ATTENTION ALL REIKI PRACTITIONERS
A hearing date, OCTOBER 28TH, has been announced for Mass bill S 168
“An Act Regulating Bodyworks.” The fate of Reiki in Massachusetts
will be decided on that date. If this bill were to pass, it would
become ILLEGAL for you to practice Reiki without a license. LICENSES
ARE EXPENSIVE AND YOU WOULD NEED TO START YOUR EDUCATION AGAIN FROM
SCRATCH. WE NEED YOUR HELP TO STOP THIS HORRIBLE BILL! Not enough
practitioners have taken the time to contact their legislators. It is
CRUCIAL FOR YOU TO ACT NOW. EVERYONE COUNTS. LEGISLATORS NEED TO
HEAR FROM YOU NOW. THE FATE OF REIKI IS IN YOUR HANDS.
Hearing Date: Monday, October 28
Hearing Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hearing Location: Gardiner Auditorium
Boston State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02133
What YOU Can Do To Help SAVE REIKI in Massachusetts
Attend the Public Hearing and give support to the individuals
testifying. (We need a very large crowd to attend to show a strong
opposition) Give oral testimony which is limited to three minutes
in length in opposition to S.168. (See attached Giving Testimony
Instructions and Testimony Worksheet) Prepare written testimony
and submit it at the Public Hearing Prepare written testimony and
email it to the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and
Professional Licensure (email addresses below):
S.168 is a bill that has been filed in the Massachusetts legislature
by Senator Montigny under the guise of a solution to end human
trafficking. The bill, if passed, would require professional
licensure for more than 200 alternative and complementary holistic
modalities, and offers no direct route to licensure. In addition,
S.168 would dramatically reduce healthcare options for the citizens
of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The bill redefines holistic healthcare occupations as bodywork and
affects all modalities that direct movement or work with energy. The
bill proposes a Board of Massage Therapy and Bodywork that would have
3 massage therapists and two bodywork professionals on it. These two
body workers would have to set the educational requirements of more
than 200 holistic disciplines. In addition, you can only become
licensed if you take courses at state licensed schools. There are
currently no state licensed schools that offer courses in the
majority of these disciplines.
Sample Email Testimony
Subject: Please Oppose S.168
To: The Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional
Licensure, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Re: Opposition to S.168 “An Act Regulating Bodyworks”
Dear Chair Feeney, Chair Chan, and Members of the Committee:
I am a Reiki practitioner and I reside in the Commonwealth of
I urge you to oppose S.168. I have great concerns about how this bill
will affect my livelihood, profession and holistic healthcare
choices. Under this bill, Reiki practitioners and teachers would be
required to become licensed body workers, and the bill provides no
direct path to licensure. There are no state licensed schools that
teach Reiki. In addition, it requires licensure fees, which would
hurt me financially.
(Include a personal story. Say why the issue is important to you and
how it affects you, your family member and your community. This is
extremely important. These personal stories resonate with
(You can complete your letter with statements from the “issues” list
Please vote against S.168.
I would greatly appreciate a response. Thank you for your time and
consideration of my concerns.
[Your name and credentials
City, State, Zip code
Issues List S.168 would arbitrarily and inaccurately redefine
hundreds of holistic occupations as bodywork. The broad definition of
bodywork affects more than 200 diverse disciplines and professions
and many thousands of practitioners (many of whom are women) who now
provide for their families working in this field. Due to the
restrictive standards set forth in the bill, many will be forced to
close their doors, adversely impacting their household and children
and increasing unemployment claims. S.168 would dramatically reduce
citizen options for tens of thousands infringing on freedom of choice
The proposed board of massage therapy and bodyworkers only
has 2 bodyworkers to represent more than 200 holistic professions You
can only become licensed if you take courses at state licensed
schools There are no state licensed schools that offer training in
all these disciplines The state does not have the expertise to set
the curriculum of more than 200 disciplines Two representative body
workers on the proposed board would not have the expertise to set the
curriculum of more than 200 disciplines The requirements of this bill
will take away the professions of many individuals (practicing and
teaching) the more than 200 diverse disciplines and cause financial
burdens and hardships to thousands and thousands of families, putting
many citizens on unemployment Bodywork licensure is not a viable
approach to addressing human trafficking: Contrary to the
Massachusetts Interagency Human Trafficking Policy Task Force
recommendations, S.168 seeks to reduce human trafficking supply
through occupational licensure rather than reducing the demand for
human trafficking through enforcement of existing “John laws” or the
promulgation of sensible new laws. Occupational licensing has not
been recommended in the Uniform Act on Prevention of and Remedies for
Human Trafficking drafted by the National Conference of Commissioners
on Uniform State Laws in 2013; or by the US Department of State (see
’15 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking’} The National Human
Trafficking database reports only 4 cases of human trafficking in
Massachusetts at illicit massage spas. There is no accurate data on
the number of human trafficking cases at illicit massage spas in MA
as many counties combine prostitution cases with human trafficking
cases when reporting data.
