Ever like to read those posts where the author is well-spoken, succinct, clear & …right?
“Right”, after all, is relative – the Coalition drives the ELAP initiative to do an excellent job of data-collecting and seeing all sides to formulate what can be perceived as a client-centered result. They have successfully harnessed a multi-faceted challenge and reformulated, through their algorithmic development, a contemporary definition of “massage therapy.” The charge to determine the education necessities of a profession is the most basic task of any responsible profession: these are some SMART people!
I believe this report is the best the massage therapy profession has to offer: a research project on what our profession (the Coalition’s representation in the project development) concludes as what-should/could-be primary outcomes of consideration of Educational Requirements for graduating massage therapy students – where “safe and competent practice” is the goal for all who claim to be massage therapy professionals.
It is inspiring to know all the nationally-recognized massage therapy organizations played a role in ELAP’s constitution, development and conclusions. To understand the profession’s, [healthcare] industry’s, educators’, public’s, and clients’ needs, wants, and expectations is a daunting task.
All those surveys you take? they mean something.
All those spirited conversations, live and in virtual time (on FB, LinkedIn, etc)? they mean something.
All those eloquent frustrations and fine, basic points of view? relevant, and they mean something.
The “something” is when initiative to understand and come to a better conclusion prevail to bravely move beyond obstacles and obstinance, misperceptions and misdirections… and move forward.
Stand on the cutting edge of the massage therapy profession…and rally the [members/customers of the] organizations that put this together: http://www.elapmassage.org
I will be taking more organized surveys, participating in more discussions, and patiently watching and taking part in where this conversation goes.