Behind The Scenes – Massage Therapy Licensure

As my first licensure renewal comes due with the great state of Wisconsin next month, I’ve been checking out what information I need to have ready and it got me to thinking… most of my clients probably don’t even know what goes into becoming a licensed massage therapist. Without turning this post into a novel, I’d like to take a moment to educate folks. If you care about your massage therapist being legit, read on…

I took a 650 hour class that included things like business and ethics, as well as what you would expect – kinesiology, modalities, pathology in relation to massage, technique and such. We learned where to massage and where not to massage. I had excellent instructors, in my opinion. It was challenging, even with my medical background. Certainly a deep dive into the mechanics of the human body.

Wisconsin tests applicants on statutes regarding professionalism, definition and the like. Here is what the State defines as massage:
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We are also required to carry malpractice insurance and current CPR training.

There is a rigorous (and stressful!) national exam that must be passed.

Our license is to be hung on the wall in our work space.

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Then, every 2 years we are required to submit a payment and proof of 24 continuing education credits, to include 2 in ethics.  I totaled mine and came in with 119.5. What can I say? So much to learn! Here’s a quick rundown:
Sarga Bodywork
Barefoot Masters Ashiatsu, both online and in person
Barefoot Masters Fijian massage online (massaging a fully clothed client using foot pressure, great for doing anywhere!)
ACE Massage Cupping
Ayurevedic Massage
Kinesiology and Acupressure Taping
Fibromyalgia and the Invisible Diseases
The Fundamentals of Massage Cupping
Introduction to the History and Practice of Thai Massage
Thai Table Practice Fundamentals: Part 1

It’s a good start! I do love to learn.

Is your therapist legit? Massage and “bodywork” fall under the same requirements. Look up your provider here: https://app.wi.gov/licensesearch

Be informed!

2 thoughts on “Behind The Scenes – Massage Therapy Licensure

  • January 22, 2019 at 3:46 pm
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    Please call if you have any cancellations the next 2 days (Jan 21-23). Think I pulled a hamstring. 715-358-0734

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