Spiritual Massage is a "religious exercise" because it is a religious ceremony, a form of worship, and prayer.
Spiritual Massage may be done by individuals who call themselves healers, practitioners, and teachers. Some are ministers who consider spiritual massage healing their ministry.
Spiritual Massage Healers receive their calling, inspiration, and guidance from God. Some believe they are ordained by God,
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you. John: 15:16
And they are "ministering spirits sent forth to minister." Hebrews 1:14.
The spirituality of other Spiritual Massage Healers has its roots in nature/earth religions.
Registered Service Marks
Rev. Albert Schatz has registered the following Service Marks in Pennsylvania. These Service Marks are his property, and may not be used by anyone without his written authorization.
Spiritual Massage HealerSM
Spiritual Massage PractitionerSM
Spiritual Massage TeacherSM
Spiritual Massage MinisterSM
Spiritual Massage Healing MinisterSM
Spiritual Massage HealingSM
Spiritual Massage Healing MinistrySM
How to obtain authorization to
use these Service Marks
You may request authorization to use one or more of these Service Marks from
Rev. Albert Schatz
Church for Spiritual Healing
6907 Sherman Street
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Authorization entitles you to use a Service Mark for your Spiritual Massage work . You may not "sublet" your authorization to anybody under any conditions. Others, who work with you or for your, may not use a Service Mark which you are authorized to use.
The fee for the authorized use of each Service Mark is $25.00 for two years, after which you may request extending your authorization for another two years.
Your request for authorization should provide the following information:
1. What is the nature of your Spiritual Massage work, and how long have you been doing it?
2. How do you intend to use the Service Mark?
3. What formal training have you had for the spiritual work you do? (Formal training is not required to obtain authorization to use a Service Mark.)
Penalties for unauthorized use
of Service Marks
An individual who uses any of these Service Marks without written authorization from Rev. Albert Schatz is subject to the penalties recorded in §1125. Remedies. Chapter II. Trademarks. Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes. Title 54. 1992 Special Edition.
What is Spiritual Massage?
Information about Spiritual Massage and Spiritual Massage Healing is in the Journal of Spiritual Bodywork ,the Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter, and the Massage Law Newsletter. These are on the internet <www/tiac.net/users/maryella/>.
Spiritual Massage is different from secular massage, and Spiritual Massage Healing is different from secular massage therapy - legally because the two spiritual healing modalities are protected from state regulation by the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. They are also different in other ways.
In contrast to secular massage, which has a specific sequence of well-defined manipulations, there is no one right way to do Spiritual Massage.
It is personalized, and variable. The biblical laying on of hands is touching. However, touching may be done with hands that are moving or at rest. Spiritual Massage may or may not involve anointing with oil.
I am awed that the most wondrous of all the massage strokes is that of simply 'resting' - resting my hands, resting my intentions, resting my heart as one would rest in contemplative prayer. Compassionate massage, then, is also embodied contemplation. Silently, I am here, sheltering you through my hands with my own vulnerable and wounded loveliness. This is touch raised to the art of anointing, the art of prayer and the sacrament of caring. Mary Ann Finch
Prayer need not be of the silent or the verbal type. It may be an action, such as the laying on of hands, the process that passes energy on to another individual, which brings about some degree of healing. Dr. William A. McGraw
Interest in Spiritual Massage
The Journal of Spiritual Bodywork (Vol. 4. No. 1) reports comments from people who are interested in the spiritual aspects of massage and Spiritual Massage Healing.
The Journal of Spiritual Bodywork (Vol. 1. No. 1) and the Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter (Vol. 4. No. 1) define Spiritual Massage Healing as a form of Worship and a Religious Ceremony.
The latter also has quotations on Religious Freedom by Thomas Paine, George Washington, Walter F. Mondale, Thomas Jefferson, and the Second Vatican Council.
PROTECTION OF RELIGIOUS
The First Amendment to the
Constitution of the United States
Article One. Freedom of Religion, of Speech, and of the Press. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
The Constitution of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
This Constitution protects religious freedom. Article I, Section 3 reads as follows: "Religious Freedom. All men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences" and "no human authority can, in any case whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience, and no preference shall ever be given by law to any religious establishment or modes of worship
The Medical Practice Act of
the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
This Act reads as follows. "Healing by prayer and spiritual means" is specifically excluded from coverage by the Pennsylvania Medical Practice Act. This is "An Act relating to the right to practice medicine and surgery and the right to practice medically related acts..."
The Act defines "Medicine and Surgery" as "The art and science of which the objectives are the cure of diseases and the preservation of the health of man, including the practice of the healing art with or without drugs, except healing by spiritual means or prayer."
From a decision by U.S. Supreme Court
Justice William O. Douglas
"Religious liberty includes not only the conventional methods of worship but the unorthodox as well, such as distributing religious literature from door to door.
"No license may be exacted by the state for the performance of any religious exercise, nor a tax imposed on it.
"Although the matter has not been authoritatively decided, it would seem that religious liberty extends to atheists as well as to theists, to those who find their religion in ethics and morality, rather than in a Supreme Being.
"What may be pagan exercises to one person may be a devotional to another. In general it is no business of the government what rite or practice a person selects as part of his religion."*
The United Nations International Bill
of Human Rights guarantees
The United Nations protects freedom of religion and the right to practice and teach according to one's religious conscience.
The International Bill of Human Rights, which includes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, guarantees freedom of religion, conscience and thought. Freedom of religion includes the right to practice and teach one's religion according to the dictates of one's conscience.
Article 18 of the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights reads as follows:
"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance."
Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights says the same thing with only a few minor changes in phraseology:
"Everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right shall include freedom to have or adopt a religion or belief of his choice, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in worship, observance, practice and teaching."
*From The Great Quotations on Religious Freedom compiled by Albert J. Menendez and Edd Doerr. Centerline Press. Long Beach, California. 1991.
This book is unique because, "The quotations gathered here are unique, a collection of materials not found in any other single source." (A. J. Menendez). The section on Judicial Quotes (pages 109 -130) has 101 such quotations. The "Alphabetical Index to Judicial Quotes by Cases and Authors (pages 135- 136) is very helpful. The Subject Index (pages 133-134) is a convenient source for quotes on Religious Freedom and Separation of Church and State.
Another useful book is Religious Liberty and State Constitutions by Edd Doerr and Albert J. Menendez. Prometheus Books. Buffalo, N.Y. 1993.
Both books are "published in cooperation with the Americans for Religious Liberty (ARL), P.O. Box 6656. Silver Spring, MD. 20916." ARL is a nonprofit public interest organization, founded in 1981, dedicated to preserving the American tradition of religious, intellectual, and personal freedom in a pluralistic secular democratic state.