-Registered Massage Therapy-
"I've always wished the M in RMT stood for movement. I feel like I don't identify with the word massage and what it conjures up for most people" (Cody Cummings) -the massage therapist who doesn't 'massage'.
The R.M.T. scope of practice in Ontario reads:
"the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain" (Massage Therapy Act, 1991)
... this scope of practice allows massage therapy to be practiced in many different formats. The way Cody practices massage therapy, is without oils, and does not use relaxation massage, "deep tissue massage", or other stereotypic Swedish techniques most people think of when they think of massage.
When practicing as a RMT, Cody uses myofascial, craniosacral, visceral, and joint articulation modalities to help patients.
Staying within the RMT scope of practice Cody uses a system of holistic evaluation (looking at the whole body) to evaluate alignment and movement, seeking restricted movements or "blockages" that may relate to and/or influence the patients area of concern.
The treatment consists of: interview, evaluation (and consent), treatment, re-evaluation, and often homecare recommendations.
The treatment is done on a massage table, and patients are typically wearing movement attire (something like underwear, or swimsuit, or running/yoga attire).