Public Act 101-0421
SB1841 EnrolledLRB101 02852 JRG 47860 b
AN ACT concerning regulation.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
Section 5. The Massage Licensing Act is amended by changing
Section 25 as follows:
(225 ILCS 57/25)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2022)
Sec. 25. Exemptions.
(a) This Act does not prohibit a person licensed under any
other Act in this State from engaging in the practice for which
he or she is licensed.
(b) Persons exempted under this Section include, but are
not limited to, physicians, podiatric physicians, naprapaths,
and physical therapists.
(c) Nothing in this Act prohibits qualified members of
other professional groups, including but not limited to nurses,
occupational therapists, cosmetologists, and estheticians,
from performing massage in a manner consistent with their
training and the code of ethics of their respective
professions.
(d) Nothing in this Act prohibits a student of an approved
massage school or program from performing massage, provided
that the student does not hold himself or herself out as a
licensed massage therapist and does not receive compensation,
including tips, for massage therapy services.
(e) Nothing in this Act prohibits practitioners that do not
involve intentional soft tissue manipulation, including but
not limited to Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Reike, and
Therapeutic Touch, from practicing.
(f) Practitioners of certain service marked bodywork
approaches that do involve intentional soft tissue
manipulation, including but not limited to Rolfing, Trager
Approach, Polarity Therapy, and Orthobionomy, are exempt from
this Act if they are approved by their governing body based on
a minimum level of training, demonstration of competency, and
adherence to ethical standards.
(g) Until January 1, 2020, practitioners Practitioners of
Asian bodywork approaches are exempt from this Act if they are
members of the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of
Asia as certified practitioners or if they are approved by an
Asian bodywork organization based on a minimum level of
training, demonstration of competency, and adherence to
ethical standards set by their governing body.
(h) Practitioners of other forms of bodywork who restrict
manipulation of soft tissue to the feet, hands, and ears, and
who do not have the client disrobe, such as reflexology, are
exempt from this Act.
(i) Nothing in this Act applies to massage therapists from
other states or countries when providing educational programs
or services for a period not exceeding 30 days within a
calendar year.
(j) Nothing in this Act prohibits a person from treating
ailments by spiritual means through prayer alone in accordance
with the tenets and practices of a recognized church or
religious denomination.
(k) Nothing in this Act applies to the practice of massage
therapy by a person either actively licensed as a massage
therapist in another state or currently certified by the
National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and
Bodywork or other national certifying body if said person's
state does not license massage therapists, if he or she is
performing his or her duties for a non-Illinois based team or
organization, or for a national athletic event held in this
State, so long as he or she restricts his or her practice to
his or her team or organization or to event participants during
the course of his or her team's or organization's stay in this
State or for the duration of the event.
(Source: P.A. 97-514, eff. 8-23-11; 98-214, eff. 8-9-13.)
Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.