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IGM®Therapeutic Acupressure was the first alternative modality to be invited

to present at Grand Round Presentation at the National Institute of Health, in October, 2003.


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The benefits of using IGM® include relieving pain, balancing the body and maintaining good health. IGM® Therapeutic Acupressure reduces tension and enables the body to relax deeply. By relieving stress, acupressure therapy strengthens resistance to disease and promotes wellness.

IGM® sessions have aided in the relief of:

  • High blood pressure
  • Digestive disorders
  • Back pain and lower back pain
  • Chemotherapy and cancer
  • Migraine and tension headaches
  • Chronic pain, joint, and muscular disease
  • Sports injuries

ATTENTION ALL IGM THERAPEUTIC ACUPRESSURE PRACTITIONERS, ENERGY WORKERS & LIGHT TOUCH THERAPY PRACTITIONERS:

 

We need your help! Please take a moment to read the information provided below.

Gov. Christie, NJ Legislators, NJ Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy: Exempt Light-touch & Energy Practitioners from Massage & Bodywork Licensure

Since the enactment of the Massage and Bodywork Therapist Act, NJSA 45:11-53 et seq, which became effective September 4, 2012, there have been efforts to include Acupressure, Energy and Light-touch modalities within the definition of “massage and bodywork” set forth under the Act. But this reflects the New Jersey legislature’s misunderstanding of the principles and application of Acupressure, Energy and Light-touch modalities. Acupressure, Energy and Light-touch modalities do not fit within the definition of “massage and bodywork’ because they do not manipulate soft-tissue. Therefore, we petition that all Acupressure, Energy and Light-touch practitioners be exempt from the Massage and Bodywork Therapy Licensing Act, Statutes and Regulations.

If Acupressure, Energy and Light-touch modalities are not exempt, the consequences are detrimental to the well-being of NJ residents in the following ways; 1) Loss of jobs for practitioners and small-businesses (which is in direct opposition to New Jersey's small business and job-creation initiatives), 2) depriving the public from access to much-needed services (these therapies are currently offered by independent practitioners and in NJ hospitals to relieve patient stress, decrease pain and recovery times), and 3) depriving people from therapies and education that support healthy lifestyles for NJ residents.

There is an online petition that you can sign to help our voices be heard.

http://www.change.org/petitions/gov-christie-nj-legislators-nj-board-of-massage-bodywork-therapy-exempt-light-touch-energy-practitioners-from-massage-bodywork-licensure?utm_source=supporter_message&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition_message_notice

We need to continue to get more signatures. Post on FB, and ask your family and friends to sign. Why is this so important? The Act that makes it unlawful to practice acupressure, energy and light-touch work without a massage license went into effect on September 4, 2012, and a provision of the law grandfathering certain practitioners from having to meet the strict new licensure requirements is set to expire on August 30, 2013. More than ever, we need to make our voices heard. The consequence of this misguided regulation will be to deprive NJ residents of much needed healing that conventional medicine sometimes can't effectively provide - physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It will also deprive practitioners in these healing modalities of their livelihoods.

Please also write and call your NJ legislators. It's most effective when they receive public feedback from many sources. You can find your NJ reps at www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch.asp.

Sample Letter:

To:
The Governor of NJ
The NJ State Senate
The NJ State House
Laura Anderson, Executive Director, Board of Massage Therapy and Bodywork

Exempt Light-Touch & Energy Practitioners from Massage & Bodywork Licensure

Sincerely,
[Your name]

 

 

As you may already know, the New Jersey Massage and Bodywork Therapist Act, which became effective on September 4, 2012, requires any person engaged in the practice of massage and bodywork therapy to hold a license issued by the New Jersey Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy. N.J.S. A. 45:11-53 et seq. The licensure requirements extends to a broad range of therapies, including massage, bodywork, energy work, touch therapy, cranial sacral work, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Jin Shin Do, shiatsu, acupressure, nuad bo’rarn, amma, anma, chi nei tsang, tuina, polarity therapy and to practitioners whose title contain any of the abbreviations MT, BT, MBT, MBST, CMBT, COBT, CMT, LBT, LMBST, LOMBT, LABT, LOBT, AB, ABT, OB, RPP OR LMT or similar abbreviations determined by the Board.

Under the New Jersey licensure law, persons practicing full time in the field of massage or bodywork for at least two years prior to September 4, 2012, or part-time for at least five years prior to September 4, 2012, and who have 200 hours of approved education in massage or bodywork therapies may acquire a license without having to satisfy the new education or examination requirement. However, that exemption will expire on August 30, 2013. Thereafter, all applicants for license in massage and bodywork therapies must complete a minimum of 500 hours of Board-approved class study in the field of massage and bodywork therapies, or successfully complete a written examination.

If you are seeking a New Jersey license to practice any of the therapeutic methods listed above, you must submit an application to the Board of Massage and Bodywork therapy and fulfill the class study requirement. However, your IGM Therapeutic Acupressure course certificate was issued by the class instructor and not by the State of New Jersey. The Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy has the sole authority to determine whether or not the IGM Therapeutic Acupressure course will count toward the minimum hours of class study required to obtain a license to practice these therapies in New Jersey.

Any inquires regarding massage and bodywork therapy licensure requirements should be directed to the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs or similar agency in your Staten of practice.

 

 

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