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Massage Therapist


Massage therapists are licensed health professionals who apply a variety of scientifically developed massage techniques to the soft tissue of the body to improve muscle tone and circulation.

Massage therapists work to enhance well-being, reduce the physical and mental effects of stress and tension, prevent disease, and restore health.

Licensing Requirements:

New York licensed massage therapists have completed a massage training program, including the following:

  • Course in anatomy, physiology, neurology, myology (study of muscles and their function), pathology, hygiene, first aid, CPR, and infection control procedures
  • Course work, training and practice in the theory and techniques of both oriental and western massage

In addition, New York massage therapists have passed a State licensing examination.

Active Licenses:

In 2018, there were 560 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2019, there were 633 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of July 1, 2020, there were 13,324 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of Professions
State Board for Massage Therapy
Education Building
89 Washington Avenue, 304
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Press 1 then Ext. 150
Fax: (518) 473-1951
Email: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification:

31-9011 - Massage Therapists
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

American Massage Therapy Association
500 Davis Street
Evanston, Illinois 60201
Phone: (877 905-2700


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/28/20.

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