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New Options for Missouri Massage Therapists

Just last week, the Missouri Board of Therapeutic Massage announced that the MBLEx, which stands for the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam, would be acceptable for Missouri licensure. The news comes just days after the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals released a statement commending the American Massage Therapy Association’s (AMTA) statement in which the AMTA announced its support of the MBLEx. The exam gives massage therapy students another option for licensing in Missouri.

The MBLEx is currently recognized by more than 15 states, including Florida, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington and West Virginia. The MBLEx was introduced on Oct. 1, 2007, and developed by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.

What are your thoughts on this? If you’re a massage therapy student, do you plan on taking the MBLEx upon graduation? If you’re already working in the field, do you think this is a good option?