Business Plan Creation Guide for RMTs

One of the most important decisions you will have to make as an RMT is whether you want to start your own business, or work for someone else. There are pros and cons to both situations, and not everyone is suited to running their own business. There are many misconceptions about the amount of work […]

Applying HST to Massage Therapy for Automobile Incidents (MVA, MVC, MVI) Health Claims

It comes up every now and then that a misinformed Auto Insurance Company (Adjustor) will try to not pay the HST (GST for some Provinces) portion of billings made by an HST registered RMT. This causes many headaches for the RMT who is now forced to try and get the Insurance Company to understand that […]

Massage Therapy Marketing Stories Contest!

Massage therapists are always on the look out for great marketing ideas, and who better to get some of those ideas from than our peers! Many RMTS have created some AWESOME, UNIQUE marketing initiatives or campaigns which have had fantastic results for our clinics. Are you one of them? So what is the contest about? To help out […]

3 Tips to Extend Your Massage Therapy Career

Massage therapy is a very physical job and far too many therapists are experiencing pain and burn out that is totally avoidable. Massage does not have to be hard on your body or be a short career. The thing is that when you don’t take care of your body or your body mechanics when you […]

Myofascial Trigger Points: What has changed?

Evidence informed massage encourages the integration of current research into our practices. This requires reviewing the scientific literature as it relates to a number of concepts that are held near and dear in the world of massage therapy. As healthcare professionals, I think that it is important that we continue to strive for explanations that […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Reading Massage Therapy Research

As massage therapists, we’re often told we need to keep up with the latest research to make sure our practice is as evidence-based as possible. Unfortunately, many of us have very little experience in reading and evaluating research, so keeping up with the newest evidence can be intimidating. How do we know if a particular […]

Understanding the CEU Cycle and Requirements for Ontario RMTs

Every year around October; RMTs start to stress over their CEUs. The first question always asked is: “Is this the year I am suppose to report?”. There is an easy way to figure this one out.  Your 3 year cycle will always begin on the November 1st following your registration. So IF you were registered […]

Professional Portfolio Requirements for the Ontario Massage Therapist

Registered Massage Therapists in Ontario are asked by the Quality Assurance Committee of the CMTO (College of Massage Therapists of Ontario) to maintain a Professional Portfolio. This, simply put, is a place to physically collect proof of your Continuing Education activities while acting as an RMT. They require four (4) sections to be maintained at […]

Tax Write Off Basics for Massage Therapists

Income tax can be a scary thing, but knowing what expenses you can and cannot write off can remove a lot of that fear.  And writing off everything you are allowed can also lower your tax bill. A great rule of thumb is to be organized, keep a detailed appointment book, and save all receipts, […]

Contract Basics for Registered Massage Therapists

Contracts. Whether you’re an independent (or sub-) contractor, a clinic owner yourself, or an employee, every massage therapist inevitably has to deal with a contract at some point in their career. Contract terms are a hot topic for many therapists, with most questions about how to handle different work-related situations often boiling down to “what […]

How Much Should I Charge for My Fees?

Disclaimer: I am not an accountant, and nothing in this post should be viewed as formal accounting advice. The purpose of this post is for general information only – please consult an accountant if you need more detailed help with your finances. One of the first things a new massage therapist – or one opening a […]

HST Basics for Registered Massage Therapists

Before I begin, I just want to put up a disclaimer that I am not an accountant, and nothing in this post should be construed as formal legal or accounting advice. The content of this post is for general information only – you should contact an accountant for more detailed information regarding how to handle […]

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for RMTs

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of making your website as search-engine-friendly as possible. When search engines like Google organize the results of a particular search, they rank which websites will appear closer to the top based on several factors. Many of those factors don’t require much (or any) technological prowess, and collectively they […]

RMT Marketing Strategies

Marketing strategies to draw new clients is one of the most frequently discussed topics for massage therapists. A lot of therapists are hoping for a single activity, strategy, tool or service to fill their schedules indefinitely, but the reality of the situation is that marketing is an on-going process. Instead of trying to find a […]

How to Report CMTO CEUs Online

The CMTO allows you to report your CEU cycle via their website, instead of filling it out on paper. However, the process looks different than what you see on the paper form. Totally confused about how to complete the CMTO CEU Reporting form online? You’re not alone. Here are the basics of the process: Go to the Registrant Login area […]

Massage Therapy Non-Compete Clauses

Before I begin, I just want to put up a disclaimer that I am not a lawyer, and nothing in this post should be construed as formal legal advice. If you need legal guidance, seek out the assistance of a contract lawyer. Massage therapists seeking out independent contractor positions often run into “non-compete” clauses in […]

Common Red Flags for Email Scams

Massage therapists have been receiving scam email messages for a long time. While email scams are not unique to RMTs, there are definitely scams that target massage therapy clinics and spas specifically. On social media sites and forums, it’s rare to go a few hours without someone posting an email they received and asking “is […]

Understanding the FSCO Service Provider role

It is very clear that many RMTs, and other Health Care Professionals, oppose the new Financial Services Commission of Ontario’s (FSCO) Service Provider License Registration being applied to RHPA Professionals and the accompanying fees. That topic has been discussed many times over, and will be discussed many times over. But; it is being rolled out, […]

Healthy Emotional Boundaries for Massage Therapists

Lee Kalpin, an RMT from Holland Landing, Ontario, has created a great instructional video on maintaining healthy emotional boundaries when dealing with members of the public. As a rule, RMTs spend a great deal  more one on one time with their clients than most other health care providers. As a result, clients have a tendency to […]

How The Canadian Anti-Spam Law Impacts RMTs

Massage Therapists get a lot of email If you’re anything like me, you likely get a LOT of email advertising courses, products and services for registered massage therapists. On the whole, I can appreciate that business owners who offer services or products to RMTs need to let their potential customers know about what they’re selling… […]

Privacy Laws and RMT Digital Record Keeping

Confused about how health care information privacy laws relate to digital record keeping? You’re not alone. Registered Massage Therapists are starting to use a ton of different software programs to manage their professional lives. Everything from scheduling appointments  to emailing clients and submitting benefits claims is becoming more and more reliant on technology. The options […]