The National Association of Massage Therapists (NAMT) was founded in Washington, D.C. in 1994. According to various reports, the founder of the NAMT, Will Green, was teaching massage at the time. He recognized a need to help his massage students not only increase their income, but also decrease their costs. In an effort to help do the latter, he decided to start an organization that could provide liability insurance for massage therapists at a reasonable rate.
Formerly known as the International Massage Association (IMA), the NAMT originally expected to enroll 1,000 members within five years. However, that expectation was exceeded, and the NAMT met this membership goal the year it was founded.
With more and more members coming on board, the National Association of Massage Therapists soon began adding divisions for an array of healing techniques related to massage therapy, such as yoga, reiki, reflexology, and aromatherapy. The organization provides NAMT insurance to cover massage and approved modalities in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
Today, the National Association of Massage Therapists is managed by the Health & Beauty Association, and Green is named as the president of this association. A mission statement featured on the NAMT website explains that the Health & Beauty Association aims to “educate and promote wellness in America.”
As for National Association of Massage Therapists insurance, the NAMT website reports that the liability coverage begins the day after purchase or up to 90 days in the future. A further service of the National Association of Massage Therapists, on top of their core NAMT insurance program, is access to health insurance for massage therapists and practitioners of other approved modalities.
NOTE: The information in this comparison has been gathered from the web sites of each organization and other third party sources. No guarantee or assurance is made by MMIP as to the accuracy or completeness of this information.
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