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Massage Today
June, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 06

News in Brief

By Editorial Staff

More Massage for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Students in the massage therapy program at Western College in Cerritos, Calif., are the latest to "lend their hands" to the cast and crew of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EMHE).

The students arrived at the demolition site with tables and chairs, Feb. 17, 2005, and quickly got to work giving massages, while occasionally taking some time out to joke with the show's cast and crew members, Michael Moloney (interiors/glamour) and Ed Sanders (construction), and team leader, Ty Pennington, who was treated to a table massage by student Precious Harris.

Angela Campos, Precious Harris, Ed Sanders, Phillishia Addison and Cindy Castro. - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark (From l to r) Angela Campos, Precious Harris, EMHE's Ed Sanders, Phillishia Addison and Cindy Castro (center) break for a photo. "It was a wonderful experience for the students and instructors to see transformation about to happen for two families..." said a Western College press release. "It was exciting...knowing that we [were] able to give back or help individuals in need." The show, which profiled the Leomiti and Higgins families, aired March 27.

Student volunteers included Phillishia Addison, Michele Ayala, Angela Campos, Daniel Cobarrubio, Precious Harris, Ralph Meza and Antone Murray. Massage therapy instructor Lance Followell and Program Director Cindy Castro supervised.

Massage Industry Professionals Gather to Discuss Education Standards

On March 12, 2005, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) hosted a meeting to discuss developing baseline education standards for the massage therapy profession. Invited to the event by AMTA were representatives from 15 AMTA chapters, the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), and several AMTA Council of School members, including Boulder College of Massage Therapy, Downeast School of Massage, Muscular Therapy Institute, Chicago School of Massage Therapy, Health Works Institute, Georgia Career Institute and Lakeside School of Massage Therapy.

According to a press release issued by the AMTA, the meeting was the result of previous discussions with the NCBTMB, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA), Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), and other USDE-recognized accrediting agencies. Meeting attendees ultimately determined that there is "no thorough, comprehensive scope of practice for the field and that the body of knowledge needed to practice is not consistent or articulated.

"Based on a consensus of the group," the AMTA press release said, "AMTA's Board of Directors agreed that AMTA will serve as the catalyst for a larger industry meeting designed to develop a plan for the creation of a massage therapy body of knowledge, to include core terminology, scope of practice and baseline competencies."

According to a separate press release issued by COMTA, the discussion "represented a call to action for COMTA to make the standards and accreditation process more accessible and user friendly."

Although COMTA concedes in its press release that "It is true schools do not necessarily need accreditation to do a great job of educating future massage and bodywork practitioners," it concluded that "schools may choose to engage in the personal and professional development offered through a formalized supportive process and a method for promoting quality assurance to potential students and their future clients, which is the foundation for accreditation."


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