Who practices therapeutic massage in Toronto?
As with any therapeutic treatment, it is important that the practitioner is a fully qualified professional. With respect to therapeutic massage specifically, in Ontario this means having met the strict competency requirements and training required by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). All practitioners of massage therapy must be registered with CMTO to call themselves Registered Massage Therapists (RMT). Therapeutic massage is a regulated health profession (Regulated Health Act 1991).
RMT training takes 2,200 hours, or around 2-3 years. This is amongst the most strict in North America, with only British Columbia requiring more; it is more than twice as long as the strictest requirement in the US. Training is very thorough and consists of: Anatomy, Hydrotherapy, Physiology, Pathology, Histology, Massage Treatment, Massage Theory Terminology, Kinesiology, Remedial Exercises, Ethics & Professionalism, Business Management, Communication Skills, Public Health, Nutrition, Clinical Practice, Self Care for Practitioners, and more.