NHA - Natural Healing Alliance
Representing New Jersey Energy and Light-Touch Practitioners
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NATURAL HEALING ALLIANCE NEWS
For Natural Healing Practitioners by Natural Healing Practitioners


THE OCTOBER 23 MEETING
NHA Community! Bravo! High Fives all around. Thank you for all your support, prayers, participation and advice. What happened at the meeting is nothing short of miraculous: Regulatory Analyst Charles Manning presented a statement that began with the following;

"The Attorney General has provided an opinion, which has been shared with the Board, that an individual offering "energy therapy" including "light touch" and "gentle touch" does not need to obtain a license if s/he does not 1) Engage in structured touch to affect the soft tissue of the body; and 2) Hold him/herself out as engaging in massage and bodywork therapy, either expressly or impliedly."



HOW THIS AFFECTS YOUR PRACTICE
This means that if you are practicing a modality that includes gentle or light touch but is not designed to massage or affect or manipulate soft-tissue, nor do you intend to affect the soft tissue, you do not require a license from the NJ Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy.

Based on what we heard at the meeting, our interpretation of the NJ Attorney General's statement and the Statutes (law) and Regulations, we offer the Energy & Light-Touch Practice Guidelines to help you. Please note this is not legal advice:


RESCINDING YOUR LICENSE APPLICATION
If you wish to rescind your license application, send a letter to the NJ Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy asking to rescind your application and to fully refund you the $75 license application fee. For your convenience, here is the address:

NJ Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy
ATT: Laura Anderson
Executive Director
PO Box 47032
Newark, NJ 07101


NEXT STEPS
What we received was not a change to the regulation or law, but only a statement that the Board asserted would be put in the meeting minutes. We noticed the statement was not on the Board's letterhead and at the time of writing it has not yet been incorporated into published meeting minutes. Therefore;

SHORT-TERM
Our short-term goal is to ensure the Attorney General's stance is reflected in the meeting minutes.

LONG-TERM
Our next step towards our long-term goal for health freedom is to ensure the regulations/laws are amended to reflect this stance so the Board can not rescind the statement we received, or we create a new law.


NHA IS NOW A NOT-FOR-PROFIT TRADE ASSOCIATION!
In order to best serve our community, we have established a 501(c)6 not-for-profit trade association. Visit the NHA website at www.naturalhealingalliance.org.

Our research showed us that a 501(c)3, charitable organization, would not suit our needs because it did not give us the flexibility to lobby the legislature. A 501(c)6 trade organization, on the other hand, allows us to accept donations and to lobby. It takes considerable human and financial resources for operational and lobbying expenses. Thank you to everyone who has generously offered to donate. We are thrilled to announce:


This experience has taught us that Natural Healing Practitioners need to advocate for Natural Healing Practitioners. The outcome from the October 23 meeting was accomplished because of a grassroots effort without the assistance of any outside trade association. Go Team! The NHA is working to continue supporting the Natural Healing and Complementary & Alternative Medicine community by offering association benefits in the near future such as;
  • Practitioner Insurance
  • Business & Networking Support
  • Lobbying for the Benefit of CAM Practitioners
Stay tuned for more information!


HOW YOU CAN HELP!
  1. Numbers are power, help spread awareness by reaching more people. In order for the NHA to be successful, please pass this email along to your colleagues and encourage them to join the Natural Healing Alliance.
  2. Changing the law and regulations takes human and financial resources. Until we can accept online donations, DONATE by contacting us at info@naturalhealingalliance.org.
  3. We are looking for people who are willing to volunteer their expertise - legal, marketing, educational, legislative and not-for-profit business development. Contact us at info@naturalhealingalliance.org.
We remain committed to the cause and working for our community.

Susan & Andrea
The Natural Healing Alliance


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DISCLAIMER. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. The Natural Healing Alliance is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not legal advice, nor do we make any representation of the accuracy of the website content, or that it accurately represents federal and state laws, statutes and regulations. We advise that you contact the NJ Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy to ascertain how the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Act applies in your specific situation and modality. You may also wish to contact your own personal legal counsel. The views expressed on this site represent those of the Natural Healing Alliance and no other group, association, organization, or the NJ Department of Consumer Affairs.


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