Reviewing the criteria
Just what to include in an entry-level examination
for massage therapy—and what, or perhaps more importantly,
who, to leave out, is the “million-dollar question,”
“Will the exam test for sciences or techniques?
How high up the science chain or the technique chain do we go [to
test to see if someone] is safe to the public?
“The [massage and bodywork] landscape is
so diverse right now,” she continues, comparing the field
to “a city skyline” but says that NCBTMB’s two
professional exams only “tests the skyscrapers” and
not all the other buildings.
“In order to talk about reciprocity, we
need to talk about commonality. We need to figure out … if
there is enough commonality [among different types of bodywork]
to test across the field and ensure public safety,” she says.
Toward this goal, members of the FSMTB also met
with the Federation of Therapeutic Massage, Bodywork & Somatic
Practice Organization, which represents the fields of massage, Asian
bodywork and polarity therapy, somatic movement educators and Rolf,
Feldenkrais and Trager practitioners. The organization has been
instrumental in getting non-massage-specific practices exempted
from state-massage therapy laws. Glenn says the purpose of the visit
was simply to learn and gather information.
“We are trying to be open-minded about all
possibilities and are not making assumptions about anything,”
— Kelle Walsh