Education of Massage Therapists
- Expose and stop the illegal licensing of massage therapists by diploma mills
- Encourage massage schools to hire certified teachers and not just massage therapists with a passion to teach. Require training in teaching.
- Study other professions and the massage profession to determine if CE is a valid way to enhance professional development.
- Require meaningful continuing education that requires Massage therapists to be up on the latest research and information on how and why massage therapy works including pain science, biopsychosocial model of care, licensing and legislation issues.
- Requiring continuing education on human trafficking and ethics, to help massage therapists understand the in-depth problems and possible solutions.
- Establishing an outreach campaign to aid/instruct law enforcement and state legislators and other influencers on what constitutes legitimate massage therapy, and what does not and create plans in each city, county, state to deal with the issue
- Educating regulators and law enforcement on the purpose/role the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) plays in licensure
- The regulation of massage establishments adds to the problems as clearly shown in Untangling the Massage Profession
- Create a clear pathway for communities, massage therapists and massage schools to recognize and report illicit activity in their communities with clearly defined penalties.
- Establishing language that helps authorities easily identify those with appropriate education and practice standards
- Eliminating laws currently on the books that treat massage therapists as presumed sex workers (adult entertainment)