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Massage Therapy

Avail of scholarships and tuition repayment assistance from key massage therapy employers. Start a dynamic and rewarding career with this theoretical and practical program (currently CMTCA-accredited at our Windsor, London, Hamilton, Brampton, and Toronto campuses and preliminarily accredited at our Kitchener and Mississauga campuses).

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    Type

    Diploma

    Duration

    88 Weeks

    Internship

    440 Hours

    Program Outline

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    About Our Massage Therapy Program

    Massage Therapy is a growing component of today’s wellness practices and there’s never been a better time to start a career in Massage Therapy! Scholarships and tuition assistance are available from key industry partners. One hundred percent of our program’s 2021 graduates were employed in a relevant job within 12 months after graduating and working to make a direct impact on the well-being of their communities.

    Career Opportunities

    Massage Therapists enjoy rewarding and stable careers that allow for flexible work hours and a variety of interesting workplace environments, including private practice, health and fitness clubs, health spas and rehabilitation centers.

    Employers Who Have Hired Our Massage Therapy Program Grads

    • Massage Addict
    • pt Health
    • Self-employed
    • Hand and Stone

    Salary

    100 %

    Employment Rate*

    $ 36

    Average Wage/HR**

    $ 55

    High Wage/HR**

    *Employment Rate based on 2021 contactable triOS graduates employed in a related field within 12 months.

    Source: workingincanada.gc.ca

    NOC Code: 3236 - **Wage data rounded down to the nearest dollar. Average wage doesn't reflect the starting salary but represents the middle value between lowest to highest wages. Local (or regional) income may vary. Last updated in Dec 2022.

    Massage Addict Partnership

    The partnership with Massage Addict offers one $1,000 scholarship for students at the end of their first year of the Massage Therapy diploma program. The scholarship recipient will receive $1,000. The scholarships are available for each class at the following campuses: Toronto, Hamilton, London, Windsor, Mississauga, Brampton, Scarborough, and Kitchener.

    Through this partnership, triOS graduates practicing at Massage Addict will also be eligible for loan repayment assistance of $200/per month (up to a maximum of $25,000). To learn more about the scholarship and loan repayment assistance program click here.

    pt Health Partnership

    The partnership with pt Health offers the Student’s Choice Program – students have the choice of loan repayment for a maximum of 3 years and up to $7,000 for graduates practicing at pt Health or payment for exam fees (valued at about $1,400). Partnership is offered at the Hamilton and Mississauga campuses at this time. To learn more about the scholarship program through pt Health, click here.

    Program Details

    Did you know that the demand for a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) has increased by 20% in Canada over the last decade? If this statistic sounds promising, and you’re looking to pursue a career in the field, then triOS College’s Massage Therapy program is the right fit for you.

    Massage therapy can be used to promote physical and psychological well-being in children and adults of all ages. It helps reduce stress, relieve pain, improve physical dysfunction, and reduce the side effects of strains, sprains, hypertensions, arthritis, and other ailments. Whether you wish to assist patients with relaxation or their recovery process, our Massage Therapy diploma program will provide you with the hands-on experience you need to succeed in this profession. Your in-class sessions will teach you about the anatomy of the human body, how to conduct clinical assessments, massage techniques, about remedial exercises and much more. In this Massage Therapy program, you will practice your skills through clinical hours scheduled at your massage therapy school.

    The Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA) has accredited the Massage Therapy diploma programs at our Windsor, London, Hamilton, Brampton, and Toronto campuses and has preliminarily accredited our Mississauga and Kitchener campuses.

    triOS has developed the Massage Therapy program with experienced healthcare professionals to give you everything you need to flourish as an RMT in the healthcare field.

    Students enrolled in this Massage Therapy diploma program will receive:

    • 440 clinical hours for hands-on massage therapy training
    • participation in a program that is recognized by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario
    • one-on-one career assistance

    The Massage Therapy diploma program is offered at the Windsor, London, Kitchener, Hamilton, Brampton,  Mississauga, Toronto, and Scarborough campuses.

    triOS diplomas will be granted only to students who successfully complete all RMT courses in the program with a passing grade or 70% (or a grade of ‘complete’ where applicable). Core Massage Therapy courses have a passing score of 70%. As well, students must meet the minimum Standards of Satisfactory Scholastic Progress as set out in our Student Handbook. For programs that include an internship and outreach, all clinical hours must be completed and a final grade of ‘Pass’ must be achieved for the internship.

