• Building an Evidence-Based Practice

    Many RMTs agree that their practice should be based on the latest available evidence. However, it can be hard to determine what an evidence-based practice will mean for each individual RMT. Using research to inform your decision-making can seem obvious, but it can be hard to find, evaluate and ap

  • An Overview of RMT Education and Qualifications

    Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) are one of 29 regulated health professions in Ontario, meaning that they are governed by the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA). The Regulated Health Professions Act, among other things, defines the scope of practice (what RMTs are able to do), helps peop

  • Massage Therapy for Foot and Ankle Pain

    Whether from plantar fasciitis, an ankle sprain, another injury, or a job that requires prolonged standing, all Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) are likely to treat many people suffering from foot or ankle pain. Chronic foot or ankle pain can make it difficult to walk, to stand for very long,

  • The Importance of RMTs Understanding Pain

    Most people visit a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) because they’re experiencing pain and are seeking treatment to help them relieve that pain. The RMT will assess their patient’s condition and devise a treatment plan to help them reduce their pain and improve their function. Howev

  • Interview and Application Tips for RMTs

    Whether you’re going to complete your massage therapy exams soon or you’re an experienced RMT looking for a change of pace, there are some things you’ll need to consider when searching for a new opportunity. It’s not only important to ensure that your application materials

  • Notice of Annual General Meeting 2021

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of the Registered Massage Therapists' Association of Ontario will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. virtually though an online platform.

    The following matters will constitute the agenda:

  • Massage Therapy for Concussion Management

    Chronic post-traumatic headache occurs commonly when people have a concussion, and can have a significant negative impact on quality of life and function. Headaches are the most common type of chronic pain after a mild-traumatic brain injury, however many people don’t get treatment for this

  • Lockdown in Toronto and Peel

    The government of Ontario has placed Peel and Toronto into lockdown for at minimum 28 days, starting today.

    This does not directly affect the ability of RMTs to practice, as regulated health professionals are permitted to continue to provide healthcare services keeping with restrictions i

  • Massage Therapy for Physically Demanding Jobs

    Any type of job can cause a physical strain, but there are some jobs that are more physically demanding than others. From health professionals who are on their feet all day, to manual labourers, to factory workers that engage in many repetitive movements, there are a wide range of careers that ca

  • Massage Therapy for Surgical Recovery

    Many people experience chronic pain after surgery, and one study found that nearly a quarter of people with chronic pain could attribute that pain to surgery. The surgery itself may have been successful and the person may have visibly recovered, but the pain from the surgery can linger for weeks,

  • Meet Kim

    In 2002, Kim was diagnosed with kidney failure, which caused her to have severe low back pain. In 2003, she started dialysis at least 5 days a week, and she found that to be a difficult and painful process.

    “I was not sure how to deal with it because it also took the mental part of

  • Massage Therapy Awareness Week 2020

    Massage Therapy Awareness Week is October 25-31, 2020, and this year to celebrate the RMTAO will be focusing on how Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) helped get their patients through the COVID-19 pandemic.

    We will be highlighting the importance of massage therapy for peoples’ we

  • Meet Christine

    Christine is a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN), and her very physical job can take a toll on her body. She spends her 12-hour shifts on her feet, bending, turning and twisting when providing care or repositioning her patients. She first sought massage therapy treatment three years ago to address

  • Meet Elaine

    Initially, Elaine visited a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) after an unsuccessful carpal tunnel surgery in hopes of some pain relief. She started massage therapy before her repeat surgery on her right hand, and continued after she had the same surgery on her left hand. She feels that massage t

  • New COVID-19 Financial Benefits

    The federal government has recently introduced three new benefits to help those financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These benefits are the Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit, the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit and the Canada Recovery Benefit.

    Canada Recovery Caregiver

  • Meet Paddi

    After a hip injury, Paddi experienced pain in her left hip that took over a year and a half to subside, without receiving treatment. This pain interrupted almost all of her physical activity and made it difficult for her to sleep. Some time later, when her right hip became painful, she sought mas

  • Meet Kathie

    Kathie experienced neck pain for at least 15 years – first made worse from her years working in potentially uncomfortable positions sitting at a desk, and after she retired it was further aggravated by watching TV on her phone or iPad. The pain would radiate to her ear, cheek and jaw, and w

  • Call for Nominations - RMTAO Board of Directors

    The Board of Directors has issued a Call for Nominations for up to four (4) positions of Director on the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario's (RMTAO) Board of Directors. This Call for Nominations is part of the regular annual governance process as is required under the RM

  • Massage Therapy for Headaches

    Everyone has experienced a headache at some point in their life, often as a result of muscle tension or stress. Many Canadians experience chronic headaches of various types, which can limit their ability to work, to get a good night’s sleep, or to enjoy their regular daily activities. Massa

  • COVID-19 Update - September 22, 2020

    Reduced Limits on Gathering Sizes 

    The Ontario government has reduced  limits on the number of people permitted to attend unmonitored and private social gatherings across the entire province. Earlier this week, the government imposed these restrictions in Toront

  • Lower Limits on Social Gatherings - Ottawa, Peel and Toronto

    Starting today, the Ontario government is setting a new limit reducing the number of people permitted to attend unmonitored social gatherings and organized public events in three regions experiencing higher rates of transmission of COVID-19 - Ottawa, Peel and Toronto. This includes function

