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Massage therapy, as the art and science of bodywork, has changed greatly in the past 30 years. Beginning in the 1980s, practitioners and educators began moving massage therapy training toward state and national licensing standards, in part to escape a sometimes shady link to adult entertainment.
State and national massage therapy training certification agencies are collaborating to set standards for qualifications for education, training and experience for massage therapists, both to protect the public from unprofessional conduct and to provide grounds for discipline of unethical practitioners.
Although licensing or certification requirements still vary widely, ranging from “no state regulations” in a handful of states to 1000 hours of initial training plus exam and continuing education (Nebraska), most states fall in between.
Illinois is an example. For students seeking massage therapy training in Illinois, state law for licensure requires 500 hours of education that includes anatomy, physical hygiene, sanitation, technical theory, application of technique and ethics. Upon completing massage therapy training, students must pass a national certification exam. Once licensed, massage therapists must complete 24 hours of approved continuing education every two years to renew their state license.
When seeking massage therapy training, it is vital to know your state’s licensing requirements and whether the school you are considering can meet those as well as provide the advantage of offering continuing education classes.
Of massage schools in Chicago, the Soma Institute is a perfect example of a school that meets both needs of massage therapy training. The Soma Institute pioneered the concept of clinical massage therapy, has formed affiliations with hospitals and clinics, and even contributed to Olympic athlete training.
Just as importantly, the Soma Institute stands out among massage schools in Chicago with their Master Clinical Massage Therapy program. And, because the school was recently approved as a Continuing Education Provider by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), the program courses are eligible for NCBTMB continuing education credits.
For students or professionals exploring massage therapy training or continuing education opportunities, for massage schools in Chicago, the Soma Institute is a perfect starting point.
For students or professionals exploring massage therapy training or continuing education opportunities at massage schools in Chicago, the Soma Institute, conveniently located in the heart of Chicago, is a perfect starting point.