Did you know that thirty-nine states in the United States require practicing massage therapists to be licensed and or nationally certified? The state of Minnesota, however, is one of the eleven states that does not currently have a statewide licensing board, nor do they require massage therapists to be nationally certified.
Paul and Rita Scholl, owners and massage therapists at Living Touch Massage in Bemidji, are a “test above the rest." They both earned certificates from the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB).
Although it is not required by the state of Minnesota to be nationally certified to practice massage therapy, Paul knew both the business and their clients would benefit greatly from being nationally certified.
“We want our clients to feel they are in safe, comforting hands, when they come to us,” Paul said. “Both Rita and I are certified by the NCBTMB.”
“The NCBTMB stands for a commitment to excellence,” commented Paul. “To be nationally certified means as practitioners, we hold the core skills and knowledge needed to effectively and accurately help our clients.”
There are seven requirements a massage therapist, who wishes to be national board certified must meet. They are as follows, according to NCBTMB.org:
Clients who choose practitioners, such as Living Touch Massage, who have been national certified, can feel confident they have chosen a massage therapist who is competent and understanding of their needs. Those who are certified are also required to continue their education, in order remain at the top of their profession as well as offering the best possible therapy for their clientele.
The NCBTMB certification program not only holds its members to high ethical and practicing standards, it also teaches its practitioners therapy from Eastern and Western practices, which includes: deep tissue, prenatal, orthopedic, Swedish massage, shiatsu, neuromuscular therapy and more.
Rita, massage therapist at Living Touch Massage, is not only national board certified by the NCTMB, but she is also certified as a Lymphatic Therapist. She trained in the Vodder Technique of Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy.
Both Paul and Rita are NCBTMB trained in prenatal, deep tissue massage, therapeutic, restorative, chair massage , Myofascial massage and release, Swedish Massage and thai medical massage.
Because many first time clients do not know what to ask for or what to expect during their first session, they want comfort and relaxation. Clients who choose national board certified massage therapists can assured be they are in the best hands.
“Sometimes, clients do not know what they want or need in a massage,” Rita said. “We are able to sit down with them when they come in and discuss and assess the type of therapy that best suits their needs.”
Certification from the NCBTMB means practitioners of massage therapy are ethical, knowledgeable and caring towards their clients.
In the 17th annual consumer survey, sponsored by the American Massage Therapy Association, seventy-five percent of the total amount of individuals surveyed listed a medical reason as their reason for getting a massage in the last twelve months. A list of medical reasons listed from the survey are: soreness, injury recovery, stiffness or spasms, migraines, pain relief and well- being.
If you or someone you know is seeking a quality massage from a caring and professional massage therapist, call or text Paul and Rita at (218)-368-2963 or (218)-368-2964 to book your appointment at Living Touch Massage.