Colorado Legislative History – Energetic Healing Arts


2008
Senate Bill 08-219 Massage Therapy Practice Act

12-35.5-110. Scope of article – exclusions – authority for clinical setting. (1) nothing in this article shall be construed to prohibit or require a massage therapy registration for any of the following:
(e) the person provides alternative methods that employ contact and does not hold himself or herself out as a massage therapist. For the purposes of this paragraph (e), “alternative methods that employ contact” include, but are not limited to:
(III) practices using touch to affect the human energy systems, such as reiki, shiatsu, and asian or polarity bodywork therapy;

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2013
Senate Bill 13-215 Colorado Natural Health Consumer Protection Act

2013 language
6-1-724. (q) practice or represent that he or she is practicing massage therapy, which, for purposes of this section:
(I) includes practices where the primary purpose is to provide deep stroking muscle tissue massage of the human body; and
(II) excludes:
(b) the use of touch, words, and directed movement of a healing art within the bodywork community, including healing touch, mind-body centering, orthobionomy, reflexology, rolfing, reiki, qigong, muscle activation techniques, and practices with the primary purpose of affecting energy systems of the human body;

2016 language as amended by HB16-1320
6-1-724. (q) practice or represent that he or she is practicing massage therapy as defined in Article 35.5 of Title 12, C.R.S.

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2016
House Bill 16-1320 Concerning the Regulation of Massage Therapy to Modify Practices That Are Linked to Criminal Behavior

12-35.5-110. Section 4. Scope of article – exclusions – authority for clinical setting. (1) Nothing in this article prohibits or requires a massage therapy license for any of the following:
(e) The person provides alternative methods that employ contact and does not hold himself or herself out as a massage therapist. For the purposes of this paragraph (e), “alternative methods that employ contact” include, but are not limited to:
(III) Practices using touch or healing tuch to affect the human energy systems, such as reiki, shiatsu; and meridians
(2) if there is a continued pattern of criminal behavior with arrests, complaints regarding sexual misconduct, or criminal intent that is related to human trafficking disguised as a legitimate exemption, the director may, at his or her discretion determine that a practice is no longer exempt from licensing pursuant to paragraph (e) of subsection (1) of this section.

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