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Started by Kimberly Rogers Jun 14, 2010.

Massage for Two 2 Replies

Started by Carrie Bottesi. Last reply by Carrie Bottesi Oct 18, 2009.

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Comment by Kimberly Rogers on January 4, 2012 at 12:12am

No, that's not correct. The Wisconsin legislation states that my massage license is and will continue to be valid as long as: I pass (which I did back in 2003) the NCBTMB exam (only one offered then) or equivalent exam (MBLex, etc., offered now); carry liability insurance (which I do), keep my CPR certification current (done)and pay the proper fees (also done).

If there has been a change in the Adminstrative Rules for Massage Therapists & Bodyworkers (one of the few places changes can be made), I would have been informed by the WI DRL and/or ABMP, AMTA or here. I've been first a WI CMT and now a WI LMT too long to be overlooked. And I subscribe to way too many MTB periodicals--one of those would have reported such a change.

Keeping and maintaining national certification is not required, as is continuing education, to be a licensed massage therapist or bodyworker in Wisconsin, as long as the other criteria I mentioned above has been met.

When I worked with the WI Licensing Coalition, national certification was discussed, but was decided it would be seen as unfair and push many uncertified therapists underground. This compromise was made in order to get all massage therapists and bodyworkers (not covered by exemptions), massage practitioners, massage technicians, massueses/massuers, etc.,  licensed. 

National Certification was a nice benefit, offered back in the day, when the only test available to become a "Certified Massage Therapist" was through the NCBTMB. And massage school graduates still do receive a 4-year national certification as part of their fees for taking the NCBTMB exam. Continuing national certification is at each individual's discretion. I do not know what benefits taking the other exams offer.

I have talked to other therapists who, because of circumstance or the economy have chosen not to continue NCBTMB certification.

In the past, I kept this national certification current. I thought that it would help me stand out in the crowd of colleagues who were RMTs, CMTs or not registered at all. What I found out from my clients is that either they didn't understand the abbreviations or care what my credentials were, as long as their needs were met.

As I work to re-build my business and wearily look at the amount of $$ I will need to pay out when the business account reads only a few dollars, my question is one of: Does it matter? And: WIIFN--What's in it for me?

I am coming off of a year of several health emergencies, including my own. Expensive. So if I sound crass, I apologize. I'm exhausted with paying out.

I am looking to downsize and keep only what is absolutely necessary for growing my business.

What I am hoping for is inspirational stories, situations, etc., to help me make my decision on this. What has the NCBTMB helped you with? Why do you keep your national certification? How can remaining nationally certified help me? What do you see in your future business growth by keeping NCBTMB national certification?

Thanks for your help. Have a blessed week.


Comment by Andrea Keapproth on January 1, 2012 at 3:50am

For you to keep your state license you need to have not only your certification but also insurance. Otherwise you can't be a practitioner. 

Comment by Kimberly Rogers on January 1, 2012 at 2:02am

I'm thinking about letting my NCBTMB certification lapse. In the years since I graduated from MT school (2003), I have stressed out about having the appropriate CEUs to keep my national credentials. And then with the economy, my business fell apart. Is the national certification really necessary now that I have my LMT through the state?

Comment by Kimberly Rogers on November 21, 2010 at 6:43pm
ATTENTION WISCONSIN MASSAGE THERAPISTS, PRACTITIONERS, etc.: You have until DEC. 1, 2010 to fill out you grandfather application to receive your state licensure. Please do not delay! After Dec. 1st, new requirements go into effect. If your education/experience does not meet the new licensing guidelines, then you need to apply for grandfathering.

Please tell your massage & bodywork colleagues who may not be currently registered with the Department of Regulation & Licensing. They also need to apply for grandfathering in order to continue to provided massage & bodywork.

To check on your status or for more information, go online: or call 608-266-2112 between the hours of 7:45 am and 2 pm.
Comment by Kimberly Rogers on November 1, 2010 at 12:37am
So...who is voting on Tuesday? Do you think that a Democratic or Republican governor will be better this time around?
Comment by TOM MASBAUM on July 9, 2010 at 12:42pm
CE Classes in Chicago Area

Hi Everyone,

We offer 8 to 10 NCBTMB approved classes every month in the Chicago area. The classes are on EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), Intuition, A.K. (Muscle Testing or Applied Kinesiology) and Stress Management. See our website, for a complete schedule.

Thank You. Keep Smiling.
Tom Masbaum
Comment by Kimberly Rogers on May 29, 2010 at 7:09pm
Hi Everyone!
What do you think of the new MT law, giving massage therapists, practitioners, etc., 2 years to become licensed massage therapists? Will it help or hurt our profession in the next couple of years?
Comment by Karen Reifinger on April 6, 2010 at 8:52pm
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Comment by Andrea Keapproth on April 2, 2010 at 10:52am
HI! I'm from Madison, WI. I just opened my own office along side a chiropractor in Cottage Grove. I have been working as a CMT since 2007.
Glad to be connecting with other MT's in Wisconsin!
Comment by Kimberly Rogers on March 14, 2010 at 4:03pm
Kylie, thanks for the advice. The office I'm looking forward to working out of just has two PTs right now, they are looking to hire a few more.

I like the idea of giving massages to the PTs and the staff. In the past, I have always recommended adding physical therapy, chiropractic and/or acupuncture to my clients. Not only would they feel better, they would be able to move better. And I asked each one to keep a good relationship with their doctor/nurse practitioner and let them know EVERYTHING they were doing, even if it were taking a multivitamin. I called it "Get Better...Better." Recently I have heard my ideas referred to as "Integrative Medicine." I like that term better than Alternative Medicine, Complementary Alternative Medicine or Holistic Medicine.

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