Email addresses of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and
firstname.lastname@example.org ; Tackey.Chan@mahouse.gov ;
James.Welch@masenate.gov ;Jay.Livingstone@mahouse.gov ;
Diana.DiZoglio@masenate.gov ; Barry.Finegold@masenate.gov ;
Ryan.Fattman@masenate.gov ; Jon.Zlotnik@mahouse.gov ;
Adrian.Madaro@mahouse.gov ; William.Driscoll@mahouse.gov ;
email@example.com ;firstname.lastname@example.org ;
email@example.com ; Jack.Lewis@mahouse.gov ;
You may also include the bill sponsors:
Mark.Montigny@masenate.gov ; firstname.lastname@example.org ;
Alicia.Rebello-Pradas@state.ma.us ;Patricia.Haddad@mahouse.gov ;
Michael.Moore@masenate.gov ; Jason.Lewis@masenate.gov ;
Danielle.Gregoire@mahouse.gov ; Antonio.Cabral@mahouse.gov ;
email@example.com ;Steven.Ultrino@mahouse.gov ;
Patrick.OConnor@masenate.gov ; Mike.Barrett@masenate.gov ;
Becca.Rausch@masenate.gov ; Walter.Timilty@masenate.gov ;
Sal.DiDomenico@masenate.gov ;Joan.Lovely@masenate.gov ;
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Please Oppose S. 168 (Formerly SD1840)
An Act Regulating Bodyworks is a bill that attempts to address human trafficking by unfairly targeting holistic healthcare practitioners.
1. S.168 is a professional licensure bill and does not directly address human trafficking.
2. Federal courts have frequently acted to limit occupational licensing, noting violation of constitutional protections, the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment or simply “an abuse of state regulatory power.”i
3. S.168 redefines more than a hundred holistic healthcare occupations as ‘bodywork’ with no evidence that these professions by themselves present any health or safety risk to the public.
4. S.168 would affect more than 100 holistic healthcare modalities and many thousands of practitioners who now provide for their families working in this field. Due to unnecessary and restrictive standards set forth in the bill many will decide to close their doors, adversely impacting their household and children. Unemployment claims will rise. Many practitioners are women.
5. S168’s requirement that modalities be taught at state-licensed schools would prevent many modalities from being taught in the Commonwealth because of the bureaucratic process, high licensure fee and bonds required. This would put countless practitioners out of business, hurting families, while giving rise to new jobless claims and causing a loss of schools and educational programs with restriction of trade and encourage monopolization of health care offerings to state-endorsed dominant professions.
6. The Massachusetts Interagency Human Trafficking Policy Task Force convened by Healey in 2013 did not recommend occupational licensing as a means to combat human trafficking. Neither did The Uniform Act on Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking drafted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in 2013. Nor does the United States Department of State.ii
7. The Polaris Report on Attorney General Maura Healey’s webpage reports that the vast majority of trafficked women are either here illegally or on temporary visas from China and South Korea and that while the small number of offending massage parlors may appear to be individual business, they are often part of a larger organized crime network with several businesses linked together to launder money.iii
8. The National Human Trafficking Hotline reported 4 separate cases due to illicit activity in Massage/Spas for the first half of 2018 in a state with a population of nearly 7 million.iv
9. No data suggests these 4 cases would have been prevented through occupational licensing. Only law-abiding citizens comply with licensure laws. Common sense suggests criminal activity would persist or simply move to one of several other venues that currently harbor the vast majority of human trafficking cases.
