC certification whose schools have closed and therefore cannot provide CAMTC with original transcript documentation, will now have to apply for CAMTC certification using the “compelling evidence” protocol.


Join ABMP for a free webinar April 10: Massage Technique @Work: Dental Workers

This is the second webinar in our ongoing series about massage approaches for occupational injuries. In this webinar, orthopedic massage expert Whitney Lowe will explore common injury conditions affecting dental workers. We will investigate biomechanical issues, as well as key assessment and treatment strategies for commonly occurring pathologies. The issues facing dental workers can be applied to many different occupational scenarios, so whether you have dental workers in your practice or not, you are sure to find numerous valuable tips to help understand a variety of occupational disorders. 

Register now!


Join ABMP for a free webinar April 4: Unraveling the Mystery of Knee Pain

Do you know how to detect the 23 most common pain and injury conditions of the knee? Millions of people suffer from debilitating knee injuries. Whether your clients are competitive athletes or couch potatoes, you’re certain to encounter individuals with knee problems. For anyone who likes to bike, hike, ski, run, dance, or simply take long walks, knee pain is the gateway to an unwanted early retirement from exercise.

In this webinar, Dr. Ben Benjamin will discuss one of the most common knee injuries, the relevant anatomy and assessment tests for this condition, as well as therapeutic techniques to treat it.

Bonus! You’ll also receive video links and related articles you can use to practice all of the techniques you will learn.

Register Now!


MI update on March 5th Public Hearing

To: Michigan ABMP members

From: Jean Robinson, government relations director

RE: March 5, 2012 public hearing regarding the proposed administrative rules to implement massage therapy licensing.

Applications for licensing are NOT available yet. They probably won’t be available until the fall at the earliest. There is no action for you to take at this time. This is simply an update.

I wanted to take a moment to update you all on the public hearing I attended last week. The purpose of the public hearing was to solicit feedback from the massage therapy community regarding the proposed regulations. This is an important step in the process because it allows different points of view to be heard or brought to the attention of the board and the staff at the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). Read ABMP’s comment here.

The issue brought up the most by commenters who attended the public hearing was from schools with regards to the proposed student clinic rule (Rule 7).

Timeline

Desmond Mitchell, the policy analyst working with the Board, will now merge all of the comments received from the public into one document. He will respond to the comments and likely provide some advice to the Board on how to proceed. The board will discuss this document, comment by comment, at its next meeting on April 9th.

The Board could agree with certain comments brought to their attention and vote to change the proposed rule, or they could keep the proposed rule regardless of comments/concerns brought forward. In some cases, public comments that were issued may not be relevant because the provision is in the law, not in the rules proposed by the Board. The Board cannot change the law, only the regulations. The Board will need to provide some justification for their decisions.

If, at the April meeting, the Board doesn’t propose significant changes, i.e. changes that could be interpreted to mean a more restrictive regulation of massage therapists, the proposed rules will again go through the proper channels to become finalized. The LARA staff at the public hearing stated that the earliest applications may be available would probably be in the fall. The Board has done an excellent job, as evidenced by the fact that there are really only a few issues they will revisit in April.

We need to be patient. I know people are getting antsy to apply for a license but it’s in everyone’s best interest that the rules adopted by the Board are consistent with the other states that regulate massage and that the licensing process be as streamlined as possible.

Reminder – this is the “grandfathering provision” in Michigan.

For 2 years after applications become available, the qualifications for licensing will be to meet one of the following:

(a) For at least 1 year before January 9, 2009, has been an active member, as a massage therapist, of a national professional massage therapy association (such as ABMP); If you were an ABMP member prior to Jan. 9, 2009, you will qualify through option (a).

(b) Has practiced massage therapy for an average of at least 10 hours per week for 5 or more years, as established by affidavit of the applicant.

(c) Has practiced massage therapy for an average of at least 10 hours per week for at least 3 years, as established by affidavit of the applicant, and has successfully completed at least 300 hours of formal training in massage therapy acceptable to the board, as established by evidence from the school or schools attended.

(d) Has successfully passed an examination (either the MBLEX or NCBTMB exams). The passage of this examination may have occurred before January 9, 2009.

