Every industry has its own professional titles, and often clients need help understanding their significance. Massage therapy is among these industries; you aren’t just a massage therapist, but a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT), Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), or a Certified Massage Practitioner (CMP). While often interchangeable in conversation, these titles have different meanings according to industry standards and reflect different amounts of training. As a massage therapist, you are a professional and should be treated as such. The insurance industry has recognized this fact by creating specialized policies for massage therapists that cover them for the risks they face when treating their clients.
Registered Massage Therapist vs. Licensed Massage TherapistRegistered Massage Therapists (RMTs) and Licensed Massage Therapists (LMTs) are both professional titles. Still, they mean different things depending on the state in which you reside.
- Education and Training Requirements – Both RMTs and LMTs learn about anatomy, physiology, and massage skills in their training and education. And, bachelor’s degrees aren’t required for RMTs or LMTs. But, while both types of massage therapists must complete training programs and classroom education, several states have less requirements for RMTs than LMTS.
- Licensing Requirements – Another significant difference between RMTs and LMTs is their license requirements. RMTs aren’t licensed to practice in medical settings but are registered with their states and must maintain their registration. RMTs have fewer requirements to meet in several states than LMTs. LMTs must obtain a license. LMTs must complete training and take an exam to get their licenses. They also must keep their licenses current and usually must complete additional education hours each time they renew their licenses.