A massage therapist service contract is a binding agreement between a massage therapist and their client. These contracts are typically used when a client wishes to schedule several treatments with a massage therapist. The document establishes the terms of the arrangement such as the length of the agreement (or number of sessions), the services that will be provided, the compensation and payment plan, warranties and guarantees, and any other details the parties want to include.
Drafting a written service contract for massage therapy helps ensure the parties are clear about what services are being offered and how much these sessions will cost. Having an agreement in writing also provides the therapist with peace of mind knowing that if any conflict arises, they can revisit the document to examine their rights and responsibilities.
A massage therapist service contract can be used when providing any type of massage service, including the following therapies:
- Swedish massage
- Deep tissue massage
- Hot stone massage
- Sports massage
- Prenatal massage
- Shiatsu massage
- Thai massage
- Lymphatic drainage massage
- Myofascial release therapy
- Craniosacral therapy
- Trigger point massage
- Abhyanga massage
When entering into a service contract, the client must determine whether or not the massage therapist is qualified and has the necessary license/certification and insurance. Once they are satisfied with the therapist’s credentials, the parties should discuss the types of services and treatments that will be included in the contract. The therapist can go over the costs of these services as well as additional expenses such as travel, equipment, and supplies.
It is generally the responsibility of the client to make sure their therapist has the appropriate licenses and certifications before entering into a service contract with them.
Certifications are obtained by meeting specific educational requirements, work experience, and examinations. Some states require therapists to be certified in order to legally provide massage services. Therapists can become board certified through the National Certification Board for therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)
Licenses are a legal requirement (in almost every state) that enables a therapist to practice their trade. The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) website shows the practice and licensing requirements for each state.