Massage Therapist Liability Insurance
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Liability Insurance for Massage Therapists
Like any "hands-on" profession that deals with public health, massage therapy involves risk.
Without massage liability insurance, a legal claim can cost an LMT a good reputation, thousands of dollars, and may ultimately put a professional massage therapist out of business.
MASSAGE Magazine began as a family-owned business in 1985 and is now backed by industry titans, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. and an A+ rated (Superior) insurance company. We are still the same small team that has dedicated nearly 40 years to the massage & bodywork industry but our insurance coverage and exclusive member benefits are now stronger and more dependable than ever.
How Much Does Massage Insurance Cost?
We have three policy options that range from $149 to $289. No matter which policy option you choose, massage therapists will be provided with the same comprehensive coverage limits. Click for more information about massage therapy insurance pricing
Do you practice fewer than 10 hours/week? Then this option is for you.
Cost to you: $0.41/day
1 year policy
Save more money by paying this total first year introductory rate.
Cost to you: $0.46/day
2 year policy
Purchase our two-year policy option and lock-in an annual rate of only $145.
Cost to you: $0.39/day
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September 15, 2021
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In as little as 5 minutes, you can receive immediate massage insurance coverage and proof of insurance. Our massage insurance application is designed to be quick and easy. To view requirements by state click here.
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Great coverage in massage therapy shouldn't cost an arm and a leg. That's why we work very hard to keep our insurance policy affordable and comprehensive.
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Massage Liability Insurance Frequently Asked Questions
What types of claims do massage therapists need massage insurance for?
In providing massage therapist insurance, we have encountered many, many different types of claims. The vast majority fall under general or professional liability provisions and most of the remainder are related to product liability.
- General liability insurance is also known as “slip and fall insurance” because it covers third-party claims for injuries or property damage. A little spill of massage oil left on the floor that a client slips and hurts themselves on would be an example of an event that could lead to a general liability claim.
- Professional liability insurance is also called “malpractice insurance”. Malpractice literally means “bad practice”, inferring that your service directly caused the loss event to occur. A client asserting that your massage was too hard and left them with some form of injury as a result would be an example of a possible professional liability claim.
- Product liability covers adverse reactions to a product. If a client suddenly goes into anaphylactic shock from the massage oil you use, their demand for you to pay their medical expenses would fall under the product liability provisions of your massage therapy liability insurance.
Read more about legal tips for massage therapists here.
What kinds of benefits are included with a massage therapy insurance policy?
As an added bonus to our great massage insurance program, we’re pleased to offer more than $1,800 in discounts from prominent massage-focused brands, a free professional website, access to an unlimited number of free online NCBTMB-approved CE classes, free session playlists, access to free MBLEx study tools, a weekly newsletter, business resources, and $25,000 worth of identity fraud recovery services through the included identity protection plan. Read more about massage insurance policy details.
How does the free continuing education program work?
While any individual therapist wishing to take part in our rich library of therapist-designed online education can purchase standalone access, these NCBTMB-approved courses are included free with our massage therapy insurance policy. Courses are presented in easily-accessible online formats that brings the content to life for massage therapists and affords the ability to go at whatever pace is convenient. Start, stop, and pause wherever you need to; the platform saves your progress leading up to an online exam. Once the exam is complete, you’ll receive instant proof of completion.
Can a student in massage school get massage liability insurance?
Absolutely! Students can purchase an individual insurance plan with all of the same benefits as our professional policies for just $40 for a year. A great option is to wait until you are nearing graduation before purchasing the student policy. Then, you protect almost the entirety of your first year of professional practice for a reduced rate.
How much does Massage Magazine massage therapy liability insurance cost?
