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Registered Massage Therapists (RMT) are dedicated to treating symptoms of pain and dysfunction, including the underlying causes. It is widely understood that massage therapy decreases stress and helps control pain. Perhaps less known is the effectiveness of massage therapy in treating deeper structures of the body such as ligaments, bones and joints, fascia, blood vessels, organs and other soft tissues of the body.
Education and Training
BC's Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) are among the most educated and highly trained professionals in their field. To become an RMT in BC students must complete extensive training at an accredited college. Standard educational requirements include comprehensive studies in health sciences such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology and neuroanatomy. Other studies include clinical sciences such as manual skills, orthopedics, remedial exercise, hydrotherapy and patient education. The management of chronic diseases, injuries and the effects of long-term stress are also studied extensively.
Recognized Massage Therapy Education Programs
In BC, a number of institutions offer massage therapy education programs. If you are planning to enroll in a BC massage therapy education program, with the goal of becoming a registered massage therapist (RMT), keep in mind that you will receive recognition only for programs offered by institutions that are registered with and accredited by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA).
PCTIA-registered and accredited massage therapy education programs currently include the following:
CDI College – South Surrey Campus
105 – 15149 BC-10
South Surrey, BC
100 West 49th Avenue
Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy (OVCMT)
#200 - 3400 30th Avenue
Vernon, BC, V1T 2E2
Vancouver Career College - Burnaby Campus
212 – 5021 Kingsway
Vancouver Career College - Kelowna Campus
1649 Pandosy St
West Coast College of Massage Therapy - New Westminster Campus
613 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC, V3M 1A7
P: 604-520-1844 Ext 223 or 248
West Coast College of Massage Therapy - Victoria Campus
WCCMT Victoria Campus
#101 - 637 Bay St.
Victoria, BC, V8T 5L2
P: 1-250-381-9800 ext. 224
Vancouver College of Massage Therapy (VCMT) formerly Utopia Academy
220-181 Keefer Place
For the complete list of colleges, please visit the CMTBC website at www.cmtbc.bc.ca