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What Kinds of Cost Could You Expect You To Pay To Become A Massage Therapist

More and more insurance companies have chosen to cover massage therapy to folks who need relief from pain that’s caused by stress or injuries related to work.  This news is wonderful to the ears of the licensed massage therapist, who has only been able to market themselves to people who need a monthly therapeutic treatment or are looking for a mini-escape from their daily lives.

Today, licensed massage therapist can advertise their services to employers who allow for coverage to their employees.

With massage training, get license, purchase massage supplies & equipment, rent a place for massage, massage advertising and a minimum start-up costs, starting a massage therapy business in London may cost you as little as £6,000.


How Much Does Training Cost?

The Council for Soft Tissue Therapies sets the standard for the massage therapy profession. People who want to become a massage therapist need to take a six-month course (full-time) or 12 months (part-time). Shorter courses are regarded are introductory courses and not suitable for actual massage therapy professional practice.  The amount you pay for your school will depend on the training you go after. For instance, if you go the distance learning route, you’ll liable to pay:

  • £498 for the certificate
  • £798 for the diploma
  • £998 for the advanced diploma

If you attend a massage therapy school in UK, you could pay around £1300 or more for your basic schooling. If you want to specialize in another kind of massage therapy, you’re going to pay extra for it.


What Can You Expect At Registration For Massage Therapy?

The Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council charges £63 for the initial fee with an additional £10 for the second, third and fourth discipline. You must renew your license every year at a cost of £63. Renewal fees for the additional disciplines cost £5. You’ll also need to pay fees if you plan to open a business. Be sure to talk with your local government office to determine how much those fees are.



You’ll need to have massage therapy insurance that includes but is not limited to:

  • Products liability
  • Comprehensive general
  • Personal injury liability
  • Sexual abuse liability
  • Medial expense
  • Building damage (if leasing)
  • Compensation insurance
  • Worker’s compensation
  • Commercial auto insurance

Some massage associations have insurance coverage. Make sure you look at each United Kingdom association to find out how much it costs to be a member.


Equipment & Location

The kind of equipment you need is going to depend on where you’re working – from home or at a studio. You’ll need an array of equipment such as aromatherapy supplies, office supplies, masks, gloves, cushions, candles, stools, pillows, carts, hot/cold stone supplies, extra massage tables and chairs, etc.  You could spend between £1,000 and £5,000 in your equipment.

When it comes to location, the amount you pay is going to vary.



In order for word to spread about your business, you may need to design a massage website – the cost usually around £1000 (high-end company might charge more, some cheap business might charge as little as £500, but the quality probably not good enough). You can usually create your own greeting cards, business cards, brochures, postcards, gift bags and boxes, and other supplies for a small fee.  If you don’t do this yourself, you could spend in upwards of £1,000 for a year’s supply of advertising materials. For online advertising , you can also submit your massage business to major online directories like yelp, gumtree and yell.

‘Special’ Massage

If you are running some niche massage business like ‘sensual massage’, the best choice to spread your business is online advertising. You can find some adult massage directories.  Here is a list of some erotic massage directory in UK: London Massage Book, Nuru Guru, massagetheuk.com, tantricmassageguide.com , www.londonmassageguide.com etc.)


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