New York Massage Therapy Insurance
How Much Does Massage Insurance Cost in New York?
1 year full-time Professional Rate
Cost to you: $0.46/day
2 year full-time
Cost to you: $0.39/day
1 year part-time
Cost to you: $0.41/day
New York Massage Liability Insurance Guidelines
If you are a massage therapist conducting business anywhere in the state of New York, having liability insurance is an essential element of protecting the integrity of your business. As cliché as it may sound, accidents do happen, and it is wise for massage professionals and bodyworkers to “err on the side of caution” by procuring insurance. This insurance acts as a safety net against any potential liability issues that may arise on the job.
No one can predict or control all the circumstances that could arise while working with a client, and no matter how careful you are or how many precautions you take, accidents still happen. Remember: You cannot control how your clients may react in the event of an accident or injury during a session. The last thing you would want is to be entangled in a legal battle due to a liability lawsuit, which can add a tremendous amount of financial strain and emotional stress to your life. Having a good insurance policy will afford you the much-needed peace of mind to effectively conduct your practice without worrying about the countless negative “what-if” scenarios that could occur.
The licensing requirements for massage professionals in NY state are fairly straightforward: Candidates are required to be 18 years old, must have completed high school, have 1,000+ hours of classroom instruction at a registered institute of massage therapy, with 150+ hours practice on a person. Candidates must also complete a course in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), a maximum of three years before licensure. Once these requirements have been met, candidates can then file the requisite paperwork with the New York Office of the Professions to become licensed as a massage therapist. While carrying massage liability insurance is not a legal requirement for massage therapy professionals in NY, it is still highly recommended because it adds safety and legitimacy to your business.
A quality policy should contain several key provisions including adequate dollar amounts for liability coverage as well as legal defense coverage. Multiple work site coverage should also be included that addresses various scenarios such as private sessions, instructional classes, and working for someone else. It is also important that the policy also includes occurrence-form coverage versus claims-made coverage, as this will protect LMTs from late-filed claims. Specific massage techniques and applications such as hot stone massage and vacuum cupping should also be covered as well. Be sure to double-check the policy and ensure that it covers the specific area of expertise that you work in, as having an inadequate policy is almost as bad as not having any policy at all.
For massage practitioners, the importance of having insurance to protect your business cannot be overstated. It is an unfortunate reality that lawsuits are all too common, and the most effective way for you to protect yourself and your massage practice from potential legal or liability issues is to make sure that you have procured adequate insurance coverage. The peace of mind that you will gain will be worth its weight in gold.
New York Massage Therapy Resources
The following are state resources, including some NY employment statistics, to help you determine if being a massage therapist is right for you:
New York massage employment statistics as of May, 2017:
Licensed Therapists: 15,297
Mean Hourly Wage: $28.43
Annual Mean Wage: $59,130
Required Education Hours: 1,000 hours
Written or Practical Exam: Written Exam
Exam Administered: MBLEx
CEUs Required: 36 hours every 3 years
For additional information about massage therapy in New York, follow these links:
State massage information: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mt/
State employment stats: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ny.htm
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We cover over 450 disciplines and modalities in New York
Our massage liability insurance includes coverage for multi-discipline practitioners at no additional cost. While we work hard to ensure you're covered for everything you practice, there are some excluded methods that our policy does not cover.
However, there are some techniques and modalities that our policy does not cover, you can see the full list here.
$0.41/day represents the daily cost of the annual policy for the part-time professional rate. Daily payments are not available.