Chapter 102 MASSAGE BUSINESSES.
Section 102-3 DEFINITIONS.
For the purpose of this Chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings
respectively ascribed to them by this section:
MASSAGE BUSINESS - Is the commercial venture, occupation or profession of providing the
service of massage by a person or establishment for pay or other promise of financial
compensation. Any self-employed person engaged in providing massage is also a massage
business. If massage is an ancillary or incidental function of the business or occupation, the
massage business does not include:
A. Barbershops and beauty parlors where massages are
administered to the head, neck and
shoulder areas of the body only.
B. Hospitals; nursing homes; medical clinics; or the
operations of physicians, surgeons,
osteopaths, physical therapists or chiropractors; if they currently hold a valid, unrevoked license
issued by the Board of Medicine of Nursing of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
MASSAGE - For pay or other promise of financial compensation; the touching, holding,
positioning, manipulation or movement of skin, muscles and other soft tissue of the human body;
by rubbing, stroking, tapping, kneading, vibration, compression, friction or any similar method;
either by hand or by any instrument. And, the application of oils, topical preparations, salt
glows, hot and cold packs, or special baths including: tub, shower, vapor or steam baths.
MASSAGE BUSINESS OPERATOR OR EMPLOYEE - A masseur, masseuse or other
person who practices any one or more of the arts of massage or massage therapy for pay or other
promise of financial compensation. Any person who gives or offers to give any massage or
solicits to provide a massage, for pay or other promise of financial compensation.
(Ord. No. 13-98 Amended 7-27-98)