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    Do you know what your local law covers when it comes to Reiki.

    Post by chi_solas on Tue Mar 23, 2010 4:01 pm

    Here in the great state of Massachusetts
    Reiki is an acknowledged healing practice.

    Does your local law include Reiki ?
    If it does do you want to share it here on RLL.

    Wayne the last paragraph brought my attention
    to what was mentioned on the Takata thread.
    I wondered if Hawaii had these laws in effect
    in 1941.


    Reiki and MASS Law

    MA REIKI LEGISLATION for MA Reiki practitioners: Bill Number: # SB2258
    As of 2005, this is the law
    under which we practice.
    See: "Exemptions" below.
    SOURCE
    FOR MORE INFO: MA Gov's Office (617) 725-4005 Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation (OCABR)
    Home Licensee
    Div. of Professional Licensure Boards

    THE HISTORY OF THE BILL ~ ABMP Legislative Report
    SOURCE: http://www.mass.gov/legis/184history/s02258.htm
    4/20/05: Legislation to regulate the massage therapy profession in MA has been re-introduced again in 2005. The House Bill, which is a continuation of previous years’ HB 4668 and 3155, was submitted in December but only recently was identified online as House Bill 3412.

    A coalition of interested parties worked on a legislative proposal in 2003 and 2004. Les Sweeney, ABMP Exec. V.P., represented ABMP in that activity. Other groups participating were the MA chapter of the American Massage Therapy Assoc., along with representatives from a coalition of massage and bodywork schools in the state. The state chapter of the AMTA hired a lobbyist to work on the process. This bill is the result of this process.

    Senate Bill 205 has also been introduced, but will likely be pulled or amended to match the House Bill. Representative Antonio Cabral, the bill’s sponsor, made some specific amendments to the final proposal last year that the coalition developed. It is this version that is now House Bill 3412. Specific highlights of the bill include:

    Requirements for Licensure Completion of a course of study of a minimum of 500 classroom hours at a massage therapy program which has received programmatic approval from the Board and which has been approved by the department of education; 2 letters of reference, 1 of which must be from an employer or professional in the massage or medical field; Proof of professional liability coverage; 24 hours of continuing education will be required every two years in order to renew a license.

    Board of Massage Will consist of 7 members: 3 massage therapists, 1 health agent, health professional, or board member employed by or elected to a municipal board of health in the state; 1 individual engaged in the operation of a massage school; 2 members of the public

    Exemptions: any person who uses touch, words, and 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, provided that their services are not designated or implied to be massage or massage therapy. Such practices include, but are not limited to the 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 by this act; Acupressure; Jin Shin Do; Qi Gong; Shiatsu; Body-Mind Centering, and Reiki.

    Grandfathering provision Will be effective for 1 year after the effective date of the Board’s regulations. either: (a) provides documentation acceptable to the Board demonstrating the applicant has provided at least 500 hours of massage to members of the public for compensation; or (b) has a license issued by the municipal board of health within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the license being valid within two years of the date of application; or (c) provides proof of the successful passage of a board approved examination administered by a national organizational or board accredited by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies and approved by the National Organization for Competency Assurance; and submits a completed application and pays the necessary licensing fee as established by the Board; is of good moral character as reasonably and lawfully determined by the discretion of the Board; and provides proof of professional liability coverage.

    12/28/04: As of press time, House Bill 4668 remains in the MA House, with a passage deadline of January 5, 2005. Further info will be provided in a subsequent issue of Different Strokes and here in our update section.

    10/29/03: House Bill 3155, a proposal to create statewide licensing for massage therapists, is currently under revision. ABMP is participating in a coalition working on a rewrite of the proposal. It is anticipated that the bill will be resubmitted sometime in late Fall.

    6/3/03: House Bill 3155 was read for the first time at a public hearing on May 28, 2003 after being introduced on January 1, 2003. Representative Antonio F. D. Cabral is the sponsor of the bill, which, if adopted, would regulate the practice of massage therapy. The bill was referred to the Committee on Health Care.

    Licensure qualification guidelines include a high school diploma or its equivalent and graduation from a school of massage therapy with a 500 hour program registered by the board, or its substantial equivalent. Licensure applicants would be required to pass a written and practical examination. The board would conduct such examinations for all applicants at least twice annually.

