Massage Therapy Schools in Illinois

By Jessica Fuller / September 3, 2017
Massage Therapy Schools in Illinois

There are some great massage therapy schools in Illinois if you want to study and get licensed in the state of Illinois to practice massage therapy.

Just type your ZIP code in the search box to find out if there are some schools near you or where you want to relocate to.

There are plenty of opportunities to work as a massage therapist in Illinois, and it’s a great state to live in if you don’t already live there.

In this article, you will find all the information you need to earn your license, how to get started practicing massage in Illinois, and why this state is a great choice.

Massage Therapy Schools in Illinois

Below is a list of some of the top massage therapy schools in Illinois. Take a browse or for a more up-to-date list by ZIP code use the box above.

You’ll find schools in all the major cities, like Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, Skokie, Joliet, Naperville, Springfield, and more.


Cortiva Institute – Chicago Loop Campus

Chicago, IL, USA

+1 312-253-3313

Website – cortiva.com


New School For Massage

Chicago, IL, USA

+1 888-461-0114

Website – newschoolmassage.com


Estelle Medical Academy

Skokie, IL, USA

+1 847-673-7595

Website – estellemedical.edu


The Soma Institute

Chicago, IL, USA

+1 312-939-2723

Website – soma.edu


The School of Massage Therapy at SOLEX Medical Academy

Wheeling, IL, USA

+1 847-243-3400

Website – massage.solex.edu


Cortiva Institute – Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake, IL, USA

+1 815-404-2700

Website – cortiva.com


Universal Spa Training Academy

Downers Grove, IL, USA

+1 630-968-6800

Website – spatrainingacademy.com


New Age Spa Institute

Des Plaines, IL, USA

+1 847-759-0900

Website – newagespainstitute.com


Cortiva Institute – Joliet

Joliet, IL, USA

+1 815-272-9610

Website – cortiva.com


Thai Bodywork School & Coaching The Body Institute

Evanston, IL, USA

+1 847-440-7525

Website – thaibodywork.com


Institute of Natural Health & Education

Bradley, IL, USA

+1 815-936-0050

Website – inhedu.org


Pacific College of Oriental Medicine – Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA

+1 773-477-4822

Website – pacificcollege.edu


First Institute Massage Clinic

Crystal Lake, IL, USA

+1 815-788-1057

Website – firstinstitute.edu


Have I missed any schools? If you want me to add your school to my listing just drop me a mail here.

Schooling and Licensing Requirements in Illinois

There are some education and examination requirements when pursuing a license to practice massage therapy in the state of Illinois.

You need to have at least a high school diploma or similar. Then you will have to complete at least 600 hours of education at an approved massage therapy school.

The hours will be split across different subjects and aspects of massage therapy. Your school will be able to advise and guide you through what you need to study.

You will then need to complete an approved examination. You can check which exam and when are where you can sit it by contacting the Illinois National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork via the contact details below.

There are also some formalities such as background checks and other details to complete your application for a license.

Illinois National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork Contact Details

Applications, information, and support for studying, licensing, and practicing massage therapy can be found at the Illinois National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.

Their contact details are as follows:


National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork

Burr Ridge, IL, USA

+1 630-627-8000

Website – ncbtmb.org


Why Choose Illinois for Massage Therapy Schooling?

Illinois is a great state to live and work in. Chicago is a huge city, with everything from a bustling nightlife to historic landmarks and fun things to do in the day.

The average temperature is around 51 degrees across the year and you’ll get to enjoy seasonal weather changes, so while it’s not the sunny climate of California it has it all.

The massage therapy landscape isn’t too competitive from a business standpoint. There is plenty of opportunities to make a good living here once you’re licensed.

So check out the top massage therapy schools in Illinois above and take the first step to starting a new career in the state of Illinois.

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About the author

Jessica Fuller

I started studying and experimenting with alternative medicine, different massage techniques, and alternative therapies after graduating. I also love travelling and writing, so I found a way to combine all my loves - blogging!

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