10. S.168 would dramatically reduce citizen options for tens of thousands infringing on freedom of choice in a most precious area of personal liberty – health care. Nearly 50% of Americans utilize complementary care. Citizens will enjoy fewer choices at a time when more options are needed.v
11. S.168 would result in rationed care, driving up the cost for consumers to access safe, currently available healing methods.
12. Contrary to The Massachusetts Interagency Human Trafficking Policy Task Force recommendations, S.168 seeks to reduce human trafficking supply through occupational licensure rather than the demand for human trafficking through enforcement of existing ‘John laws’ or the promulgation of sensible new laws.
13. The Goldwater Institute Report: Protection Racket: Occupation Laws and The Right to Earn A Living suggests that while protecting the public is the standard argument made by industry lobbyists seeking licensure, there are often no clear health and safety benefit to many of those occupations that become regulated.vi The Upjohn Institute suggests that while higher prices with less access is a given, improvements in quality are dubious as compared to private certifications.vii
14. The Obama White House issued a set of best practices for state policymakers to enact reforms to reduce the prevalence of unnecessary and overly broad occupational licenses that are hurting workers and consumers.viii There is a better way to help law enforcement deter human trafficking – the Massachusetts Consumer Access and Right to Practice Complementary and Alternative Health Care Act (S.665/HD.3538) provides law enforcement with increased transparency through documentation of mandatory practitioner disclosures. Violators may be prosecuted by law enforcement agents with stiff penalties under the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act (MGL 93A).
i See, e.g., Cornwell v. California Bd. of Barber & Cosmetology, 962 F. Supp. 1260, Dist. Court, SD California (1997); Clayton v.
Steinagel, Dist. Court, D. Utah (2012); Abbey v. Castille, 5th Circuit (2013).
ii See 15 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking, U.S. Dept. of the State.
vii Licensing Occupations: Ensuring Quality or Restricting Competition?, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
Update: Stop S168 Lobby Day-Save the Date
Lobby Day Announcement
Date: Tuesday, April 23
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm
Location: Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02133
Please join us for an opportunity to speak with lawmakers regarding your concerns and reasons for asking them to oppose S168. MA Coalition of Holistic Practitioners.
This page contains links to pertinent information regarding Mass Bodywork Licensing bill S168
Opposition to S.168 (Formerly SD1840)
MA Coalition of Holistic Practitioners
Tips for Talking with Your Elected Officials
- There are three basic ways to communicate your point of view to your legislator: by letter/email, by phone or by a visit to the statehouse.
- A personal visit with your elected official is the most effective method.
- Make an appointment with your legislator so that you have an opportunity to meet with them personally to share your views. Be sure your legislator knows you are a constituent. If you can’t get one with the legislator, make one with the legislative director (LD) or the legislative aid (LA). Some offices have ‘counsel’ and other responsible positions you might meet with, as well.
- If you can’t – don’t worry. Just work from one side of the building toward the next knocking on all doors as you go.
- When you go to the state house dress nicely and be on time. Do not let your appearance detract from your message or credibility.
- Be cordial. You are asking that they do something for you. Honey works better than vinegar.
- When you go to the state house for a hearing, it is imperative that you register as a visitor as soon as you walk in the doors, and state the reason you are there, the opposition of S168 (formerly SD1840). This information will be transmitted to all Senate offices and will count in our lobbying effort.
- When meeting with an elected official, make sure you’re prepared. Read the fact sheet before you go. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Cell: 617-633-3654 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Nothing will cause you to lose credibility faster than being ill-prepared, uncertain or vague. If you don’t know the answer to a question, don’t bluff. Instead, admit it and promise to have the answer by a certain time.
