Massage therapists seek state regulation

Many citizens in Vermont assume that we have state laws to govern massage therapy. These folks will be surprised to learn that, while their personal therapist is no doubt excellent, poorly trained or unskilled practitioners in our state pose the risk of potentially harming clients. State licensure will allow for agency oversight of massage professionals. Without state licensure there is no avenue for the public to file a complaint when there is a problem.

In light of this situation, independent massage therapists and members of the Vermont Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA-Vt.), have networked with many other interested professionals to seek state licensure for the massage therapy profession. In Vermont, it is necessary to take a first step known as the Sunrise Application Process. This process determines if there is a need to regulate a new profession.

The AMTA-Vermont Chapter has supported the submission of the application for "Preliminary Sunrise Review Assessment" to the Vermont Secretary of States' Office of Professional Regulation. AMTA National and our state chapter advocate fair and consistent licensing of massage therapy in every state.

The Office of Professional Regulation will hold a public hearing on the application Friday, Oct. 29, at 9 a.m. in Conference Room A of the National Life Building in Montpelier. Citizens and interested parties are encouraged to attend or provide written comment in advance.

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