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Title 26 : Professions and Occupations

Chapter 105 : Massage Therapists, Bodyworkers, and Touch Professionals

Subchapter 001 : General Provisions

(Cite as: 26 V.S.A. § 5401)
  • § 5401. Definitions

    As used in this chapter:

    (1) “Director” means the Director of the Office of Professional Regulation.

    (2)(A) “Establishment” means any place of business that:

    (i) offers the practice of massage or the practice of bodywork or where the practice of massage or the practice of bodywork is conducted on the premises of the business; or

    (ii) represents itself to the public by any title or description of services incorporating the words “touch professional,” “bodywork,” “massage,” “massage therapy,” “massage therapist,” “massage practitioner,” “massagist,” “masseur,” “masseuse,” “energy work,” or other words identified by the Director in rules.

    (B) A “place of business” includes any office, clinic, facility, salon, spa, or other location not otherwise exempted under section 5404 of this chapter where a person or persons engage in the practice of massage or the practice of bodywork.

    (3) “Practice of massage” and “practice of bodywork” mean offering or engaging in massage or bodywork in exchange for consideration.

    (4)(A) “Massage” and “Bodywork” mean systems of structured touch that are:

    (i)(I) applied to the superficial, soft or deep tissue, muscle, or connective tissue of another person by manual means, including friction, gliding, rocking, tapping, kneading, and nonspecific stretching; or

    (II) designed to affect the energy fields of the body for the purpose of promoting and maintaining health and well-being; and

    (ii) provided to clients in a manner in which the clients have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

    (B) Massage and bodywork may include the use of therapies such as heliotherapy or hydrotherapy; the use of moist, hot, and cold external applications; and the use of oils or other lubricants.

    (C) Neither massage nor bodywork include the diagnosis of illness, disease, impairment, or disability.

    (5) “Massage therapist, bodyworker, or touch professional” means a person who holds a registration from the Office to practice massage or practice bodywork or both. (Added 2019, No. 178 (Adj. Sess.), § 29, eff. April 1, 2021.)