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Massachusetts law about massage therapy

A compilation of laws, regulations, and web sources on massage therapy law.

Table of Contents

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Board of Registration of Massage Therapy

This is the agency that licenses massage therapists. Contains links to licensing information and forms.

Massachusetts laws

  • MGL c.13, § 98 Board of Registration of Massage Therapy
  • MGL c.13, § 99 Powers and duties of Board of Registration of Massage Therapy
  • MGL c.112 :
    • § 227 Definitions
    • § 228 Licensing of massage therapists
    • § 229 Application for massage therapist license; renewal
    • § 230 Reciprocal licenses for massage therapists
    • § 231 Requirements for licensing of massage therapists from other jurisdictions
    • § 232 Unethical or unprofessional conduct
    • § 233 Licensing of massage therapy schools
    • § 234 Regulations by board
    • § 235 Advertising by massage therapists

Massachusetts regulations

269 CMR  Board of Registration of Massage Therapists


Web sources

Massage & bodywork state licensing requirements,
Provides handy access to regulations from other states. The information is somewhat dated, but is an easy entry point to regulations in other jurisdictions.

Preemption of local boards of health from licensing and regulating massage therapists, Division of Professional Licensure, January 30, 2008
"Cities and towns are no longer authorized through their local boards of health or otherwise, to issue massage therapy licenses and/or regulate the field."



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Within Massachusetts only


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