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MTAM is the largest association of professional massage therapists in Manitoba. With over 1200 members (practicing, non-practicing, students, retirees, and associate business members), we are able to offer our members a number of great benefits including local education and personalized assistance that will ensure Massage Therapy is one of the most professional, highly-utilized and appreciated health care services in Manitoba.

MTAM ~ Dedicated to RMT advocacy in Manitoba for 50 years.

Led by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by an experienced professional staff, MTAM is gaining momentum and moving forward on important initiatives, like contributing to the national effort for GST/HST exemption for RMTs, maintaining a strong relationship with national and provincial insurers, and completing our work toward regulation. This is in addition to providing our members with reliable information and guidance during the ongoing pandemic, and valuable programs, services and resources. 


Celebrate MTAM's 50th Anniversary in 2023!

We're excited to continue to offer our members access to the programs and services they want and need.
Read the Media Release here.

Led by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by an experienced professional staff, MTAM continues to move forward on important advocacy work like maintaining a strong relationship with national and provincial insurers, completing our work toward regulation, and providing our members with valuable programs, services and resources. 

Remember to take advantage of all the practical benefits of being an MTAM member, including:

  • Free advertising on our Find An RMT referral page
  • Professional and General Liability Insurance at the best rates in the industry
  • Optional Health, Dental and Injury-only insurance plans
  • Tools for your practice, templates, forms and guidelines
  • Member and Practice support
  • Professional development and networking opportunities - courses, conferences and webinars
  • Great discounts - Goodlife fitness, Perkopolis, Diamond Athletic, Telus Mobility to name just a few
  • New in 2023!
    • All new practice resources and guides including a New graduate tool kit, Patient Communication Tips, Common Practice Concerns resource, and more!
    • New Health and Dental plan options for members - Flexible plans and pricing for changing needs!
  • Coming soon!
    • New Website and Database with google map supported Find an RMT referral page. Easier for the public to find the massage therapy care they need and helps MTAM members advertise their practice!

The MTAM Board and Staff appreciate your continued support and look forward to providing you with high-quality member services through 2023 and beyond.

2024 Membership Renewal - Online Portal Opens October 2nd at 9:00am.

MTAM will be launching our new website and member portal soon! Please watch your email for full details on how to renew your membership and update your member profile using the new online portal. 

All renewals completed by October 31st will be entered into our early-bird draw to win one of 5 great prize packages! 

Hear what fellow MTAM members have to say about their MTAM membership...


Benefits of Membership

  • Professional Liability Insurance Program: MTAM program enables lower insurance costs thanks to our group buying power. (Additional Insurance is available for personal and business as well).
  • Continuing Education & Knowledge Centre: MTAM provides courses and favorable pricing on popular programs at our dedicated Education Centre.
  • Practice Advice and Mentorships: We give practice advice to help our members with all of their practice and career needs. We match members with mentors, give advice on setting patient boundaries, running your business, legal challenges, contracts, and so much more!
  • Communications & Marketing: MTAM is active in promoting Massage Therapy in Manitoba to the public through web, television, print campaigns, and social media. We also create posters and other marketing that members can use in their practice to educate and market to patients.
  • Affinity Program: MTAM offers discounts through third-party suppliers for popular business, education, and personal items.
  • Health & Dental Benefits. Injury-Only Disability Insurance: MTAM offers great insurance benefits to members as an option. Plans are also available to our Retired members.
  • Networking & Professional Connections: MTAM provides professional networking opportunities for members. Whether you’re looking to connect through educational courses, conferences, or our special interest groups. Networking iskey to mentorship, lifelong learning, and career success!
  • Advocacy with Integrity: MTAM is a voice for the profession in Manitoba and we do that with integrity and with our member's needs as the inspiration for our actions and advocacy.
  • Regulation & Public Protection: for almost 50 years, MTAM has provided the massage therapy profession with a self-regulating body to ensure the highest standards of massage training and practice, and provide protection for the public.
  • Events: MTAM puts on a popular Annual Conference and other great events all year.
  • Research & Publications Library: MTAM leads research programs and houses a number of books, DVD’s and information for members to use.

Massage Therapists Moving to Manitoba

The education of out-of-province graduates making application for membership are evaluated by the Board of Directors on a case-by-case basis and against the National Competency entry to practice standards. Contact the MTAM Office for more information.

Practicing Membership

The MTAM welcomes applications for membership from graduated Massage Therapists who have successfully completed a two-year massage therapy diploma program from a recognized school of massage therapy*, and who have attained a minimum grade point average of 70%.

*The MTAM recognizes schools that are recognized by the regulatory colleges in other provinces. We support a minimum entry to practice education of 2200 hours of instruction, or approximately two years of academic and practical/clinical education based on an approved curriculum. Visit the Schools of Massage Therapy page for more information.

All applicants must submit an application along with the checklist of items outlined in the application.

New Membership Application Form (fillable PDF)

Criminal Record Check Online Application (Winnipeg Police Service)
Criminal Record Check (Brandon Police Service)

MTAM Criminal Record Check Policy

Important Note: Your Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search must be completed through the Police Service responsible for your jurisdiction. Record checks and searches by third party organizations will not be accepted. Please contact us if you need clarification.

If you have a criminal record, please be sure to apply in advance of your preferred start date as the process to consider Criminal Conviction is longer than the regular process to join the MTAM: Please start by reviewing this policy and form: MTAM Criminal Conviction Policy and Form

Membership Reinstatement & Return to Practice

If you were previously a practicing member of the MTAM and would like to apply for reinstatement of membership, please complete the following Reinstatement Application and provide all the required information and documentation.

Reinstatement Application (PDF download)

Returning to Practice: RMT's who do not practice massage therapy for more than five consecutive years (60 months) can still be eligible to reinstate with the MTAM but additional information will be required to allow the Board of Directors to evaluate circumstances on a case-by-case basis. This information could include evidence of current or recent massage therapy practice in another jurisdiction, mentoring, or other indications that the person has been eager in keeping updated on their education and practice. Please contact to begin the discussion.

Non-Practicing Membership

Non-Practicing members of the MTAM are individuals who meet the requirements for practicing membership (including ongoing professional development and continuing competency activities), but who are not practicing massage therapy within Manitoba at this time. Non-practicing membership does not include liability insurance.

If you are a practicing member of the MTAM and want to change your membership status to non-practicing (or vice versa), please contact the MTAM office. You will need to provide a written request to change your membership status.

Individuals may only have non-practicing membership in the MTAM for up to five consecutive years (60 months), except in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Exceptional circumstances may include evidence of current or recent massage therapy practice in another jurisdiction.

Student Membership

If you are currently enrolled at a recognized school of massage therapy in Manitoba, you can apply to join the MTAM as a student member. Student membership is free for eligible individuals. Students are non-practicing members.

Student Membership Application (PDF download)
Student Benefits of Membership (PDF download)

2023 Student Member Scholarship Information
2023 Student Member Scholarship Application

The deadline to submit Scholarship applications is March 31, 2023.

For Clinics, Spas, and Others: Associate Membership

Associate Members are clinic owners, businesses and other organizations who are not RMTs themselves but employ or contract MTAM RMTs and would like to be a part of our community of Registered Massage Therapists. They support our mission to promote and enhance the art, science and philosophy of massage therapy in a professional and ethical manner to ensure the highest level of competency based practice for massage therapy within the province of Manitoba.

Contact the MTAM office to inquire.