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Massage in Estonia

The Estonian Manual Medicine & Chiropractic Association (EMMCA) represents the massage therapy profession (9). “Massage” as opposed to “massage therapy” is normally practised by non-licensed individuals who are not qualified to provide therapeutic care and who normally practise simple “relaxation” body rub procedures.

”Massage therapy is performed in Estonia by professional Massage Therapists who are registered with EMMCA and licensed to practise massage therapy with the designation of Registered Massage Therapist or R.M.T.”(97).

“Various advanced forms of massage therapy and soft tissue techniques may also be used by other Healthcare practitioners such as Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Physical Therapists. Unqualified masseurs without licence have not met the professional educational and ethical standards set by Sports masseurs and paramedical masseurs are not regulated professions, but accepted as professions of which education is not acquired according to regulation RT I 2001, 21, 118, §34. “5) services not classified elsewhere, except the services of sports masseurs, paramedical masseurs and mountain guides (subclass 859)”(103).


9. REGULATION (EC) No 883/2004 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 29 April 2004 on the coordination of social security systems (Text with relevance for the EEA and for Switzerland), (2004)

97. Estonian Manual Medicine & Chiropractic Association (EMMCA). Estonian Manual Medicine & Chiropractic Association Tallinn2012 [cited 2012 February 9,]; Available from:

103. Government of the Republic of Estonia. RT I 2001, 21, 118 List of Regulated Posts and Regulated Professional Activities in Case of Which Education Acquired in an Educational Institution is not required. Regulation No. 75 of the Government of the Republic 20 February 2001. This Regulation is established on the basis of subsection 1 (4) of the Recognition of Professional Qualification Acquired in a Foreign State Act (RT I 2000, 29, 168). Tallinn 2001 [cited 2012 February 9]; Available from:

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