ABOUT THE RMTAO

About the RMTAO

The RMTAO exists in order to advance the massage therapy profession in Ontario.  Improvements in the ability of Registered Massage Therapists to provide quality care will improve the health of the people of Ontario whom the profession serves.

History of the RMTAO

Registered Massage Therapists in Ontario were first organized as "Associated Masseurs" in 1936. Later the name was changed to "Society of Registered and Remedial Masseurs of Ontario" and in 1973 the organization was chartered under the name of "Ontario Massage Therapist Association".  On May 31, 2010 the Association's name was amended to the Registered Massage Therapists' Association of Ontario.

As the only organized and recognized voice for practicing Massage Therapists in Ontario, the Registered Massage Therapists' Association of Ontario has worked to advocate on behalf of the profession, and provide resources and opportunities to help RMTs improve their knowledge, navigate the latest research and grow their practice. 

The Voice of the Profession

The RMTAO undertakes a large number of activities on behalf of all RMTs and directed toward government agencies, other health professions, insurance organizations, and the general public, all intended to increase the awareness of Registered Massage Therapists as regulated health professionals and to ensure fair access to the services of an RMT by all Ontarians. We also advocate for high standards of practice for RMTs, and fair and equitable access to insurance funds for all RMTs. 

Due to the efforts of the RMTAO, members of the public are able to easily and confidently locate a Registered Massage Therapist near them.  Members of the public can enter their postal code and get a list of RMTs near them. Only through the RMTAO, or through the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario can you ensure that you've found a Registered Massage Therapist. If you're looking for a Registered Massage Therapist, visit www.rmtfind.com

Other Benefits of Being a Member of the RMTAO

In addition to the work undertaken on behalf of the profession, the RMTAO also provides benefits (programs and services) for RMTs who choose to belong to the association.  These benefits include building knowledge within the profession, establishing a community for the profession and working in partnership with members to build and maintain their practices as a business.  We offer a variety of continuing education courses, publications, business resources and more in order to achieve that objective. Click here for more on the benefits of membership 

RMTs – Primary Health Care Providers in Ontario

An RMT is a primary health care provider in Ontario and any Ontarian may visit a Registered Massage Therapist of their own choice.  A referral or prescription is not required to visit, although some extended health benefits plans that cover the services of an RMT might require one.   

The services of an RMT are not covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP); however, many extended health benefits plans will cover all or part of the services provided by an RMT.

Massage Therapy is accessible to people of all ages and abilities. It can be used to treat a variety of conditions including fibromyalgia, stroke, pregnancy symptoms, stress related conditions and multiple sclerosis symptoms, just to name a few.  Click here for a more comprehensive list of conditions that massage therapy can help.