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CAMTC Certified Massage Therapist

Last Updated: 6/10/15

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CAMTC Certified Massage Therapist, Certificate # 35970

NPI # 1689055840

I`m an accepted member of CAMTC, http://www.camtc.ca.gov which stands for the California Massage Therapy Council, our state regulating body and my Certificate Number is # 35970 with the designated title of Certified Massage Therapist, or CMT.  California does not license massage therapy, unlike most states, it certifies them instead.  Certification is not a lesser indication of knowledge or training than licensed MT`s, it`s simply the way our health laws are worded.

I`m member of ABMP and a member of ASCP, that both serve as my insurance companies as well as my professional development companies.

I'll be taking the MBLex in 2015-16 and the Board Certified Massage Therapist exam after that.

My ambitions include: being a bodyworker, being a published author, a researcher, and an educator.

     I will provide NO sexual services of any kind.  All of the massage and healing work I will provide will be with clothing-on-only modalities, at minimum with a tank top and shorts on the client depending on the modality and client comfort level. 

I am an advocate for the legitimizing and formalizing of the massage therapy industry and this reflects in my desire to pass the highest level of standards, exams, and ethics in running every aspect of my business.  It is therefore necessary for me to spell out the kind of massage therapist I am so there is no confusion or false expectations about the kinds of services I am offering.

About Holistic Massage: 

     As an Advanced Certified Holistic Massage Therapist, I make use of light to medium pressure techniques.  Unlike some bodywork modalities that rely on the forceful manipulation of muscle tissue, I have personally experienced as both a receiver and a giver of Holistic Massage, that this modality results in profound relaxation without the need for invasive, forceful, and often painful pressure to the body.

     According to personal experience, instead of forcing the muscles to relax and respond, Holistic Massage encourages and invites the muscles to relax and respond gently and effectively.  With Holistic Massage - no pain is gain. 

Community Involvement:

     I have volunteered at the Tom Waddell Women`s Health Clinic with Therapeutic Massage.  Due to the sensitive and confidential nature of working with these populations, both volunteer jobs were practiced using chair massage with clients fully clothed and no direct skin to skin contact.

     With the help of the Riley Center of San Francisco, I created a volunteer Holistic Massage Therapy outreach program to assist this domestic violence shelter to help women in crisis receive healthy, safe, therapeutic touch. 

      I have volunteered at the Veterans Affairs event held in 2009 and plan to volunteer more with vets.

Special Thanks:

      Special Thanks to those who contributed to my educational journey in natural medicine:

The teachers, classmates and business owners of:

  • Mendocino School of Holistic Massage & Advanced Healing Arts, Redwood Valley, CA
  • McKinnon Body Therapy Center, Oakland, CA
  • The School of Shiatsu and Massage, Middletown, CA
  • The World School of Massage and Holistic Healing Arts, San Francisco, CA
  • The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Tempe, AZ
  • Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies, Montgomery, NY
  • The Swedish Institute, NYC, NY
  • LMT Success Group, Inc., USA
  • Acumed Medical Ltd.
  • American Academy of Reflexology, Los Angeles, CA
  • The Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley, CA
  • The Cambrea Institute - IMAP NASM program, Gainesville, FL

      I am an insured Certified Member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) organization as well as the Associated Skin Care Professionals (ASCP) organization.

      Include my insurance info with ABMP as a CMT with additional coverage for body spa treatments and hotstone modalities, link to educational history/training breakdown (previous page), and special thanks. Specify out clearly the differences between what I do vs. what a licensed esthetician does.  I am not a licensed esthetician.

     Include a statement about my music offerings.  Explain that I only use ASOMAssage Music - all of which has secured permission from the music creators for use in a public setting.

      I will not provide services for pay to employees, students or their associated vendors from UCSF, UCSF Medical Center, or UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital as clients due to conflict of interest and associated solicitation laws held by the University and the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork organization's Ethics requirement.  Any services provided by me as a clinician to UCSF would be on a volunteer, non-paid basis.

 ORGANIZATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

      As I am a student in prep to become Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, (BCMT) by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), I agree to adhere to the high standards of conduct, ethics and practice as stated in their website: http://www.ncbtmb.org

 (State somwhere here passing the MBLEx (when I do) and a bit about it and the website.)