(e) Completed a massage program of at least 500 hours in class training.  If you graduated from massage school after January 9, 2009, you will qualify through option (e).


Florida Insurance Bill Discontinues Coverage of Massage Therapy

Florida House Bill 119, into which Senate Bill 1860 was merged, would reform Motor Vehicle Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance in Florida. The PIP reform bill eliminates coverage for massage therapy and acupuncture. The bill passed both houses of the Florida legislature and is expected to be signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. Scott pledged to make PIP reform his primary focus of the legislative session.

Florida’s personal injury protection (PIP) law was adopted in 1972; its intent was to make sure anyone injured in an auto accident would quickly get money to treat their injuries. The legislation provided that a driver’s insurance company pay up to $10,000 to cover medical bills and lost wages after an accident, no matter who is at fault.

Reform has been sought to reduce the amount of fraud, which has been identified as the primary culprit for rising costs. Florida ranks first nationally in staged accidents.

The bill requires an accident victim to obtain treatment within 14 days in an ambulance or hospital, or from a physician, osteopathic physician, chiropractic physician, or dentist. The full $10,000 PIP medical benefit is available only if a physician, osteopathic physician, dentist, or a supervised physician’s assistant or advanced registered nurse practitioner determines that the insured has an “emergency medical condition.” Otherwise, the PIP medical benefit is limited to $2,500. Follow-up services and care requires a referral from a physician, osteopath, chiropractor or dentist. Massage therapy and acupuncture were eliminated from eligibility for PIP benefits.

Upon the governor’s signature, beginning January 1, 2013, any massage therapist who previously billed under the PIP program will no longer be able to.

The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) had representation at the capitol and deserves credit for their efforts on this bill; unfortunately with issues as broad as motor vehicle insurance, massage therapy sometimes gets “outgunned.” Unfairly, massage therapy likely was singled out as a symbolic reduction.

ABMP will keep its members posted on any occurrences related to this issue.


Utah Bill Would Include “non-touch” as Massage

House Bill 114, Sponsored by Representative Tim Cosgrove (D-Murray), would amend the state’s Massage Therapy Act to close a perceived loophole that allows for unsavory purveyors to trade under the name of massage.

The primary changes in the law would be to:

  • Remove the definition of the word “manipulation,” which is defined as “physical contact, with movement, on the clothed or unclothed body”; and
  • Add to the definition of “practice of massage therapy” the phrase “providing, offering, or advertising a paid service using the term massage or a derivative of the word massage, regardless of whether the service includes physical contact.”

The bill has passed both houses of the legislature and has been enrolled. The next stop will be the Governor Herbert for signature into law, which is expected.

ABMP understands the desire to limit avenues for illegal activity through the massage law, but is concerned that this rewrite will compromise individuals that solely practice energy work. ABMP will make its concerns known to the Utah Massage Therapy Board, which will have responsibility for interpreting and enforcing the new language.


Join ABMP for a free webinar March 28: What is Pediatric Massage?

This webinar will focus on the importance of pediatric massage and will give participants information on who may perform pediatric massage, how to become trained in this area, the applications for pediatric massage, the many benefits associated with this modality, and research that has reinforced these benefits. We will discuss the importance of including parents in sessions with young clients, as well as the value of receiving specialized training to work with pediatric clients and children with special health care needs who are hospitalized or have been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

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Join ABMP for a free webinar March 14: Infant Massage: Is It More than Super Cuddling?

Babies and children simply love to be touched. In fact, it is crucial to their development. Nurturing touch promotes physiological, neurological, and psychological development and function. During this presentation, learn evidence-based benefits of infant massage, review current infant massage research, discover how to become certified to teach infant massage, and understand the importance of nurturing touch in healthy emotional relationships.

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EveryBody Deserves a Massage 2012 Materials Available

ABMP is proud to sponsor EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week every July. During this event, ABMP members give their time, money, and effort to help those less fortunate, while raising the profession’s visibility. In 2007, the program won a silver award from the Colorado Healthcare Communicators for its overall excellence. The 2012 EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week will be held July 15-21, 2012. Massage therapists can order free materials from 877-208-7546.

