Media Releases

The RMTBC and the MTF will partner on Massage Therapy Research

The IJTMB is an open access, peer-reviewed publication intended to accommodate the diverse needs of the rapidly-expanding therapeutic massage and bodywork community. Principal sections of the journal span the areas of research, education, and clinical practice. 

Mental Health and the Body


MARCH 31st, 2017

Gordon MacDonald joins the RMTBC

VANCOUVER, B.C.  Brenda Locke, Executive Director of the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of B.C. (RMTBC) is pleased to announce that long time health care professional, Gordon MacDonald has joined the association as Associate Director. “This is a new position in the association,” stated Locke. 

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Media Release: RMTBC Fulfills Commitment to Advanced Education with $14,000 Scholarship

VANCOUVER, Sept. 15, 2015 - With its mandate to advance knowledge and understanding of massage therapy, the RMTBC announces it has granted a $14,000 scholarship to Robert Hemsworth, Registered Massage Therapist, to continue his education in the Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSC) program at the University of British Columbia. 

Media Release: Study Shows Massage Therapy is Cost-Effective

VANCOUVER, July 31, 2015 - A recent study has shown what RMTs have often thought was true: massage therapy is a cost-effective therapy that directly improves quality of life measures.

In the study entitled Analysis of Provider Specialties in the Treatment of Patients with Clinically Diagnosed Back and Joint Problems (Wilson FA, et al), researchers looked at the cost-effectiveness of improving patient outcomes in patients with back and joint pain. In this study, researchers collected data from specific treatment providers: doctors (internal medicine, family/general, osteopathic medicine, orthopedics, rheumatology, neurology) or other providers (chiropractor, physical therapist, acupuncturist, massage therapist). 

Media Release: Healing Touch from an Indigenous Perspective

VANCOUVER, Jan. 7, 2015 - The First Nations Professional Practice Group of the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of BC presents Registered Massage Therapy & Healing Touch from an Indigenous Perspective, through UBC’s Learning Circle, on January 13, 2015. The session is offered by webinar in order to reach out to individuals who may reside in remote communities.

Media Release: New Study Assessing the Effects of Massage Therapy on Stress Caused by Working Night Shifts

VANCOUVER, Sept. 3, 2014 - Two UBC-affiliated doctors are currently studying the effects of massage therapy on stress and inflammation caused by individuals working night shifts. This clinical research is funded by a seed grant from the Registered Massage Therapists' Association of British Columbia (RMTBC). Read more...

Media Release: New members announced at the RMTBC AGM

VANCOUVER, June 3, 2012  – We are pleased to announce the Massage Therapists’ Association of British Columbia (MTABC) has re-elected three members to the executive branch of our Board of Directors. At our recent AGM held on June 3, 2012, Damon Marchand, RMT was re-elected as the President, Joseph Lattanzio, RMT was promoted to Vice-President and Walter Ament, RMT, will maintain his position as Secretary and Treasurer.

Media Release: Winner of B.C.s first RMT of the Year Award, April 20, 2008

VANCOUVER, Apr. 20, 2008 - Congratulation to Surrey’s Linda (Koby) Blanchfield for winning British Columbia’s first ever Registered Massage Therapist of the Year Award during our April 20, 2008 Annual General Meeting presented by the Massage Therapists’ Association of British Columbia (MTABC).

Working out of the Cedar Hills Massage Therapy Clinic in Surrey, Koby Blanchfield demonstrated she has been a highly valued member of the profession and a superb role model and representative for BC RMTs.

Media Release: Research continues to support the effectiveness of massage therapy in the treatment of pain

VANCOUVER, Apr. 1, 2008 - Announcing the public release of the Massage Therapists’ Association of British Columbia’s (MTABC) commissioned literature reviews on neck pain, low back pain and osteoarthritis. These reviews are the profession’s latest clinician research information resource from our Research Department.