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Can you own/run a relaxation/body rub business in ohio without being licensed?

Cuyahoga Falls, OH |

I am curious to know if you have to be certified or licensed to work or own a business that does only body rubs or relaxation massage. Not therapeutic or medical. this is in akron ohio only.

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  1. No, you wouldn't be able to run such a business without a license.

    In Ohio, massage therapy is considered a subset of practicing medicine and requires a license through the State Medical Board. Massage therapy is broadly defined under state law and includes the "manipulation of soft tissue through the systematic external application of massage techniques." I have included a link to the relevant law below. That definition likely covers whatever services you were looking to provide.

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  2. This work is licensed according to the law states at Chapter 4731 of the Ohio Revised Code


  3. You may not practice massage without a license. Your jurisdiction is one of the states to require a license for the practice of massage. In your jurisdiction, the practice of massage is considered a limited branch of the practice medicine.

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