[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Muskego 6-17-1999 by Ord. No. 985 (§ 12.21 of the 1964 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter is intended to ensure that persons who engage in the practice of massage or bodywork or massage therapy are licensed as required by the State of Wisconsin.
Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, the current and future statutory provisions of Ch. 460, Wis. Stats., are adopted and by reference made a part of this chapter as if fully set forth herein.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any person who engages in massage therapy or bodywork.
- Includes holding, positioning, rocking, kneading, compressing, decompressing, gliding or percussing the soft tissue of the human body and applying friction to soft tissue.
- MASSAGE THERAPIST
- A person who performs massage therapy, engages in the practice of massage or bodywork and is currently licensed as a massage therapist or bodyworker by the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.
- MASSAGE THERAPY or BODYWORK
- As defined in § 460.01(4), Wis. Stats., but does not include the following:
- A. Making a medical diagnosis.
- B. Instructing in or prescribing rehabilitative strengthening or conditioning exercises that are within the practice of physical therapy, as defined in § 448.50(4), Wis. Stats.
- C. Employing or applying chiropractic adjustments to obtain the proper health and condition of the human body within the practice of chiropractic as defined in § 446.01(2), Wis. Stats.
This chapter shall not apply to the following individuals while engaged in the personal performance of the duties of their respective professions:
Medical doctors, doctors of chiropractic medicine, doctors of osteopathy, physical therapists, physicians' assistants or nurses who are duly licensed to practice their respective professions in the State of Wisconsin.
Barbers and beauticians who are duly licensed under the laws of this state, except that this exemption shall apply solely to the massage of the neck, face, scalp, hair, hands and feet of their clients.
Coaches and trainers employed by accredited high schools, colleges, or amateur, semi-professional or professional athletic teams and acting within the scope of their employment.
This chapter shall not apply to hospitals or licensed nursing homes or persons working within hospitals or licensed nursing homes who administer massage therapy under the direct supervision and control of the hospital or licensed nursing home administration, as the case may be.
No person shall engage in the business of the practice of massage, bodywork, or massage therapy without first being officially licensed by the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services as a massage therapist or bodyworker.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-4 of this Code.