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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!
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…Continue
Posted on January 2, 2014 at 5:55pm
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