Utah

Division of Occupational & Professional Licensing
Board of Massage
160 East 300 South
PO Box 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741
Phone: 801-530-6628
Fax: 801-530-6511
Email: b2@utah.gov

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Title: Licensed Massage Therapist
Requirement: 600 hours and NCETMB or MBLEx
Renewal: no CEU requirement/2 years

Regulation Type: 
State License

Reiki is Exempt from Licensure Requirement in Utah Under Certain Circumstances

Reiki is now exempt from the massage license requirement in Utah if it is used as a “spiritual healing art” and does not involve the methods outlined in the Utah massage statute’s scope of practice for Massage Therapy.  However, should a Reiki Practitioner while performing the “spiritual healing art” involve the use of any of the methods outlined in the scope of practice for Massage Therapy, then the Reiki Practitioner must be licensed as a Massage Therapist.

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:

Utah - Bills Would Exempt Reflexology and Ortho-Bionomy from Licensure

Two bills have been introduced in the Utah state legislature that would 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, would not be required to have a state massage therapy license, as long as:

Utah Bill Would Include "non-touch" as Massage

House Bill 114, Sponsored by Representative Tim Cosgrove (D-Murray), would amend the state’s Massage Therapy Act to close a perceived loophole that allows for unsavory purveyors to trade under the name of massage. The primary changes in the law would be to:
  • Remove the definition of the word “manipulation,” which is defined as “physical contact, with movement, on the clothed or unclothed body”; and

Utah Bill Changes Definition of Massage Therapy

House Bill 243, sponsored by Rep. Morley, amends several provisions of Title 58, Occupations and Professions, regarding the administration and enforcement of licensing laws and related provisions. Lines 756 – 767 specifically address a modification to the definition of massage therapy:

756 (6) "Practice of massage therapy" means: 757 (a) the examination, assessment, and evaluation of the soft tissue structures of the body 758 for the purpose of devising a treatment plan to promote homeostasis;

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The Board of Massage Therapy is now accepting the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx) offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB: www.fsmtb.org) as a qualification for licensure.
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