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2017 Changes to Nevada State’s Massage Therapy Law, et al NSBMT updates

This article was originally published as "2017 Proposed Changes to Nevada State's Massage Therapy Law" on 2/20/2017; it has been updated as of 6/5/2017. NRS 640.C governs the massage therapy profession and the professionals who are licensed by the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists (NSBMT). In late-2016, with their newest Executive Director, Sandy Anderson, the NSBMT asked Honorable Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton to sponsor a Bill that would primarily change the constituency of licensees holding professional licenses under the NSBMT. There are several additional points to the Bill, as it was written and Introduced by Assemblywoman Carlton, that, as massage therapists,…

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My First 6 months as Nevada Chapter President

by Mavies Gascon, President, AMTA-NV Chapter As a member of the AMTA-Nevada Chapter, I decided to stay in for the meeting before the continuing education that I had originally signed up for at the 2015 Annual Nevada Chapter Convention. And during that meeting, David Otto, who was my Professional Development instructor at the Nevada School of Massage Therapy (NSMT), and then, being President of the chapter, nominated me to be a part of the organization. I donated a lot of volunteering time while I attended NSMT, so I figured I was spending time to help the community, not knowing what…

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2015 Legislative Changes in Nevada for Massage Therapists

The Nevada Legislature usually meets every 2 years - 2015 marks the 78th Session of the Legislature to do the business of legislation: regulation of all the state functions and scopes in a Session that concludes around the end of May. The AMTA-NV Chapter’s Mission is to serve any AMTA members while advancing the art, science and practice of massage therapy - a part of that ‘practice’ Mission is to assure that, as an organization, our members are treated fairly and have an opinion, if not a say, about how we’re regulated. The first step is knowledge - knowledge of…

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Mentoring Our Future program

Nevada Chapter Member Benefit Mentoring the Future - a Nevada Member Benefit program The amta nevada chapter is proud to partner with Steiner Education Group’s premier education program and campus, the Nevada School of Massage Therapy, to offer its members an opportunity to mentor up-and-coming professionals in the field of massage therapy! If you are an amta nevada chapter member, have a NV state-issued professional license (NSBMT), and have a couple of hours to help/mentor a current massage therapy student, consider this: Students need guidance. Your feedback is sought and needed, by both the programs that educate future licensed massage…

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[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…

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Thai Yoga Massage, Beyond the Rub

I discovered the amazing modality of Thai Yoga massage here in our great city of Las Vegas.  I have been practicing as a massage therapist since 2001.  Before I began to practice Thai Yoga massage, I was primarily doing deep tissue bodywork, and because of the effort and energy I was exerting, I began to feel repetitive strain in my hands and body. This was one reason I began to practice yoga on a regular basis.  The breath, movement and energy I received from the yoga really helped my stamina and strength so I could continue doing the massage I…

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February 3, 2013

AMTA-NV Public Service Announcement: NSBMT Citation Policy

Revised late in 2012, the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy (NSBMT) published and distributed its Citation Policy that lists the fine amounts for infractions of NRS 640C for Massage Therapists and Persons.  Please note: the below list is not an all-inclusive schedule and may change upon action of the board during their regular meetings. If you have any questions about the publication, please contact the NSBMT directly at their website or by email at [email protected]  The Chapter wants Nevada's NVMTs and Public to know the infractions and the cost of those - fines are not collected or used by…

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January 3, 2013

SNHD transitions into new Health Card program requirements

As you may have heard, the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) has, as of January 2, 2013, discontinued its requirement of obtaining a "Foodhandler/Massage Therapist" category of Health Card.  Amongst the elimination of the health card for a number of other categories, Massage Therapists and Reflexologists are no longer required to renew or can initially-apply for a Health Card under these categories. Dr. John Middaugh, Interim Chief Health Officer for SNHD, on January 3rd, 2013, officially contacted our Government Relations Consultant Sally Hacking with the news and she passed on the SNHD document declaring the department's transition into re-purposing their…

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the First 90-days…

Hello Members! I am truly honored to be writing today in the President’s Blog – there have been many years that I have served where the chapter did not have such an efficient, fast way for the members to connect; specifically, with the commentary and updates from the chapter President.  I am happy to say: all the Nevada Chapter Board of Directors volunteers, chapter volunteers and Delegates are available via email and that you may post publicly or email me privately regarding the topics in this forum! Now, on with this month’s blog… I was elected to serve as a…

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