Georgia Massage Therapists are regulated by the Georgia Board of Massage. You can use this handy tool on their website to look up massage licenses – License Verification Tool -https://verify.sos.ga.gov/verification/
In GA, the law GA. Code 43-24A-3 Definitions defines massage as (9) “Massage therapy” or “massage” means the application of a system of structured touch, pressure, movement, and holding to the soft tissue of the body in which the primary intent is to enhance or restore health and well-being. Such term includes complementary methods, including without limitation cupping therapy, taping techniques, the external application of water, superficial heat, superficial cold, lubricants, salt scrubs, or other topical preparations and the use of commercially available electromechanical devices which do not require the use of transcutaneous electrodes and which mimic or enhance the actions possible by the hands; the term also includes determining whether massage therapy is appropriate or contraindicated, or whether referral to another health care provider is appropriate. Such term shall not include the use of ultrasound, fluidotherapy, laser, and other methods of deep thermal modalities.
Rule 345-10-.02 Display of License
All licensees shall display their license certificate, easily and readily available for anyone to observe, in all locations of the licensees practice as a massage therapist.
Rule 345-10-.03 Advertising
(1) It shall be considered a violation of the massage therapy practice act to:
(a) publicly misrepresent oneself to be a massage therapist in any form of advertisement unless the individual has an active, valid license issued by the Board to practice massage therapy in Georgia;
(b) advertise massage therapy services in conjunction with adult entertainment, escort or dating services.
(2) Only duly licensed massage therapists practicing in accordance with the Board rules and Georgia law may practice massage therapy in Georgia, or, use in connection with their own name or that of their business or employer, the terms massage, massage therapy, massage therapist, massage practitioner, or the letters M.T. or L.M.T. or any other representation either direct or indirect, indicating to the general public that massage therapy is provided or available. Such activities are prohibited unless the provider is an actively licensed massage therapist by the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy.
(3) Actively licensed massage therapist shall include their Georgia massage therapy license number on all forms of advertisement no later than October 31, 2010.
(4) Establishments providing massage therapy services by more than one licensed massage therapist shall include on all forms of advertisement no later than October 31, 2010 the following statement: “Georgia Licensed Massage Therapists”.
Department 345. RULES OF GEORGIA BOARD OF MASSAGE THERAPY
Georgia specifically calls out massage parlors and says they are a sexually oriented business where other states have not specifically made that distinction. (That is causing a big problem as people just think it is a massage business when it is not…it is a brothel disguised as a massage business.)
GA R&R» Department 345» Chapter 345-1 Sexually Oriented Business – For the purposes of these rules, sexually oriented business shall mean, by not be limited to, a sex parlor, massage parlor, adult bookstore, adult movie theater, adult video store, adult motel, spa alluding to sexual content or services, or other commercial business which offer items or services to provide sexual stimulation or gratification