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State Regulation of Massage


As of June 10th, 2005,
36 states now regulate the practice of massage.
When it comes to requirements and qualifications for practice,
Texas is dead last on the list of the 36,
with a requirement of only 300 minimum hours.
Hence no Texas therapist can practice in these other
states without additional education and examination.

31 states recognize the national certification exam,
but not Texas.

90,000 massage therapists nationally
have attained national certification,
but fewer than 1,000 are in Texas.

As of May 25, 2005 the Texas legislative session closed
and our profession could find no voice of agreement
for updating the Texas educational standards for practice.

However the legislature readily and easily passed HB2696,
a bill that makes the presumption our profession in Texas is a sexually oriented business that needs more codified regulation.

Our legislators clearly have a view of our profession...

What could have led them to that conclusion?
Perhaps our own failure to to come together as a profession
to crystalize a vision of ourselves as something
distinctly different from that other profession
as demonstrated by our education, training and certification?



Education Chair's Report


If I were interested in patting myself on the back for doing a good job, this last conference (May 2005), would be the time to do it.  But, of course, I am not interested in  congratulating myself.  Rather I am interested in applauding the three presenters at out Padre Island Education Fest!  It was reminiscent of the years past, when the Texas Chapter had well-attended conventions and the educational programs to back them.  That was exactly how this convention played out.


We had three fabulous classes:  Savitri Frizzell taught us about Ethics, David Lauterstein instructed us in Deep Massage and Zero Balancing, and, as the Sunday finale, Bob Leal enlightened us about Thai Body Work.  Each class was extraordinary in its own way; together, they were a package to salivate over.  Well-done, presenters!  I can honestly say, the education left a good impression on the participants and a clamoring for more in the future.


Can we top that?  Well, we have more good stuff in store on October 29th, 2005.  Elaine Calenda, of the Boulder School of Massage, will present eight hours of TMJ instruction, including interior and exterior mouth work, and Frozen Shoulder techniques, and Ethics Training.  Where?  Why, in El Paso! Put on your most ghoulish apparel—it’s going to be almost Halloween!—and join us for a TexNewMex adventure.


Want more stuff?  Okay, how about Ortho-Bionomy with Advanced  Instructor,  Randall   Winter, in  Dallas  for 14  hours

of education (including 2 hours Ethics) next year, May 26-28, 2006.


This is your AMTA TEXAS CHAPTER at work for you!!!!!


And on a final note, I will be stepping down from my position as Education Chair as of May 2006, so if any eager, would-be shoe-filler would like to throw his/her hat into the ring, …please contact me or our president, Lou Castleman, to find out how.

Remember, your AMTA Texas Chapter needs YOU!


Peace, blessings, and love,

D’jango Sanders

Education Chair

[email protected]



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Since January 1, 2002 the number of continuing education hours for the State of Texas is 6 hours each annual cycle and must comply with 25 TAC, Sec. 141.20 and Sec. 141.21.

Since January 1, 2001, the number of continuing education hours for AMTA is 12 hours every year.

Recertification with NCBTMB requires 48 hours every four years with 6 of those hours of course work in Ethics.

Be assured the trainings offered through our Chapter meet the requirements of all three credentialing entities mentioned above.

AMTA Council
of Schools
was founded in 1982 as a forum for massage therapy school owners, administrators, and faculty to explore common interests, make new contacts and friends in the field, gather information from the experience of others and actively participate in the growth and development of the profession of massage therapy.
The National Certification Board for
Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)
was created to foster high standards of ethical and professional practice in the delivery of services through a recognized credible credentialing program that assures the competency of practitioners of therapeutic massage and bodywork.