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Rules and Regulations

The regulation of Energy Work and Healing Work is done on a state-by-state, and sometimes city by city basis.

Currently, 49 states and territories regulate the Energy and Healing professions in some form to ensure that safe and competent practitioners are the only legal practitioners, practicing on the public.

To identify whether your state regulates the massage profession, please see the list below and visit your own state board or agency. In the absence of state regulation, county or municipal ordinances and regulations could be in place. Verify with your city or county prior to making an appointment with a Energy Worker or Healer.

Most states group this type of work into the Massage Therapy Profession, and are therefore mandated under the laws of the Massage Board as well. If you lay hands on someone during your work, then this is also considered Body Work in some states. Check your state listing to be sure.

If you are not licensed by the Reiki Licensing Board or the Massage Licensing Boards, then you MUST have a non-license disclosure available for your clients.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014) identifies seven important qualities toward practicing energy and healing work as well as body work: communication skills, decision-making skills, empathy, integrity, physical stamina, physical strength and dexterity, and time-management skills.

Additionally, the profession offers room for continued growth and advancement through certification and volunteer opportunities.

Licensing Laws By State

Energy Healers, Reiki Practitioners Requirements By State.

If it is the practitioner’s intent to work with the general public in a role of healing facilitator, it is highly suggested one pursue a course of study to gain any certifications necessary to do so.

Alabama
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers
Statute
Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Alabama Board of Massage Therapy
334-420-7233
Alaska
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers under the Following Excemptions:
Alaska Sec. 08.61.080. Exceptions to application of chapter.
Sec. 08.61.080.(6) person only performing techniques that do not involve contact with the body of another person;
Sec. 08.61.080.(7) person only performing techniques that involve resting the hands on the surface of the body of another person without delivering pressure to or manipulating the person’s soft tissues;
Statute
Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Board of Massage Therapists
907-465-3811
Arizona
Mandate

RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers Arizona 32-4221. Licensure; persons and activities not required to be massage therapy licensed.

32-4221.B. This chapter does not apply to:
32-4221.B.6. When the customer is fully clothed, the practice of techniques that are specifically intended to affect the human energy field.

Statute
Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy
602-542-8604
Arkansas
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers
Statute
Massage Therapy Practice Act
Rules and Regulations Act
Contact
Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy
501-683-1448
California
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Unlicensed Disclosure
Statute
Sections 2053.5 and 2053.6: Complementary and Alternative Healthcare Practitioners
Contact
California Massage Therapy Council
916-669-5336
Colorado
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Unlicensed Disclosure
Statute
• Massage Therapy Practice Act

• C.R.S. 6-1-724 Colorado Natural Health Consumer Protection Act

Contact
Office of Massage Therapy Licensure

303-894-7800

Connecticut
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Non-License Disclosure.
Statute
• Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Massage Therapist Licensure
860-509-7603
Delaware
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers, Others Require Non-License Disclosure.
Statute
Massage Therapy Practice Act
Rules and Regulations Act
Contact
Division of Professional Regulation
302-744-4500
District of Columbia
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers, Others Require Non-License Disclosure.
Statute
Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
D.C. Massage Therapy Council
(877) 672-2174
Florida
Mandate
License Required
Statute
• Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Florida Board of Massage Therapy
850-245-4161
Georgia
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Non-License Disclosure.
Georgia § 43-24A-19. Exceptions

43-24A-19. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to affect, restrict, or prevent the practice, services, or activities of:
43-24A-19.(8) A person who uses touch to affect the energy systems, polarity, acupoints, or Qi meridians, also known as channels of energy, of the human body while engaged within the scope of practice of a profession with established standards and ethics, provided that his or her services are not designated or implied to be massage or massage therapy;

Statute
• Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Georgia Board of Massage Therapy
844-753-7825
Hawaii
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers, Others Require Non-License Disclosure.
Statute
Massage Therapy Practice Act
Rules and Regulations Act
Contact
Professional and Vocational Licensing
808-586-3000
Idaho
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers, Others Require Non-License Disclosure.
Idaho 54-4003. EXEMPTIONS.