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    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy 5
    Anatomy 5 or Osteology is the study of the structure and function of bone. This course takes an in­ depth look into the human skeleton, focusing on the bones and bony landmarks of the body. For massage therapy students only; a major component of this course is palpation. At the end of each chapter the student is required to locate each bony landmark by developing a palpation trail. Palpation areas are noted within textboxes in the lessons.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy 6
    Anatomy 6 or Syndesmology and Arthrology is the study of the science of the major ligaments and joints in the human body. This course will cover all the major articulations in the human body along with the surrounding ligament structure of each joint.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy 7
    Anatomy 7 is a continued study of the systems of the human body. The topics covered during this course are: The Heart, The blood vessels of the body, The Respiratory system, The Lymphatic system, and Lymph drainage of the body.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy 8
    This course discusses the Digestive System and accessory organs of digestion in the human body. The urinary and reproductive systems will also be discussed. The end of the course provides an overview of the nervous system and recap from Neuroscience 1 and 2. This course involves reading in the assigned textbook, reinforcement exercises at the end of each chapter, an assignment, a midcourse and a final written examination. Conditions of the urinary system and General neurological conditions.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy Final
    The final program examination for the Anatomy course is conducted in the final week of the program.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy Comprehensive 2
    Students are being examined on cumulative study and application of Western and TCM subjects. Comprehensive exams are administered each year to evaluate progress made in study and highlight areas of deficiency in understanding material and its application in practice.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy Myology 1
    Is an in-depth study of the muscles of the lower extremity, the hip/pelvis, anterior thorax, diaphragm, and pelvic floor, including their origins, insertions, actions and nerve supply.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy Myology 2
    Is an in-depth study of the muscles of the upper thorax, the lower thorax, and the upper extremity, including their origins, insertions, actions and nerve supply.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy Myology 3
    Is an in-depth study of the muscles of the muscles of the head, face and neck, including their origin, insertion, action and nerve supply.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Myology Comprehensive 2
    Students are being examined on cumulative study and application of Western and TCM subjects. Comprehensive exams are administered each year to evaluate progress made in study and highlight areas of deficiency in understanding material and its application in practice.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy Neuroscience 2
    This course discusses the Anatomy of the nervous system. Specifically, the sensory nervous system will be discussed. We will also learn about ascending and descending white matter tracts in the spinal cord. The rest of the course will concentrate on the peripheral nervous system consisting of cranial and spinal nerves and related nerve plexuses. The course will also discuss sleep-wake cycles and learning and memory, as well as, a discussion of diseases of the CNS.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Physiology 1
    Anatomy and Physiology I is an introduction course to the human body which includes body descriptions, terminology and basic physiology such as protein synthesis and cell division. The course continues with the study of the cell including internal cellular structures. The second half of the course begins with the study of individual systems of the human body. The skeletal and muscular systems are introduced covering the internal structure and function of bones and muscles along with identification of all 206 bones in the human body and major muscle groups.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Physiology 2
    This module continues the fascinating journey into learning about the human body and will specifically address the following systems: Nervous system and special senses, Endocrine system, Digestive system, Reproductive system
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Physiology 3
    Anatomy and Physiology 3 is a continued foundational study of the systems of the human body. The body systems covered during this course are: lntegumentary -skin, hair, nails and glands, Blood, Circulation, Heart, Respiration Urinary
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Physiology 4
    Anatomy and Physiology 4 is a continuation of study of the fundamental systems of the human body. The topics covered during this course are: The Lymphatic system, The Immune system, The Liver, The Fluid and Electrolyte Balance, The Acid and Base Balance, Nutrition and Metabolism(including mechanical digestion)
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Anatomy and Physiology Comprehensive 1
    Students are being examined on cumulative study and application of Western and TCM subjects. Comprehensive exams are administered each year to evaluate progress made in study and highlight areas of deficiency in understanding material and its application in practice.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Business Skills
