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August, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 08

New Directors, Executive Committee at NCBTMB

By Editorial Staff

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) recently elected two new directors to its board and announced the appointment of its 2003-04 executive committee.

Neal Barry, LMT, NCTMB, from Stratford, Conn., and Robert Lehnberg, NCTMB, from Bayside, Calif., are the board's newest additions.

"We are very happy to welcome Neal and Bob to the board," said Garnet Adair, chair of NCBTMB's executive committee. "Their expertise, combined with the rest of the board's expertise, will ensure NCBTMB's continued commitment to fostering high standards of ethical and professional practice."

Mr. Barry and Mr. Lehnberg join the following board members: Tree Bright, NCTMB, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Elizabeth McIntyre, RN, MAS, NCTMB, Lancaster, Pa.; Pam Laubscher, DO, public member, Oro Valley, Ariz.; and William Stoehs, public member, Miramar, Fla.

The Board of Directors executive committee members are Chair Garnet Adair, NCTMB, Tucson, Ariz.; Chair-elect Judy Dean, M.Ed., RN, BC, NCTMB, LaPorte, Ind.; Treasurer Elaine Calenda, NCTMB, Longmont, Colo.; and Immediate Past Chair Whitney Lowe, NCTMB, Bend, Ore.

Schools to Add Asian Bodywork to Curriculum

Beginning this fall, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, and Charles River School of Shiatsu in Arlington, Mass., will add Asian Bodywork programs to educational curricula.

Charles River will offer a 700-hour certificate program in Asian Bodywork/Tuina, which will feature classroom instruction, clinic experience and weekend workshops. Some of the classes offered through the program include Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory; Point/Meridian Location; Tuina technique; and Internal Disharmonies.

Pacific College will begin offering a 518-hour massage therapy program in which its primary emphasis will be on Asian therapeutic techniques. In addition, the college will offer a 196-hour certificate program in Tuina and a 693-hour Oriental Body Therapy program, which combines Oriental medical theory with massage.

For more information on either of these programs, contact Pacific College of Oriental Medicine at (800) 729-0941, or Charles River School of Shiatsu at (781) 643-1545.

New York Nurses Study Medical Massage

The New York College of Health Professions, which offers academic programs in Oriental medicine, massage therapy and holistic nursing, recently announced the commencement of five-day intensive courses to educate nurses on the basic principles of holistic nursing theory, holistic nutrition and medical massage.

The courses will be offered to nurses from New York's Bellevue Hospital and Beth Israel Medical Center. "We started massage programs in the hospital setting several months ago and the nurses just love the program. It helps them not only help their patients, but teaches them how to regulate their own energy and nurture themselves as well," said Joanne Christophers, Director of Holistic Nursing at New York College.

Although medical massage is within the scope of practice for nursing, Theresa Rejrat, Deputy Director of Bellevue Hospital, notes, "Nurses have little or no training in this area. Holistic nursing has become increasingly important because it is effective in enhancing people's ability to be and stay healthy." For more information on this and other programs offered by New York College of Health Professions, visit www.nycollege.edu.

One Massage Therapist, Two Successful Careers

Wondering what to do when you're not busy massaging clients? If you're Rocco Lo Bosco, the answer is easy: Write a novel. The full-time massage therapist, who operates a busy practice on Long Island, N.Y., has authored Buddha Wept, described as "the story of the life of an Asian mystic who survives and ultimately transcends" the Cambodian holocaust of the 1970s.

Lo Bosco is no stranger to the publishing world: his first book of poetry, Across a Distance of Knives, was published in 1982, and his stories and poetry have appeared in numerous literary journals. Buddha Wept was released in February 2003; Lo Bosco's second novel, Fire Lake, is scheduled for release in 2004.

 

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