Resources for massage information

Credentialing is a crucial issue for hospices attempting to add massage therapy to their service mix. State massage practice laws are now on the books in 27 states, and the American Massage Therapy Association of Evanston, IL, also has developed certification programs for massage therapy.

For information on state laws and related issues, contact AMTA’s home page on the Web: www.amtamassage.org. Other Internet resources include American Massage Maga zine: www.massagemag.com; the American Holistic Nurses Association in Flagstaff, AZ: www.ahna.org; and the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Alternative Medicine: www.nih.gov.

Mary Kathleen Rose, CMT, a volunteer with Boulder County Hospice in Boulder, CO, and currently its supervisor of massage therapy, has written a 60-page booklet called The Gift of Touch, about Boulder County Hospice’s comfort touch program. This guidebook includes administrative, communication, and documentation guidelines for a massage therapy program, as well as techniques of comfort touch. The booklet is for sale at a cost of $10 plus shipping and handling. Contact the hospice at 2825 Marine St., Boulder, CO 80303. Telephone: (303) 449-7740.