    This course provides a fundamental foundation for the start up and day to day management/operation of a successful small business within the focus of a healthcare professional in massage therapy. The financial, legal, marketing and practical management aspects of setting up and operating a small business or clinic will be studied. Topics such as advertising, record keeping, banking, insurance, community networking are discussed. (While Students will learn how to use the electronic Jane App)
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Client Assessment Lab 1
    Students will allow student the opportunity to apply the theory taught in Client Assessment 1-3 through case studies.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Client Assessment Lab 2
    Students will allow student the opportunity to apply the theory taught in Client Assessment 1-3 through case studies.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Client Case Study 1 (S4)
    Each massage therapy student assesses a client, develops a treatment plan and then applies the treatment plan to the same client weekly throughout the semester. Students prepare a detailed progress report for review with the supervisor. In this study the student works directly with one client throughout 10 sequential treatment sessions. Each case study will allow the student to experience the potential change in a client’s health due to their treatment plan and application of skills. Students learn the correct method for documenting a comprehensive treatment plan.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Client Case Study 2 (S6)
    Each massage therapy student assesses a client, develops a treatment plan and then applies the treatment plan to the same client weekly throughout the semester. Students prepare a detailed progress report for review with the supervisor. In this study the student works directly with one client throughout 10 sequential treatment sessions. Each case study will allow the student to experience the potential change in a client’s health due to their treatment plan and application of skills. Students learn the correct method for documenting a comprehensive treatment plan.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Client Assessment 1
    The Assessment courses (1-4) will introduce the student to clinical assessment techniques including techniques such as taking case histories, interviewing clients and the interview process. Other topics discussed are consent to assess, postural analysis, gait analysis, range of motion testing, orthopedic special tests, muscle length and strength testing, neurological tests, assessing client pain, assessment responses and end-feels during physical examination.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Client Assessment 2
    The Assessment courses (1-4) will introduce the student to clinical assessment techniques including techniques such as taking case histories, interviewing clients and the interview process. Other topics discussed are consent to assess, postural analysis, gait analysis, range of motion testing, orthopedic special tests, muscle length and strength testing, neurological tests, assessing client pain, assessment responses and end-feels during physical examination.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Client Assessment 3
    The Assessment courses (1-4) will introduce the student to clinical assessment techniques including techniques such as taking case histories, interviewing clients and the interview process. Other topics discussed are consent to assess, postural analysis, gait analysis, range of motion testing, orthopedic special tests, muscle length and strength testing, neurological tests, assessing client pain, assessment responses and end-feels during physical examination.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Client Assessment 4
    The Assessment courses (1-4) will introduce the student to clinical assessment techniques including techniques such as taking case histories, interviewing clients and the interview process. Other topics discussed are consent to assess, postural analysis, gait analysis, range of motion testing, orthopedic special tests, muscle length and strength testing, neurological tests, assessing client pain, assessment responses and end-feels during physical examination.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Communications and the Healthcare Professional
    Knowledge of effective written and verbal skills essential for professional communication. Students will learn the key characteristics for day-to-day communications with clients, understand personal and client needs in communications, recognize behavioral patterns and defense mechanisms for practitioners and clients, recognize and how to establish key boundaries and lines of respect for clients, identify how communication changes due to age and state of health of client.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Communications Terminology 1
    The use of roots, prefixes, suffixes, plurals and opposites.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Communications Terminology 2
    Significant focus is placed on the understanding, writing and pronouncing of medical terms, as they relate to Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology. The emphasis is on body systems.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Ethics and the Healthcare Professional
    Ethics and professionalism for the regulated healthcare professional addressed the key subjects such as: accountability, boundaries, conflict of interest, informed consent, privacy and confidentiality, duty to report, and ethical theories and practices from a practical perspective.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. First Aid
    Students will undertake the St. John Ambulance Certificate program and will also study 4 hours of Natural First Aid applications. Students will learn the techniques of stabilizing physical injuries, including sprains, broken bones and lacerations.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. General Comprehensive 2
