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April, 2004, Vol. 04, Issue 04

Massage Legislation Around the Nation: An Update

By Editorial Staff

More than half of the states in the U.S. - 33, to be exact - and the District of Columbia, have passed legislation regulating massage therapy. Of those states, the laws governing massage in Arizona, Illinois, New Jersey and Kentucky have yet to take effect; their status is as follows:

New Jersey: The regulations governing massage licensing were submitted to the New Jersey Board of Nursing (which is in charge of massage therapy) on Oct. 20, 2003. The board has until Oct. 20, 2004 to adopt the regulations or determine if additional revisions are necessary. Once the regulations have been adopted, the board can move forward with the licensing process. A projected date to issue licenses has not been determined at this time.

Illinois: The Illinois Department of Regulation will begin its licensing process on Jan. 1, 2005. Licensing updates are available at

Arizona: The Arizona Board of Massage Therapy is not currently issuing licenses. Updates can be accessed at the board's Web site at

Kentucky: At press time, the regulations regarding massage therapy had been submitted to Gov. Ernie Fletcher for review; licensing packets could be distributed as early as the next few weeks to months. Visit the Kentucky Division of Occupations and Professions Web site at

Unregulated States

The following states are not currently regulated: Alaska, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming. However:

In February 2003, California introduced Assembly Bill 1388 proposing massage regulation. The bill died in committee; however, a new massage bill could be introduced in 2005.

Massachusetts massage bill, House Bill 3155, was introduced in March 2003 and may reach the legislative floor sometime during this year's session.

Wyoming massage bill, House Bill 68, was introduced in January of this year; however, it was not considered for vote and has been postponed indefinitely.

Massage Today will publish relevant legislative updates as they become available. For more information on each state's licensing requirements, visit to link to each state's massage therapy board Web site.


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