Terms in this chapter mean:

(1)    “Board,” the Board of Massage Therapy;

Terms Used In South Dakota Codified Laws 36-35-1

  • Person: includes natural persons, partnerships, associations, cooperative corporations, limited liability companies, and corporations. See South Dakota Codified Laws 2-14-2

(2)    “Licensee,” a person who meets the qualifications for licensure pursuant to this chapter and holds a valid license to practice massage therapy;

(3)    “Massage,” the systematic mobilization of the soft tissues of the body through the application of hands, feet, or devices for the purposes of therapy, relaxation, or education through means which include:

(a)    Pressure, friction, stroking, rocking, kneading, percussion, compression, or stretching;

(b)    External application of water, heat, cold, lubricants, or other topical agents; or

(c)    The use of devices that mimic or enhance the actions of human hands or feet; and

(4)    “Practice of massage therapy,” the performance of massage for a fee or other compensation or holding oneself out to the public as performing massage.

Source: SL 2005, ch 206, § 1; SL 2016, ch 197, § 1.