Associated Press, Jan. 1, 2009 — Massage therapists will now be regulated under a law drafted by State Senator Jenny Oropeza, D-Long Beach. 

The new law requires that massage therapists or practitioners meet the following requirements:

1. Be age 18 or older

2. Complete either 500 hours of training for therapists or 250 hours for massage practitioners

3. Pass a criminal background check, including fingerprinting

4. Pay a nominal fee to the Massage Therapy Organization

5. Pass an exam approved by the Massage Therapy Organization