On October 12, Governor Scott signed Senate Bill 220. The passage of this bill makes Vermont the 47th state (plus D.C., Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands) to offer legal recognition of massage therapy. Congratulations to the AMTA Vermont Chapter, lobbyists, and members who have been working on this effort for the massage therapy profession.
The law provides a registration process for massage therapists in Vermont. And it creates advisor appointees to the State’s Office of Professional Regulation (massage therapists, bodyworkers, and touch professionals), as well as instituting another layer of public protection. More information and details will be forthcoming as we approach April 1, when the law goes into effect.
Legal recognition of massage therapy and clearly stated requirements in every state are critical to advancing the profession—and protecting the health and safety of massage consumers. Since its inception, AMTA has worked toward fair licensing and portability in all 50 states. Each day, our government relations team fights for your right to practice massage therapy.
AMTA is continuing to engage with federal, state and local officials for updates on laws, executive orders, regulations and guidelines that impact massage therapists in every state. We value the community we've built together and are here to support our members.