Quote from shmorgan3
Wow. As a massage therapist in CA for the last 12 years I'm not sure where you are getting your info from. California requires all massage therapists to be certified through the California Massage Therapy council. To qualify for certification you need a minimum of 250 hours of training from an approved school. I've never worked anywhere where they overlooked this law. Additionally therapeutic massage is not within a nurses scope of practice, nursing school is very clear on the difference between massaging a patients sore spot and providing therapeutic massage. Also, as a massage therapist I have never made less than $50 an hour, I usually make at least $70. I encourage anyone to supplement their nursing education with massage therapy training. As I complete my last year in a BSN program I am constantly seeing the benefit of my previous and ongoing training in massage.
Totally not true. Certification is voluntary. There is not even a basic knowledge test required. Lax Enforcement of Massage Industry Allows Illicit Spas to Proliferate - Police & Fire - Petaluma, CA Patch
Probably next to EMS in California, Massage Therapy is the next most dysfunctional "profession". Buyer be aware and very, very careful in this state. Never ever buy a gift certificate for a massage to give to someone you care about unless you have done some extensive research on the person calling themselves a massage therapist.
quote “There is no requirement for certification in California unless you are in a city or county that requires a business to be certified, and most do not,” said Ahmos Netanel, chief executive officer of the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC), created in 2009 as a result of legislation aimed at regulating the industry and which offers certification for massage therapists who seek it out on their own.
Quote from 2013SNGrad
This is not completely true. In a RN position, a nurse CAN practice therapeutic massage, we were taught effleurage, and other swedish and deep techniques, however a RN cannot go outside a healthcare setting and offer "therapeutic massage" as an unlicensed individual.
Its is definitely within our scope of practice. Why wouldnt be, we do many invasive(this is non invasive) and skilled things
Some Paramedics can also do most and even more than an RN but that does not make them an RN or allow them to practice as one. But unfortunately in California which is basically still an unregulated state for Massage Therapists, anyone can call them a Massage Therapist which is why this state still has "Massage Parlors".
I have yet to see a nurse do effeurage or any of the deep tissue techniques massage therapists can do or even spend enough time with each patient to do this. In states like NY and FL they want you to spend at least 150 hours actually doing massage to get the license. I don't know any nursing school which has just 150 hours of clinicals dedicated to giving a patient a full body massage. We were basically taught a few prinicples for "massaging the skin" for circulation and applying lotion. Just like some other things in nursing school we only got an overview. EKGs, respiratory therapy and emergency procedures are also examples. For massage this is the loop hole which allows just about anyone to call themselves a massage therapist or to practice massage therapy without any specifically regulated education or training or even testing. Some massage schools might allow RNs to challenge out of the A&P part but I don't know many RNs who can name all the muscles and their origins and insertion points the way many truly professional Massage Therapists can.
Soapbox? Yeah. It is a ***** to send someone a gift certificate for a massage and have them end up in pain from some idiot with a weekend massage school "certification". Lesson learned in a bad way.