- Make sure to ask those you speak with whether they know what ‘holistic healthcare’ is. Most say they don’t or only have a vague idea. I tell them ‘Have you heard of Chiropractic or Acupuncture? These are probably the most well-known examples. These professions have now become licensed, however, did you know that there are somewhere between 100 and 150 unlicensed natural healing methods available to MA consumers today?’ This draws them into the conversation.
- Be clear about what your position is and exactly what you want your legislator to do. Identify legislation by bill number. Vote NO on S168 (formerly SD1840)
- In presenting your case, make your main point first, followed by supporting points of information. Illustrate with anecdotes whenever possible.
- Remind your lawmaker how many people this bill will negatively affect – thousands in more than 100 holistic healing professions – relying on this work to provide for their families and tens of thousands of clients that rely on these methods to stay well, naturally.
- It is estimated that more than 1/2 billion is spent annually in MA on alternative and complementary health care (interpolated from national figures).
- Holistic healthcare helps to contain healthcare costs by putting less of a burden on conventional medicine, as much of it is out-of-pocket.
- All this good is threatened by S168 – a bill designed to curtail a very small number of human trafficking case but with huge, industry-wide consequences.
- Ask your lawmaker to state their position. If their position is different from yours, ask what information or show of public support is necessary to change their position.
- Thank your elected official for taking the time to meet with you.
- After you meet with your senators, please visit offices of other senators. You may meet with their aids and share your views also.
- If you are writing to your senator – remember — in all communications, be sure to include the bill number and name of the legislation, as well as your name, postal and email addresses and home and office phone numbers.
This is a list of the healing modalities that would be affected should S168 pass:
- Ai Chi
- Akashic Record Healing
- Alchemical Healing
- Alexander Technique
- Amma Therapy
- Ancestral Healing
- Angel Harps Healing
- Angel Healing
- Akashic Record Healing
- Alexander Technique
- Ancestral Healing
- Applied Kinesiology
- Art Therapy
- Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy
- Arvigo Techniques of Maya
- Asian Bodywork Therapy
- Aston Patterning
- Asymmetric Body Balancing
- Aura Healing
- Ayurvedic Medicine
- Bach Flower Remedies
- BART (Bonding and Relaxation
- Binaural Beats
- Bioenergy Healing/Domancic
- Biofield Tuning
- Bio-Magnetic Touch Healing
- BioSonic Repatterning
- Body Logic
- Bodymind Acupressure
- Bodymind Acupressure
- Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy
- Bowen Technique
- Breema Bodywork
- Brennan Healing Science
- Chakra Healing
- Chi Nei Tsang
- Christopher Method
- Color Therapy
- Comfort Touch
- Core Structural Integrative
- Cranial Sacral Therapy
- Crystal Healing
- Crystledyne Therapy
- Cupping Therapy
- Earth Energy Healing
- Eden Energy Medicine
- Emotional Freedom Technique
- EMF Balancing Technique
- Energy Flow Balancing
- Esoteric Healing
- Feng Shui
- Flotation Repatterning
- Foot Zone Therapy
- Goiz Biomagnetism
- Hanna Somatic Education
- Healing Code
- Healing Touch
- Heart Centered Therapy
- Holographic Memory Release
- Holographic Nature of Healing
- Holy Fire Reiki
- Human Energy Dynamics
- Integrated Kabbalistic Healing
- Integrative Eclectic Shiatsu
- Integrative Positional Therapy
- Intuitive Healing
- Isometric Muscle Balancing
- Japanese Shiatsu
- Jikiden Reiki
- Jin Shin Do
- Jin Shin Jyutsu
- Jin Shou Tuina
- Karuna Reiki
- Kundalini Energization
- Lenair Technique
- Lighterian Reiki
- Lymphatic Drainage
- Macrobiotic Shiatsu
- Magnetic Therapy
- Magnified Healing
- Mechanical Link
- Medical Qigong
- Meddendorf Breathwork
- Mindful Medicine
- Mindfulness-Based Stress
- Muscle Energy Technique
- Myofascial Release
- Myofasial Trigger Point
- Myopractic Muscle Therapy
- Nambudripad’s Allergy
- Neural Kinesiology
- Neuro-Linguistic Programming
