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NEWS UPDATE :: August 31, 2013

It has come to our attention that the ABMP has sent its members an email indicating that a massage license is not required for NJ Reiki practitioners. Read the email here. While this is technically accurate, we want to provide you with a broader understanding and update since the March, 2013 Board meeting.

Two items were discussed at the July, 2013 meeting of the NJ Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy that may pertain to Reiki:
  1. The hand-out distributed at the meeting clearly indicated that "a person who provides an energy therapy that involves touching the client in any way is engaged in massage and bodywork therapy and must obtain a license from the Board".

  2. When the Reiki exemption in the September, 2012 Minutes was brought to the attention of the Board, Charles Manning, Regulatory Analyst, responded, "We will amend that". We are not clear as to whether he meant the minutes would be amended to specify hands-off Reiki only as requiring a license, roHowever, as of September 1, 2013, the Minutes have not been amended.
As you are aware, the August 2013 meeting was cancelled. The cancellation notice indicated "there has been confusion regarding the forms of touch therapy that are subject to the requirement to obtain a license, specifically with regards to forms of therapy that focus on the energetic system of the body. The Board continues to analyze this issue..."

We encourage Reiki practitioners to come to the next Board meeting on Wednesday, September 25, 9am at 124 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ to ask for clarification. Please pass this email on to any of your Reiki colleagues and join the Natural Healing Alliance (www.naturalhealingalliance.org) to stay informed.

The Statutes and Regulations, and the Minutes from the September 2012 meeting stating that Reiki is exempt from P.L.2007,c. 337, the "Massage and Bodywork Therapist Act" have been reinstated on the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs website.
Read the Statutes and Regulations here

In regards to Reiki, we still do not know whether Reiki practitioners will need a license in the future. All other practitioners, please be advised that the appilcation for the "Current Practitioner" status expired after August 30, 2013. The Board has given no indication that they will extend the deadline. As per the regulations, these are now the options to apply for licensing:
  1. EDUCATION: This option requires 500 hours of massage & bodywork education through an accredited NJ state school. (No time limit)
  2. EXAMINATION: For practitioners with no massage training, the MBLEx (https://fsmtb.org/content/?id=app) is the only viable option. (No time limit)
  3. ENDORSEMENT: This option is for practitioners who are licensed or certified in massage and bodywork in another state. (No time limit)
If you are considering taking the MBLEx, you can find free sample test questions at www.mblexstudyguide.com.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and/or visit the Natural Healing Alliance website at: www.naturalhealingalliance.org.

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