What We Do

MTANS is dedicated to excellence in serving its members, protecting the public, and promoting the highest possible quality of the practice of Massage Therapy. We endorse the national standard for Massage Therapy education which is the completion of a minimum 2200 hour curriculum from a recognized school of Massage Therapy. This includes the study of anatomy, massage and assessment techniques, physiology, pathology, treatments, and clinical experience, therapeutic exercise and thermal applications. Post graduate professional development requirements ensure that MTANS members maintain competencies and practice in a safe and ethical manner.

All MTANS members must carry general and professional liability insurance, agree to honour a strict code of ethics and observe our adopted Standards of Practice.

Mission

To ensure high standards for the profession of massage therapy in Nova Scotia for the protection of the public; to support the professional development of its members; and to foster relations with other health care professionals for the well being of the public.

Vision

Purpose

History

Massage Therapy came into increased prominence during World War I, at the time when Canada helped care for its soldiers overseas. Orthopedic centres, devoted to conditions involving the musculoskeletal system, were among the many makeshift hospitals set up during that time. These centres began offering hydrotherapy and massage to injured soldiers. Throughout World War I, nearly 2,000 soldiers were treated daily with massage, establishing Massage Therapy as a necessary and valued form of health care. MTANS has been representing Massage Therapists and overseeing the safe and ethical practice of Massage Therapy in Nova Scotia since 1990. In 2019, the Nova Scotia Government passed the Massage Therapist Titles Protection Act, guaranteeing that only qualified Massage Therapists can use the protected titles of Massage Therapist (MT) or Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in Nova Scotia.

1989

First meetings of massage therapists in Halifax and discussion of creating an association

1990

Registration with Joint Stocks of MTANS with 14 members

1990

Became one of the founding associations of the Canadian Massage Therapy Alliance (CMTA)

1992

Hosted meeting of Canadian Massage Therapy Alliance (CMTA)

1997

Supported the opening of the first Massage Therapy College in Nova Scotia

2000

Second Massage Therapy College opens

2004

Massage Therapy legislation passed but not declared law

2007

MTANS launches annual Conference and Trade Show

2011

Third Massage Therapy College opens

2012

Fourth Massage Therapy College opens

2013

Telus Health provides online billing for major insurance carriers to MTANS members

2014

Meeting with the Department of Health and Wellness to re-explore the regulation of Massage Therapy

2019

Hosted meeting of Canadian Massage Therapy Alliance (CMTA)

2019

Joint submission made to the Department of Health and Wellness for the regulation of Massage therapy in Nova Scotia

2020

Act to Protect the Titles of Massage Therapists comes into effect, 1 January, 2020 (Bill No.193)

Mission

To ensure high standards for the profession of massage therapy in Nova Scotia for the protection of the public; to support the professional development of its members; and to foster relations with other health care professionals for the well being of the public.

Vision

Purpose

History

Massage Therapy came into increased prominence during World War I, at the time when Canada helped care for its soldiers overseas. Orthopedic centres, devoted to conditions involving the musculoskeletal system, were among the many makeshift hospitals set up during that time. These centres began offering hydrotherapy and massage to injured soldiers. Throughout World War I, nearly 2,000 soldiers were treated daily with massage, establishing Massage Therapy as a necessary and valued form of health care. MTANS has been representing Massage Therapists and overseeing the safe and ethical practice of Massage Therapy in Nova Scotia since 1990. In 2019, the Nova Scotia Government passed the Massage Therapist Titles Protection Act, guaranteeing that only qualified Massage Therapists can use the protected titles of Massage Therapist (MT) or Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in Nova Scotia.

1989

First meetings of alternative practitioners in Halifax and discussion of creating an association

1990

Registration with Joint Stocks of MTANS with 14 members

1990

Became one of the founding associations of the Canadian Massage Therapy Alliance (CMTA)

1992

Hosted meeting of Canadian Massage Therapy Alliance (CMTA)

1997

Supported the opening of the first Massage Therapy College in Nova Scotia

2000

Second Massage Therapy College opens

2004

Massage Therapy legislation passed but not declared law

2007

MTANS launches annual Conference and Trade Show

2011

Third Massage Therapy College opens

2012

Fourth Massage Therapy College opens

2013

Telus Health provides online billing for major insurance carriers to MTANS members

2014

Meeting with the Department of Health and Wellness to re-explore the regulation of Massage Therapy

2019

Hosted meeting of Canadian Massage Therapy Alliance (CMTA)

2019

Joint submission made to the Department of Health and Wellness for the regulation of Massage therapy in Nova Scotia

2020

Act to Protect the Titles of Massage Therapists comes into effect, 1 January, 2020 (Bill No.193)