Connecticut massage requirements establish the educational and examination requirements for an individual to become a massage therapist in the state. In Connecticut individuals who practice massage therapy are considered Licensed Massage Therapists and must graduate from an approved school and pass an approved examination.
Connecticut requires 24 continuing education credits every four years. 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 Connecticut Massage Therapist Licensure office of the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
Connecticut Regulatory Board
Connecticut Department of Public Health
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500 hours from an accredited school
24 hours every 4 years
Page last Updated June 16, 2015
Please contact the Connecticut Department of Public Health for current Examination requirements for Massage Therapist Licensure in Connecticut.
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 NCBTMB.org for further information on Board Certification.
Sec. 20-206a. Definitions. As used in subsection (c) of section 19a-14 and sections 20-206a to 20-206f,
inclusive, and Section 3 of Public Act 07-35:
As used in subsection (c) of section 19a-14, and sections 20-206a to 20-206g, inclusive:
(a) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Public Health.
(b) "Department" means the Department of Public Health.
(c) "Massage therapist" means a person who has been licensed to practice massage therapy under the
provisions of sections 20-206a to 20-206f, inclusive.
(d) "Massage therapy" means the systematic and scientific manipulation and treatment of the soft tissues
of the body, by use of pressure, friction, stroking, percussion, kneading, vibration by manual or
mechanical means, range of motion and nonspecific stretching. Massage therapy may include the use of
oil, ice, hot and cold packs, tub, shower, steam, dry heat, or cabinet baths, for the purpose of, but not
limited to, maintaining good health and establishing and maintaining good physical and mental condition.
Massage therapy does not encompass (1) diagnosis, the prescribing of drugs or medicines, spinal or other
joint manipulations, (2) any service or procedure for which a license to practice medicine, chiropractic,
natureopathy, physical therapy, or podiatry is required by law, or (3) Thai yoga practiced by a person who
is registered as a yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance Registry and has completed two hundred hours of
training in Thai yoga.
(e) "Massage" shall have the same meaning as "massage therapy", as defined in subsection (d) of this
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