  • The Importance of Exercise for Pain Management

    One in five Canadians suffer from chronic pain. When also considering acute injuries, it is likely that most Canadians will experience some sort of pain in their lifetime. Now, more than ever, physicians are recommending that people try non-pharmacological therapies to deal with their chronic pai

  • Seeking Patient Stories for Massage Therapy Awareness Week

    Massage Therapy Awareness Week is October 25-31, 2020, and this year to celebrate the RMTAO hopes to feature profiles of several patients who have greatly benefited from massage therapy treatments, specifically patients who have benefited from returning to massage therapy tre

  • Massage Therapy for Arthritis

    Over 20% of Canadian adults suffer from some form of arthritis, and the likelihood of suffering from arthritis only increases with age. Arthritis can cause significant pain which can greatly impact an individual’s quality of life. It can mean that an individual will be unable to enjoy their

  • Massage Therapy for Cancer Pain

    People with cancer experience a variety of potentially debilitating symptoms both as a part of their treatment and as part of the disease itself. Many people with cancer experience pain, fatigue and anxiety, which can have a significant negative impact on their overall quality of life. Mass

  • CERB Extended and New Recovery Benefits

    The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) has been extended an additional four weeks until the end of September, to continue to provide support to people whose businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Once the CERB winds down, those who qualify will be transitioned to re

  • COVID-19 Update - July 30, 2020

    Ontario School Update

    Elementary students in Ontario will be heading back to school full time come September, the provincial government revealed today, while most high school students will split their time between the classroom and online learning.

    Secondary stude

  • COVID-19 Update - July 29, 2020

    Toronto and Peel Entering Stage 3

    The City of Toronto and Peel Region are able to move into Stage 3 of reopening the province on Friday, July 31 at 12:01 a.m.

    This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local medical officer

  • The Importance of Assessment in Massage Therapy

    Every massage therapy treatment should include an assessment. This allows a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) to get a better idea of your condition, your goals and your concerns. The assessment allows an RMT to design a treatment plan that will work best for you. By being able to tailor their t

  • Back Pain Facts and Myths

    Back Pain Facts and Myths

    Back pain is common – up to 80% of Canadians will experience back pain at least once in their adult life. Despite how common it is a lot of misinformation exists about what causes back pain and what you should do about it. This articl

  • COVID-19 Update - July 20, 2020

    Ontario Moving More Regions Into Stage 3

    The Ontario government is allowing seven more regions to enter Stage 3 on Friday.

    This decision was made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and is based on positive local trends of key public health in

  • COVID-19 Update - July 13, 2020

    Stage 3 of Reopening

    It was announced today that many areas of Ontario will be moving to stage 3 of reopening on Friday, with all other areas remaining in stage 2 for the time being. 

    The following public health unit regions will be allowed to move into Stage 3 of

  • COVID-19 Update - July 9, 2020

    Ontario Extends Emergency Orders

    The Ontario government, in consultation with Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended all emergency orders currently in force that were made under s.7.0.2(4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to J

  • Update on Patient Screening

    Many RMTs have expressed concern that their patients with chronic headaches who have received benefits from massage therapy would be excluded from treatment, as the Ministry of Health Patient Screen Guidance Document states that any individual experiencing any

  • COVID-19 Update - June 29. 2020

    Ontario Extends Emergency Orders

    The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders currently in force that were made under s.7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until July 10, 2020, while removing restrictions that were limiting access to

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - June 22, 2020

    Toronto and Peel Moving to Stage 2

    The Ontario government will be moving the City of Toronto and Peel Region into Stage 2 on Wednesday.

    Toronto Public Health and Peel Public Health will enter Stage 2 on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. They will join t

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - June 19, 2020

    Ontario Releases School Safety Plan for the 2020-2021 School Year

    Today the Ontario government outlined the province’s plan for the resumption of class for the 2020-2021 school year, outlining scenarios for how students, teachers and staff can safely return to classrooms in S

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - June 18, 2020

    Voluntary National Contact Tracing App

    A new Bluetooth-based COVID-19 contact tracing app developed in Canada is set to be rolled out for testing in Ontario next month, provincial officials said today.

    The app, called COVID Alert, was built using open-source code

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - June 16, 2020

    CERB Extended

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be extended for an additional eight weeks for those still unable to work, providing $2000 per four week period.

    Updated COVID-19 Patient Screening G

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - June 15, 2020

    Further Regions Entering Stage 2

    More regions in Ontario will enter Stage 2 of reopening on Friday amid improving coronavirus case numbers, though Toronto, Peel Region, and Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 1.

    The public health regions that can begin stage 2 star

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - June 12, 2020

    Introduction of Social Circles

    The Ontario government is allowing people anywhere in the province to build "social circles" of up to 10 people that can include family and friends.

    For now, a person can only be a part of one circle, in order to limit contact while

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - June 10, 2020

    Framework for Reopening the Post-Secondary Sector in Ontario

    The Ontario government has developed a plan for the gradual and safe resumption of in-person instruction at postsecondary institutions across the province for the summer term. The plan was developed in consultat

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - June 9, 2020

    Ontario Reopening Childcare

    The Ontario government announcedits plan to reopen child care centres across the province to support the next stage of the province's reopening framework. 

