State Medical Board
Massage Licensing Division
30 East Broad Street, 3rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-6127
Phone: 614-466-3934
Fax: 614-728-5946
Email: contact@med.ohio.gov

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Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: After April 7, 2021: 600 hours with minimum 9 month program, and MBLEx

Regulation Type: 
State License

Ohio COVID-19 State Update—Permission to Practice May 15, 2020

There have been many changes in the massage therapy, esthetics, and cosmetology professions and communities in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), from state orders closing businesses, to reopening phases modifying practice procedures. Below is information regarding your back-to-practice date and safety guidelines to minimize risk of exposure to and spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Proposed Changes to Ohio Massage Rules

The State of Ohio has proposed changes to the state's massage therapy rules which would allow massage therapists to apply ultrasound, diathermy, electrical neuromuscular stimulation, or substantially similar modalities provided that such treatment is under the direction or supervision of a licensed physician, podiatric physician, physician assistant, advanced practice registered nurse, or physical therapist acting within the scope of his or her professional license.

OH Bill Encourages Posting of Human Trafficking Notices

Ohio House Bill 262, which has passed both houses of the legislature and is awaiting signature by Governor John Kasich, encourages, but does not require, any establishment operating as a massage parlor, massage spa, alternative health clinic, or similar entity by persons who do not hold a valid certificate from the state medical board to practice massage therapy to publicly post on its premises a notice containing certain informatio

Ohio Bill Could Have Negative Impact on Massage Therapists

House Bill 259, introduced on June 14, 2011, proposes to exempt individuals who practice energy work or movement education from Ohio’s health care professional licensing laws under which massage therapists are licensed as “limited practitioners of medicine.” The bill contains a lengthy list of “complementary or alternative health care services” that would be exempt from licensing if the bill were to pass. Many of the health care services listed in the bill as exempt are currently regulated under massage therapy and are commonly accepted synonyms for massage and/or bodywork therapies.
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