Visiting Instructors Subject to NY Massage Law

NY SB 1318, discussed in our previous legislative update, was signed into law on March 13, 2015. The new law provides that a massage therapist who is licensed in good standing in another state, and who is conducting a hands-on demonstration of modalities and techniques within New York State, is subject to the disciplinary and regulatory authority of the New York Board of Regents, and must comply with the all of the provisions of the New York massage therapy law. The law takes effect immediately.
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South Dakota Bill Would Make Minor Changes to Licensing Law

South Dakota HB 1102, discussed in our previous legislative update, was signed into law on March 11, 2015. The new law amends the state's massage therapist licensing statute by removing the high school graduation requirement for licensure. The bill also clarifies that the Massage Board has authority to grant a massage therapist license to an applicant even though he or she “has been convicted of, or pled guilty to a felony, any crime involving or relating to the practice of massage, or any crime involvi
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Update on Arkansas HB 1562

Arkansas HB 1562 has now been signed into law. The final version of the bill does not include Bowenwork exclusion or the registration requirement mentioned in our previous Legislative Update. The new law does extend the definition of prohibited sexual misconduct to include an express prohibition against “sexual activity with consent of or at the request of a client,” and also adds new options for late license renewal by licensees who are on active military duty.
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Arkansas State Board of Health To Regulate Massage

AR S 145 was passed by the Arkansas state legislature and has been signed into law.  The new law abolishes the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy and transfers all of the Board’s powers, duties, and functions, including rulemaking, licensing, and adjudications, to the Arkansas State Board of Health.  The main provisions of the law go into effect on October 1, 2015. This is purely an administrative transfer and most therapists should not notice any change in how their licenses are handled.  Howe
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Exemption in Idaho for Certain Visiting Therapists

Idaho HB 23 was signed into law on March 5, 2015.  Under the new law, starting on July 1, 2015, an Idaho massage license is not required for therapists who are currently licensed, registered or certified in another state or foreign country if they are practicing in Idaho on clients participating in organized athletic teams or events, or in performing arts companies, for no more than sixty 60 days in a calendar year.
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Montana Law Make Technical Change

Montana SB 104 was signed into law on February 25, 2015.  The law makes a purely technical change to the state’s massage therapy law by deleting the provisions pertaining to obtaining a license by grandfathering, which expired in 2012.
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CE Hours Reduced in North Dakota

North Dakota SB 2085, discussed in our previous legislative update, was signed into law on April 8, 2015. The final version of the law amends the state’s massage therapy statute by reducing the number of continuing education hours required for massage therapists in North Dakota from 32 to 24, every two years.  The law also reduces the number of CE hours that can be earned remotely from 12 to nine, and requires three hours of ethics CE.  No CE is required during a licensee’s initial two-year licensi
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ABMP Massage School Census Report Released

ABMP’s ninth biennial census of massage school programs—a comprehensive look at massage school and graduation numbers—was completed earlier this year. ABMP contacted more than 1,400 programs in our database and asked them one question: “How many students graduated from your primary massage program in 2014?” Read the full report here:
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Mandatory Massage Establishment License Proposed in North Carolina

The North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy will be holding a public hearing on April 23, 2015 in Raleigh to discuss its recent proposed amendments to the state’s massage regulations, including new rules which would create a mandatory state license requirement for massage establishments. Click here to read the proposed amendments posted on the Board’s website. Under the Board’s proposal, all massage and bodywork therapy establishments, meaning all premises on which massage and bodyw
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New Arkansas Bill Would Transfer Massage Regulation to State Health Board

AR S 145 was recently introduced in the Arkansas state legislature.  The bill proposes to amend the Arkansas massage therapy law by abolishing the State Board of Massage Therapy and transferring all of the Board’s powers, duties, and functions, including rulemaking, licensing, and adjudications, to the Arkansas State Board of Health.  We will keep you informed of important developments on this bill.
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Arkansas Bills Would Exempt Bowen Technique from State License Requirement

Two new bills introduced in the Arkansas legislature, HB 1562 and HB 1589, seek to exempt practitioners of Bowen therapy and Bowen techniques from the state’s massage licensure requirement.  Under these bills, Bowen practitioners would not be required to hold a state massage license to practice in Arkansas as long as they are certified by a professional or credentialing agency which (1) requires a minimum level of training, demonstration of competence, and adherence to an approved scope of practice and e
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Oregon Bill Proposes Increasing Entry Level Education Standards and the Regulation of Bodywork

