Massage Titles Can Be Confusing, Massage Insurance Isn’t


Every industry has its own professional titles, and often clients don’t understand 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 Certified Massage Practitioner (CMP). These titles, while often interchangeable in conversation, have different meanings according to industry standards and reflect different amounts of training. However, the different titles don’t restrict their massage insurance options as Beauty and Bodywork Insurance has a policy that covers them all.

The different titles below refer to having met different requirements from different states and organizations, so it is important to research your own state’s requirements:

Certified Massage Therapists, or more commonly known as CMTs, have received a certification from a non-governmental agency, such as an educational institute or professional organization such as National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage (NCTMB). These certifications state that the therapist has completed standard massage education and training. If a certification from NCTMB is received, often the NCTMB acronym follows the CMT, or even LMT title. While some states only require a certificate to practice, many states require a license instead of or in addition to the certification.

Licensed Massage Therapists, or LMTs, have received a license from a state government permitting the therapist to practice within that state. Most states require at least 500 hours of massage training and must pass an exam to receive the license, and therapists are usually required to complete 50 continuing education hours for each licensing period. However, not all states require a license to practice, and some states require less or more hours so it is important to research your own state’s requirements.

Registered Massage Therapists, or RMTs, are similar to LMTs as they both receive their registration or licensed statuses from the state. However, some states have fewer requirements to be an RMT compared to an LMT, causing rankings to appear within the industry. While ranking might occur in some states, both titles are state-recognized statuses; this can cause both titles to be used interchangeably in common conversation. It is important to know that not all states recognize both titles; some states only permit one or the other to practice within that state so you must research each state’s requirements that you want to practice in.

Certified Massage Practitioners, or CMPs, are certified to practice but have completed less training hours. In some states CMPs train for 250 hours instead of the 500 hours required to be a CMT. In common conversation, many therapists may be referred to as practitioners, but practitioners cannot call themselves therapists if they haven’t received the CMT or LMT title.

The Beauty and Bodywork Insurance program offers LMT Insurance, CMT Insurance, RMT Insurance, and CMP Insurance all under one policy so that every massage therapist’s needs are met. Visit our website for insurance details and coverage limits.

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