- Neuromuscular Integrative
- Neuromuscular Therapy
- Nuad Bo ‘Rarn
- One Light Healing Touch
- Past Life Regression
- Polarity Therapy
- Polarity Therapy Bodywork
- Postural Integration &
- Pranic Healing
- PUSH Therapy
- Qigong Meridian Therapy
- Quantum Energetics
- Quantum Touch
- Psychic Healing
- Radiance Technique
- Rayid Method
- Reconnective Healing
- Reflective Healing
- Usui Shiki Ryoho
- Reiki-Holy Fire
- Reiki – Medical
- Restorative Touch
- Resonant Kinesiology
- Restoration Therapy
- RoHun Transformation
- Rolf Structural Integration
- Rosen Method Bodywork
- Rubenfeld Synergy Method
- Sekhem or Seichem Reiki
- Shamanism and Indigenous
- SHEN Therapy
- Shiatsu – Five Element
- Shiatsu-Integrative Eclectic
- Shiatsu – Japanese
- Shiatsu AMMA Therapy
- Somatic Therapy
- Sound Healing
- Spiritualism Healing
- Structural Energetic Therapy
- Structural Integration
- Tai Chi
- Tai Chi Chuan
- Taikyo Shiatsu
- Tang Sho Tao
- Tantsu Tantric Shiatsu
- TARA Approach
- Tera-Mai Seichem
- Thai Massage
- The Body Code
- Therapeutic Touch
- Thymus Thumping
- Tong Ren
- Trauma Touch Therapy
- Tui Na
- Turaya Touch System
- Zen Shiatsu
- Univied Field Therapy
- Vibrational Essences
- Vibrational Healing
- Vibrational Medicine
- Vortex Healing Energetic
- Wonder Method
- Zen Body Therapy
- Zen Shiatsu
- Zero Balancing
Here are some talking points to help you prepare to speak with your Senator when you call to voice your position S 168
- S168 affects more than 100 holistic healthcare occupations, including Reiki. It redefines all healing modalities as “bodywork” with NO evidence that these professions present any health or safety risk to the public.
- S168 would require you to re-learn your modality at a state-licensed school, even if you are already certified and have been practicing your modality for years. You would need to begin your training over again, from scratch, in order to become licensed.
- None of these modalities, including Reiki, are taught at state-licensed schools. It may be years before the state of Massachusetts creates the state-licensed schools needed in order to teach these modalities. In the meantime, it would be illegal for you to practice your modality in the state of Massachusetts.
- The licensing process and the procedure to become a state-licensed school would be cost prohibitive for most Reiki Master Teachers as well as for teachers of other modalities.
- S168 would put thousands of Reiki practitioners and other complementary healing professionals out of business and on unemployment.
- S168 would greatly reduce citizen healthcare options for the people of Massachusetts as almost 50% of Americans use complementary/alternative health services.
- The Obama White House issued a set of best practices for state policymakers to enact reforms to reduce the prevalence of unnecessary and overly broad occupational licenses. S168 works against these best practices.
- The proposed Board of Registration of Massage Therapy and Bodywork would have only two licensed bodywork therapists to represent over 100 modalities. Most modalities would not receive appropriate representation.
- The proposed board would host at least 1 public session to solicit information from bodywork therapist of over 100 modalities.
Please leave a Fact Sheet with the Lawmaker and/or his assistant for more information.
ALL REIKI PRACTITIONERS
OPPOSE S168 (Formerly SD 1840)TAKE ACTION NOW!
Protect Massachusetts from Bodywork Licensing
Oppose Senate Docket 1840
February 7, 2019
Massachusetts Reiki and all bodywork practitioners need your help to stop SD1840 from moving in the Massachusetts Senate!
Take Action Here to send a message to your personal Senator.
SD1840 has been introduced by Senator Montigny. If passed, SD1840 would negatively affect all Reiki and other energy healers and bodywork practitioners in Massachusetts. Under current law Reiki is exempt from massage licensure in MA, but this law attempts to set up an entirely new licensing process for all types of healers and bodywork vocations, and mandate they be licensed, receive government endorsed education; and that these modalities can only be taught in state licensed schools. Read the full bill here.
