to Sacred Reiki
State Regulations on Reiki Healing
Does Reiki Healing require a license? Good question! It
never requires a license when performing it on yourself, however some states do
require a license when applying Reiki healing to others. We've done some digging
and found the following information. However, the tables and corresponding
information below should be used only as a guide. Sacred Mists does not warrant
any of the information provided as current nor comprehensive and we are not
keeping current on the licensing requirements for each individual state but our
We encourage you to check with your own state and local
government agencies for information pertaining to your future Reiki practices
and fulfilling any and all requirements necessary prior to healing or
practicing on others. Thank you!
||Indicates that current Board of Massage Therapy
requires anyone practicing Reiki to be a certified massage
||State Legislation to create Board of Massage is
||No Board, No Pending Legislation
||Indicates that the massage board does not consider
Reiki to be massage. Nor are there other special laws
restricting your practice.
||May be local regulations (city or county)
||Board Exists - Disposition Unknown
||Unknown - being investigated - not known if board
exists or if there is pending legislation.
||URGENT ACTION NEEDED!
- ALABAMA - SAFE!
Keith Warren, Executive Secretary of the Board has stated that
Reiki is not considered massage therapy in this state. (4-18-00) -
Address: PO Box 56, Montgomery, AL, 36101-0056, (334) 269-9990. On
state that a massage therapist is "A person licensed pursuant
to this chapter who practices or administers massage therapy or touch
therapy modalities to a patron for compensation."
- ALASKA - None
As of 4-17-00, Alaska does not have a Board of Massage Therapy, nor
pending legislation that we know of.
- ARIZONA - SAFE!
Arizona has not yet passed a massage act that we know of. There
is no state licensing in the state of Arizona. It is done city by
city. In Tucson, the licensing is done by the Tucson City Business
Licensing Dept. There is a written and hands on test conducted by
a volunteer massage board. For information in Tucson, contact:
Tucson City Licensing, 255 W. Alameda, Tucson, AZ 85701
520-791-4566. If have information about other cities in Arizona, please
share it with us.
- ARKANSAS - Unknown - Update Needed.
The board of massage therapists are beginning the task of discussing
"Rules and Regulations" and will have an in-depth discussion
of Reiki at that time. The time of the meeting is not yet known as of
this update (05-12-00). The time for masters and practitioners to deal
with the Arkansas board of massage therapy is now, before they reach
Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71903-0739
Phone: (501) 623-0444
the Arkansas_Reiki_Coalition Egroup!
Correspondence with the Arkansas Board of Massage Therapy will
bring you up to date on what we know and will continue to be updated. If
your not a member of the Reiki and Spiritual Healing Coalition mailing
list, please join! Also, contact the legal
index for regular updates.
While the Arkansas Law and the Board of Massage have indicated that they
feel they regulate all "hands-on bodywork techniques and
procedures," they have not committed to a definite "Yes"
or "No" in regards to Reiki.
On Line Info. (No home page)
Contact: Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy, 103 Airways, Hot
Springs, AR, 71903-0739, Phone: (501) 623-0444, Email email@example.com
- DELAWARE - Unknown
- CALIFORNIA - SAFE!
California has not passed a massage act. California is regulated by city
or county. There is no know regulation of Reiki in the state of
California. However, we need to watch this state to see if pending
legislation is introduced. Check with your local cities licensure
department to see if there are any local requirements for Reiki masters
and Practitioners. With the number of massage therapists in this state
and the amount of money involved, it is a matter of time before state
legislation is introduce, all though we have no indications at this
point that there are any efforts underway.
- COLORADO - SAFE!
There is no board of massage therapy in Colorado. Some counties do
regulate massage therapy, others do not. None, that we know of,
regulate Reiki. Massage
Parlor Act (includes massage therapist) - is the only state statue
we could find about massage therapy.
- CONNECTICUT - Unknown - Update Needed.
CT Massage Therapy Inquiries, Dept of Public Health, Tel: 203-566-1284
Some web info. At: Massage
Contact: Massage Therapy Licensure, Department of Public Health, 410
Capitol Avenue - MS#12APP PO. Box 340308, Hartford, CT 06134-0308,
Attention: Tresti Quiller (860) 509-7570
- DELAWARE - SAFE!- Reiki
is not regulated by the board of massage therapy in this state as it
fails to meet the legal definition of manipulation of tissue.
(70 Del. Laws, c. 582, § 1.) Title 24, Chapter 53,
§ 5302. Definitions. (6) "Practice of massage and
bodywork" shall mean a system of structured touch applied to the
superficial or deep tissue, muscle, or connective tissue, by applying
pressure with manual means. Such application may include, but is not
limited to, friction, gliding, rocking, tapping, kneading, or
nonspecific stretching, whether or not aided by massage oils or the
application of hot and cold treatments. The practice of massage and
bodywork is designed to promote general relaxation, enhance circulation,
improve joint mobilization and/or relieve stress and muscle tension, and
to promote a general sense of well-being.