    Representative Cabral appears to be very open to suggested improvements to the bill. ABMP has been in touch with Rep. Cabral's office and has made recommendations to include grandfathering, modality exemptions and preemption of local regulations.

    Please email ann@abmp.com to have your email on file, since that is the quickest, most efficient way to contact you with legislative updates & meeting notifications.

    2/12/01: The General Laws of MA, CHAPTER 140, Section 51. Massage; baths. No person shall practice massage, or conduct an establishment for the giving of vapor, pool, shower or other baths for hire or reward, or advertise or hold himself out as being engaged in the business of massage or the giving of said baths without receiving a license therefore from the board of health of the town where the said occupation is to be carried on; provided, that a person licensed to massage or to conduct an establishment for the giving of vapor, pool, shower or other baths in any town may, at the request of a physician, attend patients in any other town in the commonwealth without taking out an additional license.


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    Re: Do you know what your local law covers when it comes to Reiki.

    Post by Colin on Tue Mar 23, 2010 4:19 pm

    Hi Bridget

    Here in the UK, Reiki is currently undergoing a process of Voluntary Self-Regulation (VSR) and there is no legal requirement, as far as I know, that you have to be licenced to practice Reiki (or massage) but there is some general legislation which applies to the practice of Reiki in the UK. This is from the UK Reiki Federation website http://www.reikifed.co.uk/pub/about/fed/cpp-appx1.shtml


    REIKI AND LEGISLATION
    In the UK the following are noted:

    A parent or guardian who wilfully fails to provide adequate medical aid for a child under the age of 16 may be committing a criminal office. Reiki is not defined as a medical aid by law so anyone who treats a child whose parents refuse medical aid could be seen to be aiding and abetting that offence. When treating a child it is advisable to secure the signature of the parent or guardian to the following statement. "I have been warned by (Reiki Practitioner’s name) that according to Law I must consult a doctor concerning the health of my child (child’s name)." This statement should be signed and dated by both parent/guardian and a witness and kept with the client records.

    It is illegal to practice dentistry if unqualified.

    It is an offence to offer treatment or prescribe a remedy or advice for cancer (please note – this does not mean that you cannot give Reiki to someone with cancer, you just cannot claim to specifically treat cancer).

    Any advertising should comply with the British Code of Advertising Practice and meet the requirements of the Advertising Standards Agency. Adverts should be dignified and should not claim a cure or mention any disease.

    Reiki Practitioners must not attend women in childbirth or treat them for ten days thereafter unless they hold an appropriate qualification in midwifery.

    Reiki Practitioners should not prescribe or sell remedies, herbs, supplements, oils, etc., unless they have undergone appropriate training and have qualifications which entitle them to do so.

    Before treating animals it is advisable to seek assurance from the owner that a vet has examined the animal. The Veterinary Surgery Act of 1966 prohibits anyone other than a qualified veterinary surgeon from treating animals, including diagnosis of ailments and giving of advice on such diagnosis. However the healing of animals by contact healing, by the laying on of hands or distant healing is legal. However the Protection of Animals Act 1911 requires that if an animal clearly needs treatment from a veterinary surgeon the owner must obtain this. To give emergency First Aid to animals for the purpose of saving life or relieving pain is permissible under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 Schedule 3.

    It is required that cases of certain infectious diseases are notified to the Medical Officer of Health in the district where the client is resident. The notification must be made by a GP, so if a Reiki Practitioner suspects that the client is suffering from a notifiable disease they should insist that the client should see a doctor.

    NOTIFIABLE DISEASES
    Under the Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984. Cholera, Plague, Relapsing Fever, Smallpox, Typhus, Food Poisoning.

    Under the Public health (Infectious diseases) Regulations 1988. Acute Encephalitis, Acute Poliomyelitis, Anthrax, Diphtheria, Dysentery (Amoebic or Bacillary), Leprosy, Leptospirosis, Malaria, Measles, Meningitis, Meningococcal Septicaemia (without Meningitis) Mumps, Opthalmia Neonatorum, Paratyphoid Fever, Rabies, Rubella, Scarlet Fever, Tetanus, Tuberculosis, Typhoid Fever, Viral Haemorrahagic Fever, Viral Hepatitis, Whooping Cough, Yellow Fever.

