You can verify that a massage therapist holds a massage license in Virginia in the online license search.
All licensed massage therapists must attend and complete an approved massage school program, pass a state exam and pass a criminal background check.
“Massage therapy” means the treatment of soft tissues for therapeutic purposes by the application of massage and bodywork techniques based on the manipulation or application of pressure to the muscular structure or soft tissues of the human body. The term “massage therapy” does not include the diagnosis or treatment of illness or disease or any service or procedure for which a license to practice medicine, nursing, midwifery, chiropractic, physical therapy, occupational therapy, acupuncture, athletic training, or podiatry is required by law or any service described in subdivision A 18 of § 54.1-3001.
These types of therapies are exempt from massage licensing.
Any individual who provides stroking of the hands, feet, or ears or the use of touch, words, and directed movement, including healing touch, therapeutic touch, mind-body centering, orthobionomy, traeger therapy, reflexology, polarity therapy, reiki, qigong, muscle activation techniques, or practices with the primary purpose of affecting energy systems of the human body. § 54.1-3001. Exemptions.
Department of Health Professions
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, Virginia 23233-1463