Kentucky Massage Requirements

Kentucky massage requirements establish the educational and examination requirements for an individual to become a massage therapist in the state.  In Kentucky individuals who practice massage therapy are licensed Massage Therapists and must graduate from a board approved  school and pass a board approved examination.  The State of Kentucky Massage Law was Enacted in 2003. The following information is offered as an assistance to those considering a career as a massage therapist.  The information should be verified by consulting the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Massage Theapy.

Kentucky Massage Requirements

Kentucky Massage Regulatory Board

Kentucky Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy

P.O. Box 1360
Frankfort, KY 40602

Phone (502) 564-3296, ext. 239

Fax (502) 696-5230

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Initial Licensure Fee $125

Biennial Renewal Fee (on or before renewal date) $100

Verification of Licensure from another state $15

Education Requirements:

600 hours from a board approved school


The MBLEx or other exam administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards

The State of Ohio Massage Therapy Licensing Exam 

The State of New York Massage Therapy Licensing Exam.

CEU Requirements:

24 hours Biennially

Page last Updated June 16, 2015

The National Certification Examination for Licensure is no longer offered as of November 1, 2014 and National Certification will no longer be offered as of December 31, 2016.  Those who are Nationally Certified will need to upgrade their Certification to Board Certified. Please go to for further information on Board Certification. 

Please see Kentucky Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy for most current statutes


309.350 Definitions for KRS 309.350 to 309.364.

As used in KRS 309.350 to 309.364 unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) "Board" means the Kentucky Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy;

(2) "Board-approved massage program" means one which meets minimum standards for training and curriculum as determined by the board;

(3) "Compensation" means the direct or indirect payment, loan, advance, donation, contribution, deposit, barter, gratuity, or gift of money or anything of value;

(4) "Feldenkrais Method" means a system of somatic education in which touch and words are used to eliminate faulty habits, learn new patterns of self-organization and action, and improve a person’s own functional movement patterns. The method is based on principles of physics, biomechanics and an understanding of, or learning about, human development. The practice is federally trademarked and requires permission from the Feldenkrais Guild to use the term and methodology;

(5) "Massage therapist" means a person who is licensed by the board to administer massage or massage therapy to the public for compensation;

(6) "Polarity therapy" means diverse applications affecting the human energy system. These applications include energetic approaches to somatic contact, verbal facilitation, nutrition, exercise, and health education. Polarity therapy does not make medical claims, diagnose physical ailments, or allow prescription of medications. Standards for schools, education, and practice, the administration of a code of ethics, and a registration process are provided by the American Polarity Therapy Association;

(7) "Practice of massage therapy" means the application, by a massage therapist licensed by the board, of a system of structured touch, pressure, movement, and holding to the soft tissues of the human body with the intent to enhance or restore the health and well-being of the client. The practice includes the external application of water, heat, cold, lubricants, salt scrubs, or other topical preparations; use of electromechanical devices that mimic or enhance the actions of the hands; and determination of whether massage therapy is appropriate or contraindicated, or whether referral to another health care practitioner is appropriate; and

(8) "Trager Approach" means a form of movement education that uses subtle directed movements and the skilled touch of a practitioner. The Trager Approach combines physical movement with sensory awareness and internal imagery designed to increase the client's self-awareness and generate physiological changes in the body tissues so as to allow the client to experience a new way of moving his or her body. The practice is federally trademarked.

Effective: July 15, 2010

History: Amended 2010 Ky. Acts ch. 112, sec. 1, effective July 15, 2010. -- Amended 2006 Ky. Acts ch. 29, sec. 1, effective July 12, 2006. -- Created 2003 Ky. Acts ch. 45, sec. 1, effective June 24, 1003; and ch. 70, sec. 1, effective June 24, 2003.

Legislative Research Commission Note (7/12/2006). Section 1 of 2006 Ky. Acts ch. 29 (Senate Bill 91) made no changes to this statute. The changes to KRS 309.350 contained in the introduced version of the bill were eliminated by Senate Floor Page 2

Amendment 1, which was adopted by the Senate, after which Senate Bill 91 was passed by both chambers with no changes to the existing text of KRS 309.350.

Legislative Research Commission Note (6/24/2003). 2003 Ky. Acts ch. 45, sec. 1, and 2003 Ky. Acts ch. 70, sec. 1, are substantially identical and have been codified together.

309.351 Prohibited acts.

Massage therapists practicing under KRS 309.350 to 309.364 shall not perform any of the following: diagnosis of illness or disease; high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust applied to a joint; spinal or pelvic adjustment or chiropractic manipulation; deep physical agent modalities, except hydrotherapy methods; application of ultrasound; or prescription of medication.

Effective: June 24, 2003

History: Created 2003 Ky. Acts ch. 45, sec. 2, effective June 24, 2003; and ch. 70, sec. 2, effective June 24, 2003.

Legislative Research Commission Note (6/24/2003). 2003 Ky. Acts ch. 45, sec. 2, and 2003 Ky. Acts ch. 70, sec. 2, are substantially identical and have been codified together.

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