    Reiki Practitioners must investigate and co-operate with local by-laws and all relevant Health and Safety legislation.

    Ignorance of the law is no defence.

    Other relevant regulations and guidelines, also from the UKRF website, include:


    1. Prohibited Appellation
    In order to enable the public to distinguish between those who are professionally qualified and those who are not, the law makes it a criminal offence for anyone who does not hold the relevant qualification to use any of the titles specified hereunder or to use any other title or description which suggests or implies that he or she is on the statutory register of the persons who hold those qualifications. The titles are Chemist, Chiropodist, Dental Practitioner, Dental Surgeon, Dentist, Dietitian, Doctor, Druggist, General Practitioner, Medical Laboratory Technician, Midwife, Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Optician, Orthoptist, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist, Radiographer, Remedial Gymnast, Surgeon, Veterinary Practitioner, Veterinary Surgeon. It need hardly be said that a Reiki Practitioner must scrupulously avoid the foregoing titles unless of course he is additionally qualified in any of the fields concerned when he is entitled to use the appropriate description.

    2. Fraudulent Mediumship
    The law provides that anyone who:

    with intent to deceive, purports to act as a spiritualistic medium or to exercise any power of telepathy, clairvoyance or other similar powers or,
    in purporting to act as a spiritualistic medium, or to exercise the powers mentioned in (a) above, uses any fraudulent device, is guilty of any offence.

    3. Premises
    When carrying on a trade, business or profession from any premises an individual must ensure that their working conditions and facilities to which members of the public have access are suitable and comply with all legislation. In the case of Reiki Practitioners using their own homes as base for their practice, in addition to complying with national legislation for any therapy they practice, they should check on any local authority by-laws covering their practice as these vary considerably through the country.

    If staff are employed on the premises Practitioners must pay equal attention in this area.

    Reiki Practitioners working from home should give special attention to insurance, the terms of their lease or other title deeds any local government regulations limiting such practice or under which he may be liable to pay business rates.

    4. Advertising
    The law makes it an offence to take part in the publication of any advertisement referring to any article or any description in terms which are calculated to lead to the use of that article for the purpose of treating human beings for any of the following diseases: Bright’s Disease, Glaucoma, Cataract, Locomotor Ataxy, Diabetes, Paralysis, Epilepsy or fits, Tuberculosis.

    It is also an offence to publish any advertisement which:
    offers to treat or prescribe a remedy or advice for cancer, or
    refers to any article calculated to lead to its use in the treatment of cancer.
    At all times advertising should comply with standards laid down by the British Code of Advertising Practice and meet the requirements of the Advertising Standards Authority.

    5. Guidelines for dealing with Clients expressing suicidal feelings.

    The legal position
    It is not against the law for an individual to commit suicide or to attempt to commit suicide (Suicide Act 1961) However, the law states that anyone either a professional or lay person can be charged with the offence of aiding and abetting a suicide in the following circumstances:

    If they actively assist a suicide.
    If they are aware of someone’s decision to attempt suicide and do not inform an appropriate professional, e.g. the general practitioner, hospital psychiatrist or approved social worker.

    It would be interesting to know what percentage of Reiki practitioners in the UK are actually aware of all this!

    Thanks for creating the topic! Smile


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    Re: Do you know what your local law covers when it comes to Reiki.

    Post by EzriReiki on Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:21 pm

    chi_solas wrote:
    I wondered if Hawaii had these laws in effect
    in 1941.


    2/12/01: The General Laws of MA, CHAPTER 140, Section 51. Massage; baths. No person shall practice massage, or conduct an establishment for the giving of vapor, pool, shower or other baths for hire or reward, or advertise or hold himself out as being engaged in the business of massage or the giving of said baths without receiving a license therefore from the board of health of the town where the said occupation is to be carried on; provided, that a person licensed to massage or to conduct an establishment for the giving of vapor, pool, shower or other baths in any town may, at the request of a physician, attend patients in any other town in the commonwealth without taking out an additional license.


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    Hello Bridget

    There must have been at least similar laws in the Territory even before 1941 as Takata did apply for and receive a locally-issued license to legalize her massage practice. To support her application she trained at the National College of Drugless Physicians in Chicago in 1938, and she had also studied hydrotherapy in Japan before Dr Hayashi's passing.


