Advancing your Career in Massage Therapy

Your MT Career Section was created to provide RMTAO members with valuable information about how to start your career or change jobs successfully. We have provided information on:

  • Developing a professional résumé and cover letter
  • Interview tips and interview preparation advice
  • Information about fees and gratuities. 
  • Contract "Do's and Don'ts"
  • Tips on marketing your practice
  • Tips on starting your practice

We will be updating the information provided in this section as often as possible. We invite you to check back frequently to review new additions.  If you have information available that will assist others in the profession, that you feel would fit in this section, please do not hesitate to contact the RMTAO Office at

This section is a service reserved for members of the Registered Massage Therapists' Association of Ontario.  You can join the association at any time. 

Interview and Resume, and Cover Letter Tips and Advice

When starting your Massage Therapy Career, your professional resume is your first point of introduction. It gives potential employers an idea of your skills and experiences 

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Contract Basics 

Whether a Registered Massage is a self-employed business owner, or working as an employee in a well-established business, it is likely they will encounter contracts over the course of their career. It is important to be able to read and understand contracts, including important terms that you may come across and the definition of a contract

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How to Start Your Own Practice

Whether you are a seasoned RMT who is ready to build their own practice of a new graduate who wants to start their own business right away, money is always an issue.  If you do not have access to capital for equipment,  a location to rent or buy, and the day to day operational costs, it can sometimes be tricky to find sources of financing. 

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Fees and gratuities 

Information about the benefits of Massage Therapy, the services offered by a Registered Massage Therapist and fee issues for the public are addressed by the RMTAO's publication, Understanding Massage Therapy Services and Fees. 

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Compensation Models 

When looking for a job, you'll notice that massage therapists work under many different forms of compensation. Each form of compensation has its advantages and disadvantages depending on your goals and experiences. This section details some of the more common forms of compensation currently in use.  

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Marketing Tips 

As independent healthcare practitioners, an essential tool is the ability to market yourself. You have to be able to market yourself and your skills to be able to grow your practice. 

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