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)

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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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

*****

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.

*****

(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


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.

Post a Classified

Classified ads are posted in the ABMP.com Members section. Non-members and employers will be invoiced for $50 per posting. ABMP members can submit classifieds free of charge. Response information is included in the listing. ABMP performs this service for its members and makes no guarantee as to the validity of the listings. Listings will be removed after 60 days unless we are notified.

Post a classified in the ABMP.com Members section.