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What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is the assessment and manual manipulation of soft tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments) to enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are dozens of massage therapy techniques – also called modalities.
Massage Therapists can help you with injury, chronic disease, pain management, impaired mobility, and common treatments to help relieve stress and maintain and promote well-being.
What is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)?
Massage therapy in Manitoba has been approved to be regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA). When that has been finalized, the titles of Registered Massage Therapist and Massage Therapist will be legally protected, ensuring that the professional you see has graduated from an approved school, maintains their professional competency, and adheres to the standards of practice set by the regulator.
Our massage therapists are highly qualified professionals who are passionate about their work.
When you see this MTAM-exclusive insignia, you can rest assured that you are receiving massage therapy from a therapist who meets the nationally-accepted standards and qualifications of the profession. Don’t compromise your health care by going to just anyone. Always inquire about the education and qualifications of your practitioner.
If you have never had a professional massage, here’s what to expect when visiting a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT):
Ensuring the health and safety of clients, and themselves, is a priority for RMTs. This includes preventing the transmission of infectious diseases. RMTs are trained in the signs and symptoms and prevention of infectious diseases to help reduce the risk of transmission.
All MTAM RMTs are obligated to follow the Public Health Standards of Practice that ensure a safe environment.
Clean & Sanitize
The primary goal of Infection Prevention and Control is to reduce the risk of acquiring an infection to a minimum level; zero risk is not possible in every circumstance but should nevertheless be the ultimate goal.
Routine Practices are the foundation for preventing the transmission of microorganisms (germs) during a massage treatment. There is a comprehensive set of Infection Prevention and Control measures developed for use in the routine care of all people at all times in all treatment settings. Routine Practices aim to minimize or prevent infections in therapists and clients. Following Routine Practices reduces the transmission of microorganisms in all settings.
Consistent use of Routine Practices is expected for the care of clients. Germs can be transmitted from symptomatic and asymptomatic people. This is why it is so important to follow Routine Practices during and after a massage treatment.
Routine Practices include: hand washing and sanitizing, sanitizing high touch surfaces, laundering linens between clients, using masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment when necessary, and screening clients prior to, or at their appointment.