New York

Office of the Professions: Massage Therapy
89 Washington Ave
Second Floor
Albany, NY 12234
Phone: 518-474-3817 ext. 410
Fax: 518-474-1449
Note: Massage category is #27.
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Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 1000 hours and state exam
Renewal: 36 hours/3 years
Up to 36 hours can be online. Provider should be NY approved.

Regulation Type: 
State License

New York COVID-19 Update

The reopening of businesses in New York State is happening on a regional basis, and our members' businesses fall into different phases of reopening. Additional information and guidelines about each phase are below, but here is a brief overview.

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.

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 massage.


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