    Students are being examined on cumulative study and application of Western and TCM subjects. Comprehensive exams are administered each year to evaluate progress made in study and highlight areas of deficiency in understanding material and its application in practice.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. General Final
    The final program examination is conducted in the final week of the program.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. General and Myology Comp 1
    Students are being examined on cumulative study and application of Western and TCM subjects. Comprehensive exams are administered each year to evaluate progress made in study and highlight areas of deficiency in understanding material and its application in practice.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Hydrotherapy and Self-care for the RMT
    The majority of this course covers hydrotherapy theory with emphasis on practical hydrotherapy applications in both a clinical and self-care context.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Jurisprudence and the RMT (Law & Regs.)
    A study of provincial and federal law, as it applies to registered massage therapists.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Massage Foundations
    This course is a foundational course in the theory of massage therapy and its hand skill implementation. Draping, proper Swedish techniques will be taught for treating clients with a general full body massage; develop a routine for a general full body massage treatment; learn and treat specialized areas of the body: informed consent and self care.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Massage General Comprehensive 1
    Students are being examined on cumulative study and application of Western and TCM subjects. Comprehensive exams are administered each year to evaluate progress made in study and highlight areas of deficiency in understanding material and its application in practice.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Massage General Comprehensive 2
    Students are being examined on cumulative study and application of Western and TCM subjects. Comprehensive exams are administered each year to evaluate progress made in study and highlight areas of deficiency in understanding material and its application in practice.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Massage General Final
    The final program examination is conducted in the final week of the program.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Myology Final
    The final program examination for the Myology course is conducted in the final week of the program.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Nutrition for the Massage Therapist
    This course provides an understanding of nutritional concepts. The ability to communicate effectively with your clients or other healthcare practitioners about basic nutritional elements and considerations, as well as the Macro- and Micro-nutrients.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. OSCE Prep (Advanced Theory review)
    This course provides students with a review of key advanced theory concepts, skill techniques and treatments presented in the program, with the goal to refresh students of prior content presentations, and skill enhancement training , prior to the programs final examinations (written and oral practical). Each class will have a discussion and supervised lab practice (role reversals). The CMTO standards of practice will be integrated into the discussions.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Oral Practical
    Completion of the 7 oral practical exam stations modeled on the CMTO format for the examination. Part one S5 is 2 hours and Part 2 the final program examination is 2 hours. In each part the student experiences being the patient and the practitioner with 1 hour in each role.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Pathology 1
    Pathology is the study of disease and disharmony in the human body. During Pathology One, you will learn, conceptually: How the human body functions at a cellular level Sources of disease and the pathologies that affect the body on a cellular level Additionally, infection, inflammation and an overview of the body's immunity response system are also presented. An in-depth understanding of the functioning of the human cell, the process of inflammation and healing, infection and the immune system.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Pathology 2
    Pathology 2 is an in-depth study of diseases of the skin. This course starts with a discussion of the skin. The course of study then changes to include diseases of the skin, signs and symptoms, possible treatments and prognosis of the illness.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Pathology 3
    Pathology 3 is an in-depth study of diseases and common ailments of joints and bones. Clinical signs and symptoms, possible treatments and prognosis of the illnesses are discussed.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Pathology 4
    Pathology 4 is an in-depth study of diseases of muscular, kidney and reproductive systems. It includes the clinical signs and symptoms of these diseases, possible treatments and prognosis of the illnesses.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Pathology 5
    Pathology 5 is an in-depth study of diseases of the nervous system. This course starts with a discussion of congenital pathologies and continues with injuries and diseases of the central and peripheral nervous systems. This course includes the clinical signs and symptoms of these diseases, possible treatments and prognosis of the illnesses.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Pathology 6
    Pathology 6 is an in-depth study of diseases of the digestive tract. This course starts with a discussion of the anatomy and physiology of the digestive system and continues with injuries and diseases of the gastrointestinal system. This course includes the clinical signs and symptoms of these diseases, possible treatments and prognosis of the illnesses. It follows Pathology 5 in the same semester.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Pathology 7