    Developed in consultation with Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health an

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - June 8, 2020

    Ontario Stage 2 Reopening

    Premier Doug Ford outlined the details of Phase 2 of Ontario's plan to lift restrictions on its semi-lockdown, implemented to help curb the spread of COVID-19, at his daily briefing this afternoon.

    Twenty-four of Ontario's 34 public healt

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - June 5, 2020

    Federal Government Announcements – Financial support for provinces and Canadians with disabilities

    The Federal Government is prepared to commit $14 billion more to the provinces and territories to help them safely and carefully reopen their economies. This money wou

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - June 4, 2020

    Support for Seniors

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) will receive their special one-time, tax-free payment during the week of July 6.

    Seniors eligi

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - June 3, 2020

    Extended State of Emergency

    Ontario is extending the provincial Declaration of Emergency to June 30.

    This will support the continued enforcement of emergency orders that give hospitals and long-term care homes the necessary flexibility to respond to COVID-19 and p

  • What to Expect from Your Massage Therapy Appointment During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    As Ontario begins to reopen and restart more businesses, RMTs are now able to gradually resume providing massage therapy treatments. As someone who has accessed massage therapy treatments in the past and hopes to access them in the future, you may be wondering what you can expect from a massage t

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - June 1, 2020

    The following is the latest COVID-19 update available for June 1, 2020. 

    Tax Deadline

    June 1 is the deadline for Canadians to file their 2019 tax returns, except for self-employed individuals and their spouses, who have until June 15 to file. However, those w

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - May 27, 2020

    Guidance to RMTs on COVID-19 – Gradually Restarting Massage Therapy Treatments 

    The Ontario government recently updated Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health&rsq

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - May 25, 2020

    Business Resilience Service

    The Prime Minister announced today that small to medium sized businesses will now have direct access to a network of qualified business advisors to help guide them courtesy of a new, government-funded program from the Canadian Chamber of Commer

  • Preparing your Body for a Return to Work

    by Rob Haddow, RMT, Dip.SIT

    I should clarify. I’m not asking about business planning, or PPE, but physical preparation.

    Massage therapy is very physically demanding, and returning to any physically demanding activity from extended time off carries risk.

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - May 20, 2020

    CMTO Draft Practice Guidelines

    While RMTs in Ontario are not yet able to return to practice, the CMTO released draft guidance yesterday that RMTs will follow when the restrictions are lifted.
    This guidance has been prepared based on Ministry of Health (MOH) and Publ

  • Self-Care for RMTs

    Although Ontario RMTs aren’t able to work at the moment, there can be some lingering pain and discomfort that RMTs may still be facing as a result of their work. Injuries to the shoulders, elbows and wrists are particularly common among RMTs. Like other professionals that spend most of thei

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - May 19, 2020

    Expanded Eligibility for the Canada Emergency Business Account

    The Prime Minister announced today that the Canada Emergency Business account will be available to sole owner-operators of a business as well as to businesses that rely on contractors, and businesses where emp

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - May 15, 2020

    Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Extended

    The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, which was originally set to end in the first week of June, has been extended until the end of August.

    The Prime Minister said that the government will look into making adjustments to the pro

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - May 14, 2020

    The following are the latest updates available relating to COVID-19 for May 14, 2020 

    Beginning of Stage 1 of Reopening

    The Ontario government announced several businesses who will be permitted to open or expand their services on Tuesday, May 19, 2020,

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - May 13, 2020

    Canada Emergency Student Benefit

    Students and recent graduates who have seen their education and job prospects hampered by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will be able to apply for the Canada Emergency Student Benefit as of Friday.

    The Prime Minister encouraged thos

  • Cross training for running sports

    by Rob Haddow, RMT, Dip.SIT

    Can we get out and run right now? Sure. Does that rule out the possibility of detraining during distancing? Absolutely not.

    Sports that involve a lot of running don’t just involve running in a straight line, so hopping onto t

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - May 12, 2020

    The following are the latest COVID-19 updates available for May 12. 

    Extended State of Emergency

    The Ontario government is extending the Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act until June 2.

    The declaration wil

  • The Importance of Human Touch

    Physical touch is a big part of how we build relationships with other people, and form deep connections. Due to physical distancing requirements, many people are going weeks without physical touch for the first time in their lives. This especially impacts those who live alone. A lack of physical

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - May 6, 2020

    The following are the latest COVID-19 updates available for May 6, 2020. 

    Extended Emergency Orders

    Emergency orders that have been put in place to-date under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, have been extended until May 19, 2020.


  • Prioritizing Your Mental Health

    Canadians that responded to a new Angus Reid Institute poll said their mental health has worsened, including 10 per cent who said it has worsened “a lot.” One out of five Canadians experience a mental illness or mental health concern and this pandemic has the potential to exacerbate e

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - May 1, 2020

    The follow are the latest updates related to COVID-19 for May 1, 2020

    Reopening Select Ontario Business

    The Ontario government is allowing certain businesses and workplaces to reopen starting May 4 as long as they comply with strict public health measures and oper

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - April 30, 2020

    The following are the latest updates available related to COVID-19 for April 30, 2020

    Student Aid Package Approved

    The legislation to provide financial supports to students was passed in the House of Commons last night, with some changes.
    Under the new progr

  • Reviewing your Business Plan

    RMTs are unable to treat patients due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The date you can return to treatment and what that will look like are currently unknown. This has left RMTs with time on their hands, as well as a lot of uncertainty about their finances, their families and their future. Many RMTs ar

  • Cross training for overhead athletes

    by Rob Haddow, RMT, Dip.SIT

    This is one of those times that while stressful, can also afford a unique opportunity for those with a more athletic inclination (not me). Musculoskeletal health is dependent on a balance of physical input and output, work and recovery. We

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - April 28, 2020

    The following are the latest updates available related to COVID-19.

