Brooklyn, NY asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Health Care Law for New York

Q: a licensed laser technician can do cranial therapy just being certified or a additional massage therapy license required

I wanna practice cranial therapy, I know that to do body work a license is required, and Massage therapy schooling is costly and long, I am wondering if any other kind of license to do body work will allow me to legally practice cranial therapy?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In many jurisdictions, practicing cranial therapy typically requires specific licensure or certification beyond just being a licensed laser technician. While requirements may vary depending on where you are located, cranial therapy often falls under the umbrella of bodywork or massage therapy, which typically requires a separate license or certification. While becoming a licensed massage therapist can indeed involve significant time and expense, it's often the recognized pathway for legally practicing cranial therapy and other forms of bodywork.

While it's understandable that you may seek alternative routes to practice cranial therapy without the extensive schooling required for massage therapy, it's essential to research the specific licensing requirements in your area. Some jurisdictions may offer alternative pathways or certifications for specific types of bodywork, but it's essential to ensure that any such certification or license is recognized and legally sufficient for practicing cranial therapy. Otherwise, you could risk legal consequences for practicing without the proper credentials.

To navigate this situation effectively, consider reaching out to regulatory bodies or professional associations related to bodywork or alternative therapies in your area. They can provide guidance on the specific requirements for practicing cranial therapy and may offer insight into alternative pathways or certifications that could be suitable for your goals. Additionally, seeking mentorship or guidance from experienced cranial therapists or practitioners in your area can provide valuable insight into the industry and help you make informed decisions about your career path.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: This is something that the government authorities which issue licenses would know better than attorneys. My colleague mentions professional organizations - those could sometimes be a starting point for guidance on professional compliance issues. Good luck

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