For 1-year of professional coverage, our policy is just $169 and includes more than $1800 in exclusive discounts, a free website, and many more benefits. Professionals have the option to save almost $50 by purchasing a 2-year term at the reduced rate of $289. We also have a part-time rate for massage therapists who work less than 10 hours (hands-on) her week. Insurance plans for students in massage school are available for only $40 for a full-year of coverage. We offer the cheapest massage insurance policy for students along with a benefits-only option that grants access to all of our great member benefits except for continuing education for $49 per year. Don’t know where you fit in? Take a look at our massage therapy insurance guide here.
Is mobile massage therapist insurance available?
Definitely. Whether you want to provide services at a massage suite, at private events, or in the mall, our massage insurance policy is fully portable through all 50 U.S. states. This means your coverage follows you know matter where you choose to perform your services.
What is the best massage therapy liability insurance coverage?
The best policies for massage therapists need to have generous, prudently-set coverage limits for the most common types of claims that befall the industry. General and professional liability claims are by far the most common types of claims filed with massage insurance providers. Most remaining claims are generally related to product liability. These areas should be well apportioned for, but not overly so, such that you’re paying for something you’ll never use. A good policy should also include additional protections as part of an encompassing risk management plan, such as an identity protection plan. Our bodywork insurance policies include all of these additional protections all at one, flat rate.
Why are massage insurance coverage limits important?
Our general and professional liability policies come with a $2 million per occurrence and $3 million annual aggregate. This means for each claim you file, the most amount that will be paid out under the terms of your policy is $2 million. $3 million is the total amount that will be paid out combining all claims in the year. This may seem like a high number but consider a simple slip and fall case which would typically be covered under the policy's general liability provisions. The other party decides to sue for medical bills, their lost wages, their pain and suffering, and various damages to their property. Even if a case is without merit, you’ll most likely need legal representation to defend yourself. All together these costs would be insurmountable to most professionals - proving financially devastating and possibly ending a career. Insurance allows you to transfer the financial responsibility of paying for a claim out of your own pocket, which makes sound coverage limits vital.
Can I add additional businesses to a massage liability insurance policy?
Many professionals find it necessary to add additional businesses to their policy. If you’re an independent massage therapist traveling to different massage businesses, the cost of adding all of these businesses can add up for most carriers. That’s why we offer the convenience of an unlimited additional business package for just $30. You can also purchase a single additional business for $10 for 1 year and $15.95 for a two-year term.
What does the identity protection plan included with massage insurance provide?
Our included identity protection plan provides members with $25,000 worth of fraud recovery services. Dedicated fraud recovery specialists will work to help members recover their financial identities and repair damaged credit reports after an incident occurs.
How do I know if my modality is covered by Massage Magazine massage insurance?
We provide coverage for more than 450 different massage and wellness modalities so that our members can enjoy the freedom of incorporating into their sessions whatever modalities are most beneficial to the client.
Why does a massage therapist need massage insurance?
Like any "hands-on" bodywork profession that deals with public health, massage therapy involves risk. Healthcare practitioners deal with clients in various states of physical well-being, and in such a high-contact modality like massage, the client's health and the physicality involved can make a recipe for a lawsuit.
Aside from the potential to aggravate a client's existing health condition, or in some other way cause injury, even the best massage therapist can't predict whether a client may trip over a rug and become injured, which might also result in a lawsuit.
Beyond that, massage creams may cause a client an allergic reaction. Such an event is outside the massage therapist's direct control and can also lead to a legal claim. Liability insurance for massage therapists provides peace of mind and crucial support for the massage therapist.
Without bodywork insurance or massage therapy insurance, a legal claim can cost an LMT a good reputation, thousands of dollars, and may ultimately put a professional massage therapist out of business.
Looking for health insurance as well? Massage Magazine has teamed up with Insurance Plus to offer members a Marketplace where you can access group rates on health, dental and vision insurance plans for you and your family.
What is general liability insurance?
General liability insurance, also known as “trip and fall” insurance, will protect you in the event that a client trips and falls and is injured as a result. This type of coverage is critical to any business that allows clients onto a property, and it is one of three essential components of a good LMT insurance policy. Read more about general liability insurance.
What is professional liability insurance?