     As an insured practitioner of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), I agree to adhere to the standards of conduct, ethics and practice as stated in their website: http://www.abmp.com

      As a student member of the American Polarity Therapy Association (APTA), I agree to adhere to the standards of conduct, ethics and practice as stated in their website: http://www.apta.org

      Please contact any one of these organizations if you wish to obtain a copy of these in your language.

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PROFESSIONAL INTENTIONS:

      As a holistic professional in the field of Integrative Medicine, It is my responsibility never to give medical or psychological/psychiatric advice to a client.  Should I believe a client to have an undiagnosed psychological or medical issue that might need attention, it is my responsibility to refer him or her to their primary care provider to investigate further.  An example of such a situation would be while performing a massage, a questionable mole on the body is discovered on the back that appears to be malignant.  Another example of such a situation would be encountering a client with erratic behavior, communication or indicative of a mood disorder.  Medical and psychiatric/psychological advice should only be given by a licensed physician or other qualified licensed health professional which I fully support for the reasons mentioned above.  The role I play is one of a referer to the medical professionals which is consistent with my professional peers. 

    Spell out my related scopes of practice as interpreted by California law for my multiple roles of RPP, BCMT, and HHP.  Copy and paste the legal text here.

The client is responsible for updating and communicating his or her own health information to his or her PCP for approval/discussion and with the intent to keep his/her PCP informed of all health care practices and services received at all times.  Again, the point and purpose of integrated health care is to keep the communication lines open with no one professional left out of the loop in order to ensure the best protection of the client with the PCP as the ultimate authority.

RECOMMENDATION:

      As an advocate of integrative healthcare I encourage the client to research his or her own health concerns via the internet under medically sound websites which regularly publish scientific studies and information from teaching hospitals and research institutions such as www.mayoclinic.com to go informed to their medical doctor or PCP with relevant information as responsible participants in their healthcare.  While many PCP`s may not possess equal training or equal knowledge in the field of Integrative Medicine, the ideal approach is a partnering between patient and doctor with the PCP being inciuded in the knowledge 100% of the time of all health care related issues, therapies, or health treatments the patient is involved with.

     Please also review the link here that lists some commonly used medications and their common side effects.  I may need to adjust some aspects of your massage session depending on your medication usage to keep your safety the number one priority.

 

Place links to my other websites and affiliates:

http://www.bodyrituals.skincaretherapy.net

http://www.massagetherapy.com

http://camtc.ca.gov

http://ncbtmb.org

Question:  As a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT), are you considered a licensed health care provider in the State of California?:      

Answer:  No.  California does not license massage therapy anywhere in the state unlike most states.  California regulates and certifies the practice of massage therapy through it's governing body, the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC).  Per California state law SB 577, I am to state therefore that I am not licensed by the state as a healing arts practitioner. 

For more info, click on this link to initial legislation SB 577:  http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/01-02/bill/sen/sb_0551-0600/sb_577_bill_20020923_chaptered.html 

and subsequent final legislation SB 731: http://info.sen.ca.gov/pub/07-08/bill/sen/sb_0701-0750/sb_731_bill_20080927_chaptered.html

Conferences & Professional Advancement/Networking Involvement:

I am commited to lifelong learning and advancement in the fields of massage therapy and energy medicine.  That commitment involves actively participating and attending regional and/or national conferences of all types and ongoing continued education.  My involvement includes:

Attendance and Participation at:

Pending Attendance at:

There have been a lot of changes in the field of massage therapy since I started training in 2008.  It has been difficult to pinpoint an exact time to start my due to these changes as well as the changes of specialization that I started out with and now have refocused to different specialties.

     Once I have passed the new Board Certification Exam in Massage Therapy as well as the MBLEx, I will be actively volunteering with my massage services while I finish college with friends, family, and certain organizations around the city to refine and hone my techniques.  These services will be free of charge initially since it will be volunteer work.  When I officially open my professional business part-time in 2017.  I will work on a sliding-scale basis (depending on the modality).  My bigger goal is to make affordable for all and with certain modalities, they lend themselves well to that vision.

Massage Therapy and the Sex Industry:

     The Bay Area as in other areas of the nation has a wide range of massage therapists that practice different ethical standards.  Sadly, many seemingly legitimate massage therapy businesses in fact front as institutions of criminal human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

     The website Rub Maps http://not-in-our-name.org/2013/03/26/public-enemy-1/  is such a website that lists these establishments and I am in no way affiliated with that site or any other site than my own here, my skin care website http://www.spachairbliss.skincaretherapy.net, and other legitimate massage organizations, memberships and professional organizations not affilated with any type of sexual services.

