My liability insurance will be expiring soon from ABMP, and I'm currently in a delima, and would love any input.
As you all know, I'm one of the lucky ones to work in Minnesota where I work under a Freedom of Access state law, so I don't have to be licensed as a complementary or alternative health provider. Most folks who know me on this list know that I'm fairly outspoken against the AMTA, NCBTMB, and I think that licensing Massage Therapy the way we do it now is horrible. I'm not against licensure or certification completely, but I do think that the NCBTMB is COMPLETELY out of touch with reality as far as what should be acceptable for an entry level license.
I've recently read that the Liability Insurance from the International Association of Reiki Practitioners (IARP)
covers other modalities such as acupressure, massage, etc, so long as you are working within your local and state laws and can legally practice, as well as within your education and training.
I've been a little disheartened with ABMP over the years. Sometimes Massage and Bodywork Magazine makes me roll my eyes with it's stock photography and overly female centric marketing image. Even their articles about male massage therapists just seem very watered down to me. Then there is the issue of ABMP being an advocate for state licensure in places that don't have it currently. I don't feel like spending money for them to someday try to tell me that now that I've been working for 6 years, that I need to comply with all of NCBTMB's arbitrary and costly hoops and requirements just to be able to take their test and pay a lot of money to be licensed.
So I may jump ship and pay a little more for the liability insurance with IARP. I've always wanted to grow my reiki practice as well, and they may have more resources to get me there. They have a very similar code of ethics, along with insurance for personal property. And they don't seem to have a political agenda to lobby for state licensing.
I'm on the fence about renewing with ABMP or not. Does anyone else use liability insurance not from ABMP or AMTA? What other options are out there that folks have been happy with?