[Even] Higher Standards in the New NCBTMB Board-certified Credential

Being a massage therapist professional for a number of years in Nevada, I have seen many changes that have affected the direction of our profession, our passion, and ultimately affect the way the public perceives massage therapy.

Last year, the AMTA began its Consumer Awareness Program (CAP) which has been wildly successful, for both the public and members.  Check out some of the video, member stories, and news stories that have come out of this well-planned, multi-year project.  Your dollars are at work in promoting massage and its benefits to large gatherings of people, like at races and social events of magnitude around the U.S.

This is one way that our organization makes well-known the benefits of regular massage.

Search Provider #407142-00 @ ncbtmb.orgThe National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) has done the same types of promotion over the years – through a short-lived “certified spa” program (where, when all the LMTs on staff were Nationally-certified, the spa is listed and promoted as an NCBTMB-approved spa/employer), member self-promotion with materials supplied by the NCBTMB (article copy for publication, use of logos, website resource for the public, Find A Certified Massage Therapist listing service, etc), and support of a credential that has long-established the competency and possibly proficiency of a certified practitioner.

As of January 1st, 2013, things again have changed for NCTM/Bs.

Just when you were getting used to the title… Since the establishment, in 2005, of a competency exam for licensing purposes by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) – the MBLEx – the NCBTMB has revamped their program.  Now, the NCBTMB also has a [rebranded] competency exam for licensing (formerly, the National Certification Exam (NCE)), now called the NCBTMB Licensing Exam.  These two tests by two different organizations are considered (by at least 39 states) to be the standard test to which the states’ Applicants [for licensure] must pass.  Nevada is one of those states where either test is accepted for license application.

Polaroid: Nevada [the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists (NSBMT)] never required that an Applicant or Licensee “be” Nationally-certified…and still does not – just to pass the NCBTMB’s entry level exam (and, now, the MBLEx is an added, optional exam accepted).  When a professional massage therapist is Nationally-certified, it is a credential separate from “being” competent.  National certification is a professional’s commitment to a standard that exceeds basic competency.  In the past, that Nationally-certified standard included (mainly): 500 hours of classroom education, an earned number of Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) every 4-year renewal period and an agreement to a Standard of Practice and Code of Ethics outlined by the NCBTMB (to which all Certificants agree to uphold).

Instagram:  Today, under the newly-termed “Board-certified” title that Certificants are using that have already renewed with the new requirements, the additional requirements will include: 750 (total) hours (minimum) of classroom education (was “500-hour core massage program” prior), 250 hours of professional hands-on experience, CPR certification of the NCBTMB Certificant, national background check (every application/renewal), agreement to an anti-Human Trafficking statement.  These new requirements apply to new applicants AND any currently-Nationally-certified massage therapist that wishes to renew their NCBTMB certification.

With that said (and “new” way of doing things at the NCBTMB having hit the ground running), the AMTA-Nevada Chapter supports our members who are and will be NCBTMB Board-certified.  We continue to, as an AMTA Chapter, be a source for NCBTMB-approved course credits.  We also have a great relationship with some staff members at the NCBTMB – while we encourage Nationally-certified chapter members to contact the NCBTMB directly for individual assistance (specific, case-by-case), we will certainly do our best to answer your questions and send you in the right direction, when you find a challenge.

New Requirements, New Friends  We are in the process of allying, in Southern Nevada, with a couple of offices that offer CPR programs – back in my day, class was “all day” and cost a little more than the current programs.  The programs we’re working with (one of which is an American Heart Association CPR training/certification course) are designed for concise and complete education and cost less, time-wise and dollar-wise, and are very promising to utilize as a source for your Board-certification and any other purposes.  If you are in the Northern Nevada and know of a program that may fulfill the NCBTMB’s Board-certified requirement of “CPR certified”, please let us know!  We’d like to start informing all our members about the potential relationship, making things easier for every member.

