Massage therapists in Mississippi must attend massage school and pass an exam in order to provide massage therapy services in MS. They must also pass a background check and be of good moral character. Draping is used to provide privacy. You can find out if your massage therapists is licensed on the Massage License Search
Massage therapits are required to keep up to date records on client/patient care. They will start with a thorough intake process where they will ask questions about health conditions and expectations for your massage session. Your massage therapist will have their licensed displayed where it is ‘immediately noticeable’ to the clients and inspectors as they enter the
establishment along with the Code of Ethics.
Reflexology is taught in massage school one does not advertise themselves as a ‘Reflexologist’ or claim to specialize in Reflexology unless certified by the Reflexology Institute or similar organization.
LMT;s must “represent their qualifications honestly, including education and professional affiliations, and provide only those services, which they are qualified to perform’. The definition of “Massage Therapy” includes the use of applied allied modalities, heat, cold, water and topical preparations not classified as prescription drugs used adjunctively with movement of soft tissues and applying manual touch and pressure to the body.
The Mississippi Professional Massage Therapy Act, Rule 1.4.K states: K. “Massage” means touch, stroking, kneading, stretching, friction, percussion and vibration, and includes holding, positioning, causing movement of the soft tissues and applying manual touch and pressure to the body (excluding an osseous tissue manipulation or adjustment). “Therapy” means action aimed at achieving or increasing health and wellness. “Massage therapy” means the profession in which the practitioner applies massage techniques with the intent of positively affecting the health and well-being of the client, and may adjunctively (i) apply allied modalities, heat, cold, water and topical preparations not classified as prescription drugs, (ii) use hand held tools such as electrical hand massagers used adjunctively to the application of hand massage or devices designed as t-bars or knobbies, and (iii) instruct self care and stress management. “Manual” means by use of hand or body. Therefore, anyone practicing “rolfing”, unless they fall under the exemptions stated in
Rule 7.2, MUST HAVE A MISSISSIPPI MASSAGE THERAPY LICENSE.
(2) No person may advertise massage or practlce massage for compensation in this state unless he is licensed as a massage therapist by the board. No person may use the title of or represent himself to be a massage therapist or use any other title, abbreviations, letters, figures, signs or devices that indicate that the person is a massage therapist unless he is licensed to practice massage therapy under the provisions of this chapter. A current massage therapy license issued by the board shall at all times be prominently displayed in any place where massage therapy ls being practiced.
(a) Any person(s) found guilty of prostitution using as any advertisement, claim or insignia of being an actual licensed massage therapist or to be practicing massage therapy by using the word “massage” or any other description indicating the same, whether or not the person(s) have one or more license for the person(s) or establishment(s). shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not less than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00), nor more than Flve Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), or imprisonment of up to six (5) months, or both, per offense, per person
Mississippi State Board of Massage Therapy
353 South Fourth Street
PO Box 20
Morton, MS 39117