1. What state law requirements will you have to comply with to keep doing massage?
2. How much money will you have to pay to get certified?
3. How much money will you have to pay every year or two to meet continuing education requirements?
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT STATE MASSAGE LAWS
Read the editorial and the following two reports in the Fall, 1993, issue of Massage & Bodywork Quarterly:
1. Is State Regulation of Massage Illegal?
2. The Public Doesn't Need State Regulation of Massage. So Who Does Want it and Why?
TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST A STATE MASSAGE LAW
Don't accept anything on faith. Insist that those who are pushing a state massage law.
1. list every benefit you'll get.
2. provide proof (in the form of published research) that you'll get every one of those benefits. Don't believe anything pushers tell you unless they provide research with convincing evidence that you'll get those benefits.
3. provide you with research which justifies every state massage law requirement you have to meet for certification. If the pushers can't provide you with that kind of research, what justification do they have for the law they're pushing.
INSIST THAT THE PUSHERS TELL YOU
1. (a) why a state massage law requires you to be certified if you don't want to be, (b) how you will benefit if the state forces you to so something you don't want to do and (c) why the state won't let you decide whether you want to be certified or not.
2. how state certification requirements differentiate between competent and incompetent massage therapists by the kind of massage they give. What good are state massage laws that have certification requirements which don't objectively evaluate competence in terms of on-the-job performance?
3. how a state massage law can objectively evaluate your competence in giving a massage. Don't your clients consider you competent every time they schedule another appointment? Who is more qualified to judge your competence than your clients? Why does the state have to "fix" something that's working alright?
4. why massage therapists, who have had satisfied clients for several years, should be required to pay their hard-earned money to take additional training and pass a written certification examination to convince the state that they're qualified to do what they've been competently doing for several years? Does this make sense to you?
5. how massage therapists, who graduate from accredited schools, are more competent than those who graduate from non-accredited schools.
6. how a 500-hour training produces more competent massage therapists than, for example, a 400-hour training.
7. how massage therapists who pass the written National Certification Examination are more competent than those who fail.
8. how they justify a state massage law if they cannot justify the certification requirements of the law.
9. why your state needs a massage law which 31 other states don't have, which seven out of nine Canadian provinces don't have, which European countries don't have, and which Australia doesn't have.
10. what evidence there is that massage laws in other states have resulted in more competent massage therapists, and have protected the public from incompetent massage therapists.
11. what evidence there is that the public needs to be protected against incompetent massage therapists.
12. why you need a state massage law to protect you from physical therapists if you do non-therapeutic massage? 90% of massage professionals are massage practitioners who do non-therapeutic massage. In Pennsylvania, "The provisions of ... the Physical Therapy Practice Act are not intended to limit the activities of persons legitimately engaged in ... non-therapeutic ... massage".
IF YOU DON'T WANT A STATE MASSAGE LAW,
YOU CAN STOP IT.
Don't wait until it's too late! Call or, better yet, write your state representatives and senators NOW. Tell them that a massage state law is very controversial, that you don't want it and why you don't want it. Have your clients also call or write.
Get together with other massage therapists who are opposed to a state massage law. Organize to exchange information and lobby state legislators. For contacts call Craig Denega: 0-700-MASSEUR.
It is hoped that this newsletter will serve as a communication network for people who want information, about state massage laws, that's not readily available from other sources. Readers' comments are welcome.