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Massage Business

"Massage" and "massage therapy" mean a health care service involving the external manipulation or pressure of soft tissue for therapeutic purposes.


Massage therapy includes techniques such as tapping, compressions, friction, reflexology, Swedish gymnastics or movements, gliding, kneading, shaking, and fascial or connective tissue stretching, with or without the aids of superficial heat, cold, water, lubricants, or salts.


State Massage Practitioners License 

Approval to operate a massage business is not required from the City, however, when applying for a new license, a copy of a massage practitioners state issued license will be required to be submitted to the Tax & License office. 


Massage Hours 

According to Tacoma Municipal Code 6B.10.115 all massage business locations or offices that offer massage therapy services shall not be open between the hours of 10:00p.m. and 6:00a.m daily.