The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO)
FACTS ABOUT THE COLLEGE
The College of Massage Therapists Ontario (the College), one of this province's health regulatory bodies, exists to protect the public interest and to regulate the profession of massage therapy.
Through the maintenance of high professional standards, the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario ensures ethical, high-quality health care.
As part of its responsibility to the public, the College sets minimum entrance to practice requirements, administers the certification examinations and promotes continuous quality improvement of massage therapist's knowledge, skills and abilities through the Quality Assurance Programme.
A Massage Therapist
To become a massage therapist in Ontario a candidate must complete a 2-3 year training programme in the areas of massage theory, anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, hydrotherapy and remedial exercise related to massage therapy treatment. Training includes a minimum of 150 hours of supervised clinical experience.
A Massage Therapist is a regulated health professional.
Only members of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario are permitted to use the title Massage Therapist or Registered Massage Therapist and use the letters MT or RMT with their names. Massage therapists have completed a 2-3 years diploma programme from a recognized massage therapy school.
Massage therapists participate in a Quality Assurance Programme that assists them in the maintenance of high professional standards and quality care of their clients.
Massage Therapy Scope of Practice
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)