New TN Massage Licensure Board member

Michael Velker is the new Citizen Member of the Tennessee Massage Licensure Board.

TN Massage Licensure Board

The Tennessee Massage Licensure Board is meeting today in Nashville.  Check back here for updates.


The sections of House Bill 2387 and Senate Bill 2249 which, if passed, would have move the Massage Licensure Board from Tennessee Department of Health to the Tennessee Department of Commerce have been removed. Maj-Lis Nash (AMTA-TN) and Debbie Hicks (TMTA), supported by all who contacted our state Senators and Representatives, were successful working on our behalf. Thank you!

Tennessee legislators contact info

To find your Tennessee legislators contact info, go to:

Urgent to all Tennessee LMTs

Sections 11 and 12 of House Bill 2387 and Senate Bill 2249, if passed, would move the Massage Licensure Board from Tennessee Department of Health to the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance. Action is necessary soon to prevent this.

The following sample letter may be edited and used to mail, email, or call your State Representative and State Senator. To find your legislators contact info, go to:


My name is ______and I have been a licensed massage therapist in Tennessee for ___ years and am opposed to HB 2387/SB 2249.

On page 5 of the bill, Sections 11 and 12 relocates Title 63-18, the Massage Licensure Act of 1995, from the Department of Health Related Boards to the Department of Commerce and Insurance.  I am vehemently opposed to this move for the following reasons:

1. Therapeutic massage is a health profession—not a trade—and massage therapists are health care providers.  Since 1995, our profession has been striving continually—and successfully—for recognition within the medical community.  Many massage therapists now work in healthcare environments, i.e. offices of physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, and dentists.  Many are employed in hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes.

2. Massage therapy should remain under Title 63 so that healthcare standards set forth in Title 63, Chapter 1 have authority over the massage profession.

3. The massage profession should continue to be regulated within the Health Department in order to best protect the public from unsafe massage therapists.

4. The massage licensure board supports itself entirely from licensure fees; therefore, the move does not save tax dollars, does not streamline state government, and does not reduce duplication of efforts.

We respectfully request that Sections 11 and 12 be deleted in entirety from this bill.  Thank you for your consideration of this important matter.


[name], LMT #_____

TN Massage Law Class

Wait until the rule changes go into effect before taking a TN Massage Law Class. At the August 2011 meeting, the TN Massage Board set the effective date to January 1, 2012. But, to avoid changing continuing education rules in the middle of the cycle, the Board set the effective date for continuing education requirement to January 1, 2013. All this assumes that the Rule changes will be released from the the review process by 1/1/12 as was then expected.

Ed Bolden


New MLB member

Ed Bolden is the new Professional Member on the Tennessee Massage Licensure Board.

TN Massage Law Class

UPDATE:  DON’T TAKE THE TN LAW CLASS UNTIL the revised rules are released later this year.  That way you will be up-to-date on any changes that were decided on last year but won’t go into effect until reviewed and “published.”   Comments at the May TN Board meeting were not ot expect the new rules to be posted and in effect until after the August Board meeting.

You can read the current rules here:   Click on  0870-01, then you will see the pdf of the current rules.  The file name will tell you its publish date (e.g., 20090623.pdf)

TN Human Trafficking Bill

The TN Human Trafficking bill has been revised. The latest version can be read here: