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I try to keep abreast of what’s going on in the political scene of massage–and to update my readers on that. I am amazed at the amount of people who apparently don’t care. I hear things like “I’m just too busy doing massage to keep up with that stuff.”
Well, here’s a reality check. There are still plenty of places in the US where we are treated like prostitutes or some other category of second-class citizen. Right this moment in Chicago, the zoning commission is discussing a change in the law that will remove the right of massage therapists to set up shop in areas that are zoned for retail establishments, and to require instead that they only be allowed in areas zoned for heavy commercial, industry, and taverns. I’m sure you’d like for your massage establishment to be between a noisy factory and a bar. NOT!
That’s just one example of many things that go on all the time. It was brought to my attention by the IL Chapter of AMTA. There’s another serious issue up for vote in NY right now–one that will cause revocation
of a therapists’ license if you work in a place where people have previously been busted for prostitution. You don’t have to be guilty yourself; you’ll just be guilty by association. You can read about that on one
of my previous blogs.
Thank goodness for Government Relations people who watch for these kind of things. ABMP also has a government relations representative, as does the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards. Since the NCBTMB offices are located in a suburb of Chicago, I contacted Paul Lindamood, CEO, this morning, and got his word that he would speak to the zoning commission on that issue today as well. Thank you also to my network of therapists across America who keep me in the loop about what’s going on in your states and towns.
As massage therapists, we really depend on our professional associations to keep up with what’s happening in the world of government and politics surrounding massage. You may think you’re avoiding all those politics (on purpose) by not belonging to one of the associations,or not being active in your own local community government affairs. I personally don’t feel good about avoiding anything that has the potential to affect my rights as a massage therapist and my business.
I refuse to keep my head in the sand. I don’t want to wake up one day and find out that I’m expected to move my well-established massage business to a location between the steel mill and the Hanky-Panky Pub.
Peace & Prosperity,