Southern Nevada Health District proposes new, additional regulation for Massage Therapy

Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) notified the public of their intent to ratify regulation of Massage Establishments, Reflexology Establishments, [Independent/Outcall] Massage Therapists, and Colon Hydrotherapists on January 10, 2012, in Southern Nevada, comprised of the county of Clark.

The AMTA Nevada Chapter has reviewed the proposed legislation and can summarize the effects of the proposed regulation on its professional members [within the jurisdiction of SNHD] – following are some main points of the regulation:

  • Affects Reflexologists, [Independent/Outcall] Massage Therapists, Colon Hydrotherapists, and Massage Establishments.
  • In addition to all Massage Establishments, requires outcall “licensed massage therapists” and “licensed reflexologists” to hold a “massage establishment Health Permit”
  • Attempts to regulate Massage Therapists [and Massage Establishments] in the same manner as is currently legislated through NRS.640c and NSBMT NACs (staff on-site & equipment/safety/cleanliness requirements, fees & fines, and some professional standards)
  • States that each day after the first 90 that the regulations are in effect and an outcall massage therapist or massage establishment is not SNHD-permitted is a separate violation.
  • Cites “fees” for initial assessment, renewal (every XX year), and fines associated with violations and that non-compliance will predicate a cease-and-desist and/or revocation/re-application for massage/reflexology establishment health permit.
  • Requires “20 foot-candles” of light in a therapy room, 300% more light than in the NSBMT NACs of “5 foot-candles” of light in a therapy room.
  • Section 8.1.2 makes the “Responsible Person in charge” of a Massage or Reflexology Establishment responsible for undefined “other requirements” in addition to other regulatory body’s requirements for professional and legal practice of massage & reflexology.  Unresolved violations of keeping all permits, licenses, or credentials for everyone at the Establishment gives the SNHD the authority to shut down the Establishment until violations are resolved with each/every “affected agency of jurisdiction”.
  • New Build-outs/Construction of Establishments will have another jurisdiction (the SNHD) to apply through, propagating more [undetermined] fees and additional time frames in which initial assessments and inspections are subject to.
  • Does not outline a Schedule of Fees and does describe innumerable instances/conditions in which fees will be applied.

The AMTA-NV Chapter supports the current state licensure regulation of massage therapists in Nevada through the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists authorized and empowered by our State Legislature and Governor-appointed state massage board members affecting professionals throughout the state of Nevada AND local business license departments that regulate the taxation and safe practice of massage therapy through its application processes.  It is understood that the nature of the proposed regulation by the additional entity of the SNHD is redundant, provincial, and a duplicate credential that will be required for massage professionals to practice. 

Additionally, any verbiage in the proposed SNHD regulation regarding “Massage Therapy” may be removed to regulate Reflexology and Colon Hydrotherapy, so only one regulatory agency will have the authority to manage a profession/business category regarding massage therapy and the promotion of public health and safety.

For Concerned Individuals:

The AMTA Nevada Chapter strongly encourages its members, massage professionals, and the general public to evaluate the proposed impact of the additional regulation on the profession, practice, or patronage of massage therapy and RESPOND in an appropriate manner and timely fashion to the SNHD.

Responding to this proposed regulation is TIME-SENSITIVE – the last day that written opinions will be accepted for the record is February 2nd, 2012.

Contact information and a sample opinion letter are below.

The Workshops, at which public opinion will be HEARD, are in Las Vegas (Jan 30 & 31), Laughlin (Feb 1), and Mesquite (Feb 2):  Appear and be ready to speak your opinion according to the Workshop Agenda (below).

Resources for proposed SNHD regulation:

  1. PDF – public workshop announcement: https://amta-nv.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/AGENDA-Massage-Therapy-Workshops-01-30-2012.pdf
  2. PDF – public notice of proposed regulation:  https://amta-nv.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Public-Notice-Workshop-Massage-Regs-BOH-meeting-02-23-2012.pdf
  3. Link to online version of proposed regulatory rules:  http://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/download/eh/Massage-draft-regs-1-13-12.pdf
  4. Sample Letter of Opposition: (download)
  5. Opinion Letter of the AMTA/Nevada Chapter (download)

Southern Nevada Health District contact:

Glenn D Savage, REHS, Environmental Health Director, PO Box 3902, Las Vegas NV 89127

If you have questions regarding this post, the proposed SNHD regulation, or the AMTA Nevada chapter, please contact Government Relations: David Otto at email hidden; JavaScript is required

modified Jan 25, 2012 14:21

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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