    Pathology 7 is an in-depth study of diseases of the respiratory and endocrine system. This course starts with a discussion of the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system and continues with injuries and diseases of the respiratory system. This course includes the clinical signs and symptoms of these diseases, possible treatments and prognosis of the illnesses.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Pathology 8
    Pathology 8 is an in-depth study of diseases of the cardiovascular system. This course starts with a discussion of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system. The content focuses on the heart, blood vessel, blood and lymphatic disorders. This course includes the clinical signs and symptoms of cardiovascular diseases, possible treatments and prognosis of the illnesses. This subject follows Pathology 7 in the same semester.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Pathology Comprehensive 1
    Students are being examined on cumulative study and application of Western and TCM subjects. Comprehensive exams are administered each year to evaluate progress made in study and highlight areas of deficiency in understanding material and its application in practice.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Pathology Comprehensive 2
    Students are being examined on cumulative study and application of Western and TCM subjects. Comprehensive exams are administered each year to evaluate progress made in study and highlight areas of deficiency in understanding material and its application in practice.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Pathology Final
    The final program examination for the Pathology course is conducted in the final week of the program.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Pharmacology
    This course gives the student an understanding of the concepts and principles of pharmacology. The student will learn the different classification of medications, uses and effects. The student will also learn to research drug profiles and know how to read prescription labels. This course is designed to educate the student about drug therapy used as a treatment for a client's condition and how that drug therapy may help or hinder the practitioner's treatment.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Physiology Neuroscience 1
    Neuroscience 1 is an in-depth examination of the Nervous system. The physiology of the central nervous system and peripheral nervous systems are broken down in a detailed analysis of structure and function. The special senses are also included during this course of study.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Physiology Comprehensive 2
    Students are being examined on cumulative study and application of Western and TCM subjects. Comprehensive exams are administered each year to evaluate progress made in study and highlight areas of deficiency in understanding material and its application in practice.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Physiology 5
    Physiology 5 is the study of the human body on a chemical and cellular level. It revisits the material covered during Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2 and expands on that material in greater depth in order to further the students' knowledge of the physiology of the human body.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Physiology 6
    Physiology 6 is a course that builds on the information presented in earlier anatomy & physiology courses such as anatomy & physiology 1 (study of energy formation in the cell), Anatomy & Physiology 2 (The nervous system) and Anatomy & Physiology 4 (Nutrition and metabolism). This course further explores the physiology of human body in relation to the above topics.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Physiology 7
    Physiology 7 is a course that builds on the information presented in earlier anatomy and physiology courses such as anatomy and physiology 1, 2 and 3. This course takes in-depth look into the muscular system including a study of skeletal and smooth muscle and the cardiovascular system, blood, blood vessels and the urinary system.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Physiology 8
    Physiology 8 is a course that builds on the information presented in earlier anatomy and Physiology courses such as Anatomy and Physiology 2, 3 and 4 and will specifically address the: Respiratory System, Urinary System, Endocrine System, Reproductive System, lntegumentary System.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Physiology Final
    The final program examination for the Physiology course is conducted in the final week of the program.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Pregnancy Massage Theory & Clinic
    This course covers the proper skills and techniques required by a massage therapist to treat pregnant, laboring, postpartum women and their infants.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Professionalism and the Healthcare Professional
    This course discusses the importance of professionalism in the massage therapy program and in a clinic environment. Topics include interaction with other healthcare providers, developing academic skills, professional etiquette, what is professionalism? Concept of professionalism, Client/patient interaction, behavioral responses, personality types, death and dying, health clinics client management, telephone communication, time management, teamwork and goal setting and achievements. Professional letter writing formats are also presented.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Professional Portfolio Development
    A fundamental foundation for the creation and maintenance of a professional portfolio. This course will include creation of a resume, a cover letter and interview skills.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Principles of Treatments & Adv. Techniques 1-4
