5.20.040 – Exemptions

  1. The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the following individuals while engaged in the performance of the duties of their respective professions, and to the following businesses and entities.
    1. Physicians, surgeons, chiropractors, osteopaths, podiatrists, or physical therapists who are duly licensed to practice their respective professions in the state.
    2.  Athletic trainers for any athletic program of a private or public school, college or university or for any athletic team regularly organized and engaging in competition.
    3. State-licensed practical nurses and registered nurses while administering massages in the normal course of their medical duties.
    4. Barbers and cosmetologists who are duly licensed under the laws of this state, except that this exemption shall apply solely to the massaging of the neck, back, face, scalp, hair, hands and feet of the customer or client for cosmetic or beautifying purposes.
    5. Hospitals, sanitariums, nursing homes, home health agencies, hospice programs and other such programs as defined and licensed by the state under ILCS Ch. 210.
    6. Massage therapists who administer massages only to the back and/or shoulder region of fully clothed patrons when such patrons sit in upright massage chairs.
    7. Massages provided in the course of not-for-profit special events, such as corporate health and wellness days, fundraisers, and athletic events.
    8. Massages provided by massage therapy students enrolled in a recognized school during the course of clinical externships, practicums or community services, provided that such massage services are part of the curricular requirements of the recognized school and are Where massage services are actually performed at the patron’s premises, including the patron’s place of business or residence, a Massage Establishment License shall not be required for such patron’s premises.
    9. Where massage services are actually performed at the patron’s premises, including the patron’s place of business or residence, a Massage Establishment License shall not be required for such patron’s premises.
  2. No provision contained in this chapter shall be construed to apply to any person, business, or conduct regulated by the provisions of the State Physical Therapy Registration Act, 225 ILCS 90/1 et seq.
(2014-M-42: § 1)