November 24, 2021
CMTBC has issued a Notice to the Profession advising registrants that the use of an RMT’s feet for the delivery of treatment to a patient is not within the scope of practice for massage therapy in BC. Effective immediately, registrants who currently provide and bill for massage using the RMT’s feet as part of the provision of massage therapy services are advised to cease doing so.
CMTBC also advises registrants to amend their advertising materials and marketing activities immediately if they contravene Part F.1 of the CMTBC Bylaws. The College acknowledges that it is not possible to correct all advertising and marketing activities instantaneously. For this reason, Part F.1 of the Bylaws will be enforced in relation to massage using the RMT’s feet from February 1, 2022 onward.
CMTBC is aware that there are various techniques and modalities that involve use of the practitioner’s feet to apply pressure to a patient’s body. CMTBC has recently received a number of questions from RMTs regarding these techniques/modalities. Therefore, the College issued the Notice to the Profession to advise all registrants that all forms of treatment delivered through the use of an RMT’s feet fall outside the scope of practice for massage therapy as established by section 1 of the Massage Therapists Regulation.