a community of practitioners
Below is a link for an article that came out in the local paper this past weekend. Although this article is about what's happening in Layfatte, CA, it's also occuring in Concord and Pleasant HIll, (neighboring communities), at an alarming rate of 2 - 3 new shops a week. Some with banners in front offering massage for $15 - $20 per hour. A local Concord Chiropractor had brought this problem to my attention a couple of days before, explaining that within 6 months he had gone from 5 CMT's down to one. Although I'm here in Martinez just N of Concord and PH, my business has also been adversely affected.
So I have been inspired to do somthing about it. I am starting a coaltion of local CMT's to counteract this Cancer on our profession. My ideas are to use media in it's many forms to bring awarness to the problem while highlighting our legitimacy. In addition have an influence on current local regulations to make it easer for legitimate practitioners to get started while making it more difficult for the illegal shops to open.
I have already made contact with Layfatte personal who were open to my suggestions. My thoughts were to replace existing legislation with a requirement that every therapist working within city limits be certified by the CAMTC and maintain Professional Liability Insurance. I was then asked about what happens after they open. My suggestion was to then require the owner of the business to maintain a list of all employees or independant contractors with their state certification #'s on file.
If you are interested in joining the cause or have been dealing with similar problems, please feal free to contact me. All comments welcomed,