This is the time of the year for new legislation bills to be filed. As many of you know, I'm deeply involved in the National Qigong Association's (NQA) legislation committee.
Our job, is to oversee legislation targeting Qigong and Tai Chi all over the nation as well as, any bills using Complementary/Alternative Medicine, Asian Healing and Energy and Somatic Healing practices in their wording. This is done in order to encompass all of Holistic Medicine (Feldenkrais Method; the Trager Approach; Ayurvedic Therapies; Polarity or Polarity Therapy; Qigong; Body/Mind Centering; and Reiki).
To us, the fact that these bills, along with improper licensing board representation, attempt to license private, martial and religious Qigong is just preposterous as those practices are our right. On the other hand, Clinical/Medical Qigong practitioners who have a minimum of 500 hours of training may be licensed due to the nature of their contact with individuals and are dealing with specific illnesses. However, in order to license an individual Clinical Qigong practitioner, there must be proper and equitable representation on licensing boards, none of which is offered within the bill's wording.
The current flock of bills, we oppose, are sponsored by the Massage/Bodywork lobby under the pretense of licensing in order to combat Human Trafficking yet, there's no data supporting the fact that Complementary Medicine practitioners are engaged in Human Trafficking. None!!! All statistics point to Massage Parlors.
We should support Health Freedom Act and Safe Harbor bills because they provide protection to both the practitioner and the client by requiring that the practitioner present their credentials to perspective clients. The choice then, is that of the client.
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Please join us in opposing these Massachusetts bills H350 (wasHD1708) and S221 (was SD1068).
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