If you build it, they will come
As you may guess, we receive a multitude of various questions from our members on a daily basis. These questions vary from simple “how do I submit a course that I just completed?” to questions regarding what is happening with regulation. Our members definitely keep us on our toes!
One of my favorite questions to answer is “What is an Association and what do you do for me?”! Alright, fine…. I guess that was technically two questions.
There is a lot of information behind this awesome question, which is why it’s one of my favorites. Let’s get right into it!!
One of the main reasons for you to obtain membership with an association deals with the fact that a professional association provides you with credibility, firstly with your clientele, secondly with the general public, and finally with health insurance companies.
Before I started in the massage therapy industry, I honestly had no idea that massage therapists had to belong to an association. I had no idea how to find out if they were reputable and in good standing as well as if they specialized in certain techniques.
We, as a professional association, have the ability to hold our members accountable to ensure they are adhering to our Scope and Standards of Practice as well as our Code of Ethics. We are also able to give the public an avenue to hold our members accountable through our complaints process. We also require our members to expand on their current knowledge through continuing education courses. Basically we are here to help both the therapist and the public.
Your Association is a fountain of resources, including some pretty amazing benefits for their members. Each association provides varying discounts that are geared towards helping their members save money in both their professional and personal lives.
As an Association, we are able to provide access to a professional liability group insurance rate. This rate is extremely competitive and strongly discounted from what it would cost someone to obtain the same insurance policy on their own. This savings can be anywhere from $300 to $500 a year!! That is a significant chunk of change!
Membership with an Association gives therapists the professional recognition that health care insurance companies require in order for them to be accepted as a recognized service provider. This gives them the ability to have their claims reimbursed by their clients benefits.
We are also your voice to the Government. We actively speak to the Government, both Municipally, Provincially and Federally, on behalf of our members on a wide range of topics related to the industry.
Finally, we are here to provide our members with information that is or may be relevant to them. With the current state of the world around us, things are continuously changing. We strive to keep up on the latest developments and updates regarding any changes our members may need to make and are here as a support system for our members. At CMMOTA, we pride ourselves on our customer service and keeping in contact with our members is one of our main priorities!
We hope to have the pleasure of speaking with you soon. If you have any questions about what CMMOTA offers, please ensure you click on the CONTACT button at the top, right-hand side of this page.
A Whole New World
Welcome to our very own CMMOTA Blog!!! This is the first time we have done anything like this, so please, be gentle! We thought we would start off with a simple introduction of who we are and what we are about.
The CMMOTA is a not-for-profit association that has quietly been providing a membership option for massage therapists with 2200 hours of education and manual osteopathic therapists with a minimum 1000 hours and have met the requirements laid out for a WHO Type 2 Osteopathic Therapist to join an association.
Did you know that we were formerly known as the Remedial Massage Therapists Association (RMTA) and we have been incorporated since January 1, 1977? In the summer of 2019, we wanted to be able to include the Manual Osteopathic Therapist designation as we felt that this was a natural progression for our Association. In August of that same year, we officially transitioned into the Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association (CMMOTA). We are the same amazing Association with a different name!
It’s quite the mouthful, isn’t it!! We at the office like to shorten it to the abbreviated CMMOTA (pronounced See-Moe-Tah). It makes answering the phone SO MUCH easier!!!
Our members enjoy the freedom to be able to practice all across Canada, as we are a National Association. We like to say that our members are covered from Coast to Coast to Coast.
We have transitioned from a completely volunteer driven organization to providing a fully operational office and staff that can be reached during regular business hours. This allows us to increase service to both members and prospective members and frees up our volunteers to promote the benefits of the CMMOTA to the public and future members.
Our association is active on a number of internal and external committees at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels of government. RMT membership with the CMMOTA is automatically recognized by all insurance companies, and we continue to grow our MOT insurance recognition as we are already approved by 18 different companies.
We are extremely proud to say that we are the first Association in Canada to have both Massage and Manual Osteopathic Therapists under one organization!