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!

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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!

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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. 

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Board of Massage Meeting Notes January 15, 2016

Board of Massage Meeting Notes January 15, 2016

There was an excellent presentation by Workforce Training about all the program requirements for non-degree training. They provide services such as, maintaining a fund for recovering tuition if a school goes bankrupt, there is a student complaint process. Each school needs to be licensed by the state. They will make a visit to the school at inception of license and then every couple years after that. Or if there is a complaint. They review class catalog, contracts, student records, business plans, etc. 

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Board of Massage Meeting Notes November 6, 2015

Board of Massage Meeting Notes November 6, 2015

This was a great meeting! To open, Dave Magby, Office Director of the Department of Investigation and Inspection, gave some explanations around draping and breast massage, focusing on informed consent and clear communication being the most important part of massage treatment. He shared great information about the types of complaints that his office receives. Complaints about draping are one of the most frequent issues brought to him. Next, FSMTB Government Relations Specialist, Brock Ingmire, says there will be a human trafficking task force initiated at the next Federation meeting. He is smart and pretty :-)

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Bodyworkers Confidential: Anchor Woman in a Medical Relay Part 1

Bodyworkers Confidential: Anchor Woman in a Medical Relay Part 1

This summer I had an alarming situation in clinic that cemented in my mind the critical component of teamwork in an integrative healthcare environment. If you palpate something "unusual" (read suspicious and scary) on a client, what do you say? Do you finish the session with a potential contraindication looming? How do you communicate with the client's other health care practitioners? What do you document? This sensitive case is reported in two parts.

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Bodyworkers Confidential: Anchor Woman in a Medical Relay Part 2

Bodyworkers Confidential: Anchor Woman in a Medical Relay Part 2

This is part two of a two-part report on handling a case where I palpated something concerning on a client. It cemented in my mind how critical the component of teamwork is in a multidisciplinary healthcare environment. When do you follow up with the client? How do you communicate with the client's other health care practitioners? What do you document? Where do you go for support during this scary situation?

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