    Ontario Helping Businesses Overcome the Unique Challenges Created by COVID-19

    The Ontario government is launching the COVID-19: Tackling the Barriers website to help businesses ov

  • Tips for Working From Home

    Many people are working from home for the first time as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in less than ideal circumstances. Many people don’t have access to a dedicated space to work from home and are attempting to working hunched over coffee tables or on couches, which can lead to back and

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - April 27, 2020

    The following information outlines the latest announcements by the Government of Ontario related to COVID-19.

    Ontario’s Plan to Reopen the Economy

    Today the Government of Ontario released A Framework for Reopening our Province. This fr

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - April 24, 2020

    These are the relevant updates available relating to COVID-19 for April 24, 2020 

    Commercial Rent Relief

    Today, the Prime Minister has confirmed the details of the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program, which in partnership with provincial gover

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - April 23, 2020

    The following are the relevant COVID-19 updates for April 23, 2020. 

    Ontario Extends Emergency Orders

    On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is extending all emergency orders that have been put in place to-date until May

  • Dealing with Chronic Pain During COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on all of us physically, mentally and emotionally. For the one in five Canadians who live with chronic pain, the effects of the pandemic can be even more devastating. Physical distancing requirements can make many people feel lonelier and more socially disco

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - April 22, 2020

    These are the updates available relating to COVID-19 for April 22, 2020 

    New Support for Students

    The Prime Minister announced the Canada Emergency Student Benefit to provide immediate help to students who wouldn’t be eligible for other financial suppor

  • Relieving Stress During COVID-19

    These are uniquely challenging times. People are experiencing increased stress due to concerns about their finances, about their families, about their loss of routine and about their future in general. This uncertainty can have a devastating impact on everyone both physically and psychologically.

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - April 21, 2020

    The following are the latest COVID-19 updates for April 21, 2020. 

    Applications for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

    It was announced today that employers can now use a calculator on the Canada Revenue Agency website to figure out how much they're eli

  • Tips for Connecting Virtually

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are looking for ways to keep in touch with their friends and family at a distance. Although we need to remain physically distant to slow the spread of COVID-19, that’s no reason to be distant socially. However, especially if you’re not used to

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - April 16, 2020

    These are the latest updates for COVID-19 on April 16, 2020. 

    Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance

    The Prime Minister has announced today the creation of the new Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program, which will hel

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - April 15, 2020

    The following is the latest information regarding COVID-19 on April 15, 2020 

    Expanding the CERB

    The Prime Minister announced that the Canada Emergency Response Benefit was expanded to provide help to more Canadians. If you earn $1000 a month or less, were ex

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - April 14, 2020

    The following is the latest information available relating to COVID-19 on April 14, 2020. 

    Ontario State of Emergency Extended

    The state of emergency in Ontario has been extended for an additional 28 days, until May 12, 2020. This would extend the closure of

  • Focusing on Education During COVID-19

    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, education has gone online as much as possible. This includes massage therapy programs. For practicing RMTs, in-person continuing education courses have been postponed for the foreseeable future. There are many online options available for continuing education

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - April 9, 2020

    The following is the information released today related to COVID-19.

    Canada COVID-19 Modelling

    Federal projections released by Health Canada today detail the overall best- and worst-case scenarios for the pandemic’s spread and impact in Canada, varying on th

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - April 8, 2020

    The following is the latest information available relating to COVID-19 for April 8, 2020.

    Federal Government Update

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal wage-subsidy program for employers hit by COVID-19 will have looser standards than previously announc

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - April 7, 2020

    The following information was announced today related to COVID-19.

    Government of Ontario Call for Healthcare Workers

    The Government of Ontario has put out a call out for all health care workers to help fight COVID-19. The Premier of Ontario announced today that th

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - April 6, 2020

    These are the essential updates related to COVID-19 for April 6, 2020.

    Qualifying for CERB with some income

    Currently the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, which opened up for applications today, only applies to individuals who have lost all of their income as a

  • What You Can Do

    RMTs are not currently able to work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Without an income coming in, many RMTs are concerned about their finances. It’s also likely you’re missing your patients and missing providing massage therapy treatments. The uncertainty about how this situation

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - April 3, 2020

    These are the essential updates related to COVID-19 for April 3, 2020.

    Ontario Announces New Business Shutdowns

    Ontario has amended their list of essential businesses today, further limiting the number of businesses that can remain open . This includes shutting do

  • Maintaining mobility during isolation

    by Rob Haddow, RMT, Dip.SIT

    Given the high correlation between daily stress and chronic pain, now more than ever, exercise is essential in our self care routine. Everywhere we turn there is another announcement or pandemic response, a commentary on self isolation or

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - April 1, 2020

    The following information has been provided today relating to COVID-19.

    Canada Emergency Response Benefit Details

    The Government of Canada has released further details regarding the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and has launched a new website with furth

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - March 31, 2020

    The following is the latest information available relating to COVID-19 for March 31, 2020. 

