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August 1, 2019.
Sec. 19-61 defines massage therapy as “a service involving the external manipulation or pressure of soft tissue for therapeutic purposes. It is the application of a system of structured touch, pressure, movement and holding of the soft tissue of the human body in which the primary intent is to relieve pain, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation and enhance or restore the health and well-being of the client. The practice of massage therapy includes complementary methods, including the external application of water, heat, cold, lubrication, salt scrubs, body wraps or other topical preparations; and electromechanical devices that mimic or enhance the actions possible by the hands.”
Sec. 19-82(b) establishes the fee for a new massage therapist application at $75. This fee is the same for the renewal application of a massage therapist license.
Yes, Sec. 19-83 requires an applicant to have at least one of the four educational requirements in order to be eligible for a massage therapist license. If the applicant does not meet at least one of the educational requirements, there are three substitute requirements that must all be met in order to be eligible. See Sec. 19-83 for those specific requirements.
Yes, Sec. 19-84 requires upon renewal of a biennial (two-year) massage therapist license, the massage therapist applicant provide proof with the renewal application that the applicant has received a minimum of twelve (12) hours (50 minutes per hour) of professional massage therapy continuing education offered through an accredited institution, massage therapist school, or nationally recognized massage therapy association. Continuing education credit will be awarded for each hour of training completed in the theory and clinical application of massage, clinical business practices, hygiene, record keeping, professional ethics, and other similar courses.
No, Sec. 19-81 states that a massage therapist license is not required for a student enrolled in a massage therapy program at an accredited institution during the time such student is completing a clinical requirement for graduation and is practicing massage therapy while under the direct supervision of a massage therapist who holds a valid license under this article. Direct supervision requires the presence of the city-licensed massage therapist to be on the same premises as the student providing massage therapy services.
Yes, Sec. 19-72, requires the applicant for a massage therapist license or massage therapy establishment license be subjected to a criminal background investigation upon submitting a completed application for a new or renewed license. It is also required in the event a massage therapy establishment licensee submits a complete application to change the location of their establishment.
Sec. 19-73, states the city clerk shall not issue a massage therapist or massage therapy establishment license if any of the following conditions exist: the applicant...
Sec. 19-72 establishes the fee for a new or renewal massage therapy establishment application at $200.
No, Sec. 19-72 does not require operators to pay a fee or be subject to a background check. However, operators are required to provide information and make certain statements under oath regarding any prior issues with massage therapy licensure and/or any prior criminal history.
Sec. 19-61 defines ‘operators’ as a massage therapy establishment licensee; any person with a financial interest in the partnership, corporation, limited liability company, or other type of organization that owns or operates the massage therapy establishment license, if such person who has more than a ten percent interest in such entity; or any person whom the licensee designates on the massage therapy establishment license as a person who may be principally in charge of a massage therapy establishment at any given time, including but not limited to a manager. An operator must be on the premises and supervise the massage therapy establishment at all times during business hours.
Yes, Sec. 19-76 establishes the requirements for establishments as home occupation.
No, Sec. 19-72 and Sec. 19-73 do not require the applicant for a massage therapy establishment license have a massage therapist license.
Yes. If a person wishes to practice massage therapy in Manhattan and has a massage therapy establishment in Manhattan (including in-home residential establishments), that person must fill out both applications and pay the required fees for both. If the applications are received within the past thirty (30) days of each other, the applicant shall only pay the cost of one criminal background investigation, if any.
Sec. 19-64 requires that if the location and/or name of your massage therapy establishment changes, an application must re-submitted at least fourteen (14) days prior to the effective date of the change, including applicable fees, and the new premises will be inspected by Code Services.
If any other information provided in the original application is going to change, the licensee must provide those changes at least fourteen (14) days prior to the effective date of the change. The city clerk shall review the change in information for compliance with this article and notify the licensee whether the change is approved or denied.
Yes, Sec. 19-75 establishes the operational regulations for a massage therapy establishment.