A new bill, Oregon SB 298, has been introduced in the Oregon Senate that proposes to regulate bodywork practitioners in same manner that Oregon law currently regulates massage therapists.  Under the bill, those practicing bodywork would be required to obtain a state license, just as massage practitioners are currently required to do.  “Bodywork” is defined in the bill as:  “any form of touch therapy that uses manipulation, movement, energy or repatterning to produce structural and functional change
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Indiana Bill Would Change Governing Standards for Massage Therapists

Currently, massage therapists in Indiana are governed by the professional licensing standards of practice set forth in Indiana Code 25-1-11.  Under a new bill recently introduced in the Indiana legislature, HB 1360, massage therapists would instead be governed by the health professions standards of practice set forth in Indiana Code 25-1-9.  This change would make massage therapists subject to the same general standards of practice as members of other health professions in Indiana, rather grouping massage
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Washington Bill Proposes Criminal Penalties for Business Owners Who Allow Unlicensed Practice

A new bill introduced in the Washington state legislature, HB 1252, would amend the state’s massage therapy law by imposing new criminal penalties on massage and reflexology business owners who allow unlicensed practice in their businesses.  The bill states that any person who, “with knowledge or criminal negligence,” allows the unlicensed practice of massage or reflexology in his or her massage or reflexology business is guilty of a gross misdemeanor for the first violation, and a class C felony for
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Nevada Legislature Considers Revisions to Massage Law

Nevada AB 126, recently introduced in the state legislature, proposes to make several changes to the state’s massage therapy law.  Among those proposed changes are: Language exempting nail technologists from the massage licensing requirement if they massage only the hands, feet, forearms, or lower legs of a client within their permissible scope of practice; Requiring that license applicants pass an examination administered by an “accredited board,” rather than a board that is specifically accre
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Alaska Massage Therapy Board Has Been Appointed

The members of the Alaska Board of Massage Therapists have been appointed by the Governor, and the Board held its first Board meeting on February 5 and 6, 2015.  Information about the Board, and the agenda for the February Board meeting, can be found here.  The Board has not yet issued the regulations that will govern the state massage licensing process, and license applications are not yet available.  We will notify our Alaska members by email when the regulations are issued and applications are ava
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New Reflexology and Massage Bills Introduced in NY

New bills affecting the reflexology and massage therapy professions have been introduced in the New York State legislature this session. AB 2286 and SB 2599 would require that anyone practicing reflexology in New York State obtain a New York reflexology license.  The bills would create a new State Board of Reflexology to administer the licensing program.  In order to obtain the new mandatory license, an applicant would be required to: hold a current certificate from the American Reflexology Certifi
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Minnesota Voluntary Credentialing Bill Reintroduced

As mentioned in our prior update, the Minnesota voluntary credentialing bill for massage therapists did not pass in 2014.  However, the bill has been reintroduced this year in the Minnesota House of Representatives as House File 644. Representative Nick Zerwas is the chief author and there are over 25 co-authors. If passed, the bill would: • Create a voluntary credential - practitioners voluntarily choosing to register would be allowed to the use the very specific title:  Registered Massage and Bo
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South Dakota Bill Would Make Minor Changes to Licensing Law

South Dakota HB 1102, recently introduced in the South Dakota legislature, proposes to amend the state’s massage therapist licensing law by removing the high school graduation requirement for licensure. The bill also clarifies that the Massage Board has authority to grant a massage therapist license to an applicant even though he or she “has been convicted of, or pled guilty to a felony, any crime involving or relating to the practice of massage, or any crime involving dishonesty or moral turpitude,”
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North Dakota Bills Would Reduce CE Hours and Allow Background Checks

Two bills have recently been introduced in North Dakota that could impact licensed massage therapists in the state. North Dakota SB 2085 proposes to reduce the number of continuing education hours required for massage therapists in North Dakota from 32 to 24, every two years.  However, the bill would also reduce the number of CE hours that can be earned remotely from 12 to nine, and would require that four of the 24 CE hours be in ethics. No CE would be required during a licensee's initial two-year lice
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Idaho Bill Would Allow Temporary Practice for Out-of-State Licensees

Idaho H23 was recently introduced in the Idaho legislature.   Under this bill, an Idaho massage license would not be required for practitioners licensed in another state who are “practicing on clients participating in organized athletic events or affiliated with or employed by established athletic teams, athletic organizations or performing arts companies temporarily practicing, competing or performing in [Idaho] for no more than sixty (60) days in a calendar year.”  ABMP supports H23 and we will ke
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Hawaii Bill Proposes New Massage License/Registration Categories