In this community effort, ABMP encourages and supports members in donating time to such community-spirited activities as offering complimentary massages while collecting cash or canned-food donations to charity. Other efforts include making special offers and discounts to senior citizens, students, police and firefighters, as well as charity telethon work and health fair participation.


Join ABMP for a Free Webinar Mar 7: Instructor 101 – Key Education Theory in Action Part 1

Learning theories describe ideas about how people learn. Education theories describe ideas about how people facilitate learning for others. Learning and educational theorists offer a variety of perspectives that can influence our teaching choices in massage classrooms. “Key Education Theory in Action – Part 1” explores important learning paradigms to provide a framework for understanding teaching methods that can improve learner outcomes. In “Key Education Theory in Action ‐ Part 2,” scheduled for May 9, fundamental models of teaching will be put into practice by trying classroom activities based on cognitivism, constructivism, and humanism in our massage classrooms. Instructor 101 is a new project aimed at supporting massage professionals as they make the leap from massage practices to massage classrooms. This series of free, live webinars is accompanied by work sheets, self‐evaluations, resources, ideas, and activities to support new teachers as they build a strong foundation in education principles, and develop the next generation of massage professionals.

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Join ABMP for a free webinar Feb 29: BodyReading the Meridians: Deep Front Line

Join us for the conclusion of the BodyReading series with Thomas Myers, author of Anatomy Trains. Anatomy Trains Myofascial Meridians is a revolutionary new way of understanding the body’s myofascial patterning. Learn how The Deep Front Line plays a major role in the body’s support: lifting the inner arch; stabilizing each segment of the legs; supporting the lumbar spine from the front; and stabilizing the chest while allowing the expansion and relaxation of breathing.

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Join ABMP for a free webinar Feb 22: Myofascially Working with Hip Mobility

Restricted hip joint mobility has been linked to a wide range of physical complaints, including back pain, postural issues, impaired balance, and reduced athletic performance. Drawing inspiration from his upcoming column in Massage and Bodywork magazine (March/April 2012) and his contributions to the recently published Dynamic Body textbook, well-known educator Til Luchau will present hands-on techniques for assessing and releasing impaired hip joint mobility. Hip replacements, gait, and other relevant issues will be included.

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ABMP Calls for Cancellation of Lifetime’s Unsavory MT Portrayal

The television network Lifetime is releasing a new series called “The Client List.” The storyline: Single mother massage therapist ends up working at a “spa” that is really a storefront for prostitution. ABMP has sent the following letter to the network’s president calling for the show’s cancellation. If you would like to register a complaint with Lifetime Network, you may join other massage therapists commenting on “The Client List’s” Facebook page.

February 9, 2012

Lifetime Networks
Nancy Dubuc, President and General Manager
111 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10011

 

Dear Ms. Dubuc:

It is with great disappointment that we’ve reviewed the site and accompanying music video for the March premiere of “The Client List” on Lifetime Networks (www.mylifetime.com/shows/the-client-list).

It’s unacceptable that Lifetime has chosen to develop a story line around an outdated stereotype that massage therapy has unsavory elements. Ironic that this promo should come to light at the same time the Los Angeles Times published a lead story underscoring the benefits of massage— www.latimes.com/health/la-he-massage-20120202,0,343517.story.

You can no doubt imagine my surprise when learning this new program was being developed for Lifetime—I assumed it was something being offered on Cinemax. Perhaps Lifetime has determined its way to stand out is to win the race to the bottom.

We represent a profession of 300,000 U.S-based massage therapists—including our 80,000 members (professional practitioners or students in training) across the country. Each one of these individuals is specifically educated and dedicated to providing therapeutic massage services to their clients. The majority of the massage profession is female­—and while a fictitious show may seem on its surface innocuous, promoting a caricature can bring unintended consequences that have the potential to harm hard-working professional women. This seems antithetical to Lifetime’s mission.

In this age of social media, word is spreading quickly. We are partnering with other leadership groups in our profession in speaking out against “The Client List.” We call on Lifetime to halt the show’s launch and look forward to celebrating its cancellation.

