Massage therapists in Iowa are licensed by the Iowa Department of Health/Board of Massage Therapy. You can lookup massage therapists to ensure they are trained and licensed on the Department of Health Website. Licensed massage therapists in IA will have their massage license hanging on the wall of their office.
The board defines “Massage therapy”as performance for compensation of massage, myotherapy, massotherapy, bodywork, bodywork therapy, or therapeutic massage including hydrotherapy, superficial hot and cold applications, vibration and topical applications, or other therapy which involves manipulation of the muscle and connective tissue of the body, excluding osseous tissue, to treat the muscle tonus system for the purpose of enhancing health, muscle relaxation, increasing range of motion, reducing stress, relieving pain, or improving circulation.
People practicing reflexology and movement awareness modalities like Feldenkrais Method, the Trager Approach and other mind/body therapies are exempt from masasge licensing.
152C.5 Practice or use of title — license required.
- The practice of massage therapy as defined in section 152C.1 is strictly prohibited by
unlicensed individuals. It is a serious misdemeanor for a person to engage in or offer to
engage in the practice of massage therapy, or use in connection with the person’s name, the
initials “L. M. T.” or the words “licensed massage therapist”, “massage therapist”, “masseur”,
“masseuse”, or any other word or title that implies or represents that the person practices
massage therapy, unless the person possesses a license issued under the provisions of section
Contact Information & Office Hours
Bureau of Professional Licensure
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515) 281-0254
Fax: (515) 281-3121
Bureau Website: https://idph.iowa.gov/licensure
Online Licensure Services: https://amanda-portal.idph.state.ia.us/ibpl/portal/