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What is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)?

In Ontario, Registered Massage Therapists fall under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991(RHPA) and the Massage Therapy Act, 1991 (MTA). In order to become a Registered Massage Therapist in Ontario, individuals must complete a training program from a Private Career College under the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Graduates must write certification exams given by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).

How long is the RMT diploma program and what is the cost? Is there a part time option?
  • The RMT diploma program is based on inter-juridictional compentencies and can be completed in 18 months 
  • A part-time program is also available, and may take up to 4 years to complete
  • We offer a degree of flexibility to help the students on their path to becoming a successful healthcare professional 
  • Full time, part time, Advanced Standing options 
  • Full-time classes run from 9:00am to 3:30pm, and part-time evening classes run from 6:30-9:30pm for students that may have to work while in school or have family situations that don't allow for full time options 
Do you offer professional development courses?

Yes, we have many professional development courses and workshops that participants can use to complement their Massage Therapy practise, or as part of their STRiVE learning plan.   Please refer to the "Workshops" tab for more details.

Do you have a discounted Student Public Clinic that I can come and receive Massage Therapy treatment?

We have a wonderful onsite clinic for our students to practise their massage skills on the public, under the direct supervision of an RMT.  At this time, our Student Public Clinic is closed temporarily until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.  

What should I expect during a student massage?

During your Massage Therapy treatment, you can expect to have your privacy respected. Your student therapist will leave the room so that you may disrobe and cover yourself on the massage table. You may remove as little of your clothing as you wish. Shorts may be brought to the appointment, but are not required.  During the treatment, you will be draped with a blanket and sheet so that only the part of your body being treated is uncovered.

What kind of lotion is used for a Massage Therapy treatment?

We use a specialized hypoallergenic massage lotion or gel that is non-staining to clothing. Please inform your student therapist if you have any allergies, or are concerned with the ingredients of the lotion.

How long will my massage be?

The treatment is 1 hour in duration; however, the first 15 minutes of the appointment will be used by the student therapist to perform an assessment.

What can I expect after a massage treatment?

Some tenderness or soreness may occur the day after a massage treatment. If you are concerned about the level of the discomfort experienced, or it’s more than 24 hours after your treatment, please contact RCCMT for advice. Subsequent treatments can be altered to adjust the amount of pressure or techniques previously used to achieve the desired results. It is imperative for you to give your student therapist feedback to make any changes required in the future.

Can I receive a massage treatment when I'm pregnant?

Yes. The massage treatment will be modified to address the needs of the pregnant individual according to the trimester. Please inform the receptionist at the time of booking on how many weeks you are for the student therapist to make the necessary preparations for your treatment.

What if I must cancel my appointment?

The Student Public Clinic requires a 24-hour notice for any cancellations.  If a client has a pre-paid package, a charge for missed appointments will be applied. 

What if I'm late for my appointment?

Clients are responsible for the time they book for their massage appointment. If you are late for your appointment, the treatment will still end at the designated time with no change in fee.  The appointment will be cancelled if the the client is over 15 minutes late.


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