RMT vs CMT: What you need to know

By: Susan Polano Jan 05, 2013

What's the difference between an RMT and CMT?

If you don't know the difference you may be getting the wrong type of massage treatment

Do you know the difference between a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and a Certified Massage Therapist CMT)? If not, you may be getting the wrong type of massage treatment.

I am often asked what the difference is between the two types of therapists and have put together the following information for you:

What is an RMT?
An RMT is trained to work under the mandate to “fix” medical issues that are a result of accidents filed with Workers’ Compensation or car accident claims. Their focus is on peoples’ physical complaints that stem from injuries. Services of an RMT are covered by extended health insurance.

What is a CMT?
A CMT focuses treatment on a wide range of techniques to treat the body’s aches and pains and looks at the whole picture: body, mind, diet and lifestyle. The mind-body connection is key to determining the types of massage treatments offered by a CMT. Services are not covered (yet) by extended health insurance.

As a CMT they continually educate them self’s on many other modalities of various types of massage therapy techniques including:

  • Classic massage
  • Sports massage
  • Reflexology
  • Swedish massage
  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
  • Aromatherapy
  • Prenatal care
  • Nutrition
  • Supplements

A CMT always take the time to find out the most they can about their clients’ lives and lifestyles. This way they can focus on your overall health picture and focus on restoring, rejuvenating health and even preventing injuries.

A certified and gifted body-worker, Susan practices holistic massage. She has been practicing in the health and wellness industry for 10 years in Massage, Prenatal Care, Sports Massage, Reflexology, Lymphatic Drainage, and Aromatherapy. Susan is passionate about alternative health and the healing arts. She believes that the benefits of natural healing work alongside traditional scientific approaches. Drawing from her expertise in several modalities, Thermotherapy, Aromatherapy, Joint Release Movements, Shiatsu and Swedish Massage, Susan provides an intuitive, comforting and customized treatment with each massage. Her sessions not only stimulate the muscles and lymphatic system, but also create positive effects to the heart and mind that last long after the treatments are over.