Illinois massage requirements establish the educational and examination requirements for an individual to become a massage therapist in the state. In Illinois individuals who practice massage therapy are considered Licensed Massage Therapists and must graduate from a board approved school and pass a board approved examination. The following information is offered as an assistance to those considering a career as a massage therapist. The information should be verified by consulting the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation Massage Therapy Licensure.
Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation Massage Therapy Licensure
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Page last Update June 16, 2015
The National Certification Examination for Licensure is no longer offered as of November 1, 2014 and National Certification will no longer be offered as of December 31, 2016. Those who are Nationally Certified will need to upgrade their Certification to Board Certified. Please go to NCBTMB.org for further information on Board Certification.
Illinois Massage Requirements Massage Licensing Act Definitions Excerpt
(225 ILCS 57/10)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)
Sec. 10. Definitions. As used in this Act:
"Address of Record" means the designated address recorded by the Department in the applicant's or licensee's application file or license file as maintained by the Department's licensure maintenance unit. It is the duty of the applicant or licensee to inform the Department of any change of address and those changes must be made either through the Department's website or by contacting the Department.
"Approved massage school" means a facility which meets minimum standards for training and curriculum as determined by the Department.
"Board" means the Massage Licensing Board appointed by the Secretary.
"Compensation" means the payment, loan, advance, donation, contribution, deposit, or gift of money or anything of value.
"Department" means the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
"Massage" or "massage therapy" means a system of structured palpation or movement of the soft tissue of the body. The system may include, but is not limited to, techniques such as effleurage or stroking and gliding, petrissage or kneading, tapotement or percussion, friction, vibration, compression, and stretching activities as they pertain to massage therapy. These techniques may be applied by a licensed massage therapist with or without the aid of lubricants, salt or herbal preparations, hydromassage, thermal massage, or a massage device that mimics or enhances the actions possible by human hands. The purpose of the practice of massage, as licensed under this Act, is to enhance the general health and well-being of the mind and body of the recipient. "Massage" does not include the diagnosis of a specific pathology. "Massage" does not include those acts of physical therapy or therapeutic or corrective measures that are outside the scope of massage therapy practice as defined in this Section.
"Massage therapist" means a person who is licensed by the Department and administers massage for compensation.
"Professional massage or bodywork therapy association" means a state or nationally chartered organization that is devoted to the massage specialty and therapeutic approach and meets the following requirements:
(1) The organization requires that its members meet minimum educational requirements. The educational requirements must include anatomy, physiology, hygiene, sanitation, ethics, technical theory, and application of techniques. (2) The organization has an established code of ethics and has procedures for the suspension and revocation of membership of persons violating the code of ethics. "Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation.
(Source: P.A. 97-514, eff. 8-23-11.)
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