Massage therapy in the UK for the most part is governed by common law and there is little legislation.

In some parts of the country, local authorities require massage practitioners to obtain licences to practise. The exact requirements and the cost of the licence varies from local authority to local authority.

In London, the London Local Authorities Act requires premises where 'special treatments' (including massage) take place to have a licence from the local authority. In August 2008 MTI was added to the list of organisations exempted from this requirement.

View MTI's legislative guidance