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    Re: Do you know what your local law covers when it comes to Reiki.

    Post by chi_solas on Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:26 pm

    Colin that covers a lot.

    Here in the US every state law
    is according to the rules of
    their State House. Massachusetts
    law generally does not apply in
    other states. California. N.Y.
    Texas may be different or they
    may adapt that same laws as
    another state study


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    Re: Do you know what your local law covers when it comes to Reiki.

    Post by chi_solas on Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:31 pm

    EZRI, you would think so. sunny


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    Re: Do you know what your local law covers when it comes to Reiki.

    Post by Milarepa on Tue Mar 23, 2010 6:57 pm

    EzriReiki wrote:


    Hello Bridget

    There must have been at least similar laws in the Territory even before 1941 as Takata did apply for and receive a locally-issued license to legalize her massage practice. To support her application she trained at the National College of Drugless Physicians in Chicago in 1938, and she had also studied hydrotherapy in Japan before Dr Hayashi's passing.

    There was no legislation for massage until 1945 in Hawaii. with the board of massage only existing since 1947. You're saying there was a requirement for massage legally before that, locally? By that you mean not Hawaii as whole, but a county or something?


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    Re: Do you know what your local law covers when it comes to Reiki.

    Post by EzriReiki on Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:31 pm

    Hello Wayne
    Milarepa wrote:

    You're saying there was a requirement for massage legally before that, locally? By that you mean not Hawaii as whole, but a county or something?

    I was voicing an assumption. I only know that Takata received a license to practice, I thought massage, but perhaps therapeutic treatments more generally? I remember being told that traditional Hawaiian healers were required to be licensed by the Hawaiian Medical Board years before Takata would have opened her first clinic so probably, another assumption, someone offering curative treatments in the form of steam-cabinet baths, "Reiki Massage", Shortwave treatments, etc. would be subject to the same form of licensing control as traditional healers.



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    Re: Do you know what your local law covers when it comes to Reiki.

    Post by Milarepa on Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:43 pm

    EzriReiki wrote:Hello Wayne
    Milarepa wrote:

    You're saying there was a requirement for massage legally before that, locally? By that you mean not Hawaii as whole, but a county or something?

    I was voicing an assumption. I only know that Takata received a license to practice, I thought massage, but perhaps therapeutic treatments more generally? I remember being told that traditional Hawaiian healers were required to be licensed by the Hawaiian Medical Board years before Takata would have opened her first clinic so probably, another assumption, someone offering curative treatments in the form of steam-cabinet baths, "Reiki Massage", Shortwave treatments, etc. would be subject to the same form of licensing control as traditional healers.

    I never knew the info you gave about her gettign a license. though that's no surpise, you know so much more about her than me full stop! Smile.

    reason why i was asking is cause i'd thought i'd overlooked an aspect of what i've bene researching, and i might have. I never checked for nay localised laws, as opposed to hawaii wide laws. So i appreciate your point.

    Yeah, the Kahuna healers were licensed in 1919. The Lomilomi folks were part of the massage legislation in 1947.

    you've mentioned something interesting, it's tied in with what started me on this latest activity.

    In 1886 superstitious curing was banned includig native healing. Although Kahunas were permitted in 1919. It's very plausible that Takata sensei was required to have some legal status. and this is why i was researching the certificate in one particular way the last week. I wanted to know exaclty why Hayashi sensie felt the need to have a legal document, singed by a notary, to say someone was a teacher of Reiki. Why not a usual certificate. So there was a definite reason the certificate was done. It does seem what you say would be the reason.

    warmest wishes
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    Re: Do you know what your local law covers when it comes to Reiki.

    Post by EzriReiki on Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:06 pm

    Milarepa wrote:

    I never knew the info you gave about her gettign a license. though that's no surpise, you know so much more about her than me full stop! Smile.

    Hello Wayne,

    this is the second time I've noticed you comment that I know more about Takata than you do. What is your basis for saying this, it is not as if we have compared notes? (I do acknowledge that the things I know about Takata may in many cases be different to the things you know about her)


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    Re: Do you know what your local law covers when it comes to Reiki.

