A Registered Massage
Therapist has passed qualifying examinations at the provincial
level. In Ontario, the "college of Massage Therapists of
is the governing body.
The CMTO regulates who qualifies
to practice in Ontario, maintains an ongoing quality assurance
program, sets the code of ethics and standards of practice, and
rules on complaints and disciplinary procedures.
In Ontario, students undergo a 2-3 year program at a
vocational school approved by the Ministry of Education. Areas of
study include: anatomy, physiology, pathology, nutrition, public
health, and massage theory as well as practical clinical studies.
Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the
soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue,
tendons, ligaments, and joints. Massage Therapy provides an
alternative health option to help alleviate the soft tissue
discomfort associated with every day stresses as well as injuries
Schmerling RMT and patient
Massage Therapy is an effective treatment for many conditions:
-headaches -motor vehicle accident injuries -muscle
aches and pains -exercise/sports related injuries -sprains
and strains -fibromyalgia and chronic pain -pregnancy
related pain & swelling -joint pain and arthritis
-circulatory and respiratory problems -tendonitis -stress
Massage Therapy effects the circulatory and
respiratory systems by increasing blood flow to the heart and lungs.
The relaxing and pain relieving effects of the treatment may also
contribute to decreasing blood pressure, increasing immune system
function, and causing an increase in endorphin levels.
Lower back pain is reduced and range of
motion increased after massage therapy. Int J Neurosci
Immediate effects of a five-minute
foot massage on patients in critical care. Intensive Crit Care Nurs