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Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards: All Talk and No Action?

May 20, 2013
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I hear through the grapevine that the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists has voted to terminate their agency’s membership in the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards. Why the big thumbs down? The main reason was a failure to deliver on the many promises FSMTB has made to its Member Boards. It’s been...
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A Change for the Better at the Massage Therapy Foundation and AMTA

May 5, 2013
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This past week the Massage Therapy Foundation announced that Gini S. Ohlson will become the new Executive Director of the organization, effective July 1. Ohlson has been the AMTA’s staff director for the MTF since 1998. This is part of the paradigm shift between the two organizations, and I think it’s a good one....
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Report from the International Massage Therapy Research Conference

April 29, 2013
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This past week I was blessed to attend the International Massage Therapy Research Conference for the first time. This event is only held every three years and it was my first time attending. It was held at the Seaport in Boston, a beautiful hotel right on the harbor and right across the street from...
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Confusion Reigns

April 16, 2013
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I’d like to just steal Sandy Fritz’s blog this week, but instead I’ll post the link to it. She expressed many of the same things I have been feeling in “Beyond Frustration.” Confusion reigns. I get at least a half-dozen questions a day from massage therapists and providers asking me if I understand the...
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NCBTMB Call for Comments: 911 for CE Providers

March 28, 2013
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Post navigation ← Previous NCBTMB Call for Comments: 911 for Approved Providers Posted on March 28, 2013 The NCBTMB has decided to call for comments on their latest revisions for the CE/Approved Provider program–something they should have done before they ever unrolled the plan to start with–and I can virtually guarantee they aren’t going...
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MOCC-ERY Redux

February 28, 2013
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I have received the following from the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards. I personally think they are far off the mark on what they intend to do with continuing education, and with their refusal to consider any joint effort with the NCBTMB to organize and streamline the approval process for the good of...
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Blowin’ in the Wind

February 24, 2013
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Whether you prefer the Bob Dylan original version, or the popular treatment by Peter, Paul & Mary, we have our own version of Blowin’ in the Wind being sung by the leaders of FSMTB and NCBTMB. My last blog (February 11) focused on problems with regulation of continuing education in the massage profession, and...
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An Alternative to CE Regulation (just in the nick of time)

February 11, 2013
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As I’ve written about on this blog, the NCBTMB has been trying to roll out an “upgraded” scheme to regulate the entire world of continuing education. After all, their stated mission is “To define and advance the highest standards in the massage and bodywork profession.” (Doesn’t that give them free rein to tell the...
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The Financial Health of Our Organizations: AMTA

January 14, 2013
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This is the fourth year that I have reported on the financial status of the non-profit organizations that represent the massage therapy profession. I am not an accountant or a financial expert. The information is taken from Guidestar, a clearinghouse where you can look up the financial filings of non-profits. The American Massage Therapy...
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Caught Between Hubris and The Grudge

January 8, 2013
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All the talk in recent weeks of the “fiscal cliff” and the refusal of the Republicans and the Democrats to play nice together in the interest of the highest common good reminds me of the current situation between the NCBTMB and the FSMTB. The NCB is operating from hubris (not to mention cluelessness), as...
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