Congratulations to Manitoba RMTs who have joined four other Canadian provinces including Ontario who Regulate the Massage Therapy Profession.
What does this mean for you, as a consumer?:
First and foremost, regulation protects the public by implementing minimum standards, procedures, regulations, and a code of ethics for safe and effective treatment. It imposes disciplinary actions for misconduct and it is what differentiates a “Massage Therapist” from a “Masseuse”.
Anyone can call themselves a “Masseuse” but only a Regulated Massage Therapist (RMT) can provide Massage Therapy legally and safely. The regulation of massage therapy improves the standards of education so that when you book an appointment with a Massage Therapist, you can feel safe to know that they have an extensive knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the human body in addition to the massage techniques they are using. The more provinces that are regulated in Canada, the more you will be protected from unsafe practices and maltreatment when you travel within the country.
Manitoba is the fifth province in Canada to be regulated and now our profession can begin lobbying for exemption of HST.
Massage Therapists in a regulated profession are also required to take a course in research literacy.
This will help therapists educate you on what practices are supported by evidence versus what practices may be based on anecdotal information.
It is nice to see that Massage Therapy is becoming more widely accepted within healthcare in our country. Provincial regulation helps raise the standards of the profession.