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How Are These Services Regulated?
State requirements 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.
  1. Alabama
  2. Arkansas
  3. Arizona
  4. California
  5. Colorado
  6. Connecticut
  7. Delaware
  8. Florida
  9. Georgia
  10. Hawaii
  11. Illinois
  12. Indiana
  13. Iowa
  14. Kentucky
  15. Louisiana
  16. Maine
  17. Maryland
  18. Massachusetts
  19. Michigan
  20. Mississippi
  21. Missouri
  22. Montana
  23. Nebraska
  24. New Hampshire
  25. New Jersey
  26. New Mexico
  27. New York
  28. Nevada
  29. North Carolina
  30. North Dakota
  31. Ohio
  32. Oregon
  33. Pennsylvania
  34. Rhode Island
  35. South Carolina
  36. South Dakota
  37. Tennessee
  38. Texas
  39. Utah
  40. Virginia
  41. Washington
  42. West Virginia
  43. Wisconsin
The District of Columbia and other U.S. territories may have regulations of their own.

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