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Florida Voting Guide PIP and Massage

Florida PIP Legislation that Removed Massage Therapy. Below you will see how all of the House and Senate candidates voted in 2012. If they voted YES (Y) that means they voted with Governor Scott and against massage. If they voted NO (N) they voted in favor of massage. Please make an informed choice when you go to the polls to vote for your representatives.

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How Do Transgender Massage Therapists Fit In?

Author's Note: This topic has proven to be even more controversial than I expected when I first  authored this blog. The idea came to me on a whim and I did not put too much thought or research into it. Please, as you read this bear in mind that I am just raising the discussion out of intellectual curiosity and all of these situations are purely hypothetical - I'm not making any grand or definitive policy statements and do not condone any forms of discrimination! D.M.

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Open Letter to FSMTA President Regarding Governor's Race

Dear President Carr, As you know, great harm was done to massage therapists last year with the passage of "PIP Reform". I was very vocal during the lead up to the vote, having a letter published in the Miami Herald and disseminating information to my network of clients and therapists. Some other efforts were made on the part of the FSMTA including, in my opinion, some very weak lobbying from the former FSMTA lobbyists ( I watched all of the sessions online and saw it for myself). Any other ef

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Letter to Charlie Crist Florida Governor Campaign on PIP and Massage

Dear Crist Campaign, I am wondering what Mr. Crist's position is with respect to changes to the PIP laws last year, passed by one vote and pushed through by Gov. Scott, which took aim directly at Massage Therapists and Acupuncturists, as well as to a lesser degree Chiropractors. Instead of fighting fraud by going after criminals, the law excluded massage therapists from participating at all in the PIP system. Now people who are injured in car accidents with Florida policies can't get massa

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Mobile Massage On Demand? Is This the Future of In Home Massage?

Lately I've been noticing a number of companies sprouting up that claim to provide "massage on-demand”. "Get a massage therapist to your door in one hour" they claim. What these companies have in common is that they rely almost completely on technology, including not only their website but various mobile applications that people can use to order up their massage. In a perfect world it would be great if you could get a massage therapist to your door in an hour consistently who

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"Outrage" Over Redbook Massage Article - Relax Folks!

A response to the response to the Redbook Massage article Even Massage Therapists Need to Loosen Up Sometimes! By Daniel Melmed Owner & Founder, Body Well Therapy Recently Redbook Magazine caused quite a stir when they published an article in which a married woman confessed to arranging for "happy ending" massages with an unlicensed male "massage therapist" in New York. In

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How to Choose a Mobile Massage Therapist

by Daniel Melmed, LMT Owner & Founder, Body Well How to Choose a Mobile Massage Therapist (Part 1) Each year more people are discovering the benefits of massage therapy and making it a component of their wellness programs. As demand for the service has grown, so too has the need for massage therapists to perform these services. People from all ages and walks of life are enrolling in massage therapy programs, receiving their licensees and e

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Fairfax Massage Regulations: Time for Reform

by Daniel Melmed Update 6/18/14: In response to my letters, I was contacted by the Chief of Regulation and Licensing in Fairfax County, Virginia. She provided much useful information in response to my concerns. As I indicated in my initial post below, I needed to do some more research. What I've learned is that Fairfax County, while optional according to Virginia law, regulates many other industries in a similar fashion to massage therapists. Therefore, it is difficult to

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Why are Insurance Companies Anti-Massage?

Why are Insurance Companies Anti-Massage? A Perspective on Healthcare Reform and Massage I watched an interesting program on PBS the other night about health care reform. There were representatives from different areas, including an MD, a hospital administrator, professors, lawyers, and a representative from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida (BCBS). While watching, something interesting struck my attention. The first topic which everyone on the panel agreed upon, was that wellness and p

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Yes, I'm saying "Thank You" to Massage Envy.

Why I'm saying "Thank You" to Massage Envy. And meaning it! As with most things in life, not everything is "black and white." This is no different in the case of my opinion of Massage Envy. Ask almost anyone in the massage therapy industry what they think about Massage Envy and 99% of the time they are going to have a strong opinion one way or the other. I myself wrote extensively about my opinion on the franchise in a past blog on this website, and for the most

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