For the past century, the practise of massage therapy has been a regulated health profession. From treatment of World War I veterans in makeshift hospitals to now being a profession regulated in five Canadian provinces, massage therapy has undergone significant change in the past 100 years.

In Ontario alone, more than 14,500 massage therapists are certified by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario to practise. Whether treatment is received at a health clinic, sporting event, spa or home clinic, massage therapy is a valued form of healthcare that’s fully regulated in the province.

This means that as a client seeking massage therapy treatment, you have the right to access safe, confidential and ethical healthcare. Your massage therapist will inform you about the treatment plan along with any risks and the benefits before beginning.

You can ask questions or raise concerns about the recommended care and give, refuse or withdraw your consent at any time. As a regulated profession, it also means that when things don’t go as expected or if you have a concern about the care you received you can contact the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. The college exists to protect your interests and to address any questions or concerns you might have.

Find more information at www.cmto.com.