54-4003.(2) Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit, prevent or restrict:
54-4003.(2)(g) The practice of any person in this state who uses touch to affect the energy systems, acupoints or qi meridians, or channels of energy of the human body while engaged within the scope of practice of a profession, provided that their services are not designated or implied to be massage or massage therapy. Such practices include, but are not limited to, polarity, polarity therapy, polarity bodywork therapy, Asian bodywork therapy, acupressure, jin shin do®, qi gong, reiki and shiatsu.

Statute
Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Idaho Board of Massage Therapy
208-334-3233
Illinois
Mandate
RLB Licensing Or Non-License Disclosure.
Illinois (225 ILCS 57/25) Sec. 25 Exemptions

(225 ILCS 57/25) (e) Nothing in this Act prohibits practitioners that do not involve intentional soft tissue manipulation, including but not limited to Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Reike, and Therapeutic Touch, from practicing.

Statute
• Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Indiana
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Non-License Disclosure.
Indiana IC 25-21.8-4-5 Scope of practice

IC 25-21.8-4 Sec. 5. This article does not prohibit the following:
IC 25-21.8-4 Sec. 5.(4) An individual’s practice in one (1) or more of the following areas that does not involve intentional soft tissue manipulation:
(A) Alexander Technique. (B) Feldenkrais. (C) Reiki. (D) Therapeutic Touch.

Statute
• Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
State Board of Massage Therapy
317-234-8800
Iowa
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers, Others Require Non-License Disclosure. Iowa 152C.9 Exemptions.

152C.9 This chapter shall not apply to the following persons:
152C.9. 7. Persons engaged within the scope of practice of a profession with established standards and ethics in which touch is limited to that which is essential for palpitation and affectation of the human energy system, provided that the practices performed or services rendered are not designated or implied to be massage therapy.

Statute
Massage Therapy Practice Act
Rules and Regulations Act
Contact
Board of Massage Therapy
515-281-0254
Kansas
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers, Others Require Non-License Disclosure.
Statute
Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
No Governing Board in Kansas
Kentucky
Mandate
RLB Licensing Or Non-License Disclosure.
Kentucky 309.352 Scope of KRS 309.350 to 309.364.

KRS 309.350 to 309.364 shall not preclude:
309.352(6) Persons engaged within the scope of practice of a profession with established standards and ethics in which touch is limited to what is essential for palpation and affecting of the human energy system, provided that their services are not designated or implied to be massage or massage therapy. These practices include but are not limited to polarity therapy;

Statute
• Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Board of Licensure for Massage Therapy
502-782-8808
Louisiana
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Non-License Disclosure.
Indiana IC 25-21.8-4-5 Scope of practice

IC 25-21.8-4 Sec. 5. This article does not prohibit the following:
IC 25-21.8-4 Sec. 5.(4) An individual’s practice in one (1) or more of the following areas that does not involve intentional soft tissue manipulation:
(A) Alexander Technique. (B) Feldenkrais. (C) Reiki. (D) Therapeutic Touch.

Statute
• Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Board of Massage Therapy
225-342-2403
Maine
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers, Others Require Non-License Disclosure. Maine 32.127 §14307. EXEMPTIONS TO REGISTRATION OR CERTIFICATION

32.127 §14307.2. Other exemptions. This chapter does not apply to the activities and services of individuals who practice other forms of tissue work exclusive of massage therapy, such as rolfing, Trager, reflexology, Shiatsu, Reiki and polarity, if those practitioners do not use the title “massage therapist” or “massage practitioner,” unless they choose to meet the requirements of this chapter.

Statute
Massage Therapy Practice Act
Rules and Regulations Act
Contact
Massage Therapy Licensure
207-624-8624
Maryland
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers, Others Require Non-License Disclosure.
Statute
Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
State Board of Massage Therapy Examiners
410-764-2400
Massachusetts
Mandate
RLB Licensing Or Non-License Disclosure.
Massachusetts Part I, Title XVI, Chapter 112, Section 228

