This policy statement has been created for Massage Therapists and for Massage Therapy corporations to clarify what may not be considered Massage Therapy.
Section 3. of the Massage Therapy Act, 1991 states:
“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 tissues and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain.”
If the primary intent, focus, and practical use of a modality is outside the definition of Massage Therapy’s scope of practice, the modality is considered not in the scope of practice.
The attached list is a schedule of modalities that the College considers to be outside the scope of practice for the profession. This list should not be interpreted as a complete list of activities outside the scope of the profession. It is a list of those activities about which the College feels the membership requires specific clarification at this time.
Adopted: September 22, 2003.
Schedule A – A Schedule of Modalities Considered Outside Scope
- Aboriginal Healing
- Allergy Testing
- Ayurvedic Medicine
- Bach Flower Therapy
- Chakra Balancing
- Colour Therapy
- Crystal/Gem therapy
- Metaphysical Healing
- Muscle Activation Technique (M.A.T.)
- Nutrition Counselling
- Personal Training
- Quantum Zrroid Biofeedback
- Raindrop therapy
- Reiki – second degree (reiki treatment delivered without touching the client)
- Religious/Spiritual Healing
- Sound Therapy
- Success Through Alignment Restoration (S.T.A.R.)
- Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine
- Zero Balancing
Adopted: September 22, 2003 Revised: February 18, 2005 Revised: December 1, 2006 Revised: November 26, 2007