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. We will keep you informed about these developments as they occur. Important Provisions of the New Massage Law (1)      Establishment of a State Board of Massage Therapy.  The Governor will appoint a five-member Board of Massage Therapy, which will consist of four massage therapists and one public member.  The Board will be responsible for issuing regulations concerning massage licensing and practice, establishing continuing education requirements, and imposing disciplinary sanctions. (2)      Licensure Requirements for Current Practitioners (Grandfathering).  Anyone who applies for their license before July 1, 2017 can qualify by grandfathering by showing that they owned, operated, or worked for a massage therapy business and performed the practice of massage therapy before July 1, 2017. (3)      Applicants who do not qualify for grandfathering must have completed 500 hours of approved massage education and passed a national massage exam that has been approved by the Board.  All applicants must have a current CPR certification. (4)      Exemptions.  Numerous practices are exempted from the licensing requirement, including structural integration/Rolfing, energy work, Native American Healing, and massage in the athletic departments of state-funded institutions and schools approved by the Board.  Please see section 08.61.080 on pages 6-8 of the law for the full list of exemptions. (5)      Titles and Marketing Materials.  Licensed massage therapists will be required to use as professional identification appropriate letters or title (such as “LMT” or “Licensed Massage Therapist”) after their name on all signs, business cards, and other marketing materials. (6)      Preemption of Local Massage License Requirements.  The new state law preempts local massage licensing laws.  This means that municipalities will not be able to require local massage licenses, although they can still require general business licenses. Again, we will keep you informed about what you will need to do, and when, once a Board is formed and regulations are issued.  In the meantime, we encourage you to read over the new law here, since it directly impacts you and your profession. Please contact ABMP’s Government Relations Coordinator, Nancy Potter, at with any questions you may have.


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Louisiana Governor Signs Two Bills Impacting Massage Therapy Schools

House Bill No. 240 creates a provisional license for any graduate of a massage therapy school, allowing them to work while they wait for their licensure application to be approved. Senate Bill No. 286 allows educational hours above 500 to be taught either in person or via distance learning.

South Carolina Bill Changes Massage Therapy Act

Senate Bill 227 amends the massage therapy scope of practice, definitions, fees, license qualifications, and misconduct. The bill also adds the following new sections: public roster, licensure by endorsement, and establishment licensure.


In Celebration of Pride Month: Resources from ABMP

A multicolored Pride Flag representing the LGBTQIA+ community.

This month, to honor the LGBTQIA+ community, we want to take a moment to celebrate the diversity of our members along with their clients, as well as provide educational resources from our magazine, CE library, and podcasts. 


ABMP Recognized for Top Publications

The 42nd Annual EXCEL Awards were celebrated on June 22, 2022. SIIA’s EXCEL Awards is the largest and most prestigious program recognizing excellence and leadership in association media, publishing, marketing, and communication.

ABMP was recognized for some of our top publications and educational offerings:

Read the May / June 2022 Issue of Massage & Bodywork Magazine

The May/June 2022 issue of ABMP's Massage & Bodywork magazine is available at ABMP members get a print subscription as part of membership, and the digital edition is available online and free to the profession.

In this issue, we explore pelvic tilt and spinal compensation, improving bodywork through breath, and how listening to your clients is a superpower. We also discuss SI joint dysfunction, overuse injuries, and much more!⁠

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