    Post by Milarepa on Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:26 pm

    EzriReiki wrote:
    Milarepa wrote:

    I never knew the info you gave about her gettign a license. though that's no surpise, you know so much more about her than me full stop! Smile.

    Hello Wayne,

    this is the second time I've noticed you comment that I know more about Takata than you do. What is your basis for saying this, it is not as if we have compared notes? (I do acknowledge that the things I know about Takata may in many cases be different to the things you know about her)


    EZRI

    i'm psychic. Hehe. Do you really want me to say?

    1. You're a teacher of 17 years.

    2. You've a clear sense of belonging ot Usui Shiki Ryoho.

    3. You've been trained by either Alliance officially, or by folks close to Takata sensei in lineage un-officially. A guess.

    4. You're interested in research, history, etc. Including going as far back as things to do with Hawaii (see 'sense of belonging')

    5. The main topics you post in here are to do with Takata sensei mostly, either directly, or close to indirectly.

    6. I'm outside your house.

    Lol!

    so, we got someone who's expereinced in Reiki, a close bond to Usui Shiki Ryoho, a definite interest in Takata sensei, and trained in ways very close to her (?). Who won't call her Mrs. Takata (always a sign for sentiment), or won't call her Takata sensei as Phyliss does, but calls her Takata. Indicating a very, very original way of practicing the system, or a very independant way, free from Alliance.


    Yeah, you been at this much longer than myself, Smile.

    Or were you just trying to get me to give you an ego massage! Hehe.

    warmest wishes
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    Re: Do you know what your local law covers when it comes to Reiki.

    Post by EzriReiki on Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:33 pm

    Milarepa wrote:

    i'm psychic. Hehe. Do you really want me to say?

    1. You're a teacher of 17 years.

    Sorry, but I do not think I will be coming to your "Psychic Extravaganza" next time the show is in town. I'm not a teacher of 17 years, not a teacher at all. I have never felt the urge to teach, not one single Reiki student. Concerning Reiki, I consider myself a treatment-giver, no more no less.

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    Re: Do you know what your local law covers when it comes to Reiki.

    Post by Milarepa on Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:38 pm

    EzriReiki wrote:
    Milarepa wrote:

    i'm psychic. Hehe. Do you really want me to say?

    1. You're a teacher of 17 years.

    Sorry, but I do not think I will be coming to your "Psychic Extravaganza" next time the show is in town. I'm not a teacher of 17 years, not a teacher at all. I have never felt the urge to teach, not one single Reiki student. Concerning Reiki, I consider myself a treatment-giver, no more no less.

    apologies, you'd already told me all this personally already.

    I pressed edit on your post instead of reply, and accidentally took out your last comment bout ego, apologies.


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    Re: Do you know what your local law covers when it comes to Reiki.

    Post by EzriReiki on Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:09 pm

    Milarepa wrote:.

    I pressed edit on your post instead of reply, and accidentally took out your last comment bout ego, apologies.

    My comment was about my ego is in good condition, it does not need a massage Smile
    And no, I'm not so very interested in consciously researching history in Reiki, it is more a case of learning by osmosis. Though, as with many other areas of life, in Reiki it is good to have some awareness of and appreciation for the roots that nourish you




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    Re: Do you know what your local law covers when it comes to Reiki.

    Post by aronaya on Sat Apr 10, 2010 2:32 am

    Here in Maine, USA, Reiki is specifically exempted from massage license requirements. Also exempted are rolfing, polarity, and a few other touch modalities that do not require disrobing.

    So, legal requirements here are very light. Whether light as in Maine, or heavy as in the UK and elsewhere, legalities don't really make the practice safe or unsafe. It is ethics that do so. It is incumbent upon any healing practitioner to be thoughtful and conscious about their behavior as healers. People come to us who are vulnerable. We owe them ethical behavior. The core of ethical behavior is our continued diligence in self-healing and receiving healing from others.

    There is much to discuss, debate and think about. I have not found much on ethics in Reiki forums that I can tell, other than the perennial fierce exchanges about permission. To be fair, I'll do a search right now on this forum.

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    Post by Milarepa on Sat Apr 10, 2010 5:19 am

    if you click on search, then advanced search. search for keyword, type in ethics. then click for 'search all terms', then click on search on google. you'll get about up to 10 hits from our site. only fro our site.


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