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About Massage Therapy


What is Massage Therapy?

The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function or relieve pain. (Massage Therapy Act, 1991) 


Is Massage Therapy A Regulated Profession?
 

The practice of massage therapy is regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and is therefore a Regulated Health Profession.  Only individuals who have completed the requisite training and have met the strict competency requirements of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) can call themselves a "Massage Therapist" or a "Registered Massage Therapist".

When seeking massage therapy, look for an individual who uses one of those two titles and ask to see their registration with the CMTO.

Alternatively, look for someone who displays the logo of the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario.  All RMTAO members must maintain their registration with the CMTO in order to be members.