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Laura Allen
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  • Rutherfordton, NC
  • United States

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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!

Laura Allen's Blog

CAMTC: Under the Gun, ABMP says "Declare Victory and Move On"

I’ve spent the past day or so reviewing the CAMTC Sunset Review Report…at over 200 pages, it’s a narrative of the who, what, where, when, and why of the organization, which is now in its fifth year.

California operates differently from the other regulated states. The CAMTC is not officially a state regulatory board. It is a…


Posted on March 18, 2014 at 8:51pm

The Financial Health of Our Organizations: NCBTMB

Thank you for your interest in my annual reports on the financial status of the major non-profit organizations of the massage therapy profession. I am not an accountant or a financial expert. This information was taken directly from FORM 990, the Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, which is published on Guidestar. This filing is for NCBTMB‘s fiscal year ending12-31-2012. Non-profits are on a different tax filing schedule than the rest of us.

This has not been a banner year…


Posted on January 2, 2014 at 5:55pm — 1 Comment

NCBTMB: At Least They're Consistent in Bending the Rules

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…


Posted on December 6, 2013 at 10:54pm

The Financial Health of Our Organizations: FSMTB

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…


Posted on November 21, 2013 at 6:56pm

Calling All Massage Organizations: 911

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…


Posted on October 28, 2013 at 5:19pm

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At 1:11pm on February 25, 2013, Chris Reynolds said…

Thanks Laura. I have read your blogs. Love them!

At 11:00pm on February 3, 2011, Phyllis Baker said…

Hi Laura,

I saw your recommendation for this site on FB. Looks like this has a little bit of everything. I signed up yesterday. Found out today after some invitations that the site comes complete with friends.

Thanks for passing on info about this.


Phyllis (a FB friend).

At 1:12pm on July 22, 2010, Teresa Parrish said…
Thanks for answering my question Laura. I appreciate all you do for our profession. Teresa
At 12:11pm on June 24, 2010, Teresa Parrish said…
I am a GA licensed MT looking for a 12 hour hands-on CE class. Since you are on the NC board, do you know if I take a class in NC it will apply for my GA license renewal? I am having a hard time finding an appropriate class (translation one I want to take not just one to fulfill the requirement) searching the web is like a needle in a haystack and what is listed in my area on the ABMP schedule is not right for me. So, in addition to the question about taking a class in NC can you recommend any CE classes to me out of Asheville? I appreciate your time. Respectfully, Teresa
At 12:43pm on December 20, 2009, Rick Grande said…
It's great to see your total commitment to this field! I hope to find the time to see more of how commited you are, ie: all that you are involved in
At 6:29pm on December 16, 2009, I. Paul Dunsdon said…
At 10:37am on November 30, 2009, Tene' said…
Hi Laura! I have been reading some of the comments that you have been posting. Thanks! They have been really helpful to me. Have a blessed day!
At 6:45am on November 28, 2009, susan brown said…
to get into medicare we need as many therapists as we can get to write beneficial stories of massage therapy to the national decision website and it takes about nine month for their decision. if your interested i can give you the website and maybe we and other therapists can work together to try to pass this national decision.
At 9:42am on November 27, 2009, susan brown said…
Hi Laura,
thanks for being a friend. now tell me what type of facility your is. i really think its great that you have a chiro on staff. i used to work for a chiro but you know how that is they bill and pay you by the massage but not that great the one i worked for anyway. are you able to bill any insurance companies for massage or medicare if so let me know which ones so i can become a provider. so far i am a provider for aetna and i also bill auto insurance. talk to you soon, thank for the info

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