Idaho Massage Liability Insurance Guidelines


If you’re in the massage industry in Idaho, then you should greatly consider taking up insurance for LMTs. As it is with any other profession in health care, being a massage practitioner is inherently risky. That’s because you cannot control all circumstances or predict the actions of every one of your clients. Insurance coverage safeguards against many known and unknown risks. It protects you as well as your business, personal property, reputation, income, and ability to continue practicing hands-on therapies from claims involving bodily injury or property injury, up to the certificate limit for covered claims. The policy will shield you from the expense of out of court settlements, costs of litigation, and judgments awarded by courts.

Massage Therapists Licensing Requirements

To be licensed as a massage therapist in Idaho, you must complete a minimum of 500 hours of course work and hands-on clinical work at an accredited school. A typical therapeutic massage course covers topics such as physiology, anatomy, hands-on clinical work, business practices and health issues pertaining to therapeutic massage and bodywork. Also, you must pass one of the nationally recognized massage competency exams, either through NCETM, NCETMB, or MBLEx.

Do You Need Massage Practitioner Insurance?

Even though the state of Idaho doesn’t require insurance for you to practice massage, it is still a good idea to protect yourself. A reputable touch therapist insurance program will protect you in your massage practice against any potential liability. You can always take a risk of not buying LMT insurance, but what you may not realize is that you’re taking a huge chance. If a client sues you alleging wrong doing on your part or because of an injury suffered while on your premises, you could lose your business property, personal property and ability to continue practicing massage if the lawsuit succeeds. This could have a serious impact on your business and family. Don’t take the risk! Invest in your own peace of mind. Insurance for massage professionals provides the necessary legal assistance to fight both false and real claims as well as reserves to pay any successful claims, helping save your livelihood.

Most insurance plans for LMTs include general liability (trip/slip and fall), professional liability (malpractice), product liability, and rental premises liability. General liability insurance covers slip and fall accidents. It’s designed to protect you in the event that a client trips or slips and falls and makes an injury claim. Professional liability coverage provides protection against injury claims related to your work. If a client claims an injury was incurred or aggravation of a pre-existing injury occurred as a direct result of your incompetence as a massage professional, having this type of insurance coverage will protect you. Product liability coverage protects you from any liability arising from products used during a massage session. If a client develops adverse reactions or side effects from massage creams or oil and sues, this type of massage insurance coverage will cover legal fees involved, along with any payouts determined as a result of the lawsuit. Rental premises insurance covers any damages that may occur to the facility due to negligence on your part to the rental building.

Some insurers provide a “broad form” of coverage which may include all these components of insurance for massage. Other providers may limit coverage to only some specific actions. It is, therefore, important to inquire as to the extent of coverage when shopping for coverage.


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