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What is an R.M.T.?

What does R.M.T. stand for?
R.M.T. stands for Registered Massage Therapist. Some therapists use the designation R.M.P. for Registered Massage Practitioner.

What is an R.M.T.?
A Registered Massage Therapist is an individual who has:
• Completed competency-based education at educational institutions recognized by the Government of Ontario;
• Studied anatomy, physiology, pathology, physical assessment, neurology, treatments, ethics and other subjects;
• Completed a minimum of 150 clinical hours;
• Successfully completed examinations from and have been "registered" by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Massage Therapy Act;
• Maintained their registration by participating in continuing education and a Quality Assurance Program that assists them in the maintenance of high professional standards and quality care of their clients.

What is the difference between a masseuse and an R.M.T.?
Masseuse and masseur are names that were used by some people before we became regulated by a government body. In 1919, the Drugless Practitioners Act was passed and the Board of Regents was established to regulate massage therapy and other drugless health professions in Ontario. In 1994 the Regulated Health Profession Act was proclaimed and the Drugless Practitioners Act was revoked. Only members of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario are permitted to use the title Massage Therapist or Registered Massage Therapist and use the letters MT or RMT with their names. If someone does massage and calls themselves a masseuse, then they are not registered and may not be providing therapeutic massage treatments.

Ginette Blier, RMT, Whole Health Massage Therapy