What is a RMT?

And why is it important?

My Title Is Your Protection

Ontario’s 23 self-regulated health professions have governing bodies called colleges that set the standards for skills, knowledge and behavior for their members. Ontario laws administered by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care set the legal framework for regulated health professions, but the colleges are independent of the ministry.

In Ontario, massage therapists must complete a minimum of 2200 hours of training from a recognized school, then pass oral-practical board exams with the regulatory college (C.M.T.O.) for the profession.  Once that has been accomplished, the massage therapist registers with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (C.M.T.O.) and has earned the right to use the protected titles of “R.M.T.” , “M.T.”, or “massage therapist”.

The C.M.T.O. is the regulatory body that protects the public by setting the provincial training standards, testing the graduated students, ensuring the therapists participate in a Quality Assurance Programme which includes continuing education, and investigating complaints regarding therapists.  R.M.T.’s are one of the 23 professions bound by the Regulated Health Professions Act … check out this link to see a list of some others:  http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/public/program/pro/procol_dt.html

For more information on the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, click here: http://www.cmto.com/

Scope of Practice for R.M.T.’s

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)