MLN Vol.2.No.1

Massage Law Newsletter

          Vol. 2, No. 1                                    ISSN 1073-5461                                        July1997

POSITION OF THE

PENNSYLVANIA LICENSURE COALITION

"Licensure is first and foremost to protect the public from harm."

"We are working to create a bill which protects the public from harm."

"State licensing will ... create educational requirements for that public            protection."

POSITION OF THE

PENNSYLVANIA COALITION OPPOSED

TO LICENSURE

Research of the massage literature has revealed that massage does not harm people. (Schatz and Tillotson. Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter 2(2):1-5,1996)

The Pennsylvania Licensure Coalition has refused repeated requests for infor-      mation about the harm on which it has based its position.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania does not need massage licensure to protect the public from harm that does not exist.

Massage therapists and other bodyworkers in Pennsylvania should not be required to pay fees for state certification, national certification, and all the other costly jazz that goes with state regulation in order to protect the public from harm that does not exist.

"The passion to regulate the lives of others is deep-seated in many individuals.       When this is based on political expedience, it is bad, and when it is inspired by       an idealism which wishes to inflict benefits on others, it can become dangerous. -       Sir Arthur Amies

"Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the      ... purposes are beneficial. Men born of freedom are naturally alert to repel      invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers lurk in in-     sidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understand     ing."  - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis 

"So many human problems begin with someone saving someone else from some     thing from which he hasn't been asked to be saved." - Glen Doman

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may      be the most oppressive." -  C. S. Lewis

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