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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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Report from the AMTA National Convention

September 30, 2013
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I arrived in Ft. Worth on Wednesday in time to attend the House of Delegates preliminary meeting, which was quite exciting. I was only an alternate this year so I did not get to participate in several spirited debates, one concerning the ACA, and another concerning delegates who arrive late for the meeting (they...
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Report from the World Massage Festival

August 10, 2013
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Champ and I attended the World Massage Festival this past week, held on the Queen Mary. This grand old boat is permanently docked in Long Beach, CA. On our last day there, we got a glimpse of the captain giving a tour to the grandchildren of the original captain of the ship. The ship...
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Report from the AFMTE 2013 Annual Meeting

July 21, 2013
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I just returned from attending the fourth annual meeting of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, held this year in St. Charles, MO. I’m a founding member of this organization, and once again, it was a fabulous event. I would have to say that this was the best one in the history of the...
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AMTA: Supporting Massage Therapists for the Affordable Care Act (or Not?)

July 10, 2013
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The Affordable Care Act goes into effect on January 1, 2014. This stands to have a major impact on the ability of massage therapists to be reimbursed by insurance. The 1300+ page document includes language prohibiting discrimination against licensed integrative health care practitioners.   Diana Thompson, well-known educator, author, long-time AMTA member and past...
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ELAP: Stop Insulting Our Intelligence!

June 25, 2013
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I spent a big part of last week responding to the first draft of the Entry Level Analysis Project (ELAP). I shared it on my social media several times and encouraged everyone in the massage profession to respond. While I do still encourage everyone to respond, I must say that I have some distress...
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ELAP First Draft and Call for Comments Released

June 15, 2013
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The first draft of the ELAP (Entry-Level Analysis Project) has finally been released. It’s been more than a year since I first blogged about it.   This research project proposal was introduced by ABMP and has come full circle from the first statements put out about it, which put me out quite a bit....
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An Interview with Bill Brown, New Executive Director of AMTA

May 30, 2013
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Bill Brown became the new Executive Director of the American Massage Therapy Association on May 17, following the retirement of former ED Shelly Johnson. Brown has been with the American Massage Therapy Association for 8 years, the past two and a half as Deputy Director. He has a degree in Political Studies from the...
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