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I'm a licensed and nationally certified massage therapist, and the owner of THERA-SSAGE, an alternative wellness clinic in Rutherfordton, NC. Many modalities of massage and bodywork are practiced by a variety of practitioners in my facility, as well as chiropractic, acupuncture, Traditional Oriental Medicine, nutritional counseling, and biologically safe aesthetics. I believe in a wellness-based approach to health care, and am blessed to have a wonderful staff of people supporting me.
I am a contributor to Massage & Bodywork Magazine, Massage Today, Massage Magazine, Massage News, and anywhere else that will let me share a word or two. I'm the author of One Year to a Successful Massage Therapy Practice (LWW, 2008), the Plain & Simple Guide to Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork Examinations (LWW, 2nd ed, 2009), and A Massage Therapist's Guide to Business,, (LWW, 2011).
I've also written a noveland a cookbook.
I have just completed a five-year term on the North Carolina Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy, and am a former North Carolina delegate to the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards. I'm a founding member of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education and a member of COMTA's school reviewer team.
I belong to both ABMP and AMTA, and believe that massage therapists everywhere form a family of hands, and look forward to connecting with you all here!
I’ll say one thing for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork: at least they’re consistent in bending the rules.
The NCBTMB has a new Government Relations Liason, Billie Shea of Nevada. Shea has been a massage therapist for 14 years. She has previously served as the chair of the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy, and has also served as a delegate and later as a board member on the Federation of…Continue
Posted on December 6, 2013 at 10:54pm
Note: For the past few years I have done a series of reports on the financial status of the non-profit organizations that represent the massage therapy profession. I obtain this information from Guidestar, a financial information clearinghouse for non-profits. The organizations can provide their Form 990 (Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax) to Guidestar, and if they don’t, the IRS does it for them. I will state for…Continue
Posted on November 21, 2013 at 6:56pm
I’ve seen some ups and downs since joining the massage profession about 15 years ago, but never, in all that time, have I been as disgusted and dismayed with one of our organizations as I am today. I feel as if I have a vested interest in all of them, so I have the right to complain—and to call on them for help.
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork was the only path to licensing in many regulated states for a lot of years. Their exams are written…Continue
Posted on October 28, 2013 at 5:19pm
NCBTMB is holding their Board of Directors elections, and I must say, I think the Election Committee is massaging the bylaws of the organization. One of the open Board positions is for the public member.
According to the bylaws, a public member shall not be a certificant, or a practitioner of massage therapy and/or bodywork within three years of election, and shall have no material financial interest in the field of massage therapy and/or bodywork.
I am curious as to how the…Continue
Posted on October 20, 2013 at 8:03pm
Gobsmacked: adjective: shocked, astounded, astonished.
Gobsmacked is my favorite word of late, and unfortunately, myself and many other people in the massage world have been gobsmacked recently, to learn that a colleague who was admired and trusted has let us down. I am addressing this because I have had a very public relationship with this person. I have appeared on a blog she owns for several months, which incidentally she refuses to remove my picture from,…Continue
Posted on October 7, 2013 at 2:53pm