How YOU Can Help:
Click Here to automatically send a message to your personal Senator and revisit this link throughout the coming weeks for updates on the bill’s status (i.e., whether it is scheduled for a public hearing and when).
What the bill does: SD1840 seeks to mandate the licensure of all bodyworkers in MA and require that bodywork modalities be taught only in state licensed schools with curriculums meeting state standards. There are thousands of practitioners from a wide array of disciplines this bill will affect due to the broad definition of bodywork which will include “a person who uses touch, words or directed movement to deepen awareness of patterns of movement in the body, or the affectation of the human energy system or acupoints or Qi meridians of the human body while engaged within the scope of practice of a profession with established standards and ethics;”
Massachusetts already has a very good massage law that allows bodyworkers to be exempt from licensure requirements. The exemption includes: “including but not limited to……Feldenkrais Method; Reflexology; The Trager Approach; Ayurvedic Therapies, Rolf Structural Integration, Polarity or Polarity Therapy; Polarity Therapy Bodywork; Asian Bodywork Therapy that does not constitute massage as defined in this chapter; Acupressure; Jin Shin Do; Qi Gong; Tui Na; Shiatsu; Body-Mind Centering and Reiki. Click here to read current exemptions in Title XVI, Chapter 112, Section 228 Licensing of massage therapists – at part (b).
SD1840 attempts to create a new and burdensome licensing law for these currently exempt practitioners and force them to obtain a bodywork license instead. There was an amendment added to the bill that will exempt some of the practitioners, but not all. It also requires bodywork modalities be taught in state licensed schools.
Thank you! Lourdes Gray, Director, The John Harvey Gray Center for Reiki Healing, 9 Blake Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452 www.learnreiki.org. email@example.com _________________________________________
Hawayo Takata and John Harvey Gray. Copyright 2019. Usui-Gray Integrated Reiki System, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Reiki for Eye Conditions is a very popular topic with our students and in this post we present you with an audio recording and transcript (created as accurately as possible) of Hawayo Takata explaining this type of Reiki treatment. It is helpful to learn what Takata (as she liked to be called), taught about using Reiki for eye conditions in order to gain more clarity and a deeper understanding of the use and practice of Reiki. Because Reiki has been largely passed on as an oral tradition, it has been vulnerable to changes and omissions.
Reiki can be very helpful for treating headaches; however, headaches, and pain, in general, can be indicators for underlying problems. Please consult your medical practitioner for any condition you may have before doing Reiki. Reiki is not a substitute for medical treatment when it is needed.
There are two primary protocols in Reiki for treating headaches. These are simple to learn if you follow these suggestions. Energetically speaking, headaches happen for one of two reasons: 1. An energy blockage is preventing energy from flowing freely thus causing pressure or pain. 2. Low levels of energy flow in the affected area causing pain.
“Happy New Year,” dear Reiki friends. May the New Year 2019 bring you health, love, prosperity, happiness and peace. We would like to to take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude for your continued kindness and support throughout the years. It is both an incredible honor and privilege to have you as our Reiki friends, students and graduates. May this year be a significant one in your spiritual journey and may you and yours be blessed.
Here is our 2019 update of the “Ten Best New Year’s Resolutions for Reiki Practitioners.” Enjoy!
1. Resolve to practice Reiki self-treatment regularly. Reiki Practitioners who practice Reiki self-treatments experience substantial benefits to their overall health, i.e., physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Make daily Reiki self-treatment a new habit for 2019.
2. Resolve to give Reiki sessions to others. Help friends, family members and pets to be healthier and feel better by giving them regular Reiki sessions.
Reiki and The Power of Manifestation Are Within You
What is the power of manifestation? Are some people just born under a lucky star, enabling them to easily obtain everything they desire? or, have you noticed the opposite … people who never get what they want, no matter how hard they try? If your answer is “yes” to both of these questions, then I ask you, do you know what makes the difference between the two kinds of people? Do you believe some people are just naturally lucky?