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Pacific College Receives Maximum Accreditation from ACAOM
posted: 3/8/2008
The San Diego Pacific College of Oriental Medicine has been accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), the college announced on March 7.


George Goodheart, Kinesiology Pioneer, 1919-2008
posted: 3/7/2008
A pioneer in the area of kinesiology, George J. Goodheart, died March 5 at the age of 89. The death was reported on in a March 7 article in the Detroit Free Press newspaper.


Louisiana Adopts New Licensing Exam
posted: 3/7/2008
The Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy voted in late February to adopt the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx), the exam created by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards. FSMTB President Debra Persinger announced the adoption to MASSAGE Magazine on March 6.


Neck, Back Problems Increase in U.S.
posted: 3/5/2008
The number of Americans suffering from back-and-neck problems increased almost 5 percent from 1997 to 2005, the latest date for which figures were available.


Indiana Massage-Board Members in Place
posted: 2/29/2008
Members have been appointed to the Indiana State Board of Massage Therapy, according to Jennifer Irving, president of the Indiana chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association, who made the announcement on Feb. 29.


Washington Voters: Massage Should be a Basic Health Benefit
posted: 2/28/2008


Research: On-Line Education Success
posted: 2/27/2008
Online massage classes have proliferated in recent years, raising questions about the efficacy of teaching a hands-on profession in a non-hands-on manner. (See "CEU Roundtable: The Evolution of Massage Education," MASSAGE Magazine, November.)


Massage Practitioners Awarded for Case Reports
posted: 2/26/2008
A national massage-research foundation made awards to seven massage practitioners in its first annual Practitioner Case Report Contest. The awards were announced Feb. 26.


New Online CE Courses Launch
posted: 2/22/2008


Oklahoma Massage Bill Revised
posted: 2/20/2008
The bill pertaining to massage licensure in Oklahoma has been revised, according to a spokesperson for the coalition supporting the bill.


Oscar-Bound Celebrities to Get Massage
posted: 2/20/2008
A Los-Angeles area massage network that specializes in massage for celebrities will be kept busy in the Oscar Gift Suite prior to this year's Academy Awards.


BIOTONE Announces 2008 Spa Open House Series
posted: 2/19/2008
A massage- and spa-product manufacturer is opening its doors to practitioners for product exploration and networking.


ABMP Sponsors Educator Textbook
posted: 2/11/2008
A national massage association has partnered with a leading massage-textbook publisher to create an instructors' textbook in massage therapy.


Oklahoma Bill's Language to be Modified
posted: 2/7/2008
Controversial language in a new Oklahoma massage-licensure bill will be changed, according to a spokesperson for the coalition supporting the bill.


Massage Bill Introduced in Oklahoma
posted: 2/5/2008
A massage-therapy practice act was introduced in the Oklahoma State Legislature on Feb. 4. The bill would provide for the licensure of the state's massage therapists and massage schools. It would also allow nonresident members of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) to practice in Oklahoma, but would not extend the same benefit to other nonresident therapists.


NIH Chief Names New NCCAM Director
posted: 1/31/2008
NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., named Josephine P. Briggs, M.D., to be the director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), on Jan. 24.


NCBTMB Creates New Ethics-Discipline Position
posted: 1/28/2008
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) has announced the selection of Lauren Dziuban as its new Ethics and Discipline Manager.


Ohio Bill Promotes Portability
posted: 1/28/2008
A new bill in Ohio would make practicing in the state easier for massage therapists credentialed elsewhere.


Schools Awarded Student Scholarships
posted: 1/28/2008
Six massage schools in the U.S. and Canada have been awarded $500 scholarships, thanks to a collaboration between an accrediting agency and a massage lubricant and body-care company, which they in turn will award to promising students.


What's in a Title: NCBTMB COO
posted: 1/28/2008
On Jan. 23 MASSAGE Magazine reported the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) had created a new position, Chief Operating Officer, or COO.


New Group Supports Oncology Massage
posted: 1/22/2008
Massage therapy has been shown to benefit cancer patients in many ways, and an increasing number of U.S. hospitals utilize the therapy for oncology patients.


National Certification Board Creates COO Position
posted: 1/22/2008
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) announces the selection of Laura Culver Edgar as its new Chief Operating Officer, on Jan. 23.


March 1 is Student Contest Deadline
posted: 1/17/2008
Massage-therapy students interested in competing in a national organization's student Case Report Contest have until March 1 to submit their work for consideration.


Scholarship Deadline Nears
posted: 1/15/2008


MT Licensing Becomes Law in New Jersey
posted: 1/15/2008
A bill signed into law on Jan. 14 revises laws for the regulation of New Jersey's massage, bodywork and somatic therapists. The law provides for mandatory licensure of therapists, rather than voluntary certification.


Petition Promotes Touch in Schools
posted: 1/10/2008


Health Interview Survey Released
posted: 1/3/2008


Congress Offers Fascia Research DVD
posted: 1/1/2008
The DVD recording of the First International Fascia Research Congress is now available online, congress organizers announced Dec. 28.


Oregon Adopts Exclusive Use of New Exam
posted: 12/26/2007
Oregon has joined Arkansas in its adoption of the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) exclusively and will drop its use of the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork exams administered by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), the state announced in mid December.


AMTA Election Results Announced
posted: 12/19/2007
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) announced on Dec. 19 the results of its annual board-member election. The election was conducted via mail among its professional members.


Massage, CAM Studied in Chicago
posted: 12/16/2007
Use of massage and other complementary therapies for arthritis self-care is highlighted in informal research conducted in Chicago. Results of the research are published in the Nov/Dec issue of the Clinical Journal of Pain.


New Massage Law for New Jersey?
posted: 12/11/2007
A bill introduced in New Jersey in late November would replace current state regulations


SF Giants Mourn Passing of Team MT
posted: 12/10/2007
San Francisco Giants major-league baseball team massage therapist Kevin Shanahan passed away in late November at Stanford University Hospital after a long battle with cancer, according to a Giants press release.


Michigan Massage Therapists Escape Sales Tax
posted: 12/9/2007
The controversial Michigan law that imposed sales tax on services, including massage therapy (www.massagemag.com/michigantax), was repealed on Dec. 6, according to online news reports.


10 Spa Trends to Watch in 2008
posted: 12/6/2007


Fascia Research Congress featured in Science
posted: 11/28/2007
The Nov. 23 issue of Science magazine includes an article on the First International Fascia Research Congress.


Writer Application Questionnaire
posted: 10/30/2007
Writer Application Questionnaire


You Can Thrive During an Economic Downturn
posted: 6/3/2005


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