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Illinois Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements

Illinois Massage Therapists Licensing and Renewal RequirementsState of Illinois Massage Therapist Requirements

Massage Therapy Licensure and Renewal in Illinois

If you’re at least 18 years of age and ready to move into your career as a massage therapist in Illinois, you must obtain a massage license. The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation regulates the licensing of massage therapists and massage schools. 

Massage therapists must successfully complete 600 hours of an approved massage therapy program and pass the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork's (NCBTMB) examination or the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB). 

You will also be required complete a verification fingerprint processing from the Illinois Department of State Police (ISP) or an Illinois approved fingerprint vendor agency.

Massage therapists are required to complete 24 hours of Illinois approved continuing education from an approved sponsor every 2 years. 

As an Illinois Approved Continuing Education Sponsor (#9115234) Jumozy Continuing Education offers massage therapy CE courses for your Illinois license renewal.

Massage Therapy Program

The 600 hours of supervised classroom and supervised hands-on instruction massage therapy program at an Illinois approved massage school must include:

  • Human anatomy, physiology, pathology and kinesiology.
  • Massage therapy theory, technique and practice.
  • Contraindications, benefits, precautions, history, client data collection, and documentation.
  • Ethics, business and legalities of massage and professional standards.

Massage Instructor Educational Requirement and Licensure

Individual schools are required to submit the qualifications of its instructors (teachers) and a plan to ensure that they are qualified by training and experience to provide effective instruction to teach in the massage subject that they are teaching. 

The State of Illinois requires massage schools to have a faculty demonstrate competence in their areas of teaching as evidenced by a minimum of 2 years or 2000 hours of experience in their field or by appropriate degrees/certificates from approved colleges, schools, institutions and programs. 

Most schools would require that the instructor hold a valid Illinois massage license and be a member in good standing with the Illinois Board of Massage. 

Renewal Time Period

Your massage therapy license expires on December 31 of each even numbered year (every 2 years). You may renew the license during the month preceding the expiration date by paying the required fee and completing continuing education (CE). 

With many approved massage continuing education programs in Illinois, it can be difficult to choose the right massage CE courses and CE provider. 

As a leading NCBTMB approved massage CE provider Jumozy offers many courses for Illinois massage license renewal. Jumozy is an approved CE provider for licensed Illinois massage therapists. See our CE Courses

Late Renewal

It is your responsibility to notify the Illinois Massage Division of any change of address. You must renew your massage license and pay the renewal fee, even if you did not receive a renewal form from the Massage Division. 

If you are practicing on a license that has expired, which is considered unlicensed activity, you will be disciplined and can receive a fine. 

Expired License Renewal and Inactive Status

Massage therapy, while a rewarding career, can be physically demanding on the massage therapist because of many hours of hands-on work. After several years in the field, a massage therapist may want to give their hands a break, take an extended leave after the birth of a child, or participate in active military service. If you are in this situation, you may place your massage license on inactive status and you will be excused from paying renewal fees until you notify the Massage Division in writing of your intention to resume active status. 

Restoring an expired license and inactive status for less than 5 years

If you seek to renew your massage license after it has expired or has been placed on inactive status for less than 5 years you must file an application with the Massage Division, pay a fee of $50 plus payment of all lapsed renewal fees, not to exceed $470. You must also show proof of completing 24 hours of continuing education. 

Restoring an expired license and inactive status for 5 years or more

If you seek to renew your massage license after it has expired or has been placed on inactive status for 5 years or more the process is more involved. You must file an application with the Massage Division; pay a fee of $50 plus payment of all lapsed renewal fees, not to exceed $470. You must also show proof of completing 24 hours of continuing education. 

In addition, you need to submit the following: 

  • Certification of current licensure from the appropriate state board or licensing authority in another jurisdiction in which you were authorized to practice and proof of active practice. Proof of current active practice shall include a verification of employment completed by the applicant's supervisor or, if self-employed, by a peer or colleague who is familiar with your work.
  • Proof of successful completion of an exam approved by the Massage Division within 2 years prior to the restoration application.

Massage Therapy Continuing Education Approved Provider - Illinois

Jumozy’s massage courses are valid for Illinois CE requirements as we are an Illinois Board of Massage approved continuing education sponsor (#9115234). 

Additionally, courses approved by the NCBTMB are accepted for meeting the license renewal for Illinois. Jumozy Continuing Education is approved by the NCBTMB (Provider #452024-12). 