    The advanced technique and principles of treatments course of study trains the student in the use of advanced techniques (description and application) while also furthering the student’s knowledge in the theory of massage therapy and knowledge of myology.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Principles of Treatments & Adv. Techniques 5-8
    The advanced technique and principles of treatments course of study trains the student in the use of advanced techniques (description and application) while also furthering the student’s knowledge in the theory of massage therapy and knowledge of myology.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Public Clinical Lab S2
    Public Clinical Labs in semesters 2, 4 and 5 are opportunities for students to meet and treat the public. The are supervised by an RMT. It is designed to re-enforce hand skill development and self-care body posture, along with a student’s communication skills with the public. It also enhances how to perform treatments in a non-clinic environment using massage chairs, tables, patient beds and wheel chairs. Public Clinical Lab 1 (S2) is known as Corporate Massage, clients are fully clothed. Public Clinical Lab 2 (S4) is known as Geritric Massage Public Clinical Lab 3 (S5) is known as Physical-Mental Disability Outreach.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Public Clinical Lab S4
    Public Clinical Labs in semesters 2, 4 and 5 are opportunities for students to meet and treat the public. The are supervised by an RMT. It is designed to re-enforce hand skill development and self-care body posture, along with a student’s communication skills with the public. It also enhances how to perform treatments in a non-clinic environment using massage chairs, tables, patient beds and wheel chairs. Public Clinical Lab 1 (S2) is known as Corporate Massage, clients are fully clothed. Public Clinical Lab 2 (S4) is known as Geritric Massage Public Clinical Lab 3 (S5) is known as Physical-Mental Disability Outreach
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Public Clinical Lab S5
    Public Clinical Labs in semesters 2, 4 and 5 are opportunities for students to meet and treat the public. The are supervised by an RMT. It is designed to re-enforce hand skill development and self-care body posture, along with a student’s communication skills with the public. It also enhances how to perform treatments in a non-clinic environment using massage chairs, tables, patient beds and wheel chairs. Public Clinical Lab 1 (S2) is known as Corporate Massage, clients are fully clothed. Public Clinical Lab 2 (S4) is known as Geritric Massage Public Clinical Lab 3 (S5) is known as Physical-Mental Disability Outreach
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Remedial Exercise 1
    Remedial Exercise is a key component of the massage therapists ‘therapeutic plan’. It is a tool/method to address dysfunction and be supportive of the overall treatment plan.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Remedial Exercise 2
    Remedial Exercise is a key component of the massage therapists ‘therapeutic plan’. It is a tool/method to address dysfunction and be supportive of the overall treatment plan.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Remedial Exercise 3
    Remedial Exercise is a key component of the massage therapists ‘therapeutic plan’. It is a tool/method to address dysfunction and be supportive of the overall treatment plan.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Research 1
    Research 1 is a course which aims to present and discuss the importance of research literacy among health care practitioners. Topics covered include critical thinking, various ways knowledge/intelligence can be acquired, decision making and heuristics that impact decision making, the importance of research in healthcare, the critical evaluation of published articles & papers & how it applies to professional health practitioners, health research sources. Research 2 is the creation of a written paper wherein a student selects a topic related to massage therapy and interprets other professionals literature and published research.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Research 2
    Research 1 is a course which aims to present and discuss the importance of research literacy among health care practitioners. Topics covered include critical thinking, various ways knowledge/intelligence can be acquired, decision making and heuristics that impact decision making, the importance of research in healthcare, the critical evaluation of published articles & papers & how it applies to professional health practitioners, health research sources. Research 2 is the creation of a written paper wherein a student selects a topic related to massage therapy and interprets other professionals literature and published research.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Specialized Care - Massage Therapy
    This course covers the proper skills and techniques required by a massage therapist to recognize and stay current on developments in areas requiring specialty care. Topics include concussion, PTSD, palliative and end of life care. Specialized care covers a lot of different populations. Stages of life is discussed. People who have visual and hearing limitations, people who are non verbal, PTSD, geriatrics/palliative and end of life care, mental and physical developmental disabilities. This subject presents the theory to support Public Lab S4 (Geriatric and Sr. Care) and Public Lab S5 (Physical and development specialized care).
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Sports Massage Public Lab