Should I renew?  This is really a question based on your perceived value in the NCBTMB.  I renew to stay active in my profession.  I also volunteer for the NCBTMB as an exam Item Reviewer – there are plenty of ways to “be” in the profession, with whichever organization you find value.  The NCBTMB has been there for us as a profession, through thick and thin, and they are changing with our profession to make it the best for everyone: practitioners and public alike.  For as long as I have been a massage therapist, the integrity of the NCBTMB has always been noble, their Standards and Codes of high regard when adhered to, and I appreciate the distinction that the credential brings to my profession and what I love doing most for my clients: massage therapy.  I believe that without the organizations that are represented by the mere numbers of professionals who populate them, the organization loses identity and the ability to be accessible by the public, news outlets, allied professionals, and the regulatory bodies that also strive to seek the right model or advice on how to apply laws for the safety of the public we all serve.

The diligence of “claiming a profession” and being professional exists, in my opinion, in the members of professional associations like the AMTA, and certificants of a program that strives to create “better” massage therapists at every turn.  If the organizations are left unmanned, from where will credibility and efficacy come?

My word alone is not enough for today’s massage therapy client and massage therapy market – the clients are toooooo educated now 😉

The AMTA Nevada Chapter is here to support your decisions: to renew, to apply, to be active in your profession.

If you have any questions or need clarification, please give us a call at our new phone number: (775) 556-0300 or drop us a message at email hidden; JavaScript is required

Our newsletter is coming out soon with information about our Annual Member Meeting and Convention – stay tuned for some excellent ways to distinguish yourself as a professional with continuing education courses (NCBTMB-approved!), effective networking opportunities, and…FOOD!

Be Well,

David-fnamesign

 

 

 

AMTA-NV Chapter President

2011 amta nevada chapter State Convention

Learn, earn – meet, eat & greet! It’s all in Las Vegas, July 24th, 25th & 26th, 2011

  • Earn up to 17 CEHs over 3 days
  • Attend the Nevada Chapter’s Annual Meeting
  • Dine & Dish over some good food and good company
  • Network, create Community, find a lunch buddy or massage business owner or practitioner in your neighborhood
  • Empower your Practice with the tools you want and that better assist your clients!


Featuring:

Karina Braun, BAAS LMT

Boris Prilutsky, MA LMT CMT

Guest Instructors:



Bonus: July 24th: Boris Prilutsky presents… “Abdominal/Visceral Massage” (2 free CEHs!) Tickets and Registration for this awesome augmentation to come!

Register Today: the above pricing is for EARLY REGISTRATION – tell a friend by Liking the Event or Sharing/Tweeting/Emailing with a Friend!


Here’s how it looks, calendar-style:

Sunday July 24

Monday July 25

Tuesday July 26

8:00a – 9:00a (Gold Coast Conv Center)

8:00a – 9:00a (Gold Coast Conv Center)

Registration

Registration

9:00a – 12:00p
(Gold Coast Conv Center)

9:00a – 12:00p
(Gold Coast Conv Center)

Class 2Boris PrilutskyHow to
Effectively Integrate Energy Work & Science-Based Massage Techniques”

(3 of 6 CEHs)

Class 3Boris Prilutsky Tension
Headaches and Chinese Acupressure Protocol”

(3 of 6 CEHs)

Class 5Kris KelleyCreating Client Relationships in a Digital World

(3 CEHs)

Class 4 Karina BraunCreating
Peace with Your Hands- The Wholistic Course for Self Care and Injury
Prevention

(6 of 6 CEHs)

12:00p – 1:00p
LUNCH

12:00p – 1:00p LUNCH

1:00p – 2:00p
(Gold Coast Conv Ctr)

Chapter Annual Meeting

2:00p – 5:00p
(Gold Coast Conv Ctr)

1:00p – 4:00p
(Gold Coast Conv Ctr)

Class
2
Boris PrilutskyHow to
Effectively Integrate Energy Work & Science-Based Massage Techniques

(6 of 6 CEHs)

Class
3
Boris PrilutskyTension
Headaches and Chinese Acupressure Protocol

(6 of 6 CEHs)

Class 4 – Karina Braun “Creating Peace with Your Hands- The Wholistic Course
for Self Care and Injury Prevention

(6 of 6 CEHs)

6:00p – 8:00p (NwHC campus)

