A law providing for the registration of massage therapists goes into effect on July 1, according to a statement from Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals: “Senate Bill 219, providing for the state registration of massage therapists, was signed into law by Governor Ritter on June 2, 2008. The new law goes into effect on July 1, 2008. However, applications for state registration will not become available until April 1, 2009 at the earliest.”

The bill contains a grandfathering provision for massage therapists already in practice.

According to a statement posted on the Web site of the Colorado chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA-CO) (www.amtacolorado.org), massage therapists may be grandfathered in for one year after the application date, if they have one of the following: “The person holds a current professional license from their city; the person has completed a massage therapy program of at least 500 hours of course and clinical work from an approved massage school; or the person has completed a massage therapy program of at least 500 hours of course and clinical work from an approved massage school.”

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