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The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain (Massage Therapy Act, 1991).

For some people, massage therapy is something new. But the practice of using remedial exercise along with kneading and compressing tissue has been used as a healing practice for thousands of years. Hippocrates discussed “gently rubbing” a dislocated shoulder following a reduction; ancient Greeks treated athletes with massage before and after competition; and the Romans used various techniques to aid circulation.


The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) has been regulating massage therapy in this province since 1919. The College’s primary function is to act in the interest of the public to ensure the quality of massage therapy practice. To learn more about massage therapy and the CMTO visit their website.

The Registered Massage Therapists Association (RMTAO) of Ontario is the professional association for massage therapy in Ontario. The Association works to advance the massage therapy profession, their website has information about the benefits of massage and common questions you might have. To access the RMTAO website click on the graphic below.

The word remedial means to correct or improve... 


Remedial exercise refers to stretching and strengthening exercises that are intended to correct or improve symptoms, function, range of motion or posture imbalances.

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