6:00p – 9:00p
(Luxor Hotel)

6:00p – 9:00p
(Luxor Hotel)

Class 1Boris PrilutskyAbdominal/Visceral Massage

(2 CEHs)

Class 5Nathan NordstromBodies…the Exhibition Guided Tour

(3 CEHs)

Class 5Nathan NordstromBodies…the Exhibition Guided Tour

(3 CEHs)

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Class Descriptions



Abdominal/Visceral Massage” (Prilutsky) 2 CEHs

  • Many studies evidence that 5 to 10 minutes of abdominal massage significantly reduces blood pressure, anxiety, and headaches, and can be beneficial in cases of infertility, constipation, and other disorders of the digestive system. Stress and/or organ dysfunctions cause much venous blood accumulation. This phenomenon of venous stasis initiates many internal organs diseases, significantly worsening existing disorders. Abdominal/Visceral massage practically eliminates venous stasis as well as interstitial edemas, secondarily improving organ function and reduces pain and discomfort. Abdominal massage directly stimulates most internal organs located in abdominal cavities and pelvic floor.
  • You will learn, through medical & anatomical review and practical demonstration, abdominal/ visceral massage techniques to eliminate venous blood stasis, enabling redistribution of arterial blood supply through managing edemas within abdominal cavity and normalization of venous blood drainage from abdominal/visceral regions as well tear down adhesions .
  • You will be able to incorporate a protocol into your massage techniques to aid the elimination of venous stasis, interstitial edemas, as well as break down adhesions techniques, in the abdominal/visceral regions, which is necessary conditions for normal function of internal organs.
  • This class will be held OFF-SITE from the host hotel & convention center. Please email hidden; JavaScript is required if you anticipate needing transportation to the location of this class.

How to Effectively Integrate Energy Work & Science-Based Massage Techniques” (Prilutsky)

  • Long life in massage therapy careers occurs naturally – how a therapist takes care of him- or herself and, just as importantly, how their clients take care of themselves is critical to help the length of a massage therapist or bodyworker’s career. So many conditions related to stress (mental & physical) affect all bodies. Boris, with scientifically-based evidence, has developed habits, techniques, and best practices to lengthen your massage career and deliver better care to your client.
  • Boris will teach you how to harness your own energy and deliver it to your client efficiently AND effectively while simultaneouslymaintaining your physical stamina. Boris has devised a method of integrating energy work into any modality of massage therapy. As a practitioner, you will learn: theories on how energy work is integrated naturally into a massage session, like the principles of Chinese Theory, Inhibitory Regime, Piezoelectricity, and Sense of Touch; techniques you can take to your massage practice that will help you last longer; and, how and what to add to your menu of services when you learn how to add energy work as part of your regular massage work. Practicum will be focused on the lower body/leg musculature.
  • Your massage clients will receive more purely-delivered massages and a ‘cleaner’ massage will help improve your ability to protect yourself from negative energies and remove stress more quickly, on your own.
  • Supplies: Wear loose clothing, bring table, sheets, towels, oils and creams

Tension Headaches and Chinese Acupressure Protocol” (Prilutsky)

  • Tension headaches are a social medical problem. About 140 million Americans periodically suffer from tension headaches. Many people attempt to manage tension headaches with large doses of painkillers. Sometimes this does more harm than good. Conventional western medicine recognizes three major causes for tension headaches: Greater Occipital Nerve Neuralgia, Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders, and Vertebral Artery Syndrome. Through research, Western medicine scientists have developed many protocols of medical massage to treat the above mentioned disorders.
  • At this workshop, Boris will present methods of Manchurian acupressure for relief of tension headaches. Through its use during the last 3500 years, this method has proven to be safe, virtually side-effect-free, and in most cases, extremely effective, leading to rapid reduction of the intensity of headaches.
  • You will learn a set of acupressure points, addressing all the possible cases for headaches caused by the mentioned above disorders. In addition to acupressure protocol, Boris will propose Western medical massage techniques for cervical spine disorders as well TMJ dysfunctions that you will be able to incorporate in some cases of neck pain.
  • Supplies: Wear loose clothing, bring table, sheets, towels, oils and creams

