By the Division of Professional Licensure

Local boards of health may regulate fields not licensed as Massage Therapy.

The rules and regulations regarding Massage Therapy do not prevent or restrict the practice of a person who uses touch, words, or directed movement to deepen awareness of patterns of movement in the body, or the affectation of the human energy system or acupoints or Qi meridians of the human body. Such practices shall include, but not be limited to:

  • Feldenkrais Method
  • Reflexology
  • Trager Approach
  • Ayurvedic Therapies
  • Rolf Structural Integration
  • Polarity; Polarity Therapy, or Polarity Therapy Bodywork
  • Asian Bodywork Therapy that does not constitute massage
  • Acupressure
  • Jin Shin Do
  • Qi Gong
  • Tui Na
  • Shiatsu
  • Body-Mind Centering
  • Reiki.

These exempt practitioners may use the terms "bodywork", "bodyworker" and "bodywork therapist" in their promotional literature. They may not claim to practice massage or massage therapy. Individuals desiring to practice these professions should contact their local COMMUNITY.

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