"Sometimes people are not practicing massage and they have signs out stating that they are," says Charles Wambolt, a licensed massage therapist. Wambolt has been a professional massage therapist for 13 years, and for 10 of those years he's been working on a bill to keep his business professional. Gov. Ronnie Musgrove signed that bill into law, and now because of the legislation, if you want to be licensed in this state, you must first complete a 700-hour course.
"The bill now requires a minimum standard of education, it requires ethics, there's truth in advertising, a lot of issues for public safety are implemented into the bill," Wambolt said.
Lisa Jenkins says, "I want to be a massage therapist, and I feel like that I am good with my hands and I like working and making people feel better, relieving stress for people."
To become registered, Lisa enrolled in the course taught by Wambolt at his business in Long Beach. As they take notes, the students quickly learn that it's truly a science and it is more than just a rub down.
"It's a professional course to take a person from beginning, never having even had a massage before perhaps, to becoming a professional massage therapist," Wambolt said.
Lisa Jenkins adds, "I didn't know that much until today that we learned a lot today; we have a lot more to go."
She's right, there is a lot more to go. Charles will take each of the students through the course that will draw from a great deal of research done on the benefits of massage therapy, as well as, teach proper techniques.
"There's a whole myriad of benefits that one can receive from massage, from the chemical aspects of increasing seratonin levels to decreasing chortasol levels to increasing blood flow, circulation, working with Alzheimer's patients, Parkinson's disease a whole array of different benefits that can be received," Wambolt said.