Jumozy offers the following Illinois massage CE courses for your license renewal:

  • Cellulite Massage (3 CE Hrs)
  • Comprehensive Reflexology for the Foot (7.5 CE Hrs)
  • Comprehensive Reflexology for the Hand (7.5 CE Hrs)
  • Craniosacral Therapy (5 CE Hrs)  
  • Deep Tissue Massage Therapy: Extremities (4 CE Hrs)
  • Deep Tissue Massage Therapy: Pelvic Girdle (2.5 CE Hrs)
  • Deep Tissue Massage Therapy: Shoulder Girdle (3 CE Hrs)
  • Full Body Chair Massage (5.5 CE Hrs)
  • Full Body Stone Massage (3 CE Hrs) & (7 CE Hrs)
  • Lymphatic Massage for the Body (4.5 CE Hrs) & (9.5 CE Hrs)
  • Lymphatic Massage for the Face & Neck (2.5 CE Hrs)
  • Myofascial Release (4 CE Hrs)
  • Nurturing Pregnancy Massage (4.75 CE Hrs)
  • Reflexology for Allergies & Asthma (2 CE Hrs)
  • Reflexology for Anemia, Cardiovascular Disease, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, & Poor Blood Circulation (2 CE Hrs)
  • Reflexology for Headaches & Migraines (2 CE Hrs)
  • Reflexology for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) & Menopause (2 CE Hrs)
  • Reflexology for Stomach Upset, Constipation & Diarrhea (2 CE Hrs)
  • Reflexology for Stress, Anxiety, & Depression (2 CE Hrs)
  • Reflexology for Urinary Tract Infection, Kidney Stones, Kidney Failure & Incontinence (1.5 CE Hrs)
  • Reiki Healing (5 CE Hrs) 

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Continuing Education Hours and Approved Continuing Education (CE)

When you renew your Illinois massage license, every 2 years, you are required to complete 24 hours of continuing education, including at least 2 hours of ethics. A pre-renewal period is the 24 months preceding December 31 of each even-numbered year. 

Courses that are part of the curriculum of a university, college or other educational institution may be applied to fulfill the CE requirements of the State of Illinois. 

CE hours shall be earned by verified attendance at (e.g., certificate of attendance or certificate of completion) or participation in a program or course (program) that is offered or sponsored by an approved continuing education sponsor. 

Online, Correspondence and Self-Study Courses (12 Hours of CE Credits)

Up to 12 hours of CE credits per renewal may be earned for the following: 

  • For completion of a self-study course that is offered by an Illinois approved sponsor. Each self-study course must include an examination. 
  • Credit may be earned for papers prepared and delivered before recognized massage therapy organizations; papers published in nationally recognized massage therapy journals; or a chapter published in a book on massage therapy. 
  • First time presentation of an academic course or workshop, seminar, in-service, electronic or Web-based course. 

All Jumozy massage CE courses are online self-study courses that you may use to fulfill the 12 hours CE credits to meet the Illinois CE requirements. Jumozy is an Illinois approved CE sponsor and NCBTMB approved provider. 

Reporting Completed Courses

When you renew your massage license you must certify, on the renewal application, that you fully comply with the CE requirements. It is your responsibility to retain or otherwise produce evidence of compliance, in case you are required to demonstrate compliance with the CE requirements during the Massage Division’s random audit. 

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Other Things Massage Therapists Need to Know About Licensure

Illinois Massage Application and License Renewal Fees 

The fee for application for a license as a massage therapist is $175. The cost to renew your massage license every 2 years is $175, based on rate of $87.50 per year.

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Washington Massage Therapy Renewal Rules

Washington Massage Therapy Renewal Rules

 

A license is required to practice massage therapy in Washington State. The Washington State Department of Health regulates the licensing of massage therapists and massage schools. Obtaining a license requires completing a massage program and passing a state board examination. The exam is given by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) or the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). You will also be required to answer personal data questions, pass a background check, and complete HIV/Aids and first aid training.

 

 Massage Licensing Requirements and Application Process 

  • Complete a massage program approved by the Washington State Board of Massage, or
  • Hold an active massage license in a state with substantially equivalent licensing requirements as Washington State, or
  • Graduate from an out-of-state massage program approved by the requisite regulatory agency/agencies at the applicant’s time of graduation
  • Submit state license verification
  • Answer personal data questions about legal and professional history
  • Background checks
  • Complete HIV/AIDS training – four hours 
  • Successful completion NCBTMB or FSMTB examination
  • First aid and CPR cards or verification from an approved education program


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Relaxing MassageMassage therapists often become experts in several massage modalities, all of which require unique techniques. These different modalities allow the massage therapists to attract more clients, customize therapy to clients' needs, and keep their day-to-day practice interesting.

Versatility also makes a therapist more attractive to employers. An increasing number of massage clinics, spas, and health care environments are looking for massage therapists. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report and U.S. News and World Report, massage therapist was ranked #53 in "100 Best Jobs" and #21 in "Best Healthcare Jobs". Projected employment growth between 2010 and 2020 is 20.1 percent.

So, it pays to diversify.

There are about 80 massage therapy styles to choose among, offering relaxation, relief, or healing. According to an American Massage Therapy Association survey, massage therapists offer an average of seven modalities.

Here are some of the more popular modalities.

Swedish Massage

The most common type of massage, involving effleurage, petrissage, friction, and tapotement on the topmost layers of muscles. Swedish massage relieves muscle tension and is relaxing and energizing. Aesthetic VideoSource offers a beautifully filmed, instructional DVD on this modality: Essentials of Swedish Massage. This award-winning DVD features Meade Steadman, a Jumozy instructor.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage techniques apply pressure to deeper layers of muscle, tendons, and other tissues, to address chronically tense and contracted areas. The techniques are designed to release muscle and adhesions, increase range of motion, reset muscle memory, and reduce primary and secondary distortions. Aesthetic VideoSource has three comprehensive, instructional DVDs on this modality, for Deep Tissue Massage: Extremities, Pelvic Girdle, and Shoulder Girdle, all featuring Meade Steadman.

