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Massage Today
October, 2001, Vol. 01, Issue 10

We Get Letters & E-Mail

By Editorial Staff

Who Needs Licensing?

Dear Editor:

Your editorial hit one of my sore spots: licensing. (Editor's note: see "Should We or Shouldn't We?" in the June 2001 issue, available on line at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/06/09.html.) When one looks at how many professions are required to have a license, yet still sees so much incompetence, one starts to wonder.

When one looks at how many high school graduates don't know how to spell or do simple math, one starts to wonder. All state licensing is done under the guise of protecting the consumer; in fact, licensing programs do nothing to protect anybody but generate revenue for the bureaucracy. All we should have to do is graduate from massage school and take our continuing education classes. If we're incompetent, no one will ask for our services -- it's that simple. Graduating is important, but I see absolutely no benefit to be gained from licensure.

Sybille Murphy, LMT
Farmington, New Mexico 


"I was able to achieve better results immediately"

Dear Editor:

I thoroughly enjoy your publication. I learn something from each article. Barbra Esher's article on the six divisions was very informative. (Editor's note: see "Using the Six Divisions" in the March 2001 issue, available on line at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/03/16.html.) I have been using five-element theory and meridians since taking an advanced reflexology course from an acupuncturist. I was able to achieve better results immediately after applying the information in Ms. Esher's article.

Janice Jackson, LMT
Naples, Florida 


"Keep up the excellent work!"

Dear Editor:

I am so impressed with the issues of Massage Today. The attention you give to current issues is gratefully accepted. Your research on the insurance industry helped put perspective on our own growing industry and some of the challenges it is facing. Thanks, too, to Neal Cross for his wonderful view of the hand. Sometimes it helps to look beyond our own noses! Thank you to Ralph Stephens, whose insights about research are most enlightening; to Ben Benjamin, whose testing and treatment skills are unsurpassed in our field of massage therapy; and to Kate Jordan, whose article on pelvic pain is a clear example of the types of wisdom we need to pass on to each other.

June Lordi, LMT
Randolph, Maine


Editor's note: The specific articles referenced in this letter appeared in several previous issues of Massage Today. To access the complete online archives of the publication, visit www.massagetoday.com/archives.

"I am willing to take a decent discount..."

Dear Editor:

This letter is in response to the "We Get Letters & E-Mail" section in the April 2001 Massage Today. (Editor's note: The entire April 2001 issue is available on line at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/04.) I would like to comment on the particular letters that addressed insurance and managed care issues in the massage profession. I have a unique situation. After going to school weeknights for about a year and a half and working full-time, I received my state massage therapist registration. At this point, I am keeping my day job and trying to build a clientele for evening massages in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area.

The story gets interesting because I am a customer service representative for a medical insurance company. The insurance company's client (a large computer company) is a self-insured plan. This basically means that the client makes the rules on what to cover, and the insurance company just pays the claims according to those rules. The client has decided not cover massage therapists. When I get a call from massage therapist trying to verify benefits, I can sympathize with the caller, but I cannot pay their claims. I also encourage the employees who call me to complain to their human resources department.

The point here is that the decision to cover massage therapists is not always up to the insurance company. In many cases, if the plan is self-insured, the employer makes those rules and will often make changes based upon employee feedback. As a fairly new RMT, I'm always looking for ways to get my name out into the community. I have often considered going downstairs to our network development department to see what it would take to become a part of the insurance network.

I offer discounts to first-time clients and a "buy five massages get one free" incentive. I don't see what the difference is between these offers and taking a percentage discount because I belong to the insurance network. Perhaps if I had a full schedule and wasn't looking to grow my business, there would be no incentive. But at this point, I am willing to accept a decent discount to get my name out to thousands of potential clients.

Stephen Dumas, RMT
Irvine, Texas 


"Thank you so much"

Dear Editor:

Thank you for so much for sending me Massage Today. I do not usually enjoy massage magazines, and subscribe to none. For some reason I find yours less slick and more "unifying." I read every word. I especially enjoyed Ralph Stephens' view on research. (Editor's note: See "Will Research Prove Our Point?" in the February 2001 issue, available at www.massagetoday.com/archives/2001/02/12.html.)

Shirl Swan-Mock, BA,LMT,RN,BSN
Vienna, Ohio 


"The best I've read"

Dear Editor:

Your massage journal is the best I've read in my 14-plus years in the field. Please keep up the work, and good luck!

Roger Paradis, LMT
Manchester, New Hampshire

 

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