[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Clinton 11-24-1981. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purpose of this chapter the following definitions shall apply:
- Any method of pressure on, or friction against, or stroking, kneading, rubbing, tapping, pounding, vibrating or stimulating of the external soft parts of the body with the hands or with the aid of any mechanical or electrical apparatus or appliance, with or without any such supplementary aids as rubbing alcohol, liniments, antiseptics, oils, powders, creams, lotions, ointments, or other similar preparations commonly used in this practice.
- MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENT
- Any establishment having a fixed business where any person engages in or carries on or permits to be engaged in or carried on any of the activities mentioned under "massage" and shall also include any massage business operated on a house call basis.
- MASSEUR and MASSEUSE
- Any person who, for any consideration whatsoever, engages in the practice of massage as herein defined.
- Any individual, firm, partnership, syndicate, company, trust or corporation who or which owns, leases, operates, or has an interest in a massage establishment.
Until such time as the Commissioner of Public Health has adopted regulations pursuant to the authority granted by C.G.S. § 19a-14, as amended, no person shall allow a massage establishment to be conducted in Clinton and no masseur and/or masseuse shall engage in the practice of massage as defined herein in Clinton.
This chapter shall not apply to the following individuals while engaged in personal performance of the duties of their respective professions:
Physicians, surgeons, chiropractors, osteopaths, or physical therapists who are duly licensed to practice their respective professions in the State of Connecticut.
Nurses who are registered under the laws of the State of Connecticut.
Barbers and beauticians who are duly licensed under the laws of the State of Connecticut, except that this exemption shall apply solely to the massaging of the neck, face, scalp, and hair of the customer or client, for cosmetic or beautifying purposes.
Hospitals, nursing homes, clinics or rehabilitation facilities operating or licensed under other provisions of the laws of the State of Connecticut or to the employees working under the direction of such facilities.
Those persons who are eligible to use the title "Connecticut-Certified Massage Therapist" under the provisions of C.G.S. §§ 20-206a, 20-206b and 20-206c; or persons who hold an American Massage Therapy Association Certificate of Massage Therapy; or persons who have successfully completed a course of study of not less than 500 hours, with the instructor present, at a school of massage therapy which is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and which provided, at the time of graduation, a curriculum which was approved by the American Massage Therapy Association. The applicant must document qualifications to the satisfaction of the Town Clerk.
No person shall engage in, conduct, or carry on or permit to be engaged in, conducted, or carried on, in or upon the premises in the Town, the operation of a massage establishment without first having obtained a permit from the Town Clerk.
Persons claiming exemption under § 369-3E of this chapter shall file an application with the office of the Town Clerk. The application for exemption shall be approved or denied based upon § 369-3E criteria by the Town Clerk within 10 working days. Any permit or exemption permit issued under this section shall either be posted at his/her place of business or be on his/her person.
Said permits shall be for a one-year term and may be renewed annually, provided that the applicant qualifies in every respect for its reissuance.
Any person who violates this chapter shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $100. Each day such violation continues shall be considered a separate offense.