Part I, Title XVI, Chapter 112, Section 228(b) Nothing in this section shall prevent or restrict the practice of a person who uses touch, words or directed movement to deepen awareness of patterns of movement in the body, or the affectation of the human energy system or acupoints or Qi meridians of the human body while engaged within the scope of practice of a profession with established standards and ethics, but such services shall not be designated or implied to be massage or massage therapy. Such practices shall include, but not be limited to, the Feldenkrais Method; Reflexology; The Trager Approach; Ayurvedic Therapies, Rolf Structural Integration, Polarity or Polarity Therapy; Polarity Therapy Bodywork; Asian Bodywork Therapy that does not constitute massage as defined in this chapter; Acupressure; Jin Shin Do; Qi Gong; Tui Na; Shiatsu; Body-Mind Centering and Reiki. These exempt practitioners may use the terms “bodywork”, “bodyworker” and “bodywork therapist” in their promotional literature.

Statute
• Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Board of Registration for Massage Therapy
617-727-1747
Michigan
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Non-License Disclosure.
MI 333.17957 Massage therapy; license required; exceptions.

333.17957.(b) The affectation of the human energy system or acupoints or qi meridians of the human body while engaged within the scope of practice of a profession with established standards and ethics and as long as those services are not designated or implied to be massage or massage therapy. These practices include, but are not limited to, all of the following: (i) Polarity or polarity therapy. (ii) Asian bodywork therapy. (iii) Reiki. (iv) Shiatsu.

Statute
• Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Board of Massage Therapy
517-373-1820
Minnesota
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers, Others Require Non-License Disclosure.
Statute
• Complementary and Alternative Health Care Practices
(Chapter 146A)
Contact
Office of Unlicensed Complementary and Alternative Health Care Practice
651-201-3721
Mississippi
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers, Others Require Non-License Disclosure.
Mississippi.

Statute
Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Board of Massage Therapy
601-732-6038
Missouri
Mandate
RLB Licensing Or Non-License Disclosure.

Statute
• Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Board of Therapeutic Massage
573-522-6277
Montana
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers or Non-License Disclosure.
Individual must seek and qualify for practice exemption
Statute
Massage Therapy Practice Act
Practice Exemption Worksheet
Contact
Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy
501-683-1448
Nebraska
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Unlicensed Disclosure
Statute
Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Board of Massage Therapy
402-471-2117
Nevada
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Unlicensed Disclosure
Statute
• Massage Therapy Practice Act
Wellness Services
NRS 629.580
Contact
Board of Massage Therapists
775-687-9955
New Hampshire
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Non-License Disclosure.
New Hampshire Title XXX 328-B:10 Exemptions; Application of Chapter.

328-B:10 III. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prevent or restrict the practice of any person in this state who uses energy or superficial touch to affect the energy systems of the human body while engaged within the scope of practice of a profession with established standards and ethics, provided that their services are not designated as or implied to be massage or massage therapy. Such practices include, but are not limited to, polarity therapy, therapeutic touch, Bowen therapy, and reiki.

Statute
• Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Advisory Board of Massage Therapy
603-271-3608
New Jersey
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers or Non-License Disclosure.

Statute
Massage and Bodywork Practice Act
Contact
Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy
973-504-6520
New Mexico
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Unlicensed Disclosure
Statute
Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Massage Therapy Board
505-476-4622
New York
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Unlicensed Disclosure
Page 38 Do persons who practice Reiki, the Alexander Technique, or the Feldenkrais Method require a license as a massage therapist?No. But if persons practicing these techniques claim that they are diagnosing or treating any human pain, disease, disorder or physical condition, they must be licensed in a profession that is authorized to diagnose or to provide treatment.
Statute
• Massage Therapy Practice Act
Wellness Services
NRS 629.580
Contact
Office of Professions – Massage Therapy
518-474-3817
North Carolina
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Non-License Disclosure.
North Carolina Title 21 Chapter 30 Rules and Regulations

.0203 EXEMPTIONS FROM LICENSURE
.0203(a) Persons who are utilizing certain therapeutic techniques may claim exemption from licensure pursuant to G.S. 90-624 (6) or (7) only by meeting one of the following criteria:
.0203(a)(1) Such persons are practicing techniques that are defined by national organizations that meet the criteria for exemption set forth in either G.S. 90-624 (6) or (7); or
.0203(a)(2) Such persons are practicing techniques that do not involve any contact with the body of the client; or
.0203(a)(3) Such persons are practicing techniques that involve resting the hands on the surface of the client’s body without delivering pressure to or manipulation of the soft tissues.
.0203(c) Pursuant to G.S. 90-623, such exempted practitioners may not hold themselves out to be a massage and bodywork therapist; they may not utilize or promote themselves or their services using such terms as “massage, massage therapy, bodywork, bodywork therapy,” or any other derivative term that implies a soft tissue technique or method..

