Massage Therapy Educators Weigh in on Regulation

In many cities across the United States, all that is required to open a massage therapy business is a license with the city. Without regulatory standards that require education at a massage therapy school, certification or licensing tests, and an annual approval process, massage therapy businesses that are less than professional can crop up and ruin business for the bona fide therapists in the area. In a recent report on this issue, the Visalia Advance Register talked with a teacher at a massage therapy school about the importance of licensing and regulation:

“Cynthia Rankin, a massage therapy instructor at Milan Institute in Visalia, said regulation is a good idea. In the last month, code enforcement closed five massage-therapy businesses because there were people living in the businesses, she said. To be certified with the Massage Therapy Council, massage practitioners have to have at least 250 hours of formal education and training and massage therapists would need at least 500 hours.”

According to the report, “About 40 massage therapists and business owners attended a meeting at City Hall on Thursday to learn more about a proposed ordinance to regulate the massage trade in Visalia. Members of law enforcement, code enforcement, a city attorney, a senior city planner and a director from the California Massage Therapy Council fielded questions for more than an hour.”

Later in the article, Ranking said that she also has to make sacrifices for the new laws:

“Even though she is an instructor, Rankin is still in the process of getting certified herself. The $150 fee slowed her down, she said. But Milan has agreed to pay for her certification process,” the report says.

The massage therapy school at Milan had 66 graduates last year, with students getting a certificate but not a certification.

“Students receive a certificate of completion from Milan but not automatic… read more on the massage therapy law here.

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