A of today, several types of bodywork practitioners are exempt from the massage therapy law in the state of Oregon.

Until SB 454 was signed in May, practitioners of reflexology, reiki, polarity therapy, Feldenkrais, the Alexander Technique, Bowen work and other therapies had to obtain a massage license.

“Practitioners of reflexology who do not claim expressly or implicitly to be massage therapists and who limit their work to the practice of reflexology through the application of pressure with the thumbs to reflex points on the feet, hands and ears for the purpose of bringing the body into balance, thereby promoting the well-being of clients” are exempt, the bill’s text notes, as are practitioners who limit their work to the following practices:

• Using touch, words and directed movement to deepen awareness of existing patterns of movement and suggest new possibilities of movement;

• Using minimal touch over specific points on the body for the purpose of rebalancing the nervous system;

• Using touch to affect the energy systems, acupressure points or channels of energy of the body; or

• Using touch to effect change in the integration of body structure;

and are certified by a professional organization or credentialing agency that:

• Requires a minimum level of training, demonstration of competence and adherence to an approved scope of practice and ethical standards; and

• Maintains disciplinary procedures to ensure adherence to the requirements of the organization or agency.

Click here for more information about the bill.