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Weekend Update

April 17, 2014
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A lot has happened this past week. First of all, the massage world lost a wonderful person with the passing of Dan Barrow. He was the long-time moderator in the AMTA House of Delegates, among his many other accomplishments, and was just one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. He will be missed....
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Massage Regulation: What is the Point?

March 11, 2014
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Seems like almost daily, on one of my networks, someone will post the question of “what good is massage regulation really doing?” They often throw up points like “prostitution still exists,” and of course it does and it always will. Other complaints are about how much money the state revenue department, or the licensing...
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AMTA: Questionable Behavior and Unanswered Questions

February 4, 2014
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It just pains me to write this blog. I’ve been an AMTA member for over ten years. I love my state chapter, and all the state chapters I’ve ever visited. I look forward to attending the National Convention every year and hanging out with a thousand or so friends and colleagues. It’s like a...
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NCBTMB: At Least They’re Consistent in Bending the Rules

December 6, 2013
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I’ll say one thing for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork: at least they’re consistent in bending the rules. The NCBTMB has a new Government Relations Liason, Billie Shea of Nevada. Shea has been a massage therapist for 14 years. She has previously served as the chair of  the Nevada State...
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Calling All Massage Organizations: 911

October 28, 2013
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I’ve seen some ups and downs since joining the massage profession about 15 years ago, but never, in all that time, have I been as disgusted and dismayed with one of our organizations as I am today. I feel as if I have a vested interest in all of them, so I have the...
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NCBTMB Elections: Massaging the Rules, Part II

October 26, 2013
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The NCBTMB sent out the following press release just a few minutes ago, signed by new Chair Leena Guptha:   My fellow Certificants,   As the Chair of NCBTMB, I would like to thank those community members and friends who asked legitimate questions about the Board nominations process. NCBTMB expeditiously and seriously looked into...
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NCBTMB Elections: Massaging the Rules?

October 20, 2013
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NCBTMB is holding their Board of Directors elections, and I must say, I think the Election Committee is massaging the bylaws of the organization. One of the open Board positions is for the public member. According to the bylaws, a public member shall not be a certificant, or a practitioner of massage therapy and/or...
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Who Has OUR Backs?

October 18, 2013
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Who is really looking out for the interests of massage therapists? Among all the entities we give our hard-earned money to, it would seem that when we’re in a pinch, we can’t drum up much support for ourselves.   I’m incensed at the Ethics Committee of the NCBTMB for selectively choosing which parts of...
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Gobsmacked

October 7, 2013
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Gobsmacked: adjective: shocked, astounded, astonished. Gobsmacked is my favorite word of late, and unfortunately, myself and many other people in the massage world have been gobsmacked recently, to learn that a colleague who was admired and trusted has let us down. I am addressing this because I have had a very public relationship with...
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An Interview with Steve Kirin, New CEO of the NCBTMB

July 28, 2013
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I recently had the opportunity to meet with Steve Kirin, the new CEO of the NCBTMB. This is the interview I did with him.  1. You were just appointed CEO in May, but you’ve been on board for a year and a half. What do you see as the major challenges facing the NCBTMB...
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