The Oregon Board of Massage Therapists hereby adopts,
and fully incorporates herein, the Oregon Board of Massage Therapists
2011–2013 Biennium budget of $1,602,000
Stat. Auth.: SB 1127, ORS 183
Stats. Implemented: Section 6, (1)
Hist.: BMT 2-1999(Temp), f. &
cert. ef. 9-17-99 thru 3-15-00; BMT 1-2000, f. & cert. ef. 1-12-00; BMT
2-2000, f. & cert. ef. 8-3-00; BMT 1-2001, f. & cert. ef. 5-29-01; BMT
2-2003, f. & cert. ef. 6-17-03; BMT 2-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef.
6-24-05 thru 6-30-05; BMT 3-2005, f. 6-24-05, cert. ef. 7-1-05; BMT 1-2007, f.
& cert. ef. 6-29-07; BMT 2-2007, f. & cert. ef. 7-3-07; BMT 3-2009, f.
& cert. ef. 7-2-09; BMT 3-2010, f. 12-22-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; BMT 1-2011,
f. & cert. ef. 4-21-11; BMT 2-2011, f. 6-29-11, cert. ef. 7-1-11
(1) “Barter” means partial or complete trade or
exchange of massage or bodywork services for any other type of goods or service
other than money.
(2) “Board” means the State Board of Massage Therapists
or its authorized representatives as provided by ORS 687.115.
(3) “Bodywork” means the use on the human body, for the
purpose of, but not limited to, maintaining good health and establishing and
maintaining good physical condition of:
(a) Pressure, friction, stroking, tapping, kneading,
vibration or stretching by manual or mechanical means or gymnastics;
(b) Appliances, tools or devices;
(c) Topical preparations; or
(d) Hot and cold applications.
(4) “Boundary” means the limits in a professional
relationship which create safety based on the needs of the client.
(5) “Boundary violation” means an alteration or shift
in the limits of a professional relationship so that what is allowed in the
relationship becomes ambiguous and/or may not be based on the needs of the
(6) “Caring” means acting in a manner in which things,
events, people or relationships matter.
(7) “Certified Class or program” means a class or
program that is approved by the Board and is offered:
(a) By a person or institution licensed as a career
school under ORS 345.010 to 345.450; or
(b) By a community college approved by the Department
of Education; or
(c) In another state and licensed or approved by the
appropriate agency in that state.
(8) “Client” means any individual, group of
individuals, or organization to whom an L.M.T. provides massage
(9) “Client vulnerability” means factors which diminish
a client’s ability to be self-determining.
(10) “Compensation” means something given or received
as payment including but not limited to bartering, tips, monies, donations, or
(11) “Conflict of interest” means any action or
decision or recommendation by an LMT at the detriment of a client.
(12) “Contact hours” means actual hours in class under the
instruction of and in the presence of an instructor.
(13) “Critical Reflection” means a process whereby
knowledge and action are connected to each other through the application of
careful, conscious, deliberate reflection on:
(a) Personal practice (perceptions, assumptions,
motivations, values, behaviors).
(b) Assessment and understanding of a situation.
(c) Likely or actual consequences or impact of one’s
(14) “Dual Relationship” means any relationship of a
personal or business nature with a client that is in addition to or concurrent
with a professional relationship in which the L.M.T. is providing or has
provided massage or bodywork services to that same client.
(15) “Ethics” means a system of valued societal beliefs
and behaviors that may be used to guide and evaluate conduct to ensure the
protection of an individual’s person and rights.
(16) “Indorsement” means:
(a) The process of evaluating and recognizing the
credentials of a person licensed in Oregon in another health care specialty
that includes in its scope of practice, acts defined as massage: or
(b) The process of evaluating and recognizing the
credentials of a massage or bodywork practitioner authorized to practice
massage or bodywork in another jurisdiction.
(17) “Informed consent” means a process wherein clients
have knowledge of what will occur, that participation is voluntary, and that
the client is competent to give consent.
(18) “Licensee” means any person holding a license,
permit, or certificate issued by this Board; an L.M.T.
(19) “L.M.T.” means a Licensed Massage Therapist.
(20) “Massage” or “massage therapy” is defined in ORS
(21) “Personal power” means recognizing and taking
personal responsibility for the inherent power differential between the L.M.T.
and the client and recognizing and taking personal responsibility for the
impact of professional decisions, actions and behavior on the client.
(22) “Power differential” means the basic inequality
inherent in the professional relationship between an L.M.T. and a client in
terms of who has the advantage in the relationship. The L.M.T. is presumed to
have the advantage by virtue of the authority which emerges from the role of
professional and the vulnerability which is automatically part of the role of
(23) “Practice of massage” is defined in ORS 687.011.
(24) “Professional authority” means the power inherent
in the professional role and which is derived from a combination of an L.M.T.’s
specialized or expert knowledge, societal expectations, stated and unstated
client expectations, and an L.M.T.’s personal power.
(25) “Professional relationship” means the relationship
established when an L.M.T. contracts with a client, verbally or in writing, to
provide any service associated with the practice of massage or bodywork.
(26) “Professional role” means assuming the demands and
responsibilities of professional authority by taking charge of the conditions
which create and maintain client safety and trust in the professional-client
Stat. Auth.: ORS 687.011 &
Stats. Implemented: ORS 687.011
Hist.: BMT 2-1998, f. & cert.
ef. 7-22-98; BMT 1-2003, f. & cert. ef. 1-24-03; BMT 1-2009, f. 2-13-09,
cert. ef. 3-1-09; BMT 3-2009, f. & cert. ef. 7-2-09; BMT 2-2011, f.
6-29-11, cert. ef. 7-1-11
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