    Ontario announcements

    State of Emergency

    Ontario’s state of emergency, which was due to expire today, has been extended until at least M

  • Improving Sleep in the Era of COVID-19

    The anxiety and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic has made getting a good night’s sleep more difficult for many people. You may be concerned about your financial stability, your physical health, or the uncertain state of the world. Massage therapy can help you get more sleep and

  • Daily COVID-19 Update – March 30, 2020

    Please find below the essential updates regarding COVID-19 for Monday, March 30, 2020

    Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

    If you have employees and your businesses’ revenue has decreased by at least 30% because of COVID-19 you are eligible for this subsidy. The am

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - March 27

    These are the essential updates available related to COVID-19 for March 27, 2020. 

    Further Economic Supports

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced several further financial supports today.

    He announced that HST/GST payments have been deferred un

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - March 26

    These are the essential updates available relating to COVID-19.

    CMTO says DO NOT Practice

    The CMTO recently announced their position that RMTs should not practice at this time. The CMTO does not view the practice of Massage Therapy as emergency care.

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - March 25

    Here are the essential updates available relating to COVID-19 for Wednesday, March 25. 

    Emergency Legislation

    After several hours of debate, Canada’s Parliament has passed emergency legislation to free up $82 billion to help Canadians weather the COVID-

  • Daily COVID-19 Update - March 24

    As the news about the COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly evolving, we have created a daily update so you can access a summary of all of the latest news available.

    Closure of Non-Essential Businesses

    The Government of Ontario has ordered the closure of all non-e

  • Update CMTO COVID-19 Guidance

    Subsequent to CMTO’s guidance strongly recommending all non-essential massage therapy treatments, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health issued a formal directive to healthcare providers pursuant to the Health Protection and Promotion Act ordering that all non-essential and electiv

  • COVID-19 Financial Support for RMTs

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new financial support measures for self-employed individuals and business owners financially through the COVID-19 crisis.

    For those that don't qualify for EI

    For individuals who don't qualify for Employment Insurance (EI), the government h

  • RMTAO Advocating for RMTs During COVID-19 Crisis

    The RMTAO has sent letters to both the Provincial and Federal Governments and the City of Toronto to advocate for our members.

    We expressed our concerns relating to the devastating economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on small businesses and self-employed individuals and seeked support

  • Updated COVID-19 Information for RMTs

    The information regarding COVID-19 is rapidly changing, and we want to keep our members informed about how this will impact their practices. We will continue to provide updates as soon as they become available. 

    In the interest of public health and to maintain continuous operation

  • COVID-19 Updated Guidance from CMTO

    This information has been taken from the CMTO website

    During this time of extreme challenge to Ontarians and our healthcare system, the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) acknowledges how stressful the COVID-19 pandemic has been for healthcare professionals,

  • COVID-19 Information for RMTs

    We want to support our members during this time of COVID-19 by ensuring that you're staying informed and consulting credible resources.

    The information about this situation is rapidly changing and we will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available. Prime Minister Jus

  • RMTAO Welcomes New Executive Director and CEO

    The RMTAO Board of Directors is pleased to introduce our new Executive Director and CEO, Michael Feraday.

    Mr. Feraday has over 30 years’ experience in senior leadership roles as President and CEO, General Manager and Executive Director. Most recently, Michael has worked in Primary C

  • What Massage Therapists Need to Know About Discipline Hearings at the CMTO

    By Josh Koziebrocki, principal lawyer and founder of Koziebrocki Law

    Following the formal investigation of a complaint to the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO), the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) will decide how to address a massage therapist&rsquo

  • Notice of Annual General Meeting

    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of the Registered Massage Therapists' Association of Ontario will be held on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. at the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel, located at 901 Dixon Road in Toronto, Ontario.

    The fo

  • Complaint Reviews at the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB): The Essential Information

    By Lad Kucis, Partner, Gardiner Roberts LLP

    As lawyers acting for all types of regulated health professionals (i.e. pharmacists, dentists, chiropractors, etc.) we are regularly asked questions about complaint reviews before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (“HPA

  • Erin Hobson, RMT in Cambodia

    Erin Hobson spent two years working in Cambodia as a Massage Therapist in a hospital setting and travelling to different villages to provide treatments to individuals who were not able to travel. She started as a volunteer in The Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh which eventually led

  • Shona Thompson, RMT at Casey House

    Shona Thompson has been an RMT at Casey House, Canada’s only standalone hospital for people with HIV/AIDs, for the past ten years. During that time, she has worked collaboratively with other health professionals to make a real difference in the lives of her patients.

    Shona feels for

  • Ron Mulesa, RMT at the National Ballet of Canada

    Ron Mulesa is the Company Massage Therapist with the National Ballet of Canada. Although he does not have a background in ballet himself, after 21 years with the National Ballet he has developed a greater understanding of the benefits of massage therapy for this type of athlete.    &nbs

  • Charmaine Whitman, RMT in Indigenous Communities

    Charmaine Whitman has focused her career as a Registered Massage Therapist on the health of Indigenous communities. Making a difference in the lives of Indigenous people is a very rewarding experience for her, and it is even more meaningful due to her own Indigenous heritage – She is Ojibwa

  • Shannon Marshall, RMT at SickKids

    As an RMT on the paediatric palliative care team at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Shannon Marshall has had the opportunity to help many children with life-limiting illnesses.

