The regulation of massage therapy is done on a state-by-state basis. Currently, 49 states and territories regulate the massage therapy profession in some form to ensure that safe and competent practitioners are the only legal massage therapy professionals practicing on the public. To identify whether your state regulates the massage profession, please see the list below and visit your own state board or agency. In the absence of state regulation, county or municipal ordinances and regulations could be in place. Verify with your city or county prior to making an appointment with a massage therapist. 

Regulated Jurisdictions

Alabama Board of Massage Therapy
Alaska Board of Massage Therapists
Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy
Arkansas Department of Health
California Massage Therapy Council
Colorado Office of Massage Therapy Licensure
Connecticut Department of Public Health
Delaware Board of Massage and Bodywork
District of Columbia Board of Massage Therapy
Florida Board of Massage Therapy
Georgia Board of Massage Therapy
Hawaii Board of Massage Therapy
Idaho Board of Massage Therapy
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Indiana State Board of Massage Therapy
Iowa Board of Massage Therapy
Kentucky Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy
Louisiana Board of Massage Therapy
Maryland State Board of Massage Therapy Examiners
Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation
Massachusetts Board of Registration of Massage Therapy
Michigan Board of Massage Therapy
Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy
Missouri Board of Therapeutic Massage
Montana Board of Massage Therapy
Nebraska Board of Massage Therapy
Nevada State Board of Massage Therapists
New Hampshire Advisory Board of Massage Therapists
New Jersey Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy
New Mexico Massage Therapy Board
New York State Board for Massage Therapy
North Carolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy
North Dakota Board of Massage
Ohio State Medical Board
Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology and Barbering
Oregon Board of Massage Therapists
Pennsylvania State Board of Massage Therapy
Junta Examinadora de Terapeutas de Masaje de Puerto Rico
Rhode Island Department of Health
South Carolina Board of Massage/Bodywork Therapy
South Dakota Board of Massage Therapy
Tennessee Massage Licensure Board
Texas Department of State Health Services
US Virgin Islands Department of Health
Utah Board of Massage Therapy
Virginia Board of Nursing
Washington State Board of Massage
West Virginia Massage Therapy Licensure Board
Wisconsin Massage Therapy and Bodywork Affiliated Credentialing Board