By Christie Bondurant, Associate Editor

On Jan. 9, 2009 House Bill 5651 became law, marking Michigan as the 41st state to enact massage regulation, and leaving only eight states behind that do not require regulation. (California certification is on a volunteer basis, and is not included in the regulation total.) Much like massage therapists in other states where massage therapy is not regulated, Michigan therapists have spent countless hours fighting for the reputation of their profession and to be viewed as legitimate health care providers.

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