Maryland’s massage therapists have until Jan. 18 to give input into proposed changes to their continuing education requirements, which would increase the cost of licensing and impede therapists’ access to continuing education units, according to an article published yesterday by the Maryland Reporter.

“The changes were approved last month by the Maryland Board of Chiropractic and Massage Therapy Examiners, and published in the Maryland Register,” the article noted, and after Jan. 18 “the proposed changes go to the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for a final decision.”

According to the article, the state chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA-MD) has begun a letter-writing campaign to educate Maryland’s massage therapists.

A main issue, the article noted, is that “[c]ourses given by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and by Maryland schools accredited by the Maryland Higher Education Commission would not be accepted, unless pre-approved by the board at least 90 days before the class starts and for a $25 per course fee.”

More information is available on the AMTA-MD website, www.amtamd.org.

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