By Board Of Massage, Not by Florida Law*
Board of Massage Therapy interpretation requires Reiki Practitioners
to be Cert. Massage Therapists, NOT Florida law. Legally Reiki
fails to meet the definition of manipulation of tissue. The
board's hyperationalized position that "touch equals
manipulation" fails to hold water when held up to the light.
Action is required to bring about a legal board position related
FL Dept of Professional Regulation, Board of Massage Therapy, Tel:
Contact: Florida Department of Professional Regulation, Board of
Massage, Northwood Center 1940 N. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL
32399-0774 (904) 488-6021
- GEORGIA - SAFE - Updated: 09-20-02
- HAWAII - Unknown
HI Professional and Vocational Licensing Division, Tel: 808-586-2696
Contact: State of Hawaii Professional & Vocational Licensing
Division Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs PO Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801 (808) 586-3000 or (808) 586-2699
- IDAHO - None
As of 4-17-00, Idaho has no board of massage therapy, nor pending
- ILLINOIS - SAFE - Reiki has been exempted
from massage law in the text of the legislation ( 92_HB2271enr ) Updated:
- INDIANA - Unknown - Update Needed.
In Fort Wayne: massage therapist must be certified with the city.
Other cities may have similar regulations. There is no state board of
massage therapy in Indiana. Legislative attempts in the past have not
yet been successful. Schools of massage therapy are certified through
the state board of proprietary education.
- IOWA - SAFE!
Sharon Cook - 515-242-5936 - firstname.lastname@example.org
[Check SF2113 - Sec 147.2 Code 1999]
Contact: Board of Massage Therapy Examiners, Iowa Department of Public
Health, Lucas State Office Bldg.... 4th Floor Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
TEL: (515) 281-6959 Contact: Phylis Prall
- KANSAS - SAFE!
Contact: Kansas State Board of Healing Arts, 235 Topeka Blvd., KS
66603-3068, TEL: (785) 296-7413; FAX: (785) 296-0852 - Massage Therapy
is not regulated in Kansas nor is Reiki.
- KENTUCKY - Unknown - Update Needed.
No legislation, past or present found on the Kentucky Legislative
Search Service. Still investigating. Possible Contact: Cabinet For
Health Services, 275 East Main Street, Frankfort, Kentucky, 40621
- LOUISIANA - SAFE!
LA Board of Massage Therapists, TEL: (225) 658 - 8941
Contact: Louisiana Board of Massage Therapists, PO Box 1279 Zachary, LA
- MAINE - SAFE!
ME Dept of Professional and Financial Regulation, Tel:
Contact: Marlene McFadden, Department of Professional & Financial
Regulation, Licensing & Enforcement Division, 35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0035 Web: https://www.state.me.us/pfr/led/massage/index.htm
- MARYLAND - SAFE!
Update: 4-20-01: Maryland SB 194, which
clarifies that - "Massage Therapy DOES NOT include the laying on of
hands consisting of pressure or movement on a fully clothed individual
to specifically affect the electromagnetic, energy or energetic field of
the human body" was signed into law by Governor Glendenning on
Friday, April 20th, 2001. (Thanks to Mary McGovern of Maryland for
Update: 6-01-01: Maryland House Bill 289 took
effect June 1, 2001, exempting Reiki and other energy modalities from
Board of Massage authority. Text
MASSACHUSETTS - SAFE????
- Updated 09-20-02
In MA, check with your local City or county office of licensure to see
if there are any local regulations that affect Reiki practitioners. If
you find out there are some in your city or county, please notify us! [ URLI@sacredpath.org]
you live in Mass. Please contact the organization below. Thanks!
Reiki Task Force
Center for Balance
709 Washington Street
Newtonville, MA 02460
The City of Lowell, MA - claims you need a license to practice Reiki
--- the only license they give is --- right! -- a message license!
Westport, MA - the Board of Health says you don't need any type of
license through the town or state because Reiki is not a form of massage
therapy. Town of Westport, MA Board of Health: 508-6361015. 856 Main
Road, Westport, MA 02790.
Send city information to: email@example.com!
Please include any contact information for the city official you spoke with
so we can post it. Thanks!
- MICHIGAN - Pending Legislation?
- Massage Therapy Act stuck in committee (4-18-00). Involvement now
could exclude Reiki from the start!!
- MINNESOTA - SAFE!
According to your new law (passed in 2000) for unlicensed practitioners,
you should fall under its provisions to practice legally as an energy
worker...lucky you!! And according to the law's writer, Diane Miller,
they intentionally did not list Reiki separately, but rather included it
in the category of energy workers.
