• 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 a woman’s 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, whethe

  • 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