Massage therapy

What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissue for therapeutic purposes.

In Western Australia there are currently no provisions under the Health Act 1911 (external site) requiring massage or muscle stimulation businesses to be registered by local government.

Standard precautions for massage therapists

Massage therapists should:

  • have access to hand washing facilities
  • thoroughly wash their hands before and after each massage procedure
  • change the towels, pillowcases, paper towels and paper strips placed over the massage beds between each client
  • store dirty or soiled linen in a suitable receptacle - normal household laundering procedures are adequate for processing all soiled linen
  • maintain a clean and hygienic work place
  • use smooth, clean and impervious massage beds that are easy to clean.

More information

Phone the Environmental Health Directorate on 9388 4999.

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