How Are These Services Regulated?
for training and licensing of massage therapists and bodyworkers
represent a wide range of approaches to governing the profession. ABMP supports a fair
and balanced approach to regulation that is responsive to the needs of individual states.
Different standards reflecting local education, traditions and public-protection needs may
be appropriate. See
Public Policy and Licensing
Regulations may be pending in some states listed here. For the most current
information, check with the State Departments of Regulatory Agencies.
These states have statewide regulation in effect, or in a few cases, in process. Some local
governments in the unregulated states govern massage on a local level. Visit
and click on
Online Library to search for local regulations.
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
The District of Columbia and other U.S. territories may have regulations of their own.
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