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Membership Benefits

MTAM is the largest association of professional massage therapists in Manitoba. With over 1200 members (practicing, non-practicing, students, retirees, and associate business members), we offer our members a number of great benefits including local education and personalized assistance that will help ensure Massage Therapy is one of the most professional, highly utilized, and appreciated health care services in Manitoba. 

 

Led by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by an experienced professional staff, MTAM is gaining momentum and moving forward on important initiatives, like contributing to the national effort for GST/HST exemption for RMTs, maintaining a strong relationship with national and provincial insurers, and completing our work toward regulation. This is in addition to providing our members with reliable information and guidance during the ongoing pandemic, and valuable programs, services, and resources.  

 

Your MTAM Practicing membership provides you with Manitoba-focussed advocacy and support with Canada-wide liability insurance (handy if you need to practice out of province from time to time). 

See our rates page for all membership and insurance rates. 

Student memberships are free and student members are eligible to apply for our annual Student Scholarship Award, volunteer on MTAM committees, and are able to nominate individuals for annual MTAM awards. Student members can also take advantage of a variety of discounts offered by businesses to MTAM members.

 

Professional and General Liability Insurance

MTAM membership offers Canada-wide, occurrence-based liability insurance. You are covered while working in Manitoba as well as if you relocate to another province.Through our insurer you also receive unlimited Free legal consultations. See our Insurance page for details. 

Practice Management Support

Our Practice Management team is made up of RMTs from a variety of backgrounds and who have extensive professional experience in all areas of professional practice. They give practice advice to help members with all of their practice and career needs. Examples of some of the more common questions the team has helped with include: 

  • general business start-up and practice (clinic, mobile, home-based, etc.) 
  • professional ethics and boundaries (client and workplace) 
  • workplace challenges 
  • collection and storage of personal health information (informed consent, charting, document storage/security, etc.) 
Client Benefit Claims Support

Over the past 50 years MTAM has built strong relationships with health benefit insurance providers. They trust MTAM’s high standards which means that you have more time to focus on direct client care. 

MTAM’s practicing members are recognized for claims reimbursement by all health benefit insurers (provided the client’s plan covers massage therapy) and are eligible for to apply for direct billing provider numbers with all insurers including but not limited to TELUS Health, Blue Cross, Medavie Blue Cross, Sun Life (Lumino), Greenshield (providerConnect), and The Cooperators (theclaimsXchange). 

MTAM has assisted members and advocated for them during insurance audits and has several resources to help members be as prepared as possible if an audit should be requested. 

We can help with many other insurance and client claim situations including: 

  • direct billing setup 
  • protecting your direct billing provider number when you change or add locations 
  • client receipt best practices 
  • denied client claims 
  • recognizing and preventing insurance fraud 
  • anything else relating to the health benefits insurance providers 
Professional Development Support

Professional Development is a cornerstone of ethical, professional and competent practice in health care. All MTAM members participate in a self-directed Professional Development Program. MTAM provides a framework to make it easy for members to self-assess, set goals, and plan education activities to help meet those goals. MTAM provides a wide variety of high-quality courses and activities for members to choose from – many of which are free for members. There are also hundreds of approved courses from other course providers. Workshops, home-study, webinars, and the Annual MTAM Spring Conference – The options available allow you to select professional development based on your goals, interests, learning style, time, and budget. 

Member Services

MTAM’s professional staff are here for you. Whether you prefer to speak by phone, email, online or in person we can accommodate you. We can help you with everything from general membership questions to more challenging situations you may encounter in your practice.  

If the question or challenge is outside of our authority or requires additional assistance (e.g., legal concerns, situations which are regulated by a government authority), we will connect you with the appropriate individuals or organizations. 

Government Advocacy

MTAM advocates on behalf of our members to all levels of government. Recent municipal projects included reviewing and providing guidance on by-law changes which had an impact on RMTs and/or their practices.  

Provincially, MTAM leads the process toward the regulation of the massage therapy profession. Read more about Regulation here.

Federally, MTAM works with the Canadian Massage Therapist Association on projects like GST/HST exemption and massage therapy research. 

Discounted Products and Services

MTAM has secured member discounts from several companies on valuable products and services, including: 

  • Clinic and business supplies 
  • Personal insurance plans (health, life, critical illness, home, etc.) 
  • Travel  
  • Professional Development and Education 
  • Mobile phones and plans 
  • Fitness memberships 
  • Legal help (Unlimited Free consultations and discounted hourly rates with select lawyers) 

MTAM members receive free and discounted MTAM course rates, discounted massage table/chair rentals and more! 

Member Referral Page (Member Directory)

Our Member Referral page helps you reach new clients and helps existing clients find you if you change locations. The member directory features google maps and a variety of filters to help you personalize your listing and makes it easier for the public to search for you. 

All practicing members can be listed in the member directory. The directory can accommodate multiple clinic locations for each member. 

Promoting Massage Therapy and Your Practice

MTAM is active on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn) to promote our members and educate the public on the many benefits of massage therapy. Connect with us there and be sure tag us in your posts so that we can help amplify your content. 

We also highlight members and the profession during Massage Therapy Awareness week, and in our various radio, print, TV and online advertising campaigns. 

Keeping You in Touch

Members are kept up to date on MTAM’s events and activities, advocacy, progress toward regulation, and other initiatives through the Monthly In-Touch Newsletter, member emails, webinars and member events. The Annual Spring Conference, Community-Based Networks, and Board/Committee volunteer opportunities provide members with many valuable ways to network and stay connected.

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