Professional liability insurance, also known as malpractice insurance, is the second key component to a comprehensive massage malpractice insurance policy. If someone claims an injury was incurred as a direct result of your lack of competence or skill as a professional massage therapist, having this type of insurance coverage will protect you. Malpractice insurance is highly relevant to any healthcare provider. Read more about professional liability insurance.
What is product liability insurance?
Product liability insurance provides protection in the event that a product used during a massage therapy session causes some kind of injury to a client. Since massage therapists often use products that come into direct contact with a client’s skin, this type of coverage is essential to LMTs. Learn more about product liability insurance
What is the difference between occurrence form and claims made coverage?
The difference between occurrence form and claims made coverage is critical to understand when buying massage therapy insurance.
If you have an occurrence form policy and a claim is filed after your coverage ends, you are still covered for incidents that occurred during your coverage period. For example, if you have an occurrence form policy that ends on December 31 of a given year and you do not renew your policy, you will still be covered for any claim filed after December 31, as long as the incident in question happened on or before December 31 during the period of time that you were covered.
HOWEVER, if you have a claims made policy which ends on December 31 and you do not renew your policy for the following year, any claim filed after December 31 will not be covered, even if the incident in question happened on or before December 31 during the period of time that you were covered.
What does the advertised price often include?
The advertised price of a massage liability policy and what type of coverage that dollar amount includes varies greatly from program to program.
While some programs’ pricing reflects what you pay for general, professional, and product liability coverage combined, that is not always industry standard.
Some companies have a low advertised price, but will add additional fees, including application fees, association fees, processing fees, and certificate mailing fees. If you need an additional insured, this may or may not cost you extra. In some cases, you will be required to pay extra for the inclusion of certain modalities (e.g., hot stone).
When shopping, make sure to clarify what coverage is included or excluded in the quoted price, and how much the entire policy will cost with all of the features and benefits you want and need included.
What difference does it make if I am an employee versus an independent contractor?
Certain massage insurance programs will have different pricing and different rules for employees versus independent contractors.
As such, if you were to purchase an annual policy as an employee, but switch mid-year to an independent contractor position, you may unwittingly negate your insurance coverage.
Be sure to ask what may happen should you have a change in positions to make sure it won’t affect your coverage. You would be better served by a policy that does not have a distinction between employees and independent contractors.
Does it make a difference if waivers are required or not?
Several factors weigh into whether or not a liability insurance policy will provide coverage when a claim is filed, and one of these factors is whether or not the insurance company has asked or required you to provide your clients with “release of liability” waivers.
If the insurance company makes waivers a mandatory part of your insurance coverage, and you forget to have a client sign a waiver, or cannot provide evidence proving they, in fact, signed a waiver, the company may reserve the right to deny a claim. Knowledge is power.
Find out if the program you’re considering as your insurance provider requires a waiver, and make sure you understand fully how that may limit your coverage. You would be better served by a policy that does not require “release of liability” waivers from your clients.
What is the best way to use a website to get new business for a massage therapist?
Websites can be powerful tools with which to drive online traffic straight to the massage services you provide. By filling your site with lots of useful information about the benefits of your suite of modalities, you’ll help search engines recognize your site as an information source for those people specifically searching for that, especially in your immediate area. With increased traffic, you have the chance to convert all of these visitors into regular clients.
Can I get a discount on a massage therapy liability insurance policy?
Definitely! The fastest way to a significant discount on your policy is to purchase a 2-year term at a 18% discount over our 1-year policy.
Do you offer resources for massage therapy insurance billing?
We provide incredible libraries of industry-specific knowledge so that our members have many different tools available at their disposal to make their business a success. The “Top 7 tips for billing insurance” was a recent article we published in our Business Tips library.
Do you offer daily payment options?
No, we do not offer daily payment options. We do offer monthly financing options through PayPal credit. The $0.41/day cost is the part-time policy divided by 365 days which would be how much you would pay per year for coverage.
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