    Students will learn: specific treatments for stages of injury of various sports, applications of massage specific to pre, inter, and post sporting activities, timing for application of therapeutic treatments to a competing athlete, to identify potential injuries in certain athletes and recognize the benefits for strapping, taping and other rehabilitative therapies for sports injuries. Students will treat athletes, while under supervision of an RMT, at local sports events or at on-site sports clinics, as arranged. Students may also participate in non-sports supervised Community events tp provide treatments to the public. Up to 15 hours can be transferred and added to this category, from the Team Leader Development subject, with Program Director approval.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Sport Massage
    Students will learn: specific treatments for stages of injury of various sports, applications of massage specific to pre, inter, and post sporting activities, timing for application of therapeutic treatments to a competing athlete, to identify potential injuries in certain athletes and recognize the benefits for strapping, taping and other rehabilitative therapies for sports injuries. Students will treat athletes, while under supervision of an RMT, at local sports events or at on-site sports clinics, as arranged. Students may also participate in non-sports supervised Community events tp provide treatments to the public. Up to 15 hours can be transferred and added to this category, from the Team Leader Development subject, with Program Director approval.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Public Wellness Clinics
    This Clinic is a simulation of a professional RMT clinic . On-site massage therapy treatment is given to clients located on school property and supervised by an RMT. These program hours are required for hands-on experience as a part of training to become a RMT. A student will generally treat 100 clients over the 125 hours in the clinic.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Senior Student Clinic Hours
    Students arrange for their own client, book the appointment, handle the payment and set up of their treatment area. The student must use their critical thinking skills to design and conduct the treatment on the client. An RMT reviews their file for completeness and discusses the treatment. This also includes the Senior Student Clinic requirements.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Team Leader Clinical Development
    This Clinic is a simulation of a professional RMT clinic. A Team Leader or Team Leader Assistant must also be approved to be a participant in the Public Wellness Clinic. As part of this learning process is about organizing for client appointments and files, use the E-booking system Jane APP, managing the reception, taking payments, reconciling and recording client treatments, and building team leading skills, there will be 1 team leader per clinic. The Team Leader keeps the flow of the clinic organized. Up to 15 hours of this category can be transferred and added to Sports and/or Community offsites/onsites to complete treatments on the public, with Program Director approval.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Treatments 1
    This course covers the proper skills and techniques required by a massage therapist to treat certain conditions, pathologies, illnesses and diseases. The student will study the causes, signs and symptoms, contraindications, testing, aims of treatment and treatment of a clients’ condition using massage therapy. The student will also review proper assessment tests and remedial exercises needed to treat their client. Also includes: Integration of myology theory including action, origin, insertion, nerve supply, palpation and trigger points to treat applicable areas.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Treatments 2
    This course covers the proper skills and techniques required by a massage therapist to treat certain conditions, pathologies, illnesses and diseases. The student will study the causes, signs and symptoms, contraindications, testing, aims of treatment and treatment of a clients’ condition using massage therapy. The student will also review proper assessment tests and remedial exercises needed to treat their client. Also includes: Integration of myology theory including action, origin, insertion, nerve supply, palpation and trigger points to treat applicable areas.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Treatments 3
    This course covers the proper skills and techniques required by a massage therapist to treat certain conditions, pathologies, illnesses and diseases. The student will study the causes, signs and symptoms, contraindications, testing, aims of treatment and treatment of a clients’ condition using massage therapy. The student will also review proper assessment tests and remedial exercises needed to treat their client. Also includes: Integration of myology theory including action, origin, insertion, nerve supply, palpation and trigger points to treat applicable areas.
    Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Treatments Final
    The final program examination for the Treatments course is conducted in the final week of the program.
    Admission Requirements
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    – High school graduation diploma, or Mature Student Status (for more information please refer to the Program Outline at the top of this page or speak to your Education Consultant);
    – Clear Vulnerable Sector Check
    – Grade 12 English or proof of English proficiency
    – triOS College pre-Science Course, or its equivalent: This 20-hour course is designed to provide students with a foundation of basic science principles that will assist on their journey through the Massage Therapy program. Fundamental science concepts, terminology and biochemistry will be introduced and utilized to develop an understanding of cells, tissues, organs, systems, and organism structure and function. Students will be tested on their comprehension of the material through a combination of assignments, quizzes, and an exam. Students must obtain a passing grade of 70% to meet admission requirements.
    – Massage Treatment: Proof of experiencing a full body massage from the triOS Massage Therapy Clinic or another Registered Massage Therapist

