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I have read the website over and over, but what I need is someone to sit down with me and explain what, EXACTLY, I need to do to become a licensed massage therapist in New York State already having an Ohio and a national license.

If there are any New Yorkers in this comm, could you please point me to a resource somewhere within the five boroughs? Can I go to the admissions office of any ol' massage school and get someone to help me out with this labyrinth?

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I am curious in starting a career in the massage therapy field and have a couple of questions.

1. When looking for a school, what should someone be looking for? This is where I plan to go: http://east-westschool.com/home/
2. I plan on getting my education in IA, then move to PA to start my career. How would that transition work as far as licensing goes? Is this not a wise choice?

My family lives in PA and I've found a nice school here and would like to continuing working at my job until I am ready to move and save up money...all that good stuff. I'm 21 and haven't been in college for about 3 years. I only went to community college for a year in Gen Ed.

Also, any other tips or any thing at all regarding starting an education in massage therapy would be great. I would be glad to take opinions from professionals :).

Thanks a bunch!
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I graduated from the massage therapy program at the Aveda Institute Minneapolis earlier this month and have just moved to Oregon, where I must be licensed by the state before I can work as a massage therapist. I feel confident about the State Board's testing, but not so much with the MBLEx, which is a requirement for licensing. Can anyone recommend good study materials for this exam? I'd love to find online sample tests, but so far I've had no luck. I'd settle for a reliable study guide. So far I've been going over my text books, but I'd really like to find something that will help me focus specifically on the information I'm most likely to be tested on rather than reading and re-reading my entire pathology book, all my anatomy books, and on and on.

Thank you!
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An introduction - and thoughts on Licensing Laws

Hey all!

I just joined this group a few days ago, and I'm enjoying reading peoples' posts. I don' t know if you do introductions, but I thought I'd do that.

I'm Scott Schumacher, and I've been a Massage Practitioner since about 2000, so 6 years now. I've gone to two schools, the Minneapolis School of Massage and Bodywork, and the Saint Croix Center for the Healing Arts. I'm a Reiki Master and a classically trained vocalist.

I currently practice in Minneapolis in a small and growing independent practice. I share an office with two other bodyworkers, and I work from home and go to client homes on occasion.

In Minnesota, since 2001, we've had a Freedom of Access law for complimentary and alternative healthcare providers, and Massage Therapy falls underneath that law. Basically, while there are no standard educational requirements, you are required by law to disclose your education and training, follow a code of ethics, and give your clients a Client Bill of Rights conscent form. This tells them where they can file a complaint with the state should they face harrassment, have a bad experience, etc. The code of ethics prohibits practitioners from doing things they have no training in as well. Massage folks have the freedom to practice, clients have the freedom to see who they want to see, there's a code of ethics practitioners have to follow, the public gets adequate disclosure, as well as public protection with a place to report bad practices.

I'm sure I'll start the debate with this posting about how folks feel about licensure, state control of our industry, the NCBTMB handing down arbitrary educational requirements, and having a monopoly on certifying massage therapists nationally, etc.

I'll just say that I have some very strong opinions about that, and when I hear the pain that folks go through studying for an exam that their career is dependent on, I repeat to myself continually, "I'm happy I live in Minnesota." I like the law, and I think it's very fair to everyone involved (except maybe to massage schools or NCBTMB's pocketbooks - heh.) in my opinion. I have about 480 hours of training, and have been imbittered with the NCBTMB folks about how they handle hours for Anatomy. Apparently, my 3 credit course from a university is not good enough for them for a portfolio review. None of the schools around me have reasonably priced anatomy courses, and I'm not paying for another 120 hour class, let alone will many allow someone to "just take anatomy". Plus, I can learn all of the information on my own to ace any exam of arbitrary facts about the human body. Grrrr... sorry..hot button, and I'm glad I live in Minnesota. That's my rant..heh.

My approach is most like Esalen Massage (we were trained in Eselen Massage back in 1997 until the Eselen Institute trademarked the name and techniques I'm told). I treat the whole person. Body, Mind, Spirit, Emotions, Energy field, etc. I integrate Acupressure and Reiki into a session, with the long and integrative strokes that connect the body that are very characteristic of Eselen Massage.

It makes it tough for me to find another massage therapist with the technique I like, and sometimes it makes me unpopular with my peers who do massage, as we debate "Massage: is it a SCIENCE - or is it an ART?" I'm in the ART camp.

I guess that's a lot for my first post. I'd love to hear how others feel about these issues, and if there are folks from other states who operate under Freedom of Access Laws.

Thanks for listening!