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Board of Massage Licensure

On August 28th the Governor issued Executive Order No. 59 to extend the State of Emergency related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to September 30, 2020. The order allows the continued suspension of various laws and regulations and other measures in these orders to facilitate the treatment and containment of COVID-19 through regulatory flexibility, promoting social distancing and avoidance of large gatherings, and protecting vulnerable populations. Gov. Lee also signed Executive Order Nos. 60 and 61, which extend through September 30 provisions that allow for electronic government meetings subject to transparency safeguards and remote notarization and witnessing of documents, allowing for implementation of best practices developed during COVID-19 for providing live broadcasts of electronic meetings and safely conducting in-person transactions, respectively, beginning October 1. Executive Order Nos. 59, 60 and 61 may be found at: https://sos.tn.gov/products/division-publications/executive-orders-governor-bill-lee

Its mission is to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans by requiring those who practice the profession of massage therapy within this state be qualified.

Starting in 2020, the Tennessee Board of Massage will offer a “Licensure Day” for any school in middle TN that would like to have the Board Staff come discuss the licensure process. If you are interested please send an email to: Massage.Health@tn.gov. Please include in your email the following information: School name, location, contact person name, contact phone number, and preferred date and time. We will contact interested schools beginning in January.

As of October 1, 2019 the Tennessee Massage Board will accept letters of recommendation and the practitioner profile through e-mail, fax, and/or postal mail. All letters of recommendation must meet Tennessee Massage Board Rule 0870-01-.05(1)(g) for massage therapist and Tennessee Massage Board Rule 0870-01-.06(4) for massage establishments. All practitioner profiles must be filled out completely with all sections answered and signed and dated. Letters of recommendation and the practitioner profile may be e-mailed to Massage.Health@tn.gov, faxed to 615-532-5164, and/or mailed to the Tennessee Massage Licensure Board at 665 Mainstream Drive, Nashville, TN 37218.

When audited for compliance with the 2019-2020 CE cycle, licensees will not be marked noncompliant due to obtaining more than 8 hours of continuing education in a multi-media format. Furthermore, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related challenges, any licensee found noncompliant with the 2019-2020 CE cycle will only be sent a letter of warning; the Board will not seek to assess civil penalties or require licensees to make up their hours.

Please refer to Close Contact Business Guidelines at the attached link to assist with Massage Therapists and Establishments safely reopening and providing services: https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19/economic-recovery/close-contact-business-guidelines.html

Health Professional Boards

The mission of each board is to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of Tennesseans by requiring those who practice health care professions within this state to be qualified.