I have contacted the State Board of Nursing for VA (regulatory) and they say they can't do anything since they don't call it massage. <br><br>That is the crux of the issue! They are not violating any of the statutes you cite.<br><br>VA is a messed up place for having certification - not exclusive licensure - and leaving the rest to the mismash of county regulations. But then, places that have licensure don't enforce their laws either.<br><br>In VA, as long as you don't call is massage, you are not governed by the State (counties are a different matter, they are very strict in their definitions, regulations - like no in-room at hotels in FX, no at homes in Alexandria unless you notify the police witha t least 2 hrs notice, etc.)<br><br>Even worse, when they do call it massage and violate the very rules you cited, the Board of Nursing does NOTHING. I should know, I have registered several complaints with them, including one MT who claimed to be a "Certified Massage Therapist" (he held the ABMP "Certification" when VA law clearly states only those certified by the BON can use that term), showed photos of himself doing massage in at least two states in which he was not licensed, had quotes from clients going back three years.<br><br>The BON found no grounds and even gave him a license when he finally got around to applying for it.<br><br>The same is true for the other frauds I have encountered - not NCTMB, not trained 500 hrs - just printed up business cards, put them up at Whole Foods and took them to hotel front desks, bingo they are in business.<br><br>DC is no better - a therapist has a business location in the heart of downtown, advertises in the phone book, has no establishment license, no massage license and none of the therapists listed on his website have a DC license. The Board of massage therapy - headed by the AMTA chapter president - simply forwarded my complaint to him, so he took everyone's photo and name off the website and applied for his DC license (after practicing in the city for over 7 years without one, in violation of DC law). End of story.<br><br>When the government is inept, and peer pressure favors the "poor confused massage therapist" and is against the professionals standing up for the standards of the industry, things will only get worse.
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