The Naprapathic Medical Manual Therapists do not have a license in Michigan yet because Blue Heron Academy saw fit to make sure the massage therapists in Michigan had a license before us, even though the school prides itself, rightly so, on teaching the Chicago school of Naprapathic Manual Therapy. It does not and did not teach me one massage therapy stroke. I’m not sure what it teaches now.
I and and a handful of peers in the state practice what we were taught by Doc and John in 2002 and never touch the oil bottle nor practice massage therapy. We are not massage therapists and our certificates and hours of training and technique prove it!
I am now working with the Michigan BBB to rescind the Grand Rapids ordinance 254 (Google it and read it) that allows masseuse to get an STD test and open up shop. As well, they can study anywhere for 6 months and get a state license. So, it was a business decision on the part of BHA to go that route and lobby for the masseuse. I can’t overstate how much I disagree with that decision but I was just a student at the time.
I and my peers studied for four years or more to practice at the standard of the Naprapathic Doctors in Chicago and Ohio. To that end, we need our own license and education standards. Hopefully the BBB can help. WE DO NOT PRACTICE THE WAY M.T., P.T., or Chiropractors DO AND OUR TECHNIQUE IS UNIQUE. Neither are we Rolfers.
This is about better business and education of the public in Michigan. They need to know the difference between legitimate relaxation or esoteric massage, prostitution massage, P.T. manual therapy or Naprapathic Manual Therapy. And do the legitimate, helpful massage therapists want to be included under a massage therapy license that legitimizes prostitution? I don’t know. That is for them to answer and for the Governor to be aware.
They have a right to know what service they’re getting and how it will feel and the outcome. Everyone wants something different which is fine. But then we need different education and licensing and to use different names to do what we do.
Thank you Wendell Gafford at BBB of Michigan for hearing me out and helping to proceed forward in Michigan for a better holistic medicine environment and to keep costs down and safety up.
One last thing. The oldest profession in the world is not prostitution but motherhood. Anthropology has shown that mothers massaging and tending to their children is how massage began, not through giving sexual pleasure outside of an emotional or spiritual bond.
Bodyworkers are called to be about LOVE and HEALING for at heart we are first and foremost children of God, called to have children and nurture children and our families. Sexuality is great, of course, but it’s my personal belief that it belongs in a context of love, at least it does for me. These days that is very, very long shot. In my office, my patients are safe. I have firm boundaries in place that are challenged often.