Minnesota Massage Therapy State Licensure
45 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands require massage therapists to be licensed, with
California maintaining a voluntary credential. Each individual state has the sole authority to license
massage therapists in their jurisdiction in accordance with local law and established national standards
and practices of the profession. In every instance of licensing, states and territories have developed a
clear set of standards and established a precise number of educational hours for a massage therapist to
gain licensure that are consistent with the best available data and research pertaining to the massage
House Bill draft 3575 to establish licensing of Massage Therapy and Asian Bodywork Therapy, has been introduced into the 91st Minnesota State Legislature on February 20, 2020.
This Bill creates a uniform scope of practice, place Minnesota on par with neighboring states and would also reduce the administrative and financial burdens massage therapists currently face from the patchwork of regulations through needing to comply with multiple city ordinances and regulations across Minnesota. A bill would provide municipal leaders with clear direction on who is eligible to practice and subsequently increase licensure portability outside of the state. Licensure provides protection for both the public and the industry, setting us apart from those elements who seek to corrupt the good name of massage and have the following impacts:
The absence of a license means that massage therapy is essentially an unregulated and largely
unrecognized profession within Minnesota. The absence of statewide license also does nothing
to prevent an individual who behaves in an inappropriate manner to move to another
municipality if a complaint is filed against them.
Allowing massage therapy professionals, who so chose, to participate in health care discussions
through the benefit of a legally defined scope of practice.
Ensuring practice act protection as Minnesota is currently one of only four states where anyone
can state that he or she is a massage therapist regardless of their actual training, length of
experience or competence without fear of legal repercussions.
Licensure for the massage therapist is a critical effort for the industry and one our organizations have
collectively been working on for decades. Please join us in increasing standards, implementing enhanced
protections and supporting licensure for all massage therapists within Minnesota!
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