Illinois Massage Liability Insurance Guidelines


As a professional massage practitioner, it is important that you have adequate insurance to protect you and your practice. A quality insurance policy will include comprehensive coverage that provides full financial protection against common liability scenarios.

Before you can apply for massage therapy insurance, you will need to be a licensed massage therapist. In Illinois, to qualify for licensing you must have completed 500 hours of training at an approved school, be at least 18 years old, and have passed the national certificate exam. You will also need to submit to a fingerprint check through the state police.

Once you have met these criteria and are fully registered, you can then apply for insurance. Here are the three types of insurance that your policy needs to have in order to provide real protection for your practice:

#1 Malpractice or Professional Liability Insurance

Your policy should include malpractice or professional insurance coverage. This will cover you in the case that your client is hurt or damaged in some way as a result of fault of your skill or incompetence. Malpractice suits are unfortunately a common hazard in the medical profession. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, each year, 1 in every 14 medical professionals finds themselves in a malpractice suit. As a consequence, it is crucial that you are adequately covered against this scenario.

#2 Product Insurance

Product insurance coverage is aimed at dealing with claims about damage caused as the result of a product used in the massage. For example, if a client had an adverse reaction to a massage oil you used, then this would be covered by the product liability portion of your insurance. Another scenario might be if your massage chair was to collapse during therapy.

#3 General Liability Protection

General liability coverage is important for covering you in the case of your clients damaging themselves while on your premises. That might include them slipping in the corridor of your offices or falling off the table. Essentially any injury that is unrelated to the work that you actually perform is covered by your general liability protection.

Once you have found a policy which provides these three types of insurance, you will need to evaluate its other elements. Check how much you are covered for in these areas and compare it against the cost of the policy. Also check for any additional benefits, such as insurance against theft of your equipment. By evaluating these criteria, you can be certain you select the best insurance coverage for your massage practice.


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Licensing Info

Number of credentialed practitioners in this state: 9,063

Phone: (217) 785-0800

Web Site:

Required Education: 500 hours

Written or Practical Exam: Written

Exam Administered: NCETMB

Renewal Fee: $175 every 2 years

CEUs: Required 24 every 2 years