Navigation Links
State Regulation of Massage Therapy Will Improve Public Health, Safety
Date:8/5/2009

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At its initial meeting today, the State Board of Massage Therapy began drafting preliminary regulations that will protect the health and safety of residents, said Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro A. Cortes.

"By requiring massage therapists in Pennsylvania to obtain proper education, skills and training, we can provide the best and most up-to-date health procedures for the general public," Cortes said. "Creating a freestanding board of regulation for massage therapy will allow practitioners' needs to be more directly addressed, allowing for efficiency and professionalism in business."

The State Board of Massage Therapy met today in Harrisburg to begin drafting preliminary regulations, to elect officers and address other operational matters. The board operates under the Department of State's Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, which now provides administrative and legal support to 29 professional and occupational licensing boards and commissions.

"Professional licensing protects the health, safety and welfare of the public from fraudulent and unethical practitioners," said Commissioner of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs Basil L. Merenda.

Governor Edward G. Rendell signed Act 118 of 2008 into law on Oct. 8.

The act created a board that includes Commissioner Merenda, two public members, the Secretary of Health or designee, the Attorney General or designee, and six professional members.

The act requires that the professional members must have practiced massage therapy for at least five years immediately preceding their appointment.

The initial board members are:

  • Loreli H. Bauer, professional member, Bucks County
  • Nicole Beck, Office of Attorney General Designee, Dauphin County
  • Toni L. Felice, public member, Butler County
  • Susan Gobreski, public member, Philadelphia County
  • Robert C. Jantsch, chairman, professional member, Allegheny County
  • Martha Kollar Malina, vice chairwoman, professional member, Dauphin County
  • Donna K. Ponessa, professional member, Lancaster County
  • William F. Vogel, professional member, Allegheny County.

An additional professional member will be appointed in the near future, and the Department of Health expects to name its designee shortly.

One means of obtaining a license is completion of at least 600 hours of in-class, postsecondary massage education. The education must include training about HIV and related risks, along with cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques. The act also requires applicants to pass a national examination.

A provision of the act "grandfathers" existing practitioners, though they must have been in active practice for at least five years and demonstrated competence to practice.

All licensees are required to complete at least 24 hours of continuing professional education every two years.

The licensure law restricts use of the titles "licensed massage therapist," "massage therapist," and the abbreviation "L.M.T." to licensed massage therapists only; it also prohibits holding oneself out to others as a massage therapist without licensure. This restriction includes advertising as a massage therapist and using any title or description including massage therapist, massage practitioner, masseur, masseuse, myotherapist or any derivative of these terms.

The act generally prohibits licensure of individuals who have been convicted of felonies under the Controlled Substance Act. It also authorizes the board to refuse, suspend or revoke a license if the licensee is convicted of a crime of moral turpitude or a felony, or if the licensee engages in immoral or unprofessional conduct.

The licensure law authorizes the board to impose a $10,000 civil penalty on a massage therapist who violates the act, a person who employs a massage therapist in violation of the act, or an individual who holds himself out as a licensee without being properly licensed.

For additional information visit www.dos.state.pa.us and follow the link to "Professional Licensure."

    CONTACT:  Leslie Amoros or Charlie Young,
    717-783-1621


'/>"/>
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of State
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. 4th Annual Case for Inclusion Report Ranks All 50 States on Community-Based Support
2. YMCA of the USA Announces 16 Communities Selected for Statewide Policy Change Initiative to Reverse the Childhood Obesity Epidemic
3. Multi-state Medicare Fraud Crackdown Focuses Attention on Recovery Payoffs to Defray Health Reform Costs
4. GenVaults GenSolve(TM) Reagents Enable State-of-the-Art Genomic Analysis of Dried Blood Spots
5. Premier of Split Estate at DocuWeeks 2009 to Call National Attention to Urban Drilling in New York and Los Angeles
6. Amgen and Wyeth Statement on FDA Announcement About Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) Blockers
7. Ferring Pharmaceuticals Announces Trade Name FIRMAGON(R) (degarelix for injection) for Advanced Prostate Cancer Treatment
8. K-State Researcher, Collaborators Study Virulence of Pandemic H1N1 Virus; Work at K-State Would Protect Pig Industry If the Virus Jumps to Swine Populations
9. PracticeMatch Releases Results of Recent State of the Industry Survey of Physician Recruiters
10. StayWell Custom Communications Partnership With HealthMedia(R) Yields State-Of-The-Art Online Health Platform
11. Transcept Pharmaceuticals to Hold Conference Call on Agreement with Purdue Pharmaceutical Products L.P. to Commercialize Intermezzo(R) in the United States
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... , ... North Cypress Medical Center hosted its 9th Annual Spring ... the help of community partners, the event organizers raised $45,000 for the Lone ... members and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support. , A special ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... The MIAMI Institute for Age Management ... Dr. Adonis Maiquez MD, ABAARM. Dr. Adonis , Wellness Physician of the MIAMI ... member of the Institute for Functional Medicine. , He also heads up FITTLab, the ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Bunion Bootie , the ... bunionette) treatment was more than humbled by customer demand over the Mother’s Day Weekend ... mid sale. Now that Bunion Bootie has completely replenished its inventory levels, it hopes ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... A health conscious snack ... The Dough Bar, has ignited an undeniable buzz in the protein product community ... not just any doughnut.  These doughnuts are packed with 11 grams of protein and ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Metcalf & Associates’ Maureen Metcalf ... in leading technology and human resources operations for health care, education, banking, and ... featured on Metcalf’s VoiceAmerica radio show , Innovative Leaders Driving Thriving Organizations. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/25/2016)... and GERMANTOWN, Maryland , May 25, ... QGEN ; Frankfurt Prime Standard: QIA) today announced that the ... Therawis Diagnostics GmbH to develop and commercialize predictive assays in ... PITX2 as a marker to predict effectiveness of anthracycline treatment ... "We are pleased to partner with Therawis, which developed ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... NEW YORK , May 25, 2016 ... Device Market Size, Share, Development, Growth and Demand Forecast ... Insulin Syringe, Insulin Pump and Others)" published by P&S ... valued at $9,998.3 million in 2015, and it is ... 2016-2022. Based on type, the insulin pump segment is ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... Digital Health Dialog, LLC dba EngagedMedia ... US Patent and Trademark Office of U.S. Patent ... for electronic opt-­in and processing of discount coupons ... compliance and otherwise. Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160524/371583LOGO ... "Our technology allows for individuals to opt­-in to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: