Possible Boost for Massage Therapy Schools in Idaho

In most states, licensing as a massage therapist involves many hours in a classroom at an accredited massage therapy school and real-life training under the gaze of an experience instructor. Schools generally provide plenty of opportunities for students to learn about the scenarios they may face in the profession, but in states that don’t require licensure, not all therapists have undergone this type of extensive training.

Massage therapy schools in Idaho may soon face changes to their curriculum that have affected schools in other parts of the country in recent years. A new law is now requiring stricter training and qualifications to the previously lightly regulated industry in the state. The changes in the law can result in an increase in massage therapy students interested in enrolling in classes at area schools, since they can no longer practice without a license.

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Massage therapists now face stricter requirements in Idaho. Earlier this month, Governor “Butch” Otter signed a bill into law that requires massage therapist licensure.

Lisa Hawkins, Owner of Serendipity Spa and Boutique says, “without the law, anyone can go in and do a massage and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you can actually cause harm to the client.”

Hawkins opened Serendipity Spa and Boutique in September 2010.
She’s made it a point to always have a licensed massage therapist on hand.

“i do right now. I have Whitney who’s going through massage therapy school. I myself wouldn’t want somebody who’s not licensed so of course, that’s what I’m going to pass on to my clientele.”‘

“Up until now, there hasn’t been any licensing in the state of Idaho so anybody could set up shop and start doing massage,” adds Carleen Duncan, Bodyworks.

Duncan is also an educator at Twin Falls Institute of Holistic Studies.

“There are people doing harm without knowing any better. We will have more of a uniform way of policing that now and people will have to get their education to be licensed in the state of Idaho,” adds Duncan… (Read the rest of the story on this massage therapy school at The Marshall Parthenon.)

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