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§ 90‑622.  Definitions.

The following definitionsapply in this Article:

(1)        Accreditation. – Statusgranted to a postsecondary institution of higher learning that has metstandards set by an accrediting agency recognized by the Secretary of theUnited States Department of Education. The accreditation for massage andbodywork schools may be institutional or programmatic in nature.

(1a)      Board. – The NorthCarolina Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy.

(2)        Board‑approvedschool. – Any massage and bodywork therapy school or training program in thisState or another state that is not otherwise exempt from Board approval, thathas met the standards set forth in this Article, and been granted approval bythe Board.

(2a)      Criminal historyrecord check. – A report resulting from a request made by the Board to theNorth Carolina Department of Justice for a history of conviction of a crime,whether a misdemeanor or felony, that bears on an applicant's fitness forlicensure to practice massage and bodywork therapy.

(3)        Massage and bodyworktherapy. – Systems of activity applied to the soft tissues of the human bodyfor therapeutic, educational, or relaxation purposes. The application mayinclude:

a.         Pressure, friction,stroking, rocking, kneading, percussion, or passive or active stretching withinthe normal anatomical range of movement.

b.         Complementarymethods, including the external application of water, heat, cold, lubricants,and other topical preparations.

c.         The use ofmechanical devices that mimic or enhance actions that may possibly be done bythe hands.

(3a)      Massage and bodyworktherapy school. – Any educational institution that conducts a training programor curriculum for a tuition charge, which is intended to teach adults theknowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for the safe, effective, and ethicalpractice of massage and bodywork therapy.

(4)        Massage and bodyworktherapist. – A person licensed under this Article.

(5)        Practice of massageand bodywork therapy. – The application of massage and bodywork therapy to anyperson for a fee or other consideration.  (1998‑230, s. 10; 2008‑224, s. 2.)