March 14, 2016
It is done! Massage Therapists in the Commonwealth of Virginia made a huge step forward this weekend when Governor Terry McAuliffe signed house bill, HB 562. This bill elevates the profession of Massage Therapy from certification to State License. This will take effect on January 1, 2017.
One may ask, ‘What’s the big deal?’ It would be easy to overlook, but now, those who practice massage therapy legally have title protection. Title protection doesn’t sound that great, but it is. This change in title demonstrates that the Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes there is a required amount of training to perform this service. Having a State License indicates there is a National Exam that measures competency and verifies that at a state level, the person calling themselves a massage therapist is qualified, safe and meets a minimum standard.
Can you imagine going to a Dentist or a Psychologist who didn’t have a state license? Most people wouldn’t leave their child at a unlicensed daycare center. But there is more. Another bonus of having a State License is a higher level of credibility.
Now, the newest clients seeking massage therapy to manage their pain or relieve daily stress can feel safer, rest easier, knowing that they will be working with a State Licensed professional. In fact, existing clients also benefit, as they will realize a deeper level of confidence when sharing with a friend or spouse that their massage therapist holds a State License.
This is a big win for the profession and for all legitimate massage therapists practicing in the Commonwealth of Virginia.