What does a massage therapist's license or certification
Background: I have been trained in
massage therapy to include Deep Tissue, Sports, Swedish, Pressure Point
Theory, Hot Stone Therapy and Reflexology massage. I’ve have been
a full time massage therapist for more than 10 years with reoccurring
training. I'll leave it to each person to
draw their own conclusion as to what a license or certification means
about any massage therapist. The bottom line is that a good
recommendation from a therapist's clients actually says more than any
piece of paper.
Laws: According to <http://www.massageregister.com/StateRequirements.asp>, there are no state requirements and
regulations in effect in Oklahoma. However, this does NOT necessarily
imply that there are no laws in effect at all.
License: A license means that a massage therapist has met
the requirements and paid the fee to legally practice massage in that
area. In some places the massage is regulated by the state, others are
regulated by the town or municipality. Many places have no licensing
requirements. To get a license, a massage therapist will usually have
to have a minimum amount of hours of training at an accredited or
accepted school or training center. This varies widely, from 100 hours
in some places to over 1000 hours in others.
Certification: It means that the therapist has successfully
passed a specific course or test and been granted a certificate to bear
out that fact. This may range from courses in pregnancy and neo-natal
massage, to different modalities like Rolfing or Heller work. There is
also a written national certification test for massage therapists.
a group of massage therapists about licensing and certification, and
you'll get a never ending argument among them. Some are insistent that
licensing and certification are a necessary protection for the public
to ensure that every massage therapist has the correct training in
massage methods, ethics, contraindications of massage, and understands
all the local laws pertaining to massage in their area. Others are just
as vociferous that licensing and certification are tools of those who
would attempt to control the industry so that they can maximize their
profit from it, driving up the prices for everyone, driving therapists
out of business, and providing no real protection for consumers.
Learning facts and passing a written test says nothing about a massage
therapist's palpitation skills, interpersonal skills, personal ethics,
or anything else that can't be measured on a written test. Some states
that license do insist on an actual evaluation massage before granting