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Massachusetts Massage Therapists

For all massage therapists and bodyworkers, who are lucky enough to live in the great state of Massachusetts, to connect!

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Comment by vinny andrews on April 20, 2011 at 8:29pm
What's with the Mass License Board... it only has three members now and FOUR vacancies...
Comment by Alexei Levine on April 20, 2011 at 6:00pm
Right on Kris.  I started by posting on Ms. Chang-Diaz' Facebook page.
Comment by Kris Stecker on April 20, 2011 at 5:37pm

Time to mobilize. Has anyone talked to Mark? What do we know about when it is being discussed or open for public comment?

Comment by Timothy Starkey on April 20, 2011 at 10:39am
Found it. 

Bill S00090 By Ms. Chang-Diaz, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 90) of Hedlund and Chang-Diaz for legislation relative to massage therapist licensure [Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure].
Comment by Timothy Starkey on April 20, 2011 at 10:07am
Alexei:  Do you have the bill number??
Comment by Christopher V Jones on April 20, 2011 at 9:47am
I wonder how long it will be before the PT lobby gets wind of this and tries to kill the prescriptive stretching and exercise portion of the change. 

Having previously worked in a physical therapy office for a number of years designing, altering, and conducting corrective exercise programs, I feel that there will be a greater educational need for those therapists wishing to conduct this type of therapy.  So if the bill does pass with those provisions, will we reflect that change in the massage therapy training programs to include classes on exercise?  Will this fuel a greater need for some very specific CE classes?  Maybe both?   I am very curious to see where this all ends up.
Comment by Jessica Weagle on April 20, 2011 at 9:30am
So does this mean, we will have to be grandfathered in again?
Comment by Alexei Levine on April 20, 2011 at 9:09am

A new bill is in the senate, that would change the scope of practice and up the hours to 900.  Check out the grandfathering language.

SECTION 1. Section 227 of chapter 112 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out lines 18 through 21 and inserting in place thereof the following sentence: -

Massage therapy shall include the prescription of stretching techniques and exercises but shall specifically not include diagnoses, the prescribing of drugs or medicines, spinal or other joint manipulations or any services or procedures for which a license to practice medicine, chiropractic, occupational therapy or podiatry is required by law.

SECTION 2. Section 229 of chapter 112 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out subsection (a)(5) and inserting in place thereof the following subsection: -

(a)(5) he shall have successfully completed a course of study consisting of at least 900 classroom hours at an accredited massage school which shall consist of 200 hours of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, 150 hours of kinesiology and/or mycology, 50 hours in the subject of hygiene, first aid, CPR, HIV including the instruction of infection control procedures, 180 hours of general theory and applications of massage therapy, 200 hours of additional instruction including a minimum of 75 hours of ethics, law, and business practices, and 120 hours of actual hands-on practical massage therapy in a clinic or other supervised setting;

SECTION 3, Said section 229 of said chapter 112 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by adding after subsection (c), the following subsection:-

(d) The board shall renew existing practitioners who, within a twelve month period following the effective date of this section have done one of the following: (1) completed 150 hours of continuing education as prescribed by the board; (2) passed the nation certification board for therapeutic massage and bodywork (NCBTMB) certification examination; or (3) is able to demonstrate that the applicant has been in active continuous practice of massage therapy for at least five years immediately preceding the effective date of this section

Comment by Sue Heldenbrand on April 7, 2011 at 9:38am

I wanted to extend an invitation to join my  holistic directory for massage therapists..the basic listing is free.

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Comment by Alexei Levine on April 7, 2011 at 5:58am
We're looking for a great massage teacher for our school in Easthampton.  413-529-2900

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