Maryland Massage Therapists will have their licensed displayed on the wall of their office and licenses can be verified online. They must attend massage school and pass an exam to become a licensed massage therapist. They also must pass a criminal background check. There are two different designations used – a licensed holder (person who is licensed) and a Registration Holder ( someone who has registered with the board and practices in a setting that is NOT a healthcare setting)
(3) “License holder” means an individual who is licensed by the Board to practice massage therapy.
(4) “Registration holder” means an individual who is registered by the Board to practice massage therapy in a setting that is not a health care setting.
A license holder or registration holder may advertise massage services subject to the provisions of this chapter.B. The license holder or registration holder shall state in the advertisement that the:. 1) License holder is a “State of Maryland licensed massage therapist” or. 2) Registration holder is a “State of Maryland registered massage practitioner”. C. An advertisement shall state at a minimum the:
(1) License holder’s or registration holder’s practice or business name;
(2) License holder’s or registration holder’s name;
(3) License holder’s or registration holder’s status as a license holder or registration holder; and
(4) Practice or business address and telephone number.
§ 6-101. Definitions.(f) Massage therapy. —
(1) “Massage therapy” means the use of manual techniques on soft tissues of the human body including stroking, kneading, tapping, stretching, compression, vibration, and friction, with or without the aid of heat limited to hot packs and heating pads, cold water, or nonlegend topical applications, for the purpose of improving circulation, enhancing muscle relaxation, relieving muscular pain, reducing stress, or promoting health and well-being.
(2) “Massage therapy” includes hands-on application, consisting of pressure or movement on an individual , to specifically affect the electromagnetic energy or energetic field of the human body if this practice includes use of the manual techniques set forth in paragraph (1) of this subsection.
(3) “Massage therapy” does not include:
(i) The diagnosis or treatment of illness, disease, or injury;
(ii) The adjustment, manipulation, or mobilization of any of the articulations of the osseous structures of the human body or spine; or
(iii) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, the laying on of hands, consisting of pressure or movement on an individual who is fully clothed, except for footwear, to specifically affect the electromagnetic energy or energetic field of the human body.
(4) The provisions of paragraph (3) of this subsection do not preclude the application of the modalities described in paragraph (1) of this subsection to an individual who has an injury.
Board of Massage Therapy Examiners
Metro Executive Building
4201 Patterson Avenue Suite 301
Baltimore, MD. 21215-2299