Massage Therapy Regulation in Minnesota

Minnesota House Bill 1503 “Massage Therapy Voluntary Registration” is moving forward to the next committee.

Thursday, February 25, 2010 a hearing was held on House Bill 1503 in the House of Representatives at the State Office Building in St. Paul, MN. 

The bill has passed through the Health and Safety committee.  This is a step towards having a voluntary registration for massage therapists enacted in Minnesota.  This is the first time in over 10 years that a massage regulation bill has gotten this far in Minnesota.  Minnesota is currently 1 of the 7 states left in the United States that does not have some level of massage therapy regulation.

I attended these proceedings and as always it is a great honor to participate in the political process.  It is a great learning experience and inspiring in so many ways.  I would encourage any person in Minnesota, who feels they will be affected by this bill, to attend the next hearing.  Attending this hearing can help to educate you about how this bill will affect you either as a client, employer, massage therapy educator or massage therapist if it is voted into law.

On Tuesday, March 2, 2010 the House Bill 1503 will go before the House Health Policy Committee.  For more information on this bill and details on the next legislative hearing please go to

It is extremely important to advocate for those things that are important to you in life.  Attending legislative hearings, emailing or calling your representatives and senators and voicing your opinion are a few of the ways to do this.