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Report from Seattle and Some Further Explanation

December 12, 2013
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I was invited to Seattle by Dr. Ravensara Travillian to speak at a fund-raising dinner this past Monday night, to kick off her efforts to get a university-level certificate massage program started. Dr. Christopher Moyer was the other invited speaker, so I felt like I was, as we say in the South, “in high...
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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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NCBTMB Seats New Board Members

November 27, 2013
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The NCBTMB seated their new Board members last week. Bruce Baltz, who has served one term and was not even on the ballot for a second term, was tapped as the new Chair-Elect. Michael McGillicuddy, who was also not on the ballot, was appointed as a therapist member by the Board, and Teresa M....
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The Financial Health of Our Organizations: FSMTB

November 21, 2013
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Note: For the past few years I have done a series of reports on the financial status of the non-profit organizations that represent the massage therapy profession. I obtain this information from Guidestar, a financial information clearinghouse for non-profits. The organizations can provide their Form 990 (Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax) to...
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An Interview with Dr. Leena Guptha, New Chair of the NCBTMB

November 14, 2013
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From Laura Allen: I have skewered the NCBTMB in my blog several times over the years, including very recently. It has been a tradition with me for several years to interview the executives and chairs of the massage organizations as they come on board, so I am interviewing Dr. Leena Guptha. In fairness to...
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The Financial Health of Our Organizations: AMTA

November 10, 2013
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For the past few years, I have been reporting on the financial health of the non-profit organizations of the massage profession. I am not an accountant or a financial expert. My information comes from Guidestar, a clearinghouse for non-profit information that is available to anyone. Non-profits may post their filings on Guidestar, and if...
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Easily Have Clients Return When You Give Them The “RW”

Easily Have Clients Return When You Give Them The “RW”

One thing that has worked super well for me in growing my practice in a very short time (when I started) was a concept that I was doing unconsciously. I have since recognized what it was I was doing and now call it the “RW” Applying this concept has also been a game-changer for...
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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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The Gift of Human Touch

October 24, 2013
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The Gift of Human Touch

Meet Cleo, Cleo is a rescue just like the other two “Fur-Children” we have in our home.  Cleo was dumped somewhere in our neighborhood and found our house nearly starved to death and wounded.   We took her to the vet, cared for her and healed her and the vet thought she was somewhere between...
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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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Five BEST Ways to Optimize Your Facebook Page for Mobile Devices

October 17, 2013
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Five BEST Ways to Optimize Your Facebook Page for Mobile Devices

  New Research Shows 78% of U.S. Facebook Users are Mobile. This research from eMarketer indicates this trend will continue growing to over 150 million Americans by 2017! Let’s face it, how many times do you access your social networks on your phone?  (And before you say it, even if you aren’t using your...
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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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