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Texas House Bill 2644

Background

In the 2007 Texas Legislature, attempts were made to require a massage therapy license for energy healing professionals who were not otherwise licensed under a state health care licensing board such as massage therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, nursing, etc.

Due to issues and concerns raised in the legislative committee hearings, the original proposed bills were stopped in committee and did not pass. However, a last-minute amendment was added to another massage therapy bill, HB 2644.

As written, HB 2644 states that a person may not, for compensation, perform, or offer to perform, a service with a purported health benefit that involves physical contact with a client unless the person holds a massage therapy license or is licensed under another law to perform the service.

An additional subsection in the massage therapy statute states that the Texas Department of State Health Services may choose to create and issue licenses apart from massage therapy to cover non-bodywork oriented modalities such as energy healing work.

Where This Now Stands

On July 19, 2007, the DSHS Massage Therapy Licensing Program office issued a statement that they would not create any additional forms of licensure for non-massage practices, and that they had no plans to legally enforce the HB2644 provisions. At the present time, no licensure is required to practice Reiki or therapeutic touch modalities in Texas.