    Many of the children Shannon works with are unable to move around due to their illness, and massage t

  • Jonathan Leung, RMT for the Toronto Marlies

    Jonathan Leung has always wanted to work with athletes, and after his first year of practice, he got the opportunity with the Toronto Marlies Hockey Club.

    Jonathan Leung has worked as an RMT for the Toronto Marlies for nine seasons. He finds that working with essentially the same group of

  • Massage Therapy Awareness Week 2019

    Massage Therapy Awareness Week is October 20-26, 2019, and this year to celebrate the RMTAO will be featuring profiles from several outstanding Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) in Ontario who work in unique environments or treat unique populations.

    Massage therapy is beneficial to hel

  • Call for Nominations - RMTAO Board of Directors

    The Board of Directors has issued a Call for Nominations for up to three (3) positions of Director on the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario's (RMTAO) Board of Directors. This Call for Nominations is part of the regular annual governance process as is required un

  • Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation

    The Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) comes into effect on July 1, 2014 and every RMT in the province of Ontario will be expected to comply with its requirements.                             

    spreading the word on your social networks and 

  • Meet real people who benefit from massage therapy

    TORONTO, ON. To celebrate Massage Therapy Awareness Week on October 21 – 27, 2018, the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario (RMTAO) will be sharing the stories of people from across Canada who have received massage therapy treatments

  • Celebrate Massage Therapy Awareness Week!

    TORONTO, ON. October 22 – 28, 2017 is Massage Therapy Awareness Week, and to celebrate this occasion, the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario is letting the public know how massage therapy can fit into their everyday healthcare. 


  • RMTAO Response to CMTO Standards of Practice

    Download Bill 87, the Protecting Patient Act, was given Royal Assent on May 30, 2017. This act is meant to strengthen the prevention of, and response to, incidents of patient sexual abuse, increase supports for victims of sexual abuse by regulated health professionals and improve reg

  • Feedback Regarding Standards for Maintaining Professional Boundaries and Preventing Sexual Abuse

    The RMTAO Board of Directors recently delivered a letter to the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) regarding the proposed new Standards for Maintaining Professional Boundaries and Preventing Sexual Abuse. The RMTAO Board of Directors had several concerns with the proposed standards,

  • Clinic Regulation Feedback

    The Ontario Clinic Regulation Working Group asked for feedback from individual health professionals and Health Professional Associations regarding their proposed model for a separate oversight body concerned with clinic regulations. 

    The Board of Directors of the RMTAO, after careful

  • Massage Therapy Issues in the Federal Election - Engage with your MP

    Canadians go to the polls on October 19th. The RMTAO, with our partners in the Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance (CMTA), have identified three important issues for the profession of massage therapy across Canada. We have created three letters that address the issues of taxation, massage therapy

  • Advocacy Update - Meeting with MOHLTC and LBP Pilot Project

    On Monday, November 24th, 2014, Andrew Lewarne, Executive Director and CEO of the RMTAO met with Alexandra Wilkinson, the Policy Advisor of the Regulated Health Professions for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. 

    The meeting covered a variety of topics relating t

  • 2014 IN-CAM Research Symposium

    On November 7th and 8th Andrew Lewarne ED of the RMTAO attended the IN-CAM 2014 Research Symposium in Calgary Alberta. This was an exciting congregation of researchers and presenters from across Canada and the United States 


  • CMTA Meeting Outcomes 2014

    Recently, the RMTAO met as part of the Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance (CMTA) in Shediac, New Brunswick. 

    At this meeting, the CMTA has decided to develop a five page submission for the Federal Panel on Healthcare Innovation. The CMTA also developed an initial approach to the Fed

  • FSCO Service Providers Licensing

    In an effort to reduce fraud in the auto insurance sector, the Government of Ontario granted the Financial Services Commission of Ontario(FSCO) the authority to license health clinics that invoice auto insurers through the Health Claims for Auto Insurance (HCAI) system and to regulate their busin

  • 10th Annual Palliative Medicine Update

    The RMTAO attended the 10th Annual Advanced Palliative Medicine Update in May 2014. We gathered five high quality studies that demonstrated the validity of including massage therapy in the palliative team whether it be in the hospital or hospice setting.&nb

  • Engage with your MPP

    Take a look below and feel free to review the attached letters that can be copied and sent to every elected representative in your area.

    Let your local MPPs know that you want a Health Tax Credit creat

  • RMTAO Meets with CHCAA

    The RMTAO attended a meeting of the Canadian Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (CHCAA) where we provided the national association with a presentation on the RMTAO and the structure of Massage Therapy in Ontario. The RMTAO had the opportunity to dispel the misinformation rega

  • HST, MIG & Auto Insurance

    The remittance of HST on top of the usual fees applied for the services of massage therapy continues to be of concern to the membership. The membership has been diligent in directing the various insurance adjusters to the FSCO's own Professional Services Guideline that clearly states under the se

  • Video: Orthopaedic Testing and RMTs

    This video outlines the orthopaedic testing massage therapists perform to get to the root of the problem and get you back on track faster.                            

