About MTAM

The Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba (MTAM) is a non-profit organization that represents over 1200 professional massage therapists, associate clinics, students, and retired practitioners across Manitoba. 

Since 1973, we have been dedicated to the advancement of massage therapy as an integral part of healthcare in the province. We are excited to celebrate our 50th Anniversary in 2023! 

MTAM is managed by a Board of Directors who are chosen by the Association’s members at annual meetings. All Directors are Registered Massage Therapists and serve for two-year terms. The Association benefits from the hard work of seven volunteer committees that oversee projects and address issues relevant to the profession.

Our full-time office staff team supports our volunteer-led Board and committees in implementing initiatives and projects that help our members. 

We take pride in promoting the benefits of massage therapy for pain management, injury recovery, preventative health, stress reduction, and overall wellness. We also provide resources and information to our members and the public, create professional development and networking opportunities, and negotiate group discounts and benefits. 

We facilitate mentoring and peer support between members and work with health centers, clinics, spas, and employers to ensure our Registered Massage Therapists are treated equitably and have positive and strong work relationships. Our database of members, MTAM Registered Massage Therapists, ensures that Manitobans have access to highly qualified massage therapists.

Vision, Mission, & Purpose

Our Vision

A healthy Manitoba where all massage therapists are valued for their caring, dedication, skill, and competency.

Our Mission

Through our innovative member development programs, responsive member services, and well-rounded advocacy and communication efforts, we instil and uphold the value of our massage therapists in supporting a healthy Manitoba.

Our Purpose

  1. Serve our members with care and compassion;
  2. Represent members before government and regulatory bodies concerned with massage therapy;
  3. Protect the public by ensuring safe, competent, and ethical massage practice;
  4. Foster and encourage professional growth among members;
  5. Ensure high standards of education for students of massage therapy; and
  6. Promote the art, philosophy, and science of massage therapy.

About Regulation

An important note: The massage therapy profession is not yet Manitoba regulated in Manitoba

Massage Therapy has been approvedto become a regulated health profession. MTAM is currently leading the work with the Government of Manitoba to finalize legislation. Learn more about our Road to Regulation

It is a challenging environment to balance being a member-based association and protect the public.  On one side, we are an Association who advocates for our members and builds the profession. On the other side, we act in a limited capacity as a regulator, to help provide the public an avenue for protection.

Further complicating this in Manitoba is that there are other organizations representing smaller numbers of practitioners doing massage. These organizations may have different qualifying criteria, standards, and expectations of their members (e.g. allow students and/or other unqualified people to work as full members, some do not check criminal records, some have no system to monitor continuing competency or CPR training, etc.).


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