The Czech Republic, Estonia and Slovakia have registered 2 different massage professions, with different educational levels. Lithuania has listed massage as “manual therapy” in the national register, and masseur in the EU database.
14 of these 16 countries have registered masseur in the qualification level DSE-diploma (post-secondary education). Bulgaria has a qualification level PS3- diploma of postsecondary level (3-4 years). Switzerland has qualification level to be checked.
In 3 countries masseur is a profession, but not registered in the EU database (Estonia, Portugal, Romania). The regulations are very dissimilar. Please read the country-wide description for further information.
Turkey has regulated educational requirements for practising massage treatment, but as we understand masseur is not a regulated profession.
19 countries have no direct regulations on massage treatment. In some of these countries
general CAM or health legislation regulate the practice of massage treatment. Massage is in some countries included in “manual therapy” or “physical therapy”.
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