Kentucky Bill Proposes 6% Sales Tax on Massage Services

The Kentucky legislature introduced House Bill 8 (HB 8) this session, which would impose a 6% sales tax on massage services. ABMP opposes HB 8 and invites you to take action to oppose this bill before it becomes law—contact your senator today.

Oregon Proposes New Massage Therapy Rules

The proposed rules were released February 2022 and primarily affect the following areas: board member stipends and duties, definitions, continuing education requirements, and communicable disease control measures. Read ABMP's full summary to see how the rules may impact your practice.

Take the FSMTB Job Task Analysis Survey

The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) invites massage and bodywork therapy professionals to participate in the 2022 Job Task Analysis (JTA) Survey. This survey, which will be available beginning February 22, 2022, seeks to ensure that the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) reflects current practice.

FSMTB Initiates Litigation to Protect the Integrity of the MBLEx

The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) has initiated litigation in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas against Footy Rooty Development, Inc. D/B/A Footy Rooty Institute Houston, its officers, and other participating parties. The litigation was initiated by FSMTB, alleging copyright and trade secret infringement related to the intellectual property interests of the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx®).

Oregon Board of Massage Therapy Seeks New Board Member

Are you interested in serving on the Oregon State Board of Massage Therapy? There will be one seat open to a licensed massage therapist this May, and Governor Brown’s office is looking for qualified applicants. If you wish to apply, email by February 23, 2022, so we may nominate you.

Late-Life Exercise May Slow the Effects of Aging

The study, “Late-Life Exercise Mitigates Skeletal Muscle Epigenetic Aging,” was published in Aging Cell and suggests that exercise may keep humans not just looking younger, but physically younger on an epigenetic level.

Indiana Proposes Rules for Massage Therapy Licensure and Continuing Education

The Indiana State Board of Massage Therapy proposed new rules as a necessary step to bring licensure protocols into effect. These proposed rules would primarily change the term “certificate holder” to “license holder,” and outline continuing education requirements for renewal once licensure is the law of the land, among other modifications.

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