NY Senate Approves Bill Allowing Out-of-State Massage Therapists to Continue Education

By Joe Gullo

Published 06/12 2014 01:36PM

Updated 06/12 2014 01:38PM

ALBANY, N.Y. - The New York Senate approved a bill allowing licensed massage therapists from other states and countries to continue their education in New York.

A press release says under the current law, message therapists are required to be licensed in New York State to be able to touch another person.

“This change in law would broaden the field of instructors, benefiting licensed therapists participating in the continuing education program and their clients,” Senator and bill sponsor Betty Little (R-C-I) said.  “Many people enjoy and benefit from massage therapy.  Limiting who can provide instruction only serves to limit the level of knowledge that licensed therapists may gain.”

In New York, there are more than 17,000 state licensed therapists who are required to complete 36 hours of continuing education every three years. 

The legislation passed the Assembly on June 2 where it is sponsored by Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D) of Binghamton.

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