Massage Therapists


Please see the final Sunrise Report.

Should Massage Therapists be Licensed in Vermont?

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) have asked the Office of Professional Regulation to conduct a preliminary assessment of whether massage therapists should be licensed in Vermont.

The Office of Professional Regulation is tasked with objectively gathering information about the profession and preparing a report for the Legislature consistent with Chapter 57 of Title 26. Our goal is to be fully educated about all relevant issues and to be receptive to all views. We hope to hear from any person who has an interest or opinion regarding this question. Please review the information provided here and email us to share your thoughts.

To properly prepare a report for the Legislature, the Office of Professional Regulation must answer a series of questions leading to a well-considered recommendation on licensure. We seek your input. Please review the documents and questions listed below to help guide your input. Are we asking the right questions? If there are other questions that should be asked, please contact us.


Comments and Questions

If you have an opinion of the proposal to regulate massage therapists, please share it, as well as any supporting documentation or questions you feel should be included in OPR’s analysis. 

To comment by email, address correspondence to sos.opr.massanullgetherapists@nullsec.state.vt.nullus.   

To comment by post, mail correspondence to:  

Massage Therapists Sunrise Review
Office of Professional Regulation
Vermont Secretary of State
89 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Montpelier, VT  05602-2492

Public Hearings

Two public hearings will be held at the Office of Professional Regulation, 89 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Montpelier. Anyone may attend.  Hearings will occur:

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 9:00 am.
  • Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 12:00 pm.


Questions Regarding Massage Therapists

  1. Have massage therapists caused harm to Vermonters? (Please give specific examples.)
  2. What harm or danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the public can be demonstrated if massage therapists continue to practice without some form of licensure?
  3. What benefit can the public reasonably expect if massage therapists are licensed, and how would it be measured?
  4. Is there a need to assure that massage therapists have a certain amount of education, training, or experience?
  5. Is the public protected from harm caused by massage therapists by means other than regulation? (For example, criminal penalties, consumer protection laws, national organizations, employment relationships, small claims court, civil litigation, etc.)
  6. Can you provide us with the names of any groups or organizations that should be contacted for this review?


This page was last updated: 2018-02-13