I am certain you and your network can do better.

Sincerely,

Les Sweeney

 

Les Sweeney, NCTM
President


Idaho Bill Would Regulate Massage Therapists

A bill, sponsored by Senator Hammond, will be introduced in the Idaho Senate early next week. If passed, the bill would require massage therapists to become licensed by the state and establish a Board of Massage Therapy to implement the process.

The bill would set minimum training requirements, define a scope of practice, provide an avenue for consumer complaint, and pre-empt local regulations.

Generous grandfathering requirements for current practitioners

For a period of two years, existing practitioners would be able to qualify for a state license by meeting one of the following criteria:

  1. Has completed a massage program consisting of a minimum of 500 hours; or
  2. Has completed a massage program of at least 300 hours and has practiced massage for at least 5 hours a week for a period of 3 years; or
  3. Has completed a massage program of at least 200 hours and has practiced massage for at least 5 hours a week for a period of 5 years; or
  4. Has been an active member of a national massage therapist association (such as ABMP) which provides professional liability insurance for at least a year; or
  5. Has passed an examination approved by the board.

After two years, all applicants would have to demonstrate they have completed a massage program consisting of at least 500 hours and passed an examination approved by the board.

Several practices would be exempt from licensure as long as practitioners do not practice, or advertise that they practice massage therapy, including: reflexology, movement education (Feldenkrais, Trager, and Body-Mind Centering), energy work (Reiki, Shiatsu, Asian Bodywork, Polarity), structural integration (Rolfing and Hellerwork).

ABMP is supportive of the bill.


Iowa Bill Would Alter Massage Licensing Education Requirements

House Bill 2126, sponsored by Representative Matt W. Windschitl (R-District 56), is described as “an act relating to the education requirements of massage therapists.” The bill as currently drafted eliminates the education requirements for Iowa massage licensing; however, ABMP has learned that the current form of the bill is a draft and that the intent is to replace the education hours requirement (currently at 600) with language that would identify credits or competencies as the educational requirements.

ABMP has been in contact with the bill sponsor; he is receptive to working with ABMP on the bill.

The rationale behind replacing hours with credits or competencies is to maintain United States Department of Education (USDE) Title IV funding eligibility for massage therapy programs. The federal Program Integrity regulations adopted in 2011 change the funding calculations for programs, and in particular stipulate that any profession whose licensing education requirements are measured in clock hours (v. credit hours) will receive funding based on a clock hour formula. This has the potential to reduce the amount of Pell Grant money available for a 600-hour massage program.

While not entirely clear at this point, it appears that this bill is seeking to change the requirements in order for programs to maintain maximum funding eligibility.

ABMP has not taken a position on the bill, since it has been acknowledged as incomplete as written. However, in general ABMP does not support altering practice qualifications simply to meet economic concerns, and will not support legislation that would result in increasing the cost of massage therapy training.

Updates on the bill can be found at https://www.legis.iowa.gov/index.aspx by searching for HF 2126.

Representative Windschitl can be reached by visiting https://www.legis.iowa.gov/Legislators/legislator.aspx?GA=84&PID=6483


Kansas Bill Would Require Licensing of Massage Therapists

House Bill 2564, which has been introduced in the Kansas Legislature, would require massage therapists to become licensed for the purpose of protecting the public and ensuring that the standards of practice in the field are protected and preserved.  If passed, the bill would require massage therapists to become licensed by the state under the Kansas Board of Healing Arts (Board), and would establish a Massage Therapy Advisory Council to advise the Board in carrying out the provisions of the Act.

House Bill 2564 would set minimum training requirements, define a scope of practice, stop any efforts by other fields to control the future of massage therapy, provide an avenue for consumer complaints, and pre-empt local regulations.

Generous Grandfathering Requirements for Current Massage Therapists:  For a period of two years, existing practitioners would be able to qualify for a state license by meeting one of the following criteria:

  1. Has completed a massage program consisting of a minimum 500 hours; or
  2. Has completed a massage program of at least 300 hours and has practiced massage for a period of 3 years; or
  3. Has practiced massage for at least 5 years prior to the date of application; or
  4. Has been an active member of a  national massage therapist association (such as ABMP) which provides professional liability insurance for at least a year; or
  5. Has passed a nationally recognized examination approved by the board.

