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Massage therapists have a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice that they must abide by to fulfill their professional obligations. These standards and ethics are nationally agreed upon. Members of MTAM follow the By-Laws of the Association and practice recommendations created by the Board on behalf of its members.
These competencies and performance indicators are used as a base across Canada by Regulators, Associations, and Massage Therapy Educators to ensure the profession is moving toward one minimum standard of practice expectations.
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Inter‐Jurisdictional Practice Competencies and Performance Indicators for Massage Therapists at Entry‐to‐Practice
Canadian Massage Therapist Association – National Standards of Practice
Canadian Massage Therapist Association – Position Statement on Students Working Outside of a Supervised Practicum
MTAM Members can access an extensive array of advisories, best practice recommendations, professional conduct documents, and more in the Member Portal.
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.
MTAM Standards of Practice