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Κυριακή, 2 Φεβρουαρίου 2014

Is Hours and Hours of Education Really the Answer?

From across the Atlantic, but change the word massage too reflexology and answer the question.

By Ralph Stephens, BS, LMT, NCTMB
A small but influential group of people in our field have wrapped their brains around the idea that we must increase the number of entry-level education hours to elevate our standing with the public and get massage therapy incorporated into mainstream healthcare. This is only a theory and one that is not substantiated by evidence.

It is time to take a good look at the ramifications of such a decision. A curriculum with more clock hours is going to cost all parties involved more money. 

Are hospitals, chiropractors, clinics, spas and cruise ships going to raise the compensation paid to massage therapists because they have more hours of training? Will the public pay 50% more for massage because the therapist has, say 750 hours instead of 500? Will the marketplace support increased prices for massage? The real-world perspective is a resounding "NO."

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