Montana Board of Massage Therapy

FAQ's

  • There are two ways to get an item or matter to the board for its consideration.  First, you may submit an item or matter in writing at least three days prior to the meeting to the Board of Massage Therapy via facsimile to: (406)841-2305; or via email to: dlibsdlmt@mt.gov; or via mail or hand-delivery to the following address:

    301 South Park 4th Floor
    PO Box 200513
    Helena MT  59620-0513

    If you do not submit your item or matter to the board in writing three days prior to the meeting, then you may show up at a board meeting and describe it to the board.  This can be done at the beginning of any meeting during a time that is called the “public comment period.”  The board can decide, at that time, whether to place your item or matter on a future agenda, but the board cannot take action on your item or matter on the same day that you describe it to the board during the public comment period.

  • Most, but not all, of the information on an application is public. If a request is received to access an application, a review is conducted to determine what information is not released to protect an individual's right of privacy. Social security numbers are an example of information that is not public.
  • Generally, the Board reviews applications that it has defined as non-routine.
  • Will my Massage Therapy license state if I was licensed by grandfathering, education or equivalent licensure? 

    Yes. All massage therapist licenses read "This verifies the below named is currently licensed as a Licensed Massage Therapist." The license number, status, (e.g. "active") and expiration date all appear on the license, including the method of licensure.

  • An exemption means that a license is not required to practice. This means that individuals gain an exemption, not professions. For example, reflexology is listed under the exemptions, but not all reflexologists are allowed to practice without first obtaining a massage therapy license.

     There are three general categories of persons who may qualify to practice massage therapy without obtaining a massage therapy license if the person meets certain requirements:

     

    1. Persons holding a Montana license in a different profession
    2. Persons practicing a touch therapy not usually considered massage therapy by the individuals practicing these modalities
    3. Other

      Persons holding a Montana license in a different profession whose scope includes massage are allowed to perform massage therapy only while performing the duties of their licensed profession: a nurse performing nursing duties, a chiropractor during the course of practicing chiropractic, etc. This is to ensure that a person practicing his or her licensed profession can perform all of what is allowed under that license without having to also obtain a massage therapy license. However, setting up a practice to perform massage therapy is not permitted without first obtaining a massage therapy license.

    Persons practicing a touch therapy not usually considered massage therapy by the individuals practicing these modalities.
    The legislature has determined that massage therapy includes any practice (not already licensed by the state) that performs "structured touch, pressure, positioning or holding to soft tissues of the body" - MCA 37-33-403(4). This means that while practitioners may not consider their work to be massage therapy, the law is broad enough to define those practices as massage therapy and requires the Board of Massage Therapy to regulate these practices through licensure. However, the legislature has also determined that in certain cases these individuals can qualify for an exemption and do not require the
    Board's oversight.
    A worksheet has been developed to determine whether an individual qualifies for an exemption under this provision. Download the worksheet here.

     Other categories of persons who are exempt:

     

    1. A continuing education instructor while instructing in Montana.
    2. Massage therapy students when participating in a supervised, school-sanctioned activity.
    3. Native American traditional healers or faith healers.
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  • Can a massage therapy student receive compensation (such as a fee, tip, or gratuity) for performing a massage?

    A massage therapy student  may practice the skills of massage therapy only when:

        1.   the student is enrolled in a board-approved program,

        2.   the practice is designated as a school-sanctioned activity, and

        3.   the practie is performed under the supervision of a licensed massage therapist.

    See ARM 24.155.301(5) and (6) for the definitions of "school-sanctioned" and "supervision" as these requirements must be met or the student may not practice the skills of massage therapy.  A student who is lawfully practicing the skills of massage therapy is not prohibited from receiving compensation.  It is not uncommon for the student's school to have a policy concerning this issue.

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