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    Our Commitment to Accreditation

    Achieving the accreditation standards of the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA) for massage therapy education in Canada tangibly represents our program’s commitment to quality, ethics, safety, and ongoing improvement.

    Accredited Campuses

    The CMTCA has awarded the Massage Therapy programs at our Windsor, London, and Hamilton campuses an Accredited status for 3 years (2022-2025), our Brampton campus for 5 years (2024-2029), and at our Toronto campus for 3 years (2024-2027).

    Preliminarily-Accredited Campuses

    The Massage Therapy programs at our Kitchener and Mississauga campuses have been granted Preliminary Accreditation by the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA).

    Testimonials

    "I'm loving the program. It has been fun getting to know my classmates and also getting to know the instructor."

    Felicia W.

    Grad, 2022

    Our mission is to produce job-ready graduates where students can not only learn practical skills needed to be a good massage therapist but rather all the skills they need to run a successful practice and feel confident in helping others.

    Brandy John

    Massage Therapy Faculty Head, triOS College

    How Our Massage Therapy Program Can Help You

    Learn how triOS College's Massage Therapy courses can fast-track your journey towards a rewarding career as a registered massage therapist.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Massage Therapy Training

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    How to Become a Massage Therapist in Canada

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    To become a massage therapist in Canada, you'll need to follow several key steps. First, research the specific requirements in your province or territory as regulations vary. Next, complete a massage therapy program at an accredited massage therapy college. The program should cover massage techniques, anatomy, pathology, business, and ethics among other relevant topics.
    After graduating, you must pass a national certification exam provided by a recognized organization. Once you pass the exam, you can register with your province or territory's regulatory body, if any. You may also be required to continue your education and obtain liability insurance to maintain your status as a licensed massage therapist. Finally, you can either start your own practice or seek employment in the field.
    Remember to stay informed about any regulatory changes in your region and consult your local regulatory body for precise guidelines and requirements.

    Is massage therapy hard to learn?

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    Learning massage therapy can vary in difficulty based on factors such as personal aptitude, dedication, and the specific type of massage you want to practice. To become a licensed massage therapist, you typically need to complete a formal massage therapy program covering anatomy, physiology, massage techniques, and ethics. While these massage therapy programs may pose challenges, most individuals can manage with commitment and effort. Developing practical skills, such as proper techniques and pressure, requires practice and a good sense of touch. Anatomy and physiology knowledge is also a vital component.
    Becoming a licensed massage therapist often can be demanding but manageable with proper education and study habits. The difficulty can vary depending on the specialization, with some techniques requiring more extensive training than others. Moreover, soft skills, like communication, professionalism, and creating a comfortable client experience, are essential for success in the field. Overall, while learning massage therapy may present challenges, it's a group of skills that can be acquired with dedication, practice, and the right education, making it accessible to those passionate about helping people through massage.

    Where to Learn Massage Therapy

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    In Ontario, you can pursue your education and training in massage therapy through fully accredited massage therapy schools or programs that are undergoing accreditation. These massage therapy programs are typically designed for a career as a registered massage therapist (RMT) and meet the stringent requirements set by the Canadian Massage Therapy Council for Accreditation (CMTCA). Research and choose a CMTCA-accredited massage therapy college to ensure that your education aligns with the regulatory standards.
    Massage therapy programs usually last about 1 to 3 years, catering to both full-time and part-time students. For example, after completing your education in Ontario, you must pass the certification exams administered by the CMTO to obtain your RMT license. Practical experience, often gained through internships or clinical hours, will be a crucial component of your education. Learn continuously to stay current with industry updates.
    triOS College offers an 88-week Massage Therapy program that comes with 440 clinical hours (more than the provincial requirement) to ensure you can treat a diverse number of clients and conditions in the field. All of our 2021 Massage Therapy graduates obtained employment in a relevant job within 12 months after graduation. You can also take advantage of scholarships and tuition-repayment assistance from prominent RMT employers.

    Is massage therapy a good career?

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    Whether massage therapy is a suitable career choice depends on your individual attributes and aspirations. It can be a fulfilling path if you have a genuine passion for promoting wellness and are willing to invest in formal training and licensing. This profession requires physical stamina, communication skills, and the ability to build a client base, as well as potential entrepreneurial skills if you aim to run your own practice. The job outlook and earnings can vary, but job satisfaction often stems from the direct impact on clients' well-being.
    A successful career in massage therapy hinges on personal commitment, continuous education, and adherence to legal and ethical standards. It's vital to weigh your own interests, physical capabilities, and long-term goals to determine if this profession aligns with your aspirations. If you have a deep passion for healing and wellness, are ready for the rigors of training, and have a commitment to both the art, science, and business aspects of massage therapy, it can indeed be a rewarding career.

    Is massage therapy in demand?

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    Overall, the demand for massage therapy has risen due to growing awareness of its therapeutic benefits for stress reduction, pain management, and overall well-being. Healthcare integration, an aging population, the popularity of sports and fitness, and the spa and relaxation industry all contribute to the demand.
    If you're considering a career in massage therapy, research your local market and regulations to assess the specific demand and opportunities. Staying updated with industry trends and expanding your skills in specialized areas of massage therapy can help you stand out and meet the evolving needs of clients, making you more competitive in this field.