qualifications to become licensed are met in a number of ways.
One is by passing the National Certification Exam of Therapeutic
Massage and Bodywork and maintaining current certification.
Another way is to be an active member of a national professional
massage therapy organization for at least a year. Experienced
Illinois Massage Therapists who meet either of these criteria
are automatically illegible to be licensed through "grandfathering."
Therapists listed on this site prior to their being formally
licensed fulfill these Illinois state requirements to legally
practice Massage Therapy.
therapists regulated by the state may use the terms "massage," "massage
therapy" and "massage therapist" to promote their services. Unregulated
specialists in Reiki, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Therapeutic Touch, Reflexology
are prohibited from publicly describing their services as "massage,"
or "massage therapy" or themselves as "massage therapists."