A new bill,HI HB 1390, has been introduced in the Hawaii House of Representatives which, if passed, would add two new categories for massage therapists in Hawaii:  “certified massage therapist” and “massage therapy assistant.”  The current licensed massage therapist (LMT) category would remain in place as well.  The bill is currently in the initial stages of the state legislative process and may or may not become law in Hawaii. The bill defines a “certified massage therapist” as a Hawaii-l
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Oklahoma Massage Therapy Licensing Bill Introduced

A new bill, OK SB 687, has been introduced in the Oklahoma State Senate which, if passed, would require that all Oklahoma massage therapists obtain a state massage therapy license in order to practice. Additionally, anyone using any title indicating that he or she is a massage therapist, or who uses the term “massage” in advertising, would be required to have a massage therapy license. Click here to read the bill. The bill is currently in the initial stages of the state legislative process and may or ma
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Wyoming Massage Therapy Licensing Bill Introduced

A new bill, WY S 86, has been introduced in the Wyoming State Senate which, if passed, would require that Wyoming massage therapists hold a state professional license in order to practice.  Click here to read the bill.  The bill is currently in the initial stages of the state legislative process and may or may not become law in Wyoming. If passed, the bill would create a new Wyoming state board of massage therapy which would have duties including issuing licenses, establishing rules for continuing educ
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Kansas Massage Therapy Licensure Legislation Senate Bill 40 Hearing Scheduled – Action: Please contact your legislator!

Massage Therapy Licensure Hearing Set The Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 40 on Tuesday February 3rd at 1:30 PM. Senate Bill 40 is the bill supported by a coalition of massage therapists, including ABMP, to enact legislation to provide for a professional license to practice massage. Now is the time for each supporter of licensure to contact your local legislators. There will not be much time during the hearing so send your opinions to Senators at your earlies
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New York Assembly Bill 9259

New York Assembly Bill 9259 was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on December 17, 2014. Under the new law, a massage therapist who holds a massage license in another state does not need to have a New York State massage license in order to teach the hands on portion of a CE course in New York, as long as the CE course (1) is taught in connection with a CE program that is conducted by a New York State-approved CE sponsor, and (2) pertains to a modality that falls within New York's scope of practice for massa
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New Background Check Requirement for All Florida-Licensed Massage Therapists

A new law was passed in Florida this year, s.456.0135, F.S, which imposes new background check requirements on massage therapists.  Under the new law, all Florida-licensed massage therapists who received their license prior to July 1, 2014 must complete a criminal background check prior to January 31, 2015.  Massage therapists who have certain types of felony offenses in their records (explained in more detail below) will have their licenses suspended. Here are the specifics of the new law and how i
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NCBTMB Will No Longer Offer Licensing Exams

At the recent Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) Annual Meeting, it was announced that the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) will no longer be offering or accepting licensure examapplications as of November 1, 2014, and will cease offering licensure exams effective February 1, 2015. The NCBTMB exams used for licensing include the: National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB) National Certification Exam for Therapeuti
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Email Scams Continue to Target Massage Therapists

> Report online scams. Updated 8/29/2014 by admin Internet Scams Target Massage Therapists Please note! ABMP has received several reports reporting this scam. Be aware! In recent weeks, reports of email and text scams targeting massage practitioners have greatly increased, to the point that we can’t post them all here. However, they are only slight variations of the scams posted below. Please be vigilant and savvy, especially if someone asks for a “favor” in which they overpay you on a cre
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New Alaska Massage Therapy Licensing Law

Alaska House Bill 328 was signed by Governor Parnell on August 11, 2014, and is now the law in Alaska.  The law requires that all massage therapists practicing in Alaska must have a state-issued massage license. The new law does not go into effect until July 15, 2015.  There is nothing that you need to do immediately, since a State Board of Massage Therapists has not been appointed by the Governor yet, administrative regulations have not been issued yet, and license applications are not available yet.
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Wisconsin Continuing Education Requirement

The Wisconsin Massage Therapy and Bodywork Affiliated Credentialing Board has announced that beginning with the license renewal period that starts on March 1, 2015, each Massage Therapist/Bodywork Therapist must complete 24 hours of continuing education (CE), including two hours of ethics, to renew a license. License renewal periods run from March 1 of every odd-numbered year to February 28 of the next odd-numbered year. This means that you must complete the required 24 hours of CE by February 28, 201
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CA Bill Reauthorizing CAMTC Signed Into Law

