About Massage Therapy

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is the assessment and manual manipulation of soft tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are dozens of massage therapy techniques – also called modalities.

Massage Therapists can help you with injury, chronic disease, pain management, impaired mobility, and common treatments to help relieve stress and maintain and promote well-being.


What is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)?

Massage therapy in Manitoba has been approved to be regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act. The titles of Registered Massage Therapist and Massage Therapist will be legally protected, ensuring that the professional you see has graduated from an approved school, maintains their professional competency, and adheres to the standards of practice set by the regulator.


Our massage therapists are highly qualified professionals who are passionate about their work. 

When you see this MTAM-exclusive insignia, you can rest assured that you are receiving massage therapy from a therapist who meets the nationally-accepted standards and qualifications of the profession. Don’t compromise your health care by going to just anyone. Always inquire about the education and qualifications of your practitioner.

What to Expect When You Visit an RMT

If you have never had a professional massage, here’s what to expect when visiting a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT):

  1. The RMT will ask you to complete a health history form and review it with you.
  2. The RMT will request any prescriptions you have from a medical doctor, which will guide the assessment of treatment.
  3. The RMT will discuss payment options with you.
  4. The RMT will ask you to describe any areas of pain or discomfort and perform basic tests to evaluate your range of motion and sensitivity.
  5. The RMT will ask you to sign consent forms before the treatment begins.
  6. The RMT will take you to a private treatment area and provide instructions on disrobing and preparing for the massage. You do not have to disrobe completely, and the RMT will advise you accordingly.
  7. You will be instructed on how to get on the massage table, and you will be draped at all times during your massage session.
  8.  Throughout the session, the RMT will only expose the area of the body being treated using professional draping practices. Communicate with the RMT during the treatment to identify areas of sensitivity or discomfort. If anything becomes intolerable, let the RMT know immediately.
  9. The RMT may use various massage techniques and oils but will adjust them according to any allergies or sensitivities you have.
  10. Once the session is over, the therapist will leave the room and you can take your time to get off the massage table and get dressed.
  11. When you are ready, your RMT will return to the treatment room to discuss home care recommendations and ongoing treatment plans with you. 
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