About Massage Therapists In Ontario
(according to the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario Website)
Training to become a Registered Massage Therapist in Ontario consists of a two to three year diploma program from one of a number of recognized Massage Therapy schools in the province. After education is completed, all candidates must take the College’s Certification Examinations and register to practise Massage Therapy in Ontario. Only registrants of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario are permitted to use the protected titles “Registered Massage Therapist” or “Massage Therapist” and use the letters “RMT” or “MT” with their names. Note – Both titles are equivalent and mean that the holder of the title is a Registrant of the College.
Most Registered Massage Therapists in Ontario are self-employed health professionals. They work in a variety of settings, most often in Massage Therapy clinics and chiropractic offices.
Other Massage Therapy workplaces include:
• Multidisciplinary health clinics
• Private practice
• Rehabilitation centres
• Health and fitness clubs
• Nursing homes
• Community health clinics
• Health spas
Massage Therapists assess and treat physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints of the body, mostly by hands-on manipulation.
Assessment and treatment can include orthopaedic and neurological testing, soft tissue manipulation (Swedish massage is the most commonly used technique), hydrotherapy, remedial exercise programs and client education programs.