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BJB-LMP wrote:Moogie's example of Florida is a cautionary tale (I'm thinking of the reiki-only practitioners who have been unable to get an exemption).
I must have gotten terrible information. I could have sworn that I read in Massage Today that the reiki folks had applied (repeatedly) to the Florida Massage Board to be exempted from massage regulation, and been repeatedly denied...but you would know much more about this than I!moogie wrote:BJB-LMP wrote:Moogie's example of Florida is a cautionary tale (I'm thinking of the reiki-only practitioners who have been unable to get an exemption).
Just for clarification, reiki-only practiioners are not required to have a massage license in Florida. Since by western standards energy-only work doesn't physically manipulate the body.
NC_kneader wrote:yes, because it's manipulation of soft tissues, it's taught in massage programs and it's accepted as CEU's for re-certification and renewing a license.
I would rather it be regulated by the massage board than have to get seperate licensure for it.
AOBTA wrote:Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) is the treatment of the human body/mind/spirit, including the electromagnetic or energetic field which surrounds, infuses and brings that body to life, by using pressure and/or manipulation. Asian Bodywork is based upon Chinese Medical principles for assessing and evaluating the body's energetic system. It uses traditional Asian techniques and treatment strategies to primarily affect and balance the energetic system for the purpose of treating the human body, emotions, mind, energy field and spirit for the promotion, maintenance and restoration of health.
Local boards of health may regulate fields not licensed as Massage Therapy.
The rules and regulations regarding Massage Therapy do not prevent or restrict the practice of a person who uses touch, words, or directed movement to deepen awareness of patterns of movement in the body, or the affectation of the human energy system or acupoints or Qi meridians of the human body. Such practices shall include, but not be limited to:
* Feldenkrais Method
* Trager Approach
* Ayurvedic Therapies
* Rolf Structural Integration
* Polarity; Polarity Therapy, or Polarity Therapy Bodywork
* Asian Bodywork Therapy that does not constitute massage
* Jin Shin Do
* Qi Gong
* Tui Na
* Body-Mind Centering
These exempt practitioners may use the terms "bodywork", "bodyworker" and "bodywork therapist" in their promotional literature. They may not claim to practice massage or massage therapy. Individuals desiring to practice these professions should contact their local community.
BJB-LMP wrote:I must have gotten terrible information. I could have sworn that I read in Massage Today that the reiki folks had applied (repeatedly) to the Florida Massage Board to be exempted from massage regulation, and been repeatedly denied...but you would know much more about this than I!
Zoe wrote:Several states have incorporated modalities that aren't massage under their control but do not offer these modalities any representation on the board or in the wording of their legislation.
joshuatenpenny wrote:I'll clarify my post by adding that while in theory I think it could be appropriate to include some forms of Asian Bodywork
tribute wrote:joshuatenpenny wrote:I'll clarify my post by adding that while in theory I think it could be appropriate to include some forms of Asian Bodywork
tribute wrote:Also, New York is another state which seems to suck in these non-massage forms...from their Q&A page:
What techniques fall within the practice of massage therapists?
There are many techniques that fall within the practice of massage therapy. These include, but are not limited to techniques and modalities used in practices described as, "Swedish massage," "medical massage," "Thai massage," "shiatsu," "connective tissue massage," "amma," "neuromuscular massage," "tui na," "reflexology," "acupressure," "polarity therapy," "craniosacral massage," "manual lymphatic drainage," and other types of bodywork or massage provided that they are within the scope of practice of massage therapy as defined in Section 7805 of the Education Law. Such techniques may be listed on letterhead and business cards, but the term "licensed" should not precede them, e.g., "licensed shiatsu practitioner." In advertising, a massage therapist may say "licensed massage therapist" and then list areas or techniques of practice.
37. Do persons who practice Reiki, the Alexander Technique, or the Feldenkrais Method require a license as a massage therapist?
No. But if persons practicing these techniques claim that they are diagnosing or treating any human pain, disease, disorder or physical condition, they must be licensed in a profession that is authorized to diagnose or to provide treatment.
joshuatenpenny wrote:Something I heard talk of recently that I sincerely hope does not happen is using the NCCAOM Asian Bodywork test as the requirement for practicing Asian Bodywork. Someone mentioned that New Hampshire looks like it might be going that way. Blegh. Thankfully, my massage license is almost sure to cover all of what I do, but I really don't approve of this.
First off, the test is $700. (NCCAOM exam handbook, pg 20) Absolutely ridiculous. For massage therapists, the NCBTMB is $225.
Secondly, it claims to be for all practitioners of Asian bodywork, but the NCCAOM is primarily an acupuncture group and the exam is focused specifically on TCM-style assessment and treatment methods. If you don't practice TCM-style acupressure, the bulk of the test is irrelevant. I *did* study TCM-style acupressure, and I was warned by my school that is I wanted to take the NCCAOM exam, I would have to also study a fair amount of Zen Shiatsu and a great deal of Five Elements treatment principles. For someone who practices Tui-Na, Amma, Thai bodywork, Jin Shin Do acupressure, or anything besides TCM-style acupressure, the NCCAOM test is almost as inappropriate as the NCBTMB.
VII. “Practitioner” means a person who practices touch therapies for compensation. These practitioners include:
(a) Reflexologists who hold current certification from the American Reflexology Certification Board; or
(b) Structural integrators who hold current certification from the International Association of Structural Integrators or the Rolf Institute; or
(c) Asian bodywork therapists who hold current certification as a diplomate in Asian bodywork therapy from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM); or
(d) Any of the above practitioners who hold current certification from an entity approved by the commissioner.
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