Massachusetts Massage Therapist License

To receive a massage license in Massachusetts, massage therapists are required to fulfill an education requirement. Whether you live in Boston, Worcester, Cape Cod or another city or county, the resources below will help you get started.

Need of a Massage License: A massage therapist needs a license to practice massage therapy in Massachusetts.

Who Grants a License: Licenses are granted by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Massage Therapy.

Qualifications to receive a Massage License: A candidate for licensure needs to complete a minimum of 650 hours from a properly licensed massage therapy program. There is no exam requirement to get licensed, unless one falls short of the 300-hour requirement for massage theory and technique. In this case, either the MBLEx or NCBTMB may be accepted.

For more information on qualifications, see Massachusetts Massage Therapist.

How to Apply for the License: Candidates must provide the Board the following: (1) completed application; (2) transcript of completed course of study in original seal envelope; and (3) two letters of reference. The documents should be sent to:

                    Board of Massage Therapy
                    1000 Washington Street
                    Suite 710: Individual Licensure
                    Boston, MA 02118-6100

                    Phone: (617) 727-1747

Fees: There are fees to apply to become a licensed massage therapist.

License Renewal: A massage therapist must renew their license every year.

Liability Insurance: A candidate must have professional liability insurance in place prior to receiving a license.

Applicable Regulations: Massage therapists in Massachusetts are regulated by the Massachusetts Code of Regulations 269 CMR 3.00 et seq.

For more information on licensing and exam prep, go to's MBLEx Test Guide and BCETMB Test Guide.

And take’s Massage Therapist Practice Tests:

MBLEx Practice Test

BCETMB Practice Test

For massage therapy exam preparation products, such as study guides, flashcards and courses, go to’s MBLEx and BCETMB listings.

Quality starts with who wrote the material.
Our practice exam writer
Charles Celeste, LMT
, is an instructor in massage therapy at Brightwood College in California.  He has also taught at Baker College and was the program director at the American Career College.  He earned his BA in exercise science from California State University and holds an MBA.  He is MBLEx certified and has been praticing massage therapy for over ten years.

Michelle MacCubbin, LMT
, is an instructor in massage therapy at Miller-Motte Technical College in South Carolina.  Prior to this position, she was an instructor and program director at the McCann School of Business and Technology in Pennsylvania.  She is MBLEx certified with over ten years of experience in the field.

Sara Rennie, LMT
, is a massage instructor at the American Massage and Bodywork Institute in Virginia.  She also tutors students to help them pass the MBLEx. She has worked in the massage industry for over ten years.

Andrew Dacres, LMT
, is an instructor in massage therapy at the Atlanta School of Massage in Georgia.  He has also taught massage therapy at the Georgia Medical Institute and at Sanford-Brown College, where he introduced an MBLEx review class for graduating students. He is an MBLEx certified massage therapist with over ten years of experience in the field.

Chanel Andrade, LMT
, was the lead massage therapy instructor at Everest College for many eyars and, as part of her program, taught an MBLEx prep module.  She has practiced massage therapy for over ten years in California.
Passing the MBLEx is one of the last steps to attain a license as a professional massage therapist in many states.  The Actual MBLEx is 100 questions with a 1 hour and 50 minute (110 minutes) time limit.  Additionally, 5 minutes is allotted for a security agreement and another 5 minutes for a brief survey for a total of 2 hours (120 minutes). 

Actual MBLEx Content Outline (source: The FSMTB Handbook):

Anatomy & Physiology 
11-13 Questions (12%)

Benefits & Physiological Effects of Techniques that Manipulate Soft Tissue
13-16 Questions (14%)

Client Assessment, Reassessment & Treatment Planning
16-18 Questions (17%)

Ethics, Boundaries, Regulations, Laws
14-17 Questions (15%)

10-12 Questions (11%)

Massage Overview & Bodywork History / Culture / Modalities
4-6 Questions (5%)

Pathology, Contraindications, Special Populations, Areas of Caution
12-15 Questions (13%)

Professional Practice Guidelines
12-15 Questions (13%)