Has massage become a commodity?

The industry of massage therapy has come a long way in the past 20 years or so. Like any industry, ours has evolved. Most growing industries mature and evolve in both positive and negative ways. This is certainly true for therapeutic massage and in particular mobile massage. As the demand…

Why Massage Therapist Liability Insurance Matters.

Why massage therapist liability insurance matters. When it comes to finding and selecting a Massage Therapist, people have more choices than ever. When researching which therapist, spa or service to utilize, the information a consumer would gather will generally fall into two separate categories (I’ll be focusing on the latter):…

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…

How Do Transgender Massage Therapists Fit In?

Author’s Note: This topic has proven to be more controversial than I expected when I first authored this blog. The idea to explore issues surrounding transgender massage therapists came to me on a whim and I did not put too much thought or research into it. That said, I think this…

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….

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…

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…

“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 a Redbook Magazine article caused quite a stir when they published an article in which a married woman confessed to arranging for…

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…

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…