2016 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 12 - Professions and Occupations
Health Care
Article 35.5 - Massage Therapists
§ 12-35.5-103. Definitions

CO Rev Stat ยง 12-35.5-103 (2016) What's This?

As used in this article, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) "Advertise" means to publish, display, or disseminate information and includes, but is not limited to, the issuance of any card, sign, or direct mail, or causing or permitting any sign or marking on or in any building or structure or in any newspaper, magazine, or directory, or any announcement or display via any televised, computerized, electronic, or telephonic networks or media.

(2) "Applicant" means a person applying for a license to practice massage therapy.

(3) "Approved massage school" means:

(a) A massage therapy educational school that has a valid certificate of approval from the division of private and occupational schools in accordance with the provisions of article 59 of this title;

(b) A massage therapy educational program certified by the Colorado community college system;

(c) A massage therapy educational entity or program that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency; or

(d) A massage therapy program at a school located outside Colorado that is approved by the director based on standards adopted by the director by rule.

(4) "Compensation" means something of value or benefit, whether in cash, in kind, or in any other form.

(5) "Director" means the director of the division.

(6) "Division" means the division of professions and occupations in the department of regulatory agencies.

(6.5) "Licensee" means a person licensed in this state to practice massage therapy.

(7) "Massage" or "massage therapy" means a system of structured touch, palpation, or movement of the soft tissue of another person's body in order to enhance or restore the general health and well-being of the recipient. Such system includes, but is not limited to, techniques such as effleurage, commonly called stroking or gliding; petrissage, commonly called kneading; tapotement or percussion; friction; vibration; compression; passive and active stretching within the normal anatomical range of movement; hydromassage; and thermal massage. Such techniques may be applied with or without the aid of lubricants, salt or herbal preparations, water, heat, or a massage device that mimics or enhances the actions possible by human hands.

(8) "Massage therapist" means an individual licensed by this state to engage in the practice of massage therapy. The terms "masseuse" and "masseur" are synonymous with the term "massage therapist".

(9) "Person" means a natural person only.

(10) Repealed.

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