About the MTAM 

The Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba (MTAM) is a not-for-profit association of over 1200 professional massage therapists, associate clinics, students and retired practioners throughout Manitoba.

Established in 1973, we have been serving the profession for 45 years -- supporting our members and helping to build massage therapy as a respected part of healthcare in the province.

We take pride in promoting the benefits of massage therapy for pain management, injury recovery, preventative health, stress reduction, and overall wellness. We ensure Manitobans have access to highly-qualified massage therapists through our database of members: MTAM Registered Massage Therapists

We support our members through ongoing promotion of massage therapy, providing resources and information to members and the public, creating professional development and networking opportunities, negotiating group discounts and benefits, facilitating mentoring and peer support between members, and working with health centres, clinics, spas and employers to ensure RMT's are treated fairly and work relationships are positive and strong.


Our Mission

is to promote and enhance the art, science and philosophy of massage therapy in a professional and ethical manner to ensure the highest level of competency-based practice for massage therapy within the province of Manitoba.


Our Purpose

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

An important note: Manitoba is an unregulated environment for massage therapy

Massage Therapy will be a regulated health profession by about 2021. The 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 as a regulator, giving 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 have different qualifying criteria, standards, and expectations of their members (e.g. some allow students and 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.). 


Our Members are Fully Qualified

All MTAM members are bound by a code of ethics and follow nationally-accepted standards of practice. Our Association and its members believe in ongoing education to maintain the highest standards of practice and competency.

You can be assured that the MTAM members are fully-qualified, are up-to-date on all of their continuing competency, CPR training and have criminal record checks done annually.


Find Out More

Meet our Board of Directors and Staff Members