Oppose S. 168, An Act Regulating Bodyworks
S.168 is a bill that has been filed in the Massachusetts legislature by Senator Montigny under the guise of a solution to end human trafficking. The bill, if passed, would require professional licensure for more than 200 alternative and complementary holistic modalities and offers no direct route to licensure. In addition, S.168 would dramatically reduce healthcare options for the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The bill redefines holistic healthcare occupations as bodywork and affects all modalities that direct movement or work with energy. The bill proposes a Board of Massage Therapy and Bodywork that would have three massage therapists and two bodywork professionals on it. These two bodyworkers would have to set the educational requirements of more than 200 holistic disciplines. In addition, professionals can only become licensed if they take courses at state licensed schools. There are currently no state licensed schools that offer courses in the majority of these disciplines.
S.168 is currently with the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. A Public Hearing has been proposed for this fall.
What You Can Do
• Call, email or visit with your personal legislators at their town locations. Find them at MALegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator.
• Call and email the members of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. Find them at MALegislature.gov/Committees/Detail/J17/191.
• Give written testimony that will be provided to the Committee for the Public Hearing. A wide variety of stories is needed such as your successful use of your modality, success stories about your clients, names redacted, how, if passed, this bill would hurt your family financially as you would be unable to practice your modality. Include with each testimony: name, professional affiliation, if applicable, email address, street address, town, state and zip, phone number. Email written testimonies to Rita Glassman, executive director, MA Coalition of Holistic Practitioners, at email@example.com.
• Attend the public hearing and give testimony in person. Oral testimony is limited to two minutes in length. Please let us know if you would be willing to give oral testimony.