Statute
• Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy
919-546-0050
North Dakota
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers or Non-License Disclosure.
North Dakota 43-25-04. Exemptions.

43-25-04. Exemptions.
The following persons are exempt from this chapter:
43-25-04.6. Any individual practicing healing by manipulating the energy field or the flow of energy of the human body by means other than the manipulation of the soft tissues of the human body, provided that the individual’s services are not designated or implied to be massage or massage therapy. For purposes of this subsection, a light touch or tap is not a manipulation of the soft tissues of the human body.

Statute
Massage and Bodywork Practice Act
Contact
Board of Massage
701-667-9378
Ohio
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Unlicensed Disclosure
Statute
Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Medical Board – Massage Licensing Division
614-466-3934
Apply for Licensing:
Licensure Application
Oklahoma
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Unlicensed Disclosure
Statute
• Massage Therapy Practice Act
Wellness Services
NRS 629.580
Contact
Board on Massage Therapy
405-521-2441
Oregon
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Non-License Disclosure.
Oregon Board of Massage Therapists Administrative Rules 334-010-0027.

334-010-0027
Exempt Practices
(1) Practitioners exempt from the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists licensing authority are defined as practitioners who:
(1)(a) Do not claim expressly or implicitly to be massage therapists and who limit their work to the practice of:
• (1)(a)(A) Using touch, words and directed movement to deepen awareness of existing patterns of movement and suggest new possibilities of movement, as defined per 687.031(1)(j)(i). Examples include the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education as defined on May 16, 2011, by the Feldenkrais Guild® of North America and The Trager® Approach as defined on May 16, 2011, by the United States Trager® Association; and Registered Practitioners of Ortho-Bionomy® as defined on December 28, 2012 by the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International; or
• (1)(a)(B) Using minimal touch over specific points on the body to facilitate balance in the nervous system, as defined per 687.031(1)(j)(ii). An example includes Bowenwork® and/ or the Bowen Technique as defined on May 16, 2011 by the Bowenwork Academy USA; or
• (1)(a)(C) Using touch to affect the energy systems or channels of energy of the body, as defined per 687.031(1)(j)(iii). An example includes Polarity Therapy as defined on May 16, 2011 by the American Polarity Therapy Association; and
(1)(b) Hold an active certification from a National or International professional organization or credentialing agency that:
• (1)(b)(A) Requires a minimum level of training specific to their discipline, demonstration of competence and adherence to an approved scope of practice and ethical standards;
• (1)(b)(B) Maintains disciplinary procedures to ensure adherence to the requirements of the organization or agency; and
(1)(c) Provide contact information in the practitioner’s place of business for any organization or agency that has certified the practitioner.
(2) It is the exempt practitioner’s responsibility to insure they meet the criteria for being exempt and only practice within their exempt scope of practice. Practitioners may be subject to discipline by the Board if they:
• (2)(a) Refer to themselves or imply they are a massage therapist;
• (2)(b) Practice outside of the exempt scope of practice;
• (2)(c) Practice without an active certification from a National or International professional organization or credentialing agency; or
• (2)(d) Fail to provide contact information in the practitioner’s place of business for any organization or agency that has certified the practitioner.
• (3) The State Board of Massage Therapists has the authority to verify a practitioners claimed exemption from licensure of ORS 687 under subsection (1)(j) of section 687.031. Verification may include, but is not limited to, consultation with the
practitioners certifying organization or agency.
• (4) Disciplines and/or Organizations seeking to be named in the exemption shall contact the Board of Massage Therapists to request a review.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 687, SB 454
Stats. Implemented: ORS 687.031

Statute
• Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Board of Massage Therapists
503-365-8657
Pennsylvania
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers or Non-License Disclosure.
Pennsylvania Massage Therapy Practice Act

Section 13. Other professions.
Nothing in this act shall be construed as preventing, restricting or requiring licensure of any of the following activities:
Section 13.(6) The practice of an individual who uses touch to affect the energy systems, acupoints, Qi meridians or channels of energy of the human body while engaged within the scope of practice of a profession with established standards and ethics. Such practices include acupressure, Asian bodywork therapy, polarity therapy bodywork, quigon, reiki, shiatsu and tui na.

