The Philippines is one of the few countries where the term hot massage therapy is still being used to describe massage techniques.
However, many Filipinos believe it has been hijacked by foreigners and that there is little regulation to protect their rights.
A report by the Philippine Institute of Health and Welfare in March 2017 found that nearly a third of all massage therapists were foreign-born.
As the Philippines has a population of just over 40 million, its shortage of massage therapists is growing.
But the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH) says it has taken steps to ensure its massage therapists are in the country legally.
“The ministry has launched the ‘Hot Massage Safety Certificate’ to assist massage therapists in obtaining permits for activities and training in massage therapy in the Republic of the Philippines,” the MOH said in a statement.
The MOH also said it had made changes to its licensing system to ensure that massage therapists can operate without being subjected to undue pressure and harassment.
Currently, the MOHA only issues a license if the massage therapist has completed training and has a minimum of three years of experience.
If the massage therapists training is completed in less than three years, they can apply for a certificate of qualification.
MOH also requires that massage therapy practitioners register with the MOHC, where they can prove they have completed a minimum three-year training and have passed a physical examination.
In April, the ministry said it has issued more than 4,000 permits for massage therapy training in the past year.
And the Philippines is not the only country where foreign-owned massage therapists operate in the public sector.
Chinese massage therapists operating in the US have also gained some legitimacy in recent years.
They have received some criticism for their high-pressure methods, particularly after the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida in June 2016.
Although massage therapy has traditionally been seen as a Western practice, the use of Chinese massage therapists has gained popularity in the United States.
According to a survey conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), in 2017, there were 5.8 million massage therapists across the United States, representing just under 3% of all licensed massage therapists.
Marmaras popularity in America has been growing in recent decades, as the number of Americans with a bachelor’s degree in massage practice has grown.
With its booming economy, the Philippines and other countries in the region are seeing an increase in the number and number of foreign-trained massage therapists, which can be seen in the growth in the industry.
Experts say the rise in popularity is in part due to the popularity of Chinese medicine and massage therapies.
While many massage therapists have been trained in other countries, the popularity and success of Chinese-trained therapists has brought a wave of foreign practitioners to the Philippines.
Read more about the Philippine massage industry here.