By the Division of Professional Licensure


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Boston, Massachusetts 02118-6100

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Ana Garcia, Associate Executive Director
FeiYan Chen, Administrator
Wendy Barrientos, Administrator

Massage therapy is the systematic treatment of the soft tissues of the body by use of pressure, friction, stroking, percussion, kneading, vibration by manual or mechanical means, range of motion for purposes of demonstrating muscle excursion or muscle flexibility and nonspecific stretching. Massage Therapy may include the use of oil, ice, hot and cold packs, tub, shower, steam, dry heat or cabinet baths, in which the primary intent is to enhance or restore the health and well-being of the client.

A Massage Therapist is a person, licensed by the board, who instructs or administers massage or massage therapy for compensation.

The Board reviews legislation and proposes new rules and regulations affecting the profession. It maintains high standards within the field and protects consumers by investigating and resolving against practitioners. It also works to maintain the educational standards of the profession by directing curricula, licensing schools, and establishing continuing education requirements.