Can Washington make massage gender-neutral?

Can Washington make massage gender-neutral?

September Newsletter: This month we have updates on regulation, registration and ambulation! Our peerless reporter was on location in Spokane for the Board of Massage meeting on September 9th. What has proven to be an extraordinary challenge to the Board is creating gender neutral policies around draping and breast massage. Questions about gender identity issues? We might have an ethics class just for you!

Read More

NSOBA Pick Sheet for WAC Chapter 246-830 proposed revisions

NSOBA Pick Sheet for WAC Chapter 246-830 proposed revisions

So you don't feel like reading 40 pages of massage regulations? No problem! We have a summary of the major changes and issues for WAC Chapter 246-830 listed right here! Let the letter writing commence! Comments due to massagerulescomments@doh.wa.gov by August 17!

Read More

Lessons from the Dying, Number 2: Deep Listening

Lessons from the Dying, Number 2: Deep Listening

Joe was fighting cancer. Despite aggressive treatments, he managed to be upbeat about his situation, and his family was there to care for him. Initially he refused my offer of palliative massage to his shoulders. When I asked him a second time I was met with, “Okay, that might be good today.”

Read More

Lessons from the Dying: My First Memorable Lesson

Lessons from the Dying: My First Memorable Lesson

While End of Life Care may not always be physically demanding, the emotional and spiritual challenges can be overwhelming. My goal in offering these short segments is to engage your thinking about hospice massage and how it has influenced you.  This 4-week series, Lessons from the Dying, starts with My First Memorable Lesson. The next three weeks will include: Deep Listening, Keeping Relationships Current, and Honoring the Moment. 

Read More

Board of Massage Meeting Notes March, 11 2016

Board of Massage Meeting Notes March, 11 2016

Senate Bill 6399 / House Bill 2781 - passed the House and Senate and was delivered to the Governor. It will allow approved massage schools to establish transfer programs for students who are transferring education obtained at other schools that are not approved massage schools. From here, the Board of Massage, through the current rules development work, will create criteria that the schools need to follow for granting transfer credits. 

Read More