AB 1147 was signed into law by Governor Brown on September 18, 2014. The bill authorizes the continuation of statewide voluntary certification for massage therapists by the California Massage Therapy Council. In addition the bill does the following: Reauthorizes the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) organization until 1/1/2017. Changes the composition of the CAMTC board of directors from a majority of board members appointed by the massage profession, to a composition in which the net result
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NJ Bills Propose New Licensure Qualifications and Energy Work Exemption

Recently introduced NJ Senate Bill 1608 propose to make two important changes to New Jersey’s massage therapy licensing law. The current massage law requires that license applicants have either completed 500 educational hours in a massage program or passed a national massage exam.  The new bills propose to require that applicants have completed 500 educational hours in a massage program and passed a national massage exam.  This would apply to people applying for a license for the first time, not to p
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New Requirements for Massage License and Registration Applicants in Maryland

Maryland HB 1157, which we discussed in our February 2014 legislative update, has been signed by Governor O’Malley and is now state law.  The law goes into effect on October 1, 2014, and impacts only those people who receive their massage license or registration for the first time on or after October 1, 2014.  The changes made by the new law do not affect people who hold a current Maryland massage license or registration, or people who receive their license or registration between now and September 30,
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Utah – Reflexology and Ortho-Bionomy Are Now Exempt from State Licensure

On April 1, 2014, Governor Herbert signed into law two bills which create new exemptions from the massage licensing law. House Bill 207 provides that practitioners whose practices are limited to the manipulation of the soft tissues of the hands, feet, and outer ears, including practitioners of reflexology and foot zone therapy, are not be required to have a state massage therapy license, as long as: (1) the practitioner is certified by and in good standing with an industry-recognized organization that r
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Con Artist Back to Targeting Massage Therapists, Making Advances

After Incarceration, Man Calling with Sham Job Offers and Stalking Practitioners Again Update, March 31, 2014: ABMP has received reports from members in the Maryland/D.C. area that this man is back at it again. Using the same names—Steven Min, Steven Poe, Steven Sung, and Steven Yamamoto—he has begun soliciting individual massage therapists and their places of business again. He draws therapists in by offering a significant amount of money to work with “high rollers,” this time at the Rocky Gap
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An Update on the Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), was signed into law by President Obama in March, 2010.  The ACA focuses primarily on new consumer protections, improving quality and lowering the costs of healthcare, and increasing access to affordable care. In addition, there are sections in the law that have the potential to support the integration of massage professionals and other complementary and alternative health care providers into state-regulated insurance plans. The ACA ensures that healt
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Volunteer Outreach Opportunities

ABMP Members, if you’re seeking volunteers for an event you’re organizing, log in to the ABMP Members section and under Marketing Center select "Outreach and Volunteer Opportunities - Do you have an event you would like posted?" Welcome Home Warrior Retreat Sponsor: Welcome Home Warrior, Inc. non-profit 501c3 Date: April 18, 2015 Location: Golden Bell Camp and Conference Center Contact Name: Ann Stratton Contact Phone: 303-589-1894 (text) Contact Email: Website
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Certification Now Required for Non-Licensed Reflexologists in Washington State

As we noted in our April 2012 legislative update, Senate Bill 6103 amended Washington’s massage licensing statute by requiring that reflexologists who do not have a Washington State massage license must obtain a state reflexology certification (also referred to as a credential).  The state has developed rules to implement the change, which can be read here. Reflexology practitioners who already have a Washington State massage license do not need to obtain the reflexology certification. Reflexology
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Human Trafficking Notices Must Now Be Posted Unless You Are CAMTC-Certified

Last fall we notified our California members that Senate Bill 1193, which added section 52.6 to the California Civil Code, would be requiring that massage establishments -- except those that employ only California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC)-certified therapists -- must conspicuously post written human trafficking notices.  The law is now in effect. As a result, If you practice massage or bodywork in California, and you do not have any other massage therapists or bodyworkers as employees, you mu
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ABMP Members In The News

***** If your practice was mentioned in print, online, on the radio, or on TV, please let ABMP know. Send an email to with the subject line "Members in the News" and a link to the online news coverage. ***** (March/April, 2014) Valecia Weeks: Massage ... Cellulite's Worst Enemy Carolan McFarland: Massage therapist retiring after 24 years Amanda Smith: Bucyrus Massage Therapy fulfills dream for three partners Celeste Kelly and Grace Granatelli: Equine Massage T
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