European Massage Championship 2022 Rules

Who can participate

All professional massage therapists from anywhere in the world. 

European participants

European massage therapists can enter any of the categories except international. By European we mean geographical Europe, and this includes all the countries listed here.

International non-European participants

Participants who are not European or who do not work in Europe must enter the international category

Judging criteria

– Technique
– Ergonomics
– Massage Flow
– Innovation
– Interaction with the receiver (before/during/after)
– Work Environment, table preparation
– Quality of products used
– Tools (why use and how)
– Client feedback is also factored in
– Massage therapist presentation

Full Rules

The full set of rules will be communicated to all the participants about 1 month before the championship. 


Participants must have insurance covering them for their massages except if their country does not have any insurance for massage therapists they may bypass this rule. 


The New Massage Association is covered for the full event, but massage therapists must be covered just for their massage. This should be the same insurance as the one they have as a professional massage therapist in their country. It can be their spa employee insurance, or their freelance therapist insurance.

European Massage Championship 2020 | Categories

All categories can have chair

The INTERNATIONAL CATEGORY is obligatory for participants who:
Do not live in Europe and are not European
All others choose among the other categories

 - When you register you will choose 2 categories. They can be the same or different.
- All massages can be on table, futon or chair

Facial Massage (NEW)

All facial treatments

Asian Inspired

  • Ayurveda
  • MTC
  • Thai
  • Shiatsu
  • Tui-na
  • Anma
  • Chinese
  • Yumeiho
  • Cupping with or without tools
  • Asian Freestyle (Asian technique as main influence mixed with other categories)

Western Inspired

  • Californian
  • Lomi Lomi
  • Swedish
  • Connective Tissue
  • Aromatherapy
  • Cupping
  • Bodywork and Freestyle
  • Myofascial
  • Deep Tissue
  • Neuromuscular
  • Western freestyle (Western technique as main influence mixed with other categories)


  • Spa Treatments
  • Facial Treatments
  • Kobido
  • Hot-stone
  • Aesthetic
  • Lymphatic Draining
  • Wellness freestyle (Wellness technique as main influence mixed with other categories)


  • Athlete/bodybuilder/marathon runner etc. 
  • Pre-post training therapies

International Participants

🌍 There is no more separate International Category
International participants will be in the same categories with all other participants.
For the medals: the top 3 international participants – from all categories – will get 1 trophy and 3 medals.
For the final: the gold will participate for demonstration purposes, but cannot win the title of “Best European Massage”

Who is international participant? 

If you are from outside of Europe, and you do not work in Europe

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