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Massage clinics and spas have been popping around Edmonton as ads looking for licensed, certified, or registered massage therapists. These are the three commonly recognized titles for massage therapy professionals.

Like many other health professionals, massage therapists in Canada are subject to licensing and registration laws. However, most massage therapies are not government regulated except in three provinces – Ontario, British Columbia, and Newfoundland. This means massage therapy is not a regulated health profession in Alberta. As such, practitioners have the different degree of training. Basically, anyone can practice the vocation.

There has been a misconception that massage therapists are not really registered health professionals. Many confuse massage therapy clinics with massage parlors, which have a very unpleasant connotation. For registered massage therapists, it’s frustrating. So let’s clear things up.

So how would you know if you are employing the services of an RMT Edmonton or just a regular a masseuse or masseur? Both can offer a massage but only one has the skills to provide a healing treatment.

Registered Massage Therapist

An RMT Edmonton should …

  • Be educated and trained in massage therapy
  • Be certified by one association
  • Holds liability insurance which protects both the RMT and his client
  • Treat each client differently which means there is no standard treatment for all. They assess each client’s needs and preferences
  • Knowledgeable of the anatomy of muscles, bones, joints, and ligaments as well as the body movements and the effects of diseases on the body
  • Experienced on how and why the body can work best when everything is okay, and how to fix it when it’s not
  • Advocate the public health and safety standards and ensure that your massage experience is healthy and safe
  • Provide a comprehensive receipt that also includes a detailed description of the services performed and an RMT Edmonton number for your insurance claim

Education/Training Requirement and Affiliation

In Alberta, RMTs are graduates of a minimum of two-year education and 2,200 hours of training. They can also have membership in several associations. To join, they must have a Diploma in Massage Therapy with a minimum of 2,200 hours of core education program and training. They were also encouraged to attend several continuing education seminars and courses to stay current in their profession.

Licensed Massage Therapist

LMTs passed much difficult screening and the requirements are steeper even to those in provinces that only have RMTs. For example, LMTs in British Columbia were required to finish a minimum of 3000-hour regulatory healthcare curriculum from an accredited massage therapy school. It will be followed by the provincial board exam.

They should also be a member of a provincial professional association in order to practice. They hold a license from the city or province they are working in and also carry a liability insurance. This means they met the requirements for knowledge and safety determined by their province. Like RMT Edmonton, they usually work in medical facilities, home offices, and spas. They work on the joints and muscles of the client and treat and relieve chronic pain in these areas.

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