Why complementary and holistic therapists need insurance
You have faith in alternative therapy and work to share the benefits with your clients, but there may be the rare chance a treatment could do harm. Pushing a little too hard during massage might injure someone, or you could give the wrong healthy eating advice alongside hypnotherapy. When clients sue, professional, treatment and public liability insurance can help holistic therapy professionals with court fees and compensation.
Complementary therapy spans several specialisms, but it always requires your utmost concentration. While you focus your energy on acupressure or creating the right atmosphere for a treatment, your laptop or chiropody tools could be stolen, harming your ability to book sessions. Insurance for complementary and holistic therapy equipment, including your portable computer kit, can help to cover the cost of replacements.
Home visit accidents
Chakra balancing can happen almost anywhere, so you may often find yourself travelling to clients’ homes as part of your holistic therapy offering. While you’re out and about, someone might trip on a crystal or colour therapy mask, or you might spill essential oils on a designer rug. Insurance for complementary therapy public liability risks is included as part of combined professional, treatment and public liability cover.
What’s included in insurance for complementary and holistic therapists?
Do complementary therapists need business insurance?
Many complementary, holistic and alternative therapists feel they need insurance to counter the risks that come from giving treatments and doing business. This applies even if you work freelance or run a home-based business.
This is partly because business owners and sole traders can be held liable for problems. Whether it’s an error in your alternative therapy treatment technique or a health centre accident, clients and visitors could sue for damages.
If you employ staff, employers’ liability insurance is often essential in the UK. Mitigating the cost of fines and compensation pay-outs isn’t the only reason to buy complementary therapy insurance, however. Some alternative therapists like the financial support insurance can offer when equipment problems or accidental injuries get in the way.
Does holistic therapy insurance cover me for selling products?
Yes, when you include combined professional, treatment and public liability insurance in your complementary and holistic therapy policy, product liability insurance comes as standard.
If you boost your income by selling essential oils, diffusers, crystals and other alternative therapy products and devices, this insurance can help support with court costs, legal fees and compensation payments if someone is harmed by the item you supply.
Learn more about the types of business insurance.
Are there rules about the alternative therapy treatments this insurance covers?
Hiscox covers alternative and complementary therapy treatments of several kinds, including:
- Acupoint therapy and acupressure
- Chakra balancing
- Crystal therapy
- Healthy eating advice
- LaStone therapy
- Qi gong
- Vibrational healing, including colour, light and sound therapy
If your therapeutic niche isn’t listed above, we may still be able to help. Get a quote or contact our team to find out.
Across all alternative therapy treatments, there are certain rules and exclusions. For instance, your insurance could be invalid if you fail to use close-contact tools in line with manufacturers’ instructions or sterilise these properly.
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