Creating Peace with Your Hands- The Wholistic Course for Self Care and Injury Prevention” (Braun)

  • Creating Peace with Your Hands Self-Care class assists you in increasing awareness of your body and correcting your alignment. This course helps you to re-learn the habits of healthy posture through the reversal of poor habits and stabilization of the correct areas of the body. Ideas are given for self-care before, during, and after the performance of massage. Exercises are introduced on how to use the body safely and efficiently to prevent injury.
  • You will: Understand how to maintain body awareness for healthy posture; Understand open vs. closed posture; Gain body awareness, core stabilization, open fascial pathways for a healthy body, especially with the arms and hands; Perform kinesthetic awareness exercises to create health and avoid injury.
  • Supplies: Wear loose clothing, 2 sheets, oil, table, and towel or yoga mat

Bodies…the Exhibition Guided Tour” (Nordstrom)

  • Bodies.. the Exhibition’s current home is the Luxor Hotel Convention Center giving an anatomical view of the body. As massage therapists, we have a background that allows us the ability to look through our hands at the muscles of the body. This class give us a view of the body that you can only get through a cadaver class…or Bodies…the Exhibition (where we do not have the odor). We review anatomical structures and components and talk about massage techniques with the best visual aids ever.
  • This class will be held OFF-SITE from the host hotel & convention center.
  • Admission to the exhibit is INCLUDED

Creating Client Relationships in a Digital World” (Kelley)

  • This class facilitated through the amta nevada chapter as an NCBTMB-approved class worth 3 CEHs – the certificate for this class will be issued through the amta nevada chapter and the Chapter will hold all contact information and authorization to issue credit to attendees.
  • More information and an official name, description and Instructor biography are coming!

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Instructor Biographies

Boris Prilutsky, MA LMT CMT Author is a world-traveled, -educated, and –renowned Educator. He has been in the massage therapy industry for 38 years, graduating with a physical education degree from the Pedagogic Institute of Higher Education in Vinnitsa, Ukraine, and receiving a degree in chiropractic medicine from the Medical College in Ramat-Gan, Israel. Soviet Sports Medicine and massage therapy for Olympians, professional sports organizations and athletes, and world dignitaries is where Boris spent his first 20 years.
After arriving in the U.S. and establishing a school and a medical massage practice and group ties to the medical industry in Southern California, he is settled with his private practice in a Los Angeles suburb, treating clients with neural, muscular, and skeletal disorders. Boris’ most comprehensive authoring is “A Simple Approach to Massage Therapy” and he produces his own instructional DVDs and videos published on YouTube. Boris is also approved as a Provider by the NCBTMB #451346-10

Karina Braun, BAAS LMT Author is a nationally certified and licensed massage therapist, registered yoga instructor, and Reiki master. She had her own practice and co-owned a hair salon and spa in Texas for five years. Yogamotion training in 2001 helped both herself and her clients assume self-care. In 2002, Karina moved to Las Vegas, taught at a massage school, and worked at a well-known spa on the Las Vegas Strip.
She is now the owner of Get In Touch, a continuing education company that teaches Personal Body Maintenance for many professions. The author of Creating Peace with Your Hands and many NCBTMB-approved courses (Provider #450940-09), Karina resides in Las Vegas, where she does massage part-time, writes educational material, teaches personal yoga sessions, hikes, boats, and spends time with her family.

Nathan Nordstrom, LMT LMP NCTMB is a graduate of East West College. He is a nationally certified continuing education provider for Educated Touch (Provider #450634-08). Mr. Nordstrom currently teaches at the University of Western States massage therapy program. He has taught and mentored massage therapists from all over the country. He has been published on everythingmassage.com, and quoted in such publications as “Massage Therapy Journal” and “Massage” magazine.
Mr. Nordstrom has worked in the field of massage for over eight years, earning experience working in a retreat spa, and medical offices, owned a day spa, served as President of the Oregon Chapter of the AMTA, serving as an examiner for the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy, and served on national board of the AMTA. He has assisted on committees for both AMTA and NCBTMB.

Kris Kelley, LMT Author

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