Registered Massage Therapist VS Masseuse: Which Should You See?
That old back injury has flared up or you’ve injured yourself at last night's soccer match - should you seek out a registered massage therapist or a masseuse?
Registered Massage Therapists (RMT’s) and masseuses have one main thing in common: they both want to make you feel good - or at least better! The primary differences between the two are the education required and the outcome you want to achieve with treatment.
An RMT is required to meet strict educational standards, as well as demonstrate their ability to work with patients during clinical hours, before certification. RMT’s take comprehensive written and practical exams, and must be registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).
An RMT can help you heal (and avoid) injuries.
To remain certified, an RMT must complete continuing education training, to ensure that they are always learning and improving - failure to complete this training, or meet any of the requirements of the CMTO means the RMT will lose their license.
Masseuses, on the other hand, don’t actually require any specific education or training - though many do take courses to help them improve their practice. There are no exams or certifications for being a masseuse (and unregistered practitioners that call themselves a massage therapist are actually breaking the law!).
A masseuse can help you relax and unwind - but isn't considered therapeutic.
While massages are great for relaxation or unwinding, they should not be considered therapeutic or a health benefit in any way - unless administered by a licensed massage therapist.
At the end of the day, if you’re looking for real physical therapy to help treat the root cause of a chronic condition, or take the first step towards healing an injury - visit an RMT.
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