    Andrew Lewarne, Executive Director and CEO of the RMTAO, met with representatives from the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) on March 26, 2018. The representatives had a particular interest on the benef

  • Advocacy Update - Meetings at Queen's Park

    On March 6, 7 and 8, 2018, Andrew Lewarne, Executive Director and CEO of the RMTAO, met with various MPPs, Ministers, Critics, and staffers at Queen's Park to discuss the inclusion of massage therapy in the delivery of health care to Ontarians. There were 11 meetings total with representatives
  • Advocacy Update – Hospice Palliative Care Ontario

    As a result of the meeting with John Fraser, MPP on Feburary 22, 2018, Andrew Lewarne, Executive Director and CEO of the RMTAO met with the President and CEO of Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) on March 9, 2018.

    Hospice Palliative Care Ontario is a provincial association of hospices

  • 2018 Federal Budget - Health-Related Announcements

    On February 27, 2018, the Minister of Finance Bill Morneau tabled his government’s third budget in the House of Commons.                                         

  • Advocacy Update - Meeting with John Fraser, MPP

    On February 22, 2018, RMTAO Executive Director Andrew Lewarne met with John Fraser, the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa South. Mr. Fraser supports the development of a comprehensive strategy for palliative a
  • Advocacy Update - Home Care Ontario

    On February 7th, 2018 Andrew Lewarne, Executive Director and CEO of the RMTAO, met with Sue VanderBent, CEO of Home Care Ontario, to discuss challenges and opportunities in providing home care in Ontario.

    The number of patients discharged to home care services has increased by 42% since 2

  • Advocacy Update - Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) Meeting

    RMTAO Executive Director Andrew Lewarne, along with other members of the management team of the Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance (CMTA), met with representatives from the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) on Monday.

    The insurance audit process was discussed in an a

  • National Environmental Scan of Massage Therapy

    In 2016, the Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance (CMTA), in the role of a nationwide alliance of Canadian massage therapy associations contracted Monkeytree Creative to conduct an environmental scan of massage therapy in Canada. This environmental scan included a literature review, an online surv

  • CMTO Clarification Regarding New Standards

    The CMTO drafted new Standards of Practice relating to Maintaining Professional Boundaries and Preventing Sexual Abuse, which were released by the College on June 6, 2017 for feedback. The Board of Directors of the RMTAO provided a letter to the CMTO outlining specific concerns with the draft sta

  • Student Case Report Contest

    The Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario (RMTAO) is pleased to announce our first ever Student Case Report Contest. All students in massage therapy programs are invited to submit a Case Report on a condition or treatment of a patient, and report their clinical reasoning, tr

  • Letter to the CMTO Regarding Proposed New Standards

    The RMTAO Board of Directors recently delivered a letter to the CMTO regarding the proposed new Standards for Maintain Professional Boundaries Preventing Sexual

  • We're Moving

    The RMTAO is pleased to announce that we're moving to new office space! We will continue to offer our members excellent service and continue to represent the entire massage therapy profession. 

    Effective July 11th, 2016, the RMTAO will be relocating to: 

    1243 Islington A

  • Regulatory Colleges Explore Clinic Regulation

    TORONTO, ON., August 20, 2015 - The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) has announced that, along with the regulatory colleges of eight other health professions, they will be involved in the development of a Clinic Regulation Model for Regulated Heal

  • Meet Carol

    Carol has been able to try new things, like surfing in Hawaii.

    Carol, 55, likes to remain active and she relies on massage therapy to help her continue doing what she loves.

    Her work as a Line Producer for lifestyle television can be stressful. She keeps very

  • Meet Karen

    Karen can continue hiking, biking, skiing, and loving the great outdoors.

    Karen first tried massage therapy thirty years ago after a car accident. Karen has been able to remain active in a variety of sports including hiking, biking, canoeing, weight lifting and cross coun

  • Meet Gabor

    Gabor had crippling back pain, but now enjoys horseback riding.

    Gabor, a 44 year old data analyst, had back pain so severe that he was having trouble doing many everyday tasks, like driving and household chores. After several years of suffering, he visited his family doct

  • Meet Nicole

    As a Dental Hygienist, Nicole keeps people smiling. She's still smiling after 36 years in her physically demanding career thanks to massage therapy.

    Nicole, who has been a Registered Dental Hygienist for over 36 years, has been seeing an RMT on a regular basis almost just

  • Meet Tracee

    Tracee takes care of herself so she can care for others.

    Tracee, 44, started getting massage therapy for help with her hip pain at the suggestion of her chiropractor over 15 years ago. From the first 30 minute treatment, she realized it would be an important part of her h

  • Meet Wendy

    Wendy was a single mom, working in a high-stress job with little down time. She sought massage therapy to help her get through.

    As a single mom of two kids and working for 34 years in a high stress job in television, Wendy is no stranger to stress. Wendy has since retired from her

  • Meet Diane

    Diane has been able to keep moving after hip and shoulder surgeries.

    Diane, 87, and her husband, 94, both find massage therapy essential in keeping up their energy levels and maintaining their mobility and independence as they age.

    Diane started massage therapy ab

  • Meet Barbara

    Barbara had polio as a child and breast cancer as an adult, but she doesn’t let that stop her.

    As a child in 1954, Barbara contracted polio. Massage therapy helps her deal with the many ramifications of that disease that continue to affect her to this day.


  • Meet Tracy

    Tracy learned that massage was more than a frivolous treat when it helped her with her fibromyalgia and double mastectomy.

