Position Statements

Position Statements

The Registered Massage Therapists' Association of Ontario is the professional voice of massage therapy in Ontario. It is a member driven, not-for-profit association that provides leadership for and advocates on behalf of the profession. The RMTAO provides information and programming that encourages professional growth and high standards for massage therapists and promotes the profession to the public, government, business and other professions.

As a part of its role, the RMTAO Board of Directors considers a wide-variety of matters that are impacting the profession and its delivery of health care to Ontarians. In so doing, the Board establishes and publishes Position Statements to the profession.

The RMTAO Board of Directors is not responsible for nor does it have the authority to set regulations, by-laws or position statements that regulate the profession. By establishing its own Position Statements, the Board is detailing its leadership position on matters and advocating for their implementation either by the profession voluntarily or by working to influence government and its agencies, including the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, to implement these positions under the law.

Any Position Statement approved by the Board of Directors is based on the information available at the time. Any individual who has information about an existing Position Statement that would warrant the Board’s reconsideration, or if you have information about a matter on which you believe a Position Statement should be prepared, please correspond with:

Secretary of the Board
Registered Massage Therapists' Association of Ontario
704-1243 Islington Avenue
Etobicoke, ON   M8X 1Y9
E-mail: secretary@rmtao.com
Facsimile: 416-979-1144

Current positions statements approved by the RMTAO Board of Directors

The Professional Culture of Massage Therapy

Treatment of Spouses/Partners

Clinic Regulation

Member-Based Massage

Charitable Events

Treating Lymphedema

Discount Coupons

Physician Referrals for Extended Health Benefits Plans



Download the Consolidated RMTAO By-Laws, Approved January 27, 2019

Strategic Priorities 

The strategic priorities below are the areas where the RMTAO will focus in order to ensure that RMTs can be successful and can be recognized and respected as evidence-based health professionals. 

Advoacay - 35% of our focus 

RMT’s need a unified voice that can promote massage therapy as an integral component of healthcare to external stakeholders (government, insurance companies and other healthcare professions) that may influence the profession.

Research - 10% of our focus 

Research is considered a fundamental component to promote massage therapy as a credible profession. RMT’s need support to embrace an evidence-based practice and develop new research.

Education - 20% of our focus 

Members value educational tools that support them to build successful practices and allow them to engage in continuous education that enhances their knowledge and improves the quality of their services.

Communication - 35% of our focus 

It is crucial to have strong and consistent communication channels with members and the general public to gather relevant data on how to move the profession forward and increase the impact of the association.

All of these areas of focus are somewhat interconnected and will be important so we can effectively serve and support the massage therapy profession.