Continue to make seeing a massage therapist safe in Arizona!
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HB 2409 proposes to repeal state regulation of Massage Therapy in Arizona. This irresponsible and reckless bill would mean that anyone could claim to be a massage therapist and claim to practice massage therapy anywhere in the state of Arizona without a license creating a mechanism in place for predatory and illegal practices with little to no accountability or recourse. Legal recognition of the practice of Massage Therapy and clearly stated requirements to practice are absolutely essential to the health, protection, safety and welfare of the public.
We need your help to stop this bill now!
Please email the primary sponsor of the bill Representative Paul Mosley at firstname.lastname@example.org and the Chair of the Health Committee, Representative Heather Carter at email@example.com.
You many also blind copy the Executive Director of the Massage Therapy Board, Ryan Edmonson at firstname.lastname@example.org and the Executive Director of the Arizona Private School Association at email@example.com.
Please forward to everyone and anyone you know to help support.
I’ve included my letter below, please feel free to copy, share or use in any way you see fit.
Thank you so much!
Dear Representative Mosley and Dear Representative Carter:
This letter serves to oppose HB 2409 which proposes to repeal Massage Therapy regulation in the state of Arizona.
The Arizona Board of Massage Therapy is an absolute necessity to ensure the public’s safety, protect the public’s interest and promote accountability. Deregulation of massage therapy is reckless and irresponsible and puts the public at great risk for physical harm, emotional, psychological and sexual abuse especially for our most vulnerable populations including children, seniors and the disabled who may lack the voice to protest and protect themselves.
Massage Therapy requires the consumer to disrobe under the sheets creating a power differential; one which puts the consumer in a position of vulnerability and the therapist in a position of power which is a huge responsibility. That responsibility should only be entrusted to a licensed and regulated professional.
As Massage Therapy can be provided in many environments including one’s home, it is essential that there is no inadvertent mechanism in place for predatory and illegal practices to be disguised in massage therapy including prostitution, human trafficking, drug trafficking, rape, assault, burglary and the like.
Failure to regulate the Massage Therapy profession disempowers the public from being informed on the responsibilities and services of a massage therapist. In addition, there will no longer be a venue for consumers to research and seek out a qualified Massage Therapist that does not possess a criminal background. More importantly, regulation empowers consumers with recourse by enforcing disciplinary actions against those who chose to disobey the law which can only be done by states that recognize Massage Therapy in their statutes.
It should be also be noted that if a massage therapy license is revoked in another jurisdiction, there will no longer be a mechanism in place for reporting to protect the public.
Regulation of the Massage Therapy profession protects the public by establishing a consistent standard of practice which is enforceable by professional standards of ethics. Legal recognition of the practice of Massage Therapy and clearly stated requirements to practice are absolutely essential to the health, protection, safety and welfare of the public.
Please stop this reckless and irresponsible bill.
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