After two years, all new applicants will have to demonstrate they have completed a massage program consisting of at least 500 hours and passed an examination approved by the board.

Several practices would be exempt from licensure as long as practitioners do not practice, or advertise that they practice massage therapy, including: reflexology, movement educators (Feldenkrais, Trager, and Body-Mind Centering), energy work (Reiki, Shiatsu, Asian Bodywork, Polarity), structural integrators (Rolfing and Hellerwork). 

The licensing fee would be no more than $80 per year and continuing education requirements would be limited to no more than 6 hours per year. Massage therapists would be required to carry professional liability insurance (required for all health professionals regulated under the Board).

A copy of House Bill 2564 can be found at:  House Bill 2564: Massage Therapy Licensure


Bill Would Change Administrative Oversight of Tennessee State Massage Board

House bill 2387, sponsored by Representative McCormick, would change the administrative department overseeing the massage regulatory program. On page 5 of the bill, Sections 11 and 12 would relocate Title 63-18, which is the Massage Licensure Act of 1995, from the Department of Health Related Boards (DHRB) to the Department of Commerce and Insurance (DCI). 

The Department of Health Related Boards currently oversees all health professions while the Department of Commerce and Insurance oversees other professional licensing programs such as: electricians, plumbers, and real estate agents.

Massage therapy is a health profession. The current administrative oversight of DHRB has worked since the state first began licensing massage therapists; there is no reason to change what is working. The massage licensure board is self-funded from licensure fees so the proposed move would not save tax dollars, streamline state government, or reduce duplication of efforts. In fact, a change in administrative oversight would require an application and process shift to conform to a new department. There has been no reason given as to why the sponsors of this bill feel an oversight change is even needed.

ABMP is opposed to this section of HB 2387 and encourages members to contact the sponsor of the bill and their own state representatives and tell them you are opposed to Sections 11 and 12 of HB 2387. Contact them by email or phone or both.

The sponsor of HB 2387 is Representative Gerald McCormick, he can be reached at 615-741-2548 or rep.gerald.mccormick@capitol.tn.gov

The same bill on the Senate side of the General Assembly is SB 2249, sponsored by Senator Norris and Senator Bell.

Senator Mark Norris, sen.mark.norris@capitol.tn.gov or 615-741-1967

Senator Mike Bell, sen.mike.bell@capitol.tn.go or 615-741-1946

Find your state legislator by going to http://www.capitol.tn.gov/legislators/


VA Bill Would Change Regulation of Massage Therapists

House Bill 543 was introduced on January 11, 2012. As proposed, the bill would amend several different Virginia laws, including the regulation of massage therapists. Massage therapy is currently a certified profession under the Board of Nursing. The certification includes title protection but not a well-defined scope of practice. HB 543 would define the scope of practice for massage therapists and create a mandatory practice act. Anyone practicing massage therapy would have to be licensed by the State Board of Nursing.

Current state certified massage therapists in good standing would not be affected and would automatically be licensed by the board.

The requirements for licensure would be the same as the current certification requirements except that the Board would accept the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (http://www.fsmtb.org/)  in addition to the exams offered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

HB 543 provides an exemption for modalities intended to affect the human energy field.

ABMP has contacted the sponsor of the bill and the AMTA Virginia chapter, who has backed the bill, with two concerns we have with the current version of the bill.

  • Modalities often exempt from massage therapy regulation, such as practitioners providing movement re-education, structural integrators, and reflexologists, are currently not included in the exemptions.
  • The current version of the bill does not include a pre-emption clause eliminating the local regulation of massage therapists. If massage therapists are regulated at the state level, there is no need to regulate practitioners at the local level.

We hope to hear soon whether an amendment will address ABMP concerns.

HB 543 has been assigned to the House Committee of Health, Welfare and Institutions where it was assigned to Subcommittee #2. The bill has not yet been scheduled for a hearing.  ABMP supports HB 543 (with amendments addressing our concerns) and will keep our members posted as to its progress through the General Assembly.