- MISSISSIPPI - SAFE!
From the AMTA in Mississippi - bill introduced in the legislature for
the last six years. Was turned down in the senate this year (2000).
Looks good for next year. Officially dead this year.
***** Reiki is specifically exempt from this bill *****
-- Beverly Bazzill, President of the MI AMTA Office number: 662-323-8111
- MISSOURI - SAFE!-
Check out ReikiProjectMissouri - a group of Reiki masters and
practitioners who have come together to form an group that can educate
massage boards and other governmental agencies about Reiki.
Revised Online Statues: https://www.moga.state.mo.us/statutes/c300-399/3240240.htm
--- <<< Reiki is not under board authority in this state.
Division of Professional Registration,
Massage Therapy Board,
PO Box 1335,
Tel: 573-751-0845, Fax: 573-751-0878,
- MONTANA - Pending Legislation - THE
HEALTH WORKS INSTITUTE NEWSLETTER talks about getting legislation passed
for massage therapy. Reiki Practitioners in Montana may want to have
Reiki specifically excluded from this bill. If you are interested in
networking with folks in Montana, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Health Works Institute
111 South Grand, Annex 3
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 582-1555
Fax: (406) 522-0493
- NEBRASKA - ?
NE Bureau of Examining Boards, Dept. of Health, Tel: 402-471-2115
Contact: Health and Human Services Credentialing Division PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986 Attention: Chris Chiles (402) 471-2115
- NEVADA - PENDING- Was in very early
stages of writing a bill that was scheduled to be introduced in
2000 or 2001. Updated Needed.
The situation in Nevada is a
confusing one. While there is no state board of massage therapy nor
pending legislation, sources close to the Los Vegas chapter of the AMTA
has informed us that the AMTA has hired a consultant to write
legislation to be introduced this year or next (2000 or 2001).
Preliminary indications are that cities and counties, which currently
regulate massage therapy, also require Reiki masters and practitioners
to be certified massage therapists. This has not yet been confirmed
however. To complicate matters, with prostitution legal in some cities,
local attitudes are that all healing modalities need to be regulated in
order to keep a control on the prostitution. Chances are that in this
state, legislation will require Reiki masters and practitioners to be
certified massage therapists. We will keep digging into local
regulations as well as legislative efforts in this state. If you live in
Nevada, please check with your city or county about regulations
affecting Reiki. Let us know what city or county you checked on and what
there requirements are or aren't. We'll add the information the National
Survey. Now might be a real good time for those in Nevada to organize a
group that will work with those creating the legislation which will be
introduced this year or next. With regulations affecting Reiki a the
county and city level, you can bet it'll be included at the state level,
Seems that massage therapy is currently under the authority of C.O.P.E.,
the Commission on Proprietary Education. Some information found at: NV
Admin. Code 394.535 Massage schools: Programs of instruction.
- New Hampshire - Sort of Safe!
- Updated: 08-21-02
NH Dept. of Public Health, Bureau of Health Facilities Admin., Tel: 603
- 271- 5127
Contact: New Hampshire Office of Program Support Health Facilities
Administration Health & Welfare Bldg... 6 Hazen Dr. Concord, NH,
When practicing Reiki, if you will be touching people,
you need some sort of license -- a massage license or a physical
therapist license - some license. It appears that the issue is not so
much the modality but whether or not the body is touched. So, if you do
not touch people, you don't need any license.
- NEW JERSEY - SAFE!
The New Jersey board of massage therapists have no interest in
regulating Reiki. Some work has been done by a private group seeking to
certify Reiki under the auspices of a group called the
NJ Assoc. of Massage Therapists, Body Workers and Somato Therapists,
which would somehow report back to the state Board of Nursing. The
problem is that with no standard practices for the training or practice
of Reiki providers, there's nothing upon which the Board of Nursing or
anyone else can base certification. The closest anyone can suggest is
polarity, and I think it would be ridiculous to certify Reiki
practitioners based on a technique that's anything other than pure Reiki
-- as is the case with massage, too.
- NEW MEXICO - SAFE!
Reiki is specifically exempted from massage regulation in the Board of
Massage Therapy Rules.
NM Board of Massage Therapy
Tel: 505-827-7013 - Members
of the Board
Contact: Board of Massage Therapy Regulation & Licensing Department,
PO Box 25101, Santa Fe, NM 87504, (505) 827-7013
Thanks for the information Don!
- NEW YORK - SAFE!
Reiki was previously considered massage. After seeing a standard Reiki
treatment, the New York Board of Massage Therapy reversed it's opinion
and declared "...Reiki not massage." NY
Board for Massage Therapy Education Dept, Division of
Professional Licensing, Tel: 518-474-3866, New York State Board of
Massage Therapy has ruled that Reiki is not massage. Contact: New York
State Board of Massage Therapy Cultural Education Center Room 3041
Albany, NY 12230 Attention: Dr. Doyle (518) 473-1417 or (518) 474-3866
- NORTH CAROLINA - SAFE!
