The state of Arkansas has more massage legislation going on than you can shake a stick at. Here’s a quick recap of this legislative bonanza: AB 145 would dissolve the…Read more
Another thing has hit home to me since Champ has been sick, and that is the amount of stress that caregivers are under. Every morning when I go with Champ to his radiation treatments, I talk with the other caregivers who are in the waiting room. They are all in the same boat I am, trying to navigate the cancer maze, while dealing with fear, uncertainty, and the misery of seeing their loved ones sick.Read more
The NCBTMB’s agreement with the FSMTB put the NCBTMB out of the licensing business. While I appreciate the fact that the NCBTMB had no prior knowledge of what happened (and will continue to happen, if the controls aren’t put in place) with the states, I urge them not to sit on their hands. Seize control of your exam, if you really want it to mean anything above entry-level licensing. I am dismayed that this happened at all, because if the stipulations had been put in place to begin with, this situation could have been avoided. I implore the NCBTMB to just do the right thing.Read more
In fact, I think it cheapens it to the point that I will not renew mine in a few days when it expires. I don’t have anything to prove. And after 15 years of practice, I am not going to spend my money to maintain a voluntary credential that is supposed to indicate you are an advanced practitioner that someone fresh out of massage school is being allowed to get. It doesn’t say anything about my knowledge and years of experience at all. It’s apparently turning into just another entry-level credential instead of what it was designed to be, and that truly distresses me.Read more
A few years ago, I came across a website that has become one of my favorites. It’s at www.PainScience.com, and the writer behind it is Paul Ingraham.
Ingraham is a former Registered Massage Therapist from Vancouver, Canada. He practiced for ten years in downtown Vancouver, taking as many difficult chronic pain cases as he could. Since 2009, he has been the assistant editor for ScienceBasedMedicine.org. I recently had the chance to ask him a few questions about his life and work:Read more
There are a lot of talented and committed people who belong to AMTA, and I bet that more of them would be willing to step forward to serve in key leadership positions if the old clique system was banished. We need to grow up our profession, and AMTA should be part of the solution, not the problem.Read more
In my last blog, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, I reported that the only good thing that came out of the recent FSMTB Annual Meeting was the announcement…Read more
The Ugly: FSMTB publishes the Model Massage Therapy Practice Act (MPA).
As I wrote about in my previous blog, the MPA was released after three years of behind-the-scenes work and two rounds of public comment. Most of its content is the kind of standard stuff found in all templates for occupational licensure. However, FSMTB really blew it in a number of key areas, and the final version contains both technical errors and some awful policy decisions. As FSMTB’s leaders had final say, the responsibility for correcting these fatal flaws rests on them.
The Model Practice Act was released in its final draft this week, after more than three years of work on it and two periods of public comment. The introduction does…Read more