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Comment on the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) Model Practice Act (MPA)
Where to Comment:
The FSMTB will only accept public comment through this link to their website: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yaAVt_nGJiH0qa4DVqhArlzUpdv-HD9OBBA9ZrynzSw/viewform.
How to Respond
Suggestions for Comments:
Sample Comment for Section 104 of the FSMTB Model Practice Act
I am opposed to the removal of provisions for exempting Feldenkrais practitioners from the MPA.
The practice of the Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education is distinct, and fundamentally different from the practice of massage therapy. The Feldenkrais Method is a learning process. Feldenkrais® practitioners help their students become aware of existing movement patterns, and guide the discovery of additional possibilities. Many Feldenkrais lessons do not involve touch at all. In lessons that do involve touch, the student is clothed and the intent of the touch is to promote self-awareness and learning through movement. Like many forms of learning that include some element of touch—for example, golf or music instruction, the touch is gentle, non-invasive, and non-corrective.
The educational methods for training Feldenkrais practitioners are entirely different than those provided in massage therapy education programs, and massage therapy educational programs require training that is not necessary for practice of the Feldenkrais Method. The job tasks performed by massage therapists are substantially different from those who are certified Feldenkrais practitioners.
The Feldenkrais Guild has set standards for the practice of the Feldenkrais Method since 1977. In the United States, practitioners must graduate from an accredited Feldenkrais training, must be certified by FGNA, and must fulfill continuing competency requirements for annual certification renewal.
Massage Therapy Boards are not qualified to review or approve educational standards for the practice of the Feldenkrais Method and the FSMTB is not qualified to develop or administer assessments forFeldenkrais practitioners.
For these reasons, the practice of the Feldenkrais Method should not be regulated in state massage practice acts. I strongly oppose the removal of provisions for exempting Feldenkrais practitioners from the MPA as unfair and a move that would create problems that exemptions have solved.