Pursuant to Rule Section .0203, the Board considers
practitioners of movement education (Alexander Technique,
Body-Mind Centering, Feldenkrais Method, and Trager Psychophysical
Integration), as well as practitioners of certain energy-based
techniques (Healing Touch, Jin Shin, Medical Qi Gong, Polarity
Therapy, Reflexology, Reiki, Specific Kinesiology, and Therapeutic
Touch), to be within the scope of the exemptions set forth in the
Practice Act and are therefore exempt from licensure requirements.
Following threats of legal action by polarity
therapists, the North Carolina State Board of Massage and Bodywork
Therapy exempted almost a dozen energy and movement therapies from the
- NORTH DAKOTA -*Required* -Board
of Massage Therapy interpretation requires Reiki Practitioners to be
Cert. Massage Therapists, NOT North Dakota law.
Contact: North Dakota Massage Board, PO Box 701, Dickenson, ND 58601,
Attention: Mary Lamay, President of the Board (701) 348-3634
- OHIO - Unknown
- Update Needed.
Contact: State Medical Board, 77 South High St., 17th floor, Columbus,
OH, 43215, (614) 466-3934 - Contact: Carolyn Mack
- OKLAHOMA - Unknown - Update Needed.
- OREGON - Unknown - Update Needed.
Oregon Board of Massage Technicians, State Office Building, 800 NE
Oregon Street, Suite 407B, Portland, OR, 97232 Attention: Wanda Woods
East-West College of Healing Arts
- PENNSYLVANIA - SAFE!
- RHODE ISLAND - Legislation exempts Reiki from
- SOUTH CAROLINA - ? - Update Needed.
South Carolina Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation, PO Box
11329, Columbia, SC 29211-1329 or 110 Centerview Drive, Koger Business
Center, Columbia, SC 29210, (843) 896-4494
- SOUTH DAKOTA - None - As of
4-17-00, it does not appear that South Dakota has a massage board, nor
pending legislation. Things are handled county by county. Check your
county out and let us know!
- TENNESSEE - SAFE!
TN Board of Massage Therapy - Tel: 615-532-5083
Tennessee Massage Licensure Board, 425 Fifth Avenue North, 1st Floor
Cordell Hull Building, Nashville, TN 37247-1010
- TEXAS - Reiki excluded in Board of Massage
Therapy rules. - SAFE!
- UTAH - SAFE - UT Dept of Commerce,
Div. of Occupational and Professional Licensing, Tel: 801-530-6628 -
State of Utah Department of Commerce Division of Occupational &
Professional Licensing Heber M. Wells Bldg..., 4th Floor 160 E. 300
South, PO Box 45805, Salt Lake City, UT 84145-0805 Attention: Linda
Johnson (801) 530-6551
- VERMONT - SAFE!!
-- Reiki in Vermont is not
regulated, nor is massage. Neither are mentioned in state laws or
regulations. In fact, under the laws regulating psychotherapists, energy
therapies and psychic reading and the like are specifically excluded
from regulation under this section. Please see the Vermont Laws online
at the Vermont State homepage. They are searchable in great detail, and
I have done so. There may be a few communities that regulate or attempt
to regulate massage and Reiki. Some prohibit " arcane oriental
arts". These communities rarely exercise such rules, and these
rules are gradually failing legally. I would consider Vermont to be a
Lawton R. Smith RM
Email - email@example.com
Homepage - https://www.sover.net/~lrsmith/
- VIRGINIA - SAFE? - Update Needed.
This issue has not been addressed in Virginia. Reiki practitioners do
not need to be certified massage therapists in Virginia. For statute
information, check URL: https://www.dhp.state.va.us
- Contact: Virginia Board of Nursing, 6606 W. Broad St. Richmond,
VA 23230 (804) 662-9909
- WASHINGTON STATE - SAFE!
WA Dept. Of Health, Health Professions Quality Assurance Div.
- Contact: Rob Darling (360) - 236 - 4866
State of Washington Department of Health, HPQA Division Health
Professions, 1300 SW Quince Street, PO Box 47868, Olympia, WA 98504-7868
Code of Washington 18.108 - Washington
Administrative Code 246-830
- WEST VIRGINIA - SAFE!
WV Massage Therapy - Contact: (304) 528-5551 - Louise Franklin
- WASHINGTON, DC - SAFE! - Updated
- WISCONSIN - Unknown - Update Needed.
Department of Regulation & Licensure, 1400 E. Washington Avenue, PO
Box 8935, Madison, WI 53708, Tel: 608/266-8609, Fax: 608/267-0644
- WYOMING - Unknown - Update Needed.
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