Licensing Laws for being a massage therapist differ state to state, making it difficult to move about the country and practice as a massage therapist. People coming from other countries have their own challenges.
Our state licensing laws have such different scope of practice laws. The number of hours of education and the content of the educational material varies from state to state.
Schools are regulated differently by state with some having to be approved by their state and some not.
Our laws requiring establishment licensing are confusing and add to the problem of being associated with illegal massage businesses (aka prostituted doing business as massage therapists.)
Ideally, massage licensing should allow massage therapists to easily move from state to state to live and work. Model licensing language should be created for all states to follow and adopt. The Federation of Massage State Boards have created a model licensing act in 2014(PDF), but is under scrutiny by the profession (Schools and associations). It is at least a start.