Massage Licensure and Professional Organizations

Licensure of Massage and Bodywork:

Licensure for massage therapy and bodywork in the United States is regulated at the state level. Currently, the State of New Jersey has enacted a licensing in massage and bodywork that students can apply for once they have completed 500 hours of education and training. Students must apply with the New Jersey Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy for licensing in the State of New Jersey. If you are planning to practice bodywork outside of New Jersey, investigate the licensure or certification requirements that are in effect for that specific state.

Professional Organizations:


The two major professional organizations for massage therapists are the ABMP (Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals) and AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association). Membership in these organizations is not a required step in becoming a licensed massage professional. However, there are benefits in taking this course of action. (LIWS requires that all students enrolled in massage programs apply for student membership with the ABMP/AMTA.) Student membership costs are at a discounted rate and will provide the student with insurance coverage for any school-related activity until graduation.


Lourdes Institute is an approved institution registered with Yoga Alliance for a 200-hour teacher training program and a 300-hour teaching training program. Upon completing the required hours, students are encouraged to register with Yoga Alliance.