Board of Therapeutic Massage

About the Board

Authority: Sections 324.240 to 324.275 RSMo
Membership: The board shall consist of seven (7) voting members, including one (1) public member, and one (1) nonvoting member, appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate.
Requirements: Each member of the board shall be a citizen of the United States and a resident of this state and, except for the members first appointed, shall be licensed as a massage therapist by this state. The nonvoting member shall be a member of the massage education community in the state.

The public member shall be, at the time of appointment, a citizen of the United States; a resident of this state for a period of one year and a registered voter; but may not have been a member of any profession licensed or regulated pursuant to sections 324.240 to 324.275 or an immediate family member of such a person; and may not have had a material, financial interest in either the providing of massage therapy as defined in sections 324.240 to 324.275 or in an activity or organization directly related to any profession licensed or regulated pursuant to sections 324.240 to 324.275. The duties of the public member shall not include the determination of the technical requirements to be met for licensure or whether any person meets such technical requirements or of the technical competence or technical judgment of a licensee or a candidate for licensure. The professional members shall not be officers in a professional massage organization, nor may they be the owners or managers of any massage educational entity.

Term: All members shall be appointed to serve a 4-year term.
Compensation: No member of the board shall be entitled to any compensation for the performance of the member's official duties, but each member shall be reimbursed for necessary and actual expenses incurred in the performance of the member's official duties.
Board function: The Board of Therapeutic Massage registers, licenses, and regulates all massage therapists in the state. Members review and act on issues of discipline, licensure, rules and regulations, legislation and other business. The board has the power to revoke, suspend, deny, probate and reinstate licenses.
Mission: The Board of Therapeutic Massage protects the public from incompetence, misconduct, gross negligence, fraud, misrepresentation or dishonesty; licenses only "qualified" professionals by examination and evaluation of minimum competency; enforces standards by implementing legislation and administrative rules; and encourages economic development and partnerships with existing small businesses.
Meetings: The Board of Therapeutic Massage will meet approximately 4 times per year with meetings held in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Other: The Board shares office space and staff with the Missouri State Board of Chiropractic Examiners and the Missouri Acupuncturist Advisory Committee. The staff includes one executive director, one program assistant and two licensing technicians.