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New Jersey Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy


(973) 504-6520
Due to COVID-19, messages by phone may result in a delayed response.
Please email your inquiry to the email listed on this webpage.

Inquiries about the Board may be forwarded to

ToniAnn Petrella-Diaz
Executive Director
P.O. Box 45048
Newark, New Jersey 07101


On May 28, 2021, the Division of Consumer Affairs issued Administrative Order 2021-13, which supersedes and replaces DCA AO 2020-11. DCA AO 2021-13 relaxes the requirements for businesses that provide personal care services. The Administrative Order, among other things, removes.

  • Masking requirements;
  • Social distancing and barrier requirements;
  • Screening protocols and temperature checks for clients;
  • Restrictions on walk-ins; and
  • Restrictions on high-touch items (such as waiting area magazines).

The Administrative Order maintains certain health and safety standards required by DCA AO 2020-11 designed to protect clients, staff and licensees from the continued risks of COVID-19. Under DCA AO 2021-13, staff are still required to submit to screening questions and temperature checks. The Administrative Order continues to require certain infection control practices.

For shops licensed by the Cosmetology Board, DCA AO 2021-13 permits services to be performed outdoors, in the immediate vicinity outside of the shop's premises, on property that is owned or controlled by the licensee or shop owner.

Licensees should review the Order closely for more information on the requirements for the provision of personal care services.  

The New Jersey Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy licenses massage and body work therapists and massage and body work therapist employers.

The purpose of the Board is to:

  • protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of New Jersey;
  • regulate the practice of massage and body work therapy; and
  • ensure that massage and body work therapy is performed in compliance with State law.

The Board protects the public by:

  • making sure that massage and body work therapists meet all educational requirements for licensure;
  • investigating and prosecuting massage and body work therapists who have broken the state's consumer protection laws; and
  • requiring all massage and body work therapists to be licensed by the state and to renew their licenses every two years.

Last Modified: 5/28/2021 11:59 AM