Massage therapists in ND must complete a course of instruction in massage, pass an exam and pass a criminal background check. Massage therapists will also display their massage license on the wall of the facility and you can check on the board website to verify massage licenses. A therapist must provide draping and treatment in a way that ensures the personal safety,
comfort, and privacy of the client.
Massage therapy in North Dakota is regulated by the Board of Massage who defines massage as (43-25-02. Definitions PDF.):
“Massage” means the practice of massage therapy by the manual application of a
system of structured touch to the soft tissues of the human body, including:
(1) Assessment, evaluation, or treatment;
(2) Pressure, friction, stroking, rocking, gliding, kneading, percussion, or
(3) Active or passive stretching of the body within the normal anatomical range
(4) Use of manual methods or mechanical or electrical devices or tools that
mimic or enhance the action of human hands;
(5) Use of topical applications such as lubricants, scrubs, or herbal
(6) Use of hot or cold applications.
It is a Class B misdemeanor to provide massage therapy without a license. See N.D.C.C. § 43-25-19.
Complaints involving unlicensed practice should be reported directly to local law enforcement. This is, again, why it is essential that members of the public are vigilant to receive massage therapy services only from a licensed individual.