A Massage Therapist Independent Contractor Agreement, is a formal agreement between a massage therapist and a client. This could be a retainer agreement if you have a massage therapist on retainer or regularly work with any massage therapist.
This contract ensures that clients know exactly what they will get in the agreement and that massage therapists have written proof that they will be paid for their services. This contract agreement is legally binding and enforceable.
- Helps to establish a clear understanding of the services to be provided.
- Outlines the payment terms and expectations for both parties.
- Provides a clear understanding of any additional fees or charges that may be incurred.
- Helps prevent misunderstandings or disputes between the massage therapist and the client.
- Helps to protect both parties’ interests by laying out each party’s expectations and obligations.
- Provides a legal framework for resolving any disputes between the parties.
Types of Massage Therapists
Massage therapists often have a specialty or a few specialties based on one form of massage therapy or another. Some popular massage therapy specialties include:
- Acupuncture – A form of massage that uses long needles to reach trigger points in the muscular tissue.
- Aromatherapy – A combination of a traditional massage and essential oils.
- Deep Tissue Massage – A high-pressure massage aimed to target the deeper layers of muscle tissue.
- Medical Massage – A massage is used to treat a medical issue, such as injury recovery.
- Shiatsu Massage – A popular Japanese form of massage that involves the masseur moving their hands in a pulsing, rhythmic manner.
- Swedish Massage – The traditional full body massage, generally lasting around an hour to an hour and a half.
- Trigger Point Massage – A massage aimed at trigger points within muscle tissues for clients suffering from injuries or chronic pain conditions.
Licensing and Certification
There is no federal requirement for massage therapists to be licensed. However, many local municipalities require them to have a license from a nationally accredited examination. They may also need a state license  . However, even if it is not legally required in your area, a massage therapist license can help to build credibility and give some sway in the contract agreement.
Salary and Hourly Rate
According to ZipRecruiter, massage therapists make about $20-30 per hour on average, or between $45,000 and $64,000 annually. This varies from state to state, with higher cost-of-living states offering higher incomes on average. The average annual salary for a massage therapist is $60,196.
Experience, specialization, and cost of living can all factor into massage therapist charges. A massage therapist with 15 years of experience who specializes in a very high-end form of massage therapy and lives in New York City, for instance, could charge considerably more than a one who focuses on Swedish massage in Kentucky.
Below, you can download a massage therapist independent contractor agreement in PDF or Word format: