Sunday, February 8, 2009

Massage Therapy Certification Law Will Be Effective Sept. 1, 2009

The Los Angeles Times reported on a new California law creating the Massage Therapist Organization and how it will make it easier for professional massage therapists to practice in various cities.

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The new law provides for the voluntary certification of massage therapists and massage practitioners by an organization approved by the state. Massage therapists who are certified will be able to avoid meeting various and often conflicting local massage therapy regulations. The law does not provide for licensure (which is a goal for those who lobbied for the legislation). The law does not define the massage therapy scope of practice but is a step forward for consumers who will be able to select a certified massage therapist who have met certain educational criteria and passed a Department of Justice background check. The law will be effective September 1, 2009.

For the text of SB 731:


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