• Petitioning Laura Anderson

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Executive Director, Board of Massage Therapy and Bodywork
Laura Anderson
New Jersey Governor
New Jersey State Senate
New Jersey State House

Gov. Christie, NJ Legislators, NJ Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy: Exempt Light-touch & Energy Practitioners from Massage & Bodywork Licensure

    1. Susan Lieberman
    2. Petition by

      Susan Lieberman

      Scotch Plains, NJ

Since the enactment of P.L.2007,c. 337, the "Massage and Bodywork Therapist Act", effective September 4, 2012, there have been efforts to include Energy and Light-touch modalities in the definition of Massage and Bodywork. However, Energy and Light-touch modalities do not, as stated in NJAC 13.37A-1.2, manipulate soft-tissue. This is a misunderstanding of the principles and application of Energy and Light-touch modalities. Therefore, we petition that all Energy and Light-touch practitioners be exempt from the Massage and Bodywork Therapy Licensing Act, Statutes and Regulations.

If Energy and Light-touch modalities are not exempt, the consequences are detrimental to the well-being of NJ residents in the following ways; 1) Loss of jobs for practitioners and small-businesses (which is in direct opposition to New Jersey's small business and job-creation initiatives), 2) depriving the public from access to much-needed services (these therapies are currently offered by independent practitioners and in NJ hospitals to relieve patient stress, decrease pain and recovery times), and 3) depriving people from therapies and education that support healthy lifestyles for NJ residents.

To:
Laura Anderson, Executive Director, Board of Massage Therapy and Bodywork
New Jersey Governor
New Jersey State Senate
New Jersey State House
Exempt Light-Touch & Energy Practitioners from Massage & Bodywork Licensure

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Update: Success!!

      Susan Lieberman
      Petition Organizer

      Dear supporters - We did it! Due to your support and a grassroots effort by practitioners, the NJ Attorney General issued a statement that Energy and Light Touch practitioners do NOT need a license if their practices are not designed nor intended to affect the soft tissues of the body.

      While this is a great first step, the actual regulation has not changed. Therefore, the NJ Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy could at any time revert to its original interpretation that our practitioners need a license.

      The Attorney General's statement also has significant implications for how to practice energy modalities in NJ. The Natural Healing Alliance (NHA) has developed Energy and Light Touch Practice Guidelines to help practitioners safely practice in accordance with the AG's statement. For details on the full statement, practice guidelines, and how to JOIN and support the NHA, visit www.naturalhealingalliance.org/practitioners2.htm.

      Blessings,
      Susan

      Natural Healing Alliance

      Attention Practitioners Download the NJ Attorney General Statement While the statement is great news for NJ practitioners, we want you to be aware that the regulations have not been amended. Until the regulations are amended or a new law is in place, the Board can again interpret the regulations to mean, 'If you touch the body, you require a license.'

    2. Latest Progress Update on Licensure Exemption

      Susan Lieberman
      Petition Organizer

      Hi Friends and Supporters - Your voices are being heard! We have been successful at having the NJ Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy continue to analyze the issue of licensure requirement, specifically with regards to forms of therapy that focus on the energetic system of the body. We're preparing for the next Board meeting on September 25, 2013. Please complete the one question survey at the link below to tell us how you feel. It will take less than a minute!
      http://www.naturalhealingalliance.org/survey_legislation.htm

      Natural Healing Alliance

      The Natural Healing Alliance serves to Unify the Energy and Light-touch Healing Art community by providing legislative updates, education, business support and networking

    3. Reached 4,000 signatures
    4. PROGRESS UPDATE ON LICENSURE EXEMPTION

      Susan Lieberman
      Petition Organizer

      Hi Friends - First, I'd like to say THANK YOU to all our supporters. We now have over 3500 signatures! Because of you, we were able to get on the Agenda of the 7/24/13 meeting of the NJ Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy. There were many energy and light touch practitioners that attended the meeting and spoke passionately about energy work not being massage or manipulation of soft tissue. We have definitely made our voices heard, but the Board gave no indication so far about an exemption, so our efforts MUST continue! If the regulations remain in their current form, it will require licensure and deprive both practitioners of their livilihoods and the public of these valuable healing services.

      You can still help by visiting and JOINING (for FREE) the Natural Healing Alliance, which has been formed as a unified, independed voice for all healing practitioners and the public. You can get more information at: www.naturalhealingalliance.org.

      Natural Healing Alliance

      Help us exempt Practitioners of Light-touch Natural Healing Modalities* from the NJ Massage and Bodywork Therapist Act. Practitioners! Attend the Next Board Meeting!

    5. Reached 3,000 signatures
    6. Update: Exempt Light Touch/Energy Practitioners from Massage Licensure

      Susan Lieberman
      Petition Organizer

      Hello Friends - We now have over 1000 signatures because of you! Thank you for your support!

      Our next goal is to get to 1500. We need to continue to get more signatures. Post on FB, and ask your family and friends to sign. Why is this so important? The regulation that makes it a criminal action to practice energy work using touch without a massage license goes into affect as of 8/30/13. More than ever, we need to make our voices heard. The consequence of this misguided regulation will be to deprive NJ residents of much needed healing that conventional medicine sometimes can't effectively provide - physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It will also deprive practitioners in these healing modalities of their livelihoods.

      Please also write and call your NJ legislators. It's most effective when they receive public feedback from many sources. You can find your NJ reps at www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch.asp. Blessings - Susan

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    7. Reached 1,000 signatures
    8. Exempt Light Touch/Energy Practitioners From Massage Licensure

      Susan Lieberman
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to all the supporters - we've got a great start! After the first full day of the petition, we have 113 signatures. We need MANY more! Please ask your friends, family and those who have been helped by JSJ, HT, and other energetic practices to sign the petition, too. You can do this by emailing them the link, using Facebook to share the link publicly, etc. Let them know that the issue is that we're not massage therapists. It would be very difficult, expensive and time consuming for us to obtain a massage license for something that we don't do and techniques we don't use! This could put many out of business with the loss of jobs, and deprive the public of much needed healing services.

      I'll be keeping you informed of how it goes. Also, remember to write your comments about why this is important to you. We can share this with the NJ Board of Massage and Bodywork, too.
      Blessings and Many Thanks!

    9. Reached 100 signatures

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    • John Macedo, Jr. LINCROFT, NJ
      • about 1 month ago

      I have been practicing Reiki since 1994 and energy work since before that.

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    • Tanya Atwood-Adams FAYETTEVILLE, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      energy practice and light-touch is a beneficial therapy, just ask the recipients

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    • Anita Griego ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • about 1 month ago

      I do both soft tissue manipulation (massage), and energy work. They are different modalities and should be treated as such.

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    • Penny Fuller STERLING, VA
      • 2 months ago

      I am a Reiki Practitioner. Reiki is not the same as massage therapy. There is no tissue manipulation. The definition used in this legislation in no way represents what I do in my practice. I am not in favor of legislating because you lack understanding and just lump everything together. We have many practitioners willing to freely offer their time if you would like to experience the difference.

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    • Margaret Dexter CHATTANOOGA, TN
      • 2 months ago

      I have been a Reiki practitioner since 1996 and a Reiki Master Teacher 1995. Reiki never does harm. It does not require a license. And it whould not be included massage and other modalities that need to be licenses to assure no one gets hurt. Including these therapies in a law for massage unnecessarily limits who can practice a very powerful spiritual practice known as Reiki.

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