     In May 2013, California passed SB1193 requiring non-CAMTC certified massage practitioners and therapists to post anti-human trafficking notices in English, Spanish, and Chinese.  CAMTC certified massage therapists possess over 500 hours minimum training and have submitted to a formal background livescan check and so are exempt from this requirement.  However, it`s my belief that everyone in the massage therapy industry should band together and be a collective force against human trafficking at every opportunity.  So, I am voluntarily posting the link in all languages here on my website:

English:  http://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/ht/HumanTraffickMandate_ENG.pdf

Spanish:  http://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/ht/HumanTraffickMandate_SP.pdf

Traditional Chinese:  http://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/ht/HumanTraffickMandate_TCH.pdf

Simple Chinese:  http://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/ht/HumanTraffickMandate_SCH.pdf

     Two articles in the January-February 2013 issue of Massage & Bodywork magazine http://www.massageandbodywork.com/  "Hiding in Plain Sight - Human Trafficking`s Impact on Massage Therapy" by Heather McCutcheon pg. 72-79 and "Massage is Legal - Human Trafficking is Not" by Karrie Osborn pg. 82-91 are the best articles I have come across in straightforwardly and candidly addressing these issues of concern.

     Human Trafficking is a criminal offense and should be reported to the police.  If you suspect a local business is fronting as an agent of human trafficking, please report it to your local authorities and call the National Trafficking Hotline: 888-373-7888.

     Here are some telltale signs of illicit activity from The Polaris Project:

  •  All male clientele arriving late into the night.
  • Windows and doors are barred.
  • Women working there have long fingernails and do not wear appropriate attire.
  • Interior doors are locked so people must be given entrance into back rooms.
  • Security cameras monitor area activity.
  • Windows are blacked out.

     I am on the email member list of Not in Our Name! Massage Therapists Against Human Trafficking www.not-in-our-name.org and I encourage you whether a client or a practitioner to download the free pdf, read it and take appropriate action.

http://heatherinourname.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/action-items1.pdf

Additional Human Trafficking Resources:

International Justice Mission: www.ijm.org

Not For Sale: www.notforsalecampaign.org

Opening Doors:  www.openingdoorsinc.org

Polaris Project:  www.polarisproject.org

Restore Innocence:  www.restoreinnocence.org

Shared Hope International: www.sharedhope.org

Touching the World: www.ttwonline.org

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Question:  As a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT), are you considered a licensed health care provider in the State of California?:      

Answer:  No.  California does not license massage therapy anywhere in the state unlike most states.  California regulates and certifies the practice of massage therapy through it's governing body, the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC).  Per California state law SB 577, I am to state therefore that I am not licensed by the state as a healing arts practitioner. Healing arts that are licensed in California include acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, etc to name a few that may have additional training in reflexology and massage for example.  It`s a legal difference in regards to scope of practice.

For more info, click on this link to SB 577: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/01-02/bill/sen/sb_0551-0600/sb_577_bill_20020923_chaptered.html 

and subsequent final legislation SB 731: http://info.sen.ca.gov/pub/07-08/bill/sen/sb_0701-0750/sb_731_bill_20080927_chaptered.html

A client`s medication usage will instruct what modalities of massage therapy are safe, effective, and appropriate.  Please click on this file below provided by Carrie Patrick of ABMP with electronic permission to publish to review some common medications and how they direct the massage therapist`s care plan.

Medication Considerations with Bodywork.pdf

Running Injuries Part 1 and Massage Therapy http://www.massagetherapy.com/articles/index.php/article_id/295/Running-Injuries-Part-1-

Chronic Pain and What You Should Know:  Chronic Pain Information.docx

 The Benefits of Onsite Massage and Spa Massage:  Benefits of Onsite Massage & Spa Massage.docx 

Common Sports Injuries & Massage:  Common Sports Injuries and Massage.docx

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & Massage: PTSD and Massage.docx

Cancer and Massage:  Cancer and Massage.docx

Foot Pathologies:  Foot Pathologies.docx

Women & Massage:  Women's Health and Massage.docx

Dangers of Aggressive Massage:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25271505  and related news story:  https://www.yahoo.com/health/can-massage-be-dangerous-104842411582.html

 

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