    When Tracy, 61, first started getting massages over 30 years ago, she viewed them as a luxury that was only for elite people. She tried her first mas

  • Meet Garth

    Garth won’t be hanging up his dancing shoes anytime soon.

    Garth, 75, is able to remain active as a ballroom dancing instructor thanks in part to massage therapy.

    Garth considers dancing his sport, and like other sports he believes that if you have muscles th

  • Meet Laura

    Laura finally experienced positive touch again after childhood abuse.

    Laura first began seeing a massage therapist over 20 years ago to address physical symptoms she was still experiencing from childhood abuse. She viewed massage therapy as an opportunity to release the t

  • Meet Margaret

    Margaret, wheelchair bound for years with Multiple Sclerosis, has been able to gain more mobility and independence.

    Margaret, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 1994, was able to become much more mobile and independent after starting massage therapy treatme

  • Meet Alex

    Alex went from not being able to walk, to running 10k.

    Alex's roller coaster of health issues began with a seizure in 2017, just before his 23rd birthday. His brain was inflamed, and after a myriad of tests he was put on a steroid cycle. He thought the issue was cleared u

  • Massage Therapy for Work-Related Pain

    We spend a lot of time at work, and sometimes work can lead to injuries that negatively impact every element of our lives. It can be our work tasks, or the way we do them, that have a lasting negative impact on our bodies. According to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, musculoskeletal inj

  • Massage Therapy for Weekend Warriors

    TGIF! The weekend arrives and you get out and shake off the work week with your favourite activity such as cycling, running, or mountain biking. You figure exercise can only be good for you and you can never have too much of a good thing, but can you overdo it when you cram all your exercise into

  • Massage Therapy for Fashion Victims

    “Beauty is pain”, right? Many of us are familiar enough with the feeling of hobbling around after a night in high heels or the dull ache that comes from carrying around a heavy yet stylish purse, but there’s no reason to suffer in silence. Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) ca

  • Massage Therapy for the Sitting Culture

    The typical 9 to 5 office job involves a lot of sitting. Sure, everyone’s heard of standing or walking desks, but most people don’t have them. Even if you want to get up and walk around, or stretch throughout the day, sometimes your work schedule doesn’t allow it or sometimes yo

  • Massage Therapy for Stress

    Everyone feels stress from time to time, whether it’s personally, professionally, or as a response to specific events. Stress is not a pleasant feeling, and sometimes it lingers over several days, weeks, or even months. Very few people, however, stop to think about what stress really is, an

  • Massage Therapy for a Peaceful Night's Sleep

    Insomnia is a common problem for people at all stages of life. In Canada, more than 50% of women and 43% of men have problems falling asleep or staying asleep, and about one-third of Canadians aren’t getting enough sleep.1 Symptoms of insomnia can include fatigue, trouble concent

  • Massage Therapy for Pain-Free Chores

    Nobody really likes doing chores, but they need to get done. Everyone has their own system for making their chores a little easier, or ways to cope with that chore they like the least, but chores can still be physically demanding. Whether it’s raking, dusting or organizing, many chores invo

  • Massage Therapy and Palliative Care

    Palliative care is a multidisciplinary approach to care for people with life-threatening illnesses, no matter the prognosis, and focuses on improving the quality of life of both the patients and their families. Massage therapy for palliative care patients has been shown to decrease pain, reduce a

  • Massage Therapy in the Workplace

    Sitting at a desk and looking at a computer all day can be a real pain in the neck – and a pain in many other parts of your body. Sitting, or even standing all day can be rough on the body, and office workers can frequently suffer from chronic neck and shoulder pain, back pain and headaches

  • Massage Therapy for Stress and Anxiety

    Many people seek out massage therapy for the sense of relaxation it brings them. They feel a sense of calm and peace of mind from both the tranquil atmosphere and the treatment itself. However, if someone is looking for “just a relaxation massage” it doesn’t mean their treatment

  • Massage Therapy and Pregnancy

    Pregnancy is a very exciting time, but can also be demanding on the body. The changing body brings with it aches and pains, including back pain, leg and foot pain, and other muscle pains. Massage therapy can have many of the same goals during pregnancy as during any other time, whether that be re

  • Massage Therapy and Sports

    From beginners to elite athletes, massage therapy has been shown to be effective for athletes of all levels of participation and ability in their chosen sport. Massage therapy treatments can help athletes improve sport performance, prevent injury, aid in injury recovery, and contribute to an over

  • Massage Therapy for Seniors

    As baby boomers reach the age of 65 and beyond, there is an increasing number of senior citizens in Canada. As a result, many healthcare practitioners are focusing specifically on seniors’ health concerns. Research suggests that massage therapy can be beneficial for many of the conditions c

  • Massage Therapy for Chronic Pain

    Pain is often associated with some injury or illness, and it’s assumed by many people to be a temporary state. But for some people, pain is a frequent part of their everyday lives. Chronic pain is often defined as any pain lasting more than 12 weeks, but chronic pain can persist for months,

  • Massage Therapy Self-Regulation in Manitoba

    On November 24th, 2015 the Manitoba Minister of Health, Sharon Blady accepted the Health Professions Advisory Council's recommendation that the profession of massage therapy be granted self-regulation under the Regulated Health Professionals Act (RHPA). 

    Congratulations to our collea