- Do you think massage therapy registration is needed to uphold public health standards? Meg Robsahm, M.Ed, LMP, BCTMB, explains why. Read more here.
- Has the time come for massage therapy in Minnesota? Dale Healey, Interim Dean, College of Health and Wellness, Northwestern Health Sciences University, weighs in. Read more here.
- What have you done for yourself lately? Massage therapy registration is not only important for the safety of your clients, but it also elevates you in the profession. Erin Howk, BCTMB, writes about why credentials count to her. Read more here.
- On Nov. 10, the Burnsville City Council met to discuss its 2016 budget. Part of that proposed budget includes increases to massage therapy licencing fees within the city. Read more here.
This is a bill that is good for:
A uniform registration process will provide peace of mind for clients that they are working with vetted professionals who are bound to an enforceable standard of conduct. Also, by eliminating the fencing created by city-by-city regulation, it will likely increase the number of service providers available to work in any given area.
HF 644 presents the State of Minnesota with an additional tool in the fight against human trafficking in our communities. It provides a recognizable designation for professional massage and bodywork therapists that may aid in the identification of fake massage businesses which operate as commercial front brothels.
Voluntary registration will make it much easier for employers to make informed hiring decisions. Participating practitioners would provide a list of their education and certifications to certify their qualifications, as well as submit to a background check. This standard is currently in place in 45 other states, including all of Minnesota’s neighboring states.
Massage and Bodywork therapy providers currently are very limited in where they can work due to the patchwork of city regulations that implement fees that can be hundreds or even thousands of dollars annually for each city. Many practitioners working in more than one location are currently required to pay fees in every city in which they intend to work. One state credential would dramatically simplify the regulatory burden on this small business profession.
Local governments have far too many things on their plate to dedicate the necessary time to crafting and enforcing local regulations on massage and bodywork therapists. The League of Minnesota Cities supports state registration of these providers as Minnesota is one of only five states to burden local governments with the responsibility of regulating these professionals.
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