Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much does Massage Therapy cost?
A: The cost is dependent on the kind and length of treatment you need and the spa or clinic you are visiting. Intensive therapy for a serious injury will take longer and thereby be more expensive, while a gentle relaxation massage will cost less. Most reputable businesses post their rates online or in a brochure, a 60-minute session usually starts about $75-90.

Q: Should I leave a tip to my Massage Therapist?
A: It is customary to leave a tip much in the way you would for a restaurant waiter who provided good service. Many Registered Massage Therapists pay rent or must give a percentage of their sales to the owner of a spa or salon, so a gratuity is usually highly appreciated!

Q: Do you offer memberships to people studying to become a massage therapist? 
A: We offer a variety of membership types, including for students. You can find out more here.

Q: How do I find a Registered Massage Therapist?
A: Click on the ‘Find an RMT’ image on our homepage or click on the tab on the top of each page.

Q: I would like to hire an RMT. How can I post a job ad?
A: The NEWS section of our website accepts written submissions, please send a brief job description with expectations and contact information by email text or attachment. If possible, please also send a good-quality logo (ie. jpg or .png file).

Q: Who do I contact if I have a question about my RMT or how they handled my treatment?
A: Refer to our complaint section, click HERE.

Q: Is massage therapy covered under Alberta’s provincial health insurance plan?
A: Massage therapy treatments are not covered by Alberta Health, even if they are prescribed by a physician. However, the majority of private health insurance plans in Canada will pay for a limited number of treatments by Registered Massage Therapists, and most do not require a doctor’s note. You will most likely have to pay in advance and submit a receipt from your RMT to your insurer. Your provider can explain your coverage.

Q: How do I become a Registered Massage Therapist?
A: Enroll in an accredited, provincially-recognized training school that provides a minimum of two years of education and 2,200 hours of training. Graduates must register with the College of Massage Therapists of Alberta, a regulatory body that provides certification exams.