About ME Chapter

AMTA Maine Chapter’s Mission and Purpose


 

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is a non-profit 501(c)(6) company representing more than 58,000 massage therapists nationwide. Our Maine Chapter proudly supports 622 members practicing in our state. Our Chapter provides: exceptional continuing education opportunities three times each year, encourages networking and social opportunities, reports any legislative changes and requirements within our profession and works hard to educate our communities about the benefits of receiving skilled massage. Please feel free to contact any of our Chapter Board members.

 

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To read about what is going on in all areas of the chapter follow this link to read the Board meeting minutes:

Board Meeting Minutes

For specific on the Education and links to registration follow this link to the Events page:

Events

For specifics about the Government Relations Committee and to read the minutes from their meeting use this link to the GRC page:

Government Relations

For more fun stuff, interviews with members and trainers, member creations, special stories of service, health tips, things of local interest, and member Q&A check out the newsletters.

Newsletters

 

Government Relations Committee:

 

LD 330   The new bill LD 330 which moves to protect the public from untrained people practicing “massage” and possibly causing injury to consumers is now in the Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance, & Finance.

How to follow bill LD 330 – it appears that we can’t follow the bill itself except manually. But we can sign up for the mailing list from the Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance, & Finance. This will give one lots of updated emails to your email inbox.

There are 13 legislators on the committee, a clerk and 2 analysts. We will make a list of them and the area they are from, from the maine.gov site, so people can see if their legislators are on this committee and be encouraged to contact them.. Tarnya has a spread sheet for 151 representatives from maine.gov. There is one for Senators as well.

LD 1036, the bill that would have eliminated LMT licensure, had an open hearing in Augusta in the spring of 2017, which Kelly LeCroix and six other members attended and spoke at.  The status of the bill was then changed to “Ought Not To Pass” out of the State Appropriations and Financial Affairs committee; Later in 2017, LD 1036 bill did not pass the legislature.

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LD 390, the bill which would have placed a 5.5% sales tax on each massage session, was changed.  In 2017 the state legislators voted to remove the taxation element of LD-390.The LD 390 was the State budget, and the tax part and maybe several other parts were holding things up causing a government shutdown.  So that is why they removed the taxation element from the bill. It doesn’t mean they will not try to get it through again at a later date. One thing that could stop us from getting taxed in the future is to get health practitioner status, which many states have for massage therapy.   Wendy Decker from this committee believes this can be accomplished by either writing it into our licensing law or massage therapists being under the health and human services Board.

Thank you to everyone who wrote or called their State legislators asking they vote down these bills, and to those who worked on the committee and attended the hearing.  Good job, everyone

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If you ever need to contact your legislators you can start here:

CONTACT SENATORS:  3 State House Station,  Augusta, 04333-0003, or 1-800-423-6900;

CONTACT REPRESENTATIVES:  2 State House  Station, Augusta, 04333-0002, or 1-800-423-2900.

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There have been questions about which bodywork practitioners are required to have massage licenses.  The following section of the Maine law speaks to that:

Exemptions to registration or certification

  1. Other professionals. This chapter does not apply to the activities or services of members of other professions licensed, certified or registered by the State, including, but not limited to, physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists, cosmetologists or registered nurses performing soft tissue manipulation consistent with the laws of the State governing their practices, provided they do not use the title “massage therapist” or “massage practitioner.”
[ 1993, c. 245, §8 (AMD) .]
  1. Other exemptions.  This chapter does not apply to the activities and services of individuals who practice other forms of tissue work exclusive of massage therapy, such as rolfing, Trager, reflexology, Shiatsu, Reiki and polarity, if those practitioners do not use the title “massage therapist” or “massage practitioner,” unless they choose to meet the requirements of this chapter.

A copy of the present state law governing massage therapy is can be found on the state website.  The contact information for the Massage Therapy Licensing is

Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation

207-624-8603

Gardiner Annex 76 Northern Ave, Gardiner, ME

35 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333

http://www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/massage/index.html

Maine Massage Therapy License Renewal
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If you have forgotten when your license needs to be renewed go to:
search for your name, then click on the result and the system will show you your renewal date.
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We can not stress the importance of timely renewal.  The state is very hard on those who have let their license lapse as some of our members can attest.
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Another useful contact is:
Maine Department of Labor
207-623-7900
45 Commerce Drive

Augusta, Maine

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PO Box 259

Augusta, ME 04330

 

 

 

 

 

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