Recent News and Legislative Updates

Indiana State Certification Update and Volunteer Opportunity

Applications for state certification will be available the first week of February. They will be posted on the State Board of Massage Therapy website: State certification is a title protection act. Two titles are protected - "Certified Massage Therapist" (CMT) and "Massage Therapist"(MT). Only practitioners using these titles need to apply for state certification.

Michigan Licensing Bill Signed by Governor Granholm

Today, House Bill 5651, providing for the state licensing of massage therapists, was signed into law by Governor Granholm. While the law is effective immediately, it will take some time to implement. There is no action for you to take at this time. It will likely take at least 6-12 months before applications become available, ABMP will continue to keep members informed. The law will benefit the massage therapy community in three primary ways:
  • Minimum training requirements and scope of practice are defined.
  • An avenue for consumer complaint is established.

New York Budget Proposal Would Tax Massage

On December 16, 2008, Governor Paterson released the Executive Budget plan for 2009-2010. In an effort to reduce a record $13.7 billion budget deficit, the Executive Budget recommends increasing and extending taxes and fees along with spending cuts in virtually all government programs. If the recommended budget is passed, massage therapists would potentially be affected by three proposed measures:

Public Information Meeting Regarding New CO Regs of MTs

From the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies: New Colorado legislation requires all massage therapists in Colorado must hold a certificate of registration by April 1, 2009. The Colorado Division of Registrations is holding public meetings on Thursday, December 18, 2008, to discuss these changes. The free session is an opportunity to learn more and ask questions about new registration and licensing rules, educational requirements, and important deadlines.   Date: Thursday, December 18, 2008


Minnesota Update on Licensing Effort This email is being sent by ABMP at the request of the Alliance for Licensing Massage Therapists (ALMT). ABMP will continue to represent members with this organization. If you’re interested in becoming more involved you can register with the ALMT or contact Jean Robinson at


The Indiana State Board of Massage Therapy intends to hold a public hearing on the proposed rules (LSA Document #08-351 and LSA Document # 08-352) on November 14, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. in the Indiana Government Center South, Professional Licensing Agency, 402 West Washington Street Conference Room W064, Indianapolis, Indiana.


View ABMP's comments on the proposed rules for establishments. The Board of Registration of Massage Therapy will be hosting a public hearing scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 31, 2008 at 239 Causeway Street, Second Floor, Boston, MA, 02114. Interested parties will be given an opportunity to present testimony orally or in writing at the hearing regarding proposed rules for massage therapy establishments. You may also mail or e-mail your comments.


The Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is hosting an information session on Saturday November 8, 2008 from 9am-noon. The purpose is to provide professionals impacted by new legislation (i.e. Massage Therapists and Occupational Therapists) with information regarding the Department and the new registration requirements for both professions. Please see the link below for additional information: