I was glad to see the post come up on my email.
I had a license with the city of Quincy for 11 1/2 years, when the state law became enacted, I would answer to Quincy board of health, never had an incident or any disciplinary action against myself or my business in the 30 years I have been practising; when the law changed I stayed in business and due to clause 281 of the law, it is not required for me to
have licensure, I was asked if I would like to be grandfathered in as a massage therapist establishment, but knowing (through AOBTA meetings and also going to the pre law board meetings for the state,) that this grandfathering in would change my status from ABT to LMT and has NO affinity to any of the 14 forms of Asian Bodywork, as authorized by AOBTA, and is strictly a Swedish Licensure.
As I said I finished my 500 hour in 1986 and /750 hour clinical at Lemuel Shattuck Chronic Pain and Stress Relief Clinic (under the directorship of ted Kaptchuk in 87, and NEVER had any desire to study Swedish style massage, therefore I DECLINED any offer of grandfathering in, so to date my biggest 'competitors' in the 'Bodywork' modality are illegal and uncertifeid with no affiliation to anything sex trade operators....it has not been a picnic, but being 'licensed' in MA. is ONLY a license to be identified as a Swedish massage therapist, period.....you can't wave your ABT flag under it.
But like all things this to is changing, NCCAOM does not offer ANY National certification in any way anymore, and there are BIG changes on the frontier as I have been told by Wayne Mylin, president of the AOBTA and will be contacting the legislative administrator soon to get the info on how to educate the citys and towns in MA. what it is to be a practitioner in MA.
ANYONE interested in being part of this 'campaign to wake up' this population, would be GREAT!
Get in touch with me and we can make something happen.
In the meantime if anyone wants to work from my establishment and you have the AOBTA (etc.) qualifications, I have space.