IntelliKat.......... if you don't call yourself a massage therapist, what do you call yourself?
Sorry, I can't agree with you. You have a nursing license, not a massage license or certification. Of course you can do it, but in my opinion, it is not professional. Part of being professional is following the rules, in my opinion. If your state does not require certification or a license, then, unfortunately, you are OK ( for now)
The professional organizations are lobbying the legislatures in all the states that do not require any regulation. (about 20) and in many of those states, regulation is being discussed. And state legislatures are following recommendations of professional organizations and the other states who do require regulation, and looking at a minimum of 500 hours of approved schooling, and often the National Certification test.
And those who don't have documentation of schooling will have to take it. They won't be automatically grandfathered in.
You can check this info out yourself from the leading professional massage association, the American Massage Therapy Association, AMTA
When I joined the AMTA, they sent a Code of Ethics. In a nutshell
* Demonstrate commitment to provide highest quality massage therapy
* Acknowledge the inherent worth and individuality of each person
* Demonstrate professional excellence thru self assessment and continued educaiton and training
*Acknowledge confidential nature of the professional relationship
"*Conduct all business and professional activities within their scope of practice, the law of the land, and project a professional image."
*Accept responsibility to do no harm
*Refrain from engaging in any sexual conduct with clients
AND ALSO........VERY IMPORTANT. I HAVE SEPARATE MALPRACTICE INSURANCE
FOR MASSAGE THERAPY. YOU CANNOT GET THIS UNLESS YOU HAVE GONE TO AN APPROVED/ ACCREDITTED SCHOOL! DON'T TRUST THAT YOUR NURSING MALPRACTICE INSURANCE WILL COVER YOU IN CASE OF A LAWSUIT. IF YOU WANT TO SAY YOU ARE PRACTICING AN ASPECT OF NURSING (SINCE YOU DON'T CALL IT MASSAGE THERAPY) OUT OF YOUR HOUSE.......DO YOU THINK THEY WOULD COVER YOU??? AND IF YOU DO CALL IT MASSAGE THERAPY IN THE STATES THAT DON'T REQUIRE A LICENSE OR CERTIFICATION, YOUR NURSING MALPRACTICE WON'T COVER THAT FOR SURE!!!
Some things to think about. It sounds like you probably do a good job, but go the extra mile to show your professionalism.