Statute
Massage and Bodywork Practice Act
Contact
Board of Massage Therapy
717-783-7155
Rhode Island
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Unlicensed Disclosure
Statute
Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Department of Health – Massage Therapy
401-222-5960
South Carolina
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Unlicensed Disclosure.
South Carolina INTERPRETATIONS OF THE MASSAGE PRACTICE ACT

Frequently Asked Questions
D. Exemptions from Licensure
The Department considers exempt those persons engaging in a profession with established standards and ethics in which touch is limited to that which is essential for affecting the human energy system, provided that their services are not within the scope of practice of massage/bodywork therapy as defined. Further, their services cannot be designated or implied to be massage or massage/bodywork therapy as defined.

Statute
• Massage Therapy Practice Act
Wellness Services
NRS 629.580
Contact
Massage and Bodywork Panel
803-896-4588
South Dakota
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Non-License Disclosure.
Statute
• Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Board of Massage Therapy
605-224-1721
Tennessee
Apply for Licensing:
Licensure Application
Mandate RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers or Non-License Disclosure.
Tennessee POLICY – TENNESSEE MASSAGE LICENSURE BOARD – REIKI AND ENERGY WORK.

The Board has been asked whether Reiki or other “energy work” (including but not limited to “healing touch therapy,” “quantum touch therapy,” etc.) constitutes the practice of massage in Tennessee. It is the Board’s opinion that any technique that does not include any touching of the body does not meet the definition of massage in Tennessee.
However, the Board is aware that Reiki and other “energy work” often involves the practitioner touching the client’s body and manipulating the client’s soft tissues through various techniques. It is the Board’s opinion that any technique that does include such soft tissue manipulation constitutes the practice of massage in Tennessee, and the
practitioner should therefore be licensed by the Board unless otherwise exempt pursuant to T.C.A. § 63-18-110.
Adopted by the Tennessee Massage Licensure Board on February 6, 2017

Section 13. Other professions.
Nothing in this act shall be construed as preventing, restricting or requiring licensure of any of the following activities:
Section 13.(6) The practice of an individual who uses touch to affect the energy systems, acupoints, Qi meridians or channels of energy of the human body while engaged within the scope of practice of a profession with established standards and ethics. Such practices include acupressure, Asian bodywork therapy, polarity therapy bodywork, quigon, reiki, shiatsu and tui na.

Statute
Massage and Bodywork Practice Act
Contact
Board of Massage Licensure
615-253-2111
Texas
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Unlicensed Disclosure
Statute
Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Massage Therapy Licensing Program
512-463-6599
Utah
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Unlicensed Disclosure.

Statute
• Massage Therapy Practice Act
Wellness Services
NRS 629.580
Contact
DOPL Massage Therapy
801-530-6628
Vermont
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Non-License Disclosure.
Statute
None
Contact
No Governing Board
Virginia
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers or Non-License Disclosure.

Statute
Massage and Bodywork Practice Act
Contact
Board of Nursing
(804) 367-4515
Washington
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Unlicensed Disclosure
Statute
Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Board of Massage Therapy
800-525-0127
West Virginia
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Unlicensed Disclosure.

Statute
• Massage Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Massage Therapy Licensure Board
304-558-1060
Wisconsin
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers. Others Require Non-License Disclosure.
Statute
Massage and Body Therapy Practice Act
Contact
Massage Therapy and Bodywork Therapy Affiliated Credentialing Board
608-266-2112
Wyoming
Mandate
RLB Certification Only for Energy Workers or Non-License Disclosure.

Statute
Massage and Bodywork Practice Act
Contact
No Governing Board