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I would love to get some feedback about becoming licensed in Texas and how it is going for Texas practitioners.

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Thank you!!

While in Austin I saw advertisement for practitioners that used registered massage therapist and others with licensed massage therapist. Is this due to the hour requirements?

Rosemary Chunco LMT MTI BA MSc said:
David,
A big, warm Texas "Howdy" to ya!

Things here in the sunny Lone Star state are pretty good for this MT. Business hasn't been hit too bad by the recession and I believe TX hasn't been hit as bad as other states as far as the recession goes. It was a bit of a roller coaster at the end of last year, but this year is looking pretty good so far - so long as we don't have another September spiral.

As far as licensing goes, we've had a lot of changes here over the past couple of years. We used to be a 300 hour state, but now we now have a 500 hour state requirement (which is good thing for raising standards here) and 2 ways of getting a license - MBLEx or National Certification.

Since I've been "grandfathered" in, I wouldn't say I was an expert in the requirements, but you can check out the requirements on the state site:
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/massage/mt_apply.shtm

Also, I'd suggest you join the Texas MT Group on this site and get more info off the members of that group.

Another resource that might benefit you is a site I set up for MTs in Texas to share info:http://www.txmassageforum.com

Hope that gives you a bit of information for now!

Other things you should know is that we have access wonderful TexMex here and Armadillos. Fabulous!
We used to be called Registered Massage Therapists under the old regulations, but since the required hours got upped to 500 from 300, they also changed our 'letters' we put after our name to Licensed Massage Therapist. I believe we are now all called LMTs, though some who have been in a while and have ads out probably created that material when we were RMTs. Nevertheless, we are ALL required to be professionally trained and licensed by the state. Anyone practicing MT without that piece of paper from the state is operating illegally so always look for their license to be displayed in their place of business or on their person. I am sure if I left anything out, someone on here can fill in my gaps. :)

Hope this helps.

If you are planning on moving here and opening up shop... Welcome to TEXAS!!! :D

David J. Alexander said:
Thank you!!

While in Austin I saw advertisement for practitioners that used registered massage therapist and others with licensed massage therapist. Is this due to the hour requirements?

Rosemary Chunco LMT MTI BA MSc said:
David,
A big, warm Texas "Howdy" to ya!

Things here in the sunny Lone Star state are pretty good for this MT. Business hasn't been hit too bad by the recession and I believe TX hasn't been hit as bad as other states as far as the recession goes. It was a bit of a roller coaster at the end of last year, but this year is looking pretty good so far - so long as we don't have another September spiral.

As far as licensing goes, we've had a lot of changes here over the past couple of years. We used to be a 300 hour state, but now we now have a 500 hour state requirement (which is good thing for raising standards here) and 2 ways of getting a license - MBLEx or National Certification.

Since I've been "grandfathered" in, I wouldn't say I was an expert in the requirements, but you can check out the requirements on the state site:
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/massage/mt_apply.shtm

Also, I'd suggest you join the Texas MT Group on this site and get more info off the members of that group.

Another resource that might benefit you is a site I set up for MTs in Texas to share info:http://www.txmassageforum.com

Hope that gives you a bit of information for now!

Other things you should know is that we have access wonderful TexMex here and Armadillos. Fabulous!

I believe we are now all called LMTs, though some who have been in a while and have ads out probably created that material when we were RMTs.

^ I know this is a very old thread, but I just wanted to chime in and say, "Yes, this is exactly what happened during the change." 

To date, all massage practitioners who have passed their exams and have become licensed in the state of Texas are currently given the status of LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist).



Angela said:

We used to be called Registered Massage Therapists under the old regulations, but since the required hours got upped to 500 from 300, they also changed our 'letters' we put after our name to Licensed Massage Therapist. I believe we are now all called LMTs, though some who have been in a while and have ads out probably created that material when we were RMTs. Nevertheless, we are ALL required to be professionally trained and licensed by the state. Anyone practicing MT without that piece of paper from the state is operating illegally so always look for their license to be displayed in their place of business or on their person. I am sure if I left anything out, someone on here can fill in my gaps. :)

Hope this helps.

If you are planning on moving here and opening up shop... Welcome to TEXAS!!! :D

David J. Alexander said:
Thank you!!

While in Austin I saw advertisement for practitioners that used registered massage therapist and others with licensed massage therapist. Is this due to the hour requirements?

Rosemary Chunco LMT MTI BA MSc said:
David,
A big, warm Texas "Howdy" to ya!

Things here in the sunny Lone Star state are pretty good for this MT. Business hasn't been hit too bad by the recession and I believe TX hasn't been hit as bad as other states as far as the recession goes. It was a bit of a roller coaster at the end of last year, but this year is looking pretty good so far - so long as we don't have another September spiral.

As far as licensing goes, we've had a lot of changes here over the past couple of years. We used to be a 300 hour state, but now we now have a 500 hour state requirement (which is good thing for raising standards here) and 2 ways of getting a license - MBLEx or National Certification.

Since I've been "grandfathered" in, I wouldn't say I was an expert in the requirements, but you can check out the requirements on the state site:
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/massage/mt_apply.shtm

Also, I'd suggest you join the Texas MT Group on this site and get more info off the members of that group.

Another resource that might benefit you is a site I set up for MTs in Texas to share info:http://www.txmassageforum.com

Hope that gives you a bit of information for now!

Other things you should know is that we have access wonderful TexMex here and Armadillos. Fabulous!

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