Did you know the massage profession will now be regulated by Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR)? What does this mean for the consumer in Texas?
For the Public:
TDLR will have more inspector for Dallas area then the Department of State Health Service (old regulatory agency) had for the entire state. All massage therapists must be licensed with 500 hours of in-school massage education at state licensed school. Licensed therapists are insured (not required) and have been trained in anatomy and physiology, pathology, kinesiology, sanitation requirements and ethical boundaries along with hundreds of hours supervised instruction and clinical training in massage before providing treatments to the consumer. If a person giving a massage is not licensed and injury’s a client they do not have insurance and filing a complaint with the state will have little results. It is true all massages and massage therapist are not the same, so if you received a massage and it really didn’t make a difference try another therapist, some therapists unfortunately care less than others about providing a quality massage based on the customers desires. Regulation is for the protection of the public, but getting a massage from person who is not licensed who does not have laws and regulation to follow puts the consumer at risk of injury or unethical behavior. Regulation does not prevent unethical behavior but scheduling with a licensed massage therapist provides more security knowing if you experience a situation you are able to file a complaint and actually have someone to investigate the practitioner.
Russell Rust: Licensed Massage Therapist 1994
Owner: Hands on Approach School of Massage 1998
President: American Massage Therapy Association, Texas
Massage Advisory Board Member: Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation