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Massage Therapy is a growing heath care profession

 

Becoming a Registered Massage Therapist

As a health care profession, massage therapy is based upon the health sciences.

Graduates from a massage therapy diploma program complete studies in a number of areas including physiology, human anatomy, musculoskeletal anatomy, kinesiology, pathology, clinical assessment and treatment planning, massage theory and techniques, communication skills, ethics and professionalism and more.

The majority of Massage Therapy education across Canada occurs in private Vocational Schools or Colleges. Not all Schools follow the Nationally accepted standards. In fact, many Schools across Canada have programs that are not 2-year programs.  The MTAM supports a minimum entry-to-practice educationof  two or three years of academic and practical/clinical education based on an approved curriculum. In Manitoba, there are five registered schools of massage therapy. These Schools are assessed by the Association every two years or so to ensure they are fulfilling the national standards of practice.
 
Here are the required practice competencies and their associated perfomance indicators for massage therapists who want to enter practice in Canada: Nationally-accepted base of Competency Standards for Massage Therapists