The state of New Hampshire regulates massage therapists through the department of health and human services. Massage therapists are licensed and must complete at least 750 hours of professional education at a New Hampshire massage therapy school, as well as receive first aid and CPR certifications.
Applicants must also pass the MBLEX licensing exam. There are no additional state requirements beyond a license for massage therapy teachers.
Educational Requirements for Massage Instructors
Massage instructors teaching massage technique or theory courses are required to have a massage license, which requires 750 hours of massage education, a first aid and CPR certification, as well as passing the MBLEX exam. The 750 hours of required education must include:
- 375 Hours of History, Theory, Practice, Benefits and Contraindications
- 150 Hours of Anatomy and Physiology
- 50 Hours of Hygiene, Sanitation, CPR and First Aid
- 50 Hours of Business Practices and Ethics
- 125 Hours of Hands on Massage Therapy Practices
There are no explicit requirements beyond a license for massage therapy teachers. Most states require at least 2 years of experience in the field before teaching massage therapy, and applicants for massage therapy teaching positions should expect that hiring institutions would prefer at least 2 years experience to consider a candidate.
Continuing Education Requirements for Teachers
Continuing education requirements are not specifically spelled out for instructors, but massage licensure requires a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education every two years.
The state of New Hampshire does not explicitly require its practitioners or teachers to carry professional liability insurance. Given that insurance costs are relatively low, and risk can be potentially high, it is a good idea to carry insurance even though it is not required.
Liability insurance is available through a massage professional organization, such as AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) or ABMP (Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals). AMTA’s professional membership explicitly includes insurance for massage professionals working as classroom teachers.
There are no specific fees associated with becoming an massage therapy school instructor, other than the license fee to practice massage in New Hampshire if a teacher is teaching massage theory. An initial 2 year license costs $110.
After that, licenses must be renewed every 2 years at a cost of $110, plus the cost of at least 20 hours of continuing education as well as the cost of a renewed CPR and First Aid certification.