Chair Massage

The portability of chair massage accounts for its popularity among therapists as well as clients who seek it out at malls or conferences for a moment's reprieve. Chair massage allows practitioners to reach people beyond the spa or simply to avoid fixed overhead costs. Therapists can also incorporate whatever modality they prefer. Jumozy offers a comprehensive course on this modality, Full Body Chair Massage, which includes sections on different chairs, tools and setup, dealing with business attire, and marketing.

Thai Massage

Thai massage involves positioning the body into different therapeutic postures, stretching, compressing muscles, mobilizing joints, and acupressure. It addresses balance and structural corrections. Thai massage is a healing science that has been practiced thousands of years. The top recognized master of this modality outside of Thailand is Dr. Anthony James, CMT, ND, MDAM. His professional development and certification programs have set the standards in the U.S. He is also the instructor in the four-part The Ultimate Thai Massage Video instructional DVD series for the mat and table, produced by Aesthetic VideoSource.

Stone Massage

With stone massage, smooth stones are incorporated into a massage or placed on the body to provide the benefits of their inherent healing properties, as well as to apply heat or cold. Incorporating stones as massage tools is also easier on the therapist. Stones minimize injury to the hands, wrists, and elbows, and make the work less exhausting. Stone massage is also good for the bottom line and a way to personalize a massage and to differentiate a therapist's offerings. Jumozy offers Full Body Stone Massage, a comprehensive course that covers all aspects of this modality.

Reflexology

Reflexology applies pressure to reflexes on the hands or feet that are connected to various parts of the body. This pressure stimulates those body parts, as well as improves lymphatic drainage and circulation in the hands/feet, relaxing muscles and stimulating nerve connections. Jumozy offers two comprehensive reflexology courses, Comprehensive Reflexology for the Foot and Comprehensive Reflexology for the Hand as well as seven shorter reflexology courses focused on specific health complaints.

Pregnancy Massage,

Expectant moms experience unique physical and emotional changes that occur as a result of increased weight, shifting posture, and adjusting hormone levels. The soothing essence of massage can allow pregnant moms to unwind during this time.  It can also alleviate the resulting discomfort and other pregnancy-related symptoms. In Aesthetic VideoSource's Nurturing Pregnancy Massage Techniques I and Nurturing Pregnancy Massage Techniques II,  Meade Steadman demonstrates step-by-step how to provide therapeutic massage techniques that focus on the special needs of the mother to be as she goes through the different trimesters.

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Meade Steadman

If you're a massage therapist interested in new modalities, the go-to instructor is Meade Steadman. A professional instructor and practicing LMT, Meade is the instructor of many Jumozy courses. He provides clear, engaging instruction and easy-to-follow steps in all his courses.

Meade Steadman is an instructor for the Myotherapy College of Utah and the Myotherapy Institute of Massage. In the classroom, he has taught Swedish, Sports, Acutherapy, Tai Chi, Hydrotherapy, Reflexology, Infant Massage, Pregnancy Massage, Contraindications, Chair Massage, Geriatric Massage, Specialized Spa Techniques, and Therapeutic Principles. He is also the featured expert in many award-winning instructional videos (produced by Aesthetic VideoSource) on various massage modalities.

Since 1996, he has owned and managed Tranquil Touch™ LLC in Salt Lake City, UT. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Utah, and has published in A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology (4th Edition) and Massage and BodyWork Magazine.

Meade instructs and provides video demonstrations in the following Jumozy courses:

• Comprehensive Reflexology: The Foot
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Increasingly, more states and Canadian provinces are requiring massage therapists to take a minimum number of continuing education (CE) hours to maintain licensure. Professional organizations, such as the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) and American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), often require CE’s to maintain membership standing and organizational endorsement.

On one level, these requirements may seem yet another item on the ever-growing “to do” list: more hoops to jump, when you’re already busy with your practice and personal life. Are CE requirements just another bureaucratic layer, complicating your life?  Or is continuing education important?

According to the 2012 data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, there is a correlation with education to income. The more education you have, the more money you’re likely to make. That’s good motivation right there.

But I already graduated from a massage training program, you say. True, but education doesn’t stop there.  There are good reasons why.

Continuing education allows you to:

  • Learn new modalities and techniques
  • Expand your menu of service offerings
  • Attract more clients and grow your business
  • Grow your career opportunities
  • Be more valuable to employers
  • Stand out from the competition
  • Customize your techniques to meet a client’s needs
  • Stay current with the latest developments in massage therapy
  • Fill in gaps in basic massage therapy training
  • Provide clients with the best possible experience
  • Increase your income
  • Maintain licensure

Requirements vary for different state/province accrediting agencies and professional organizations. Requirements usually allow for learning new modalities and techniques. They may also cover business practices (such as record keeping and business management) for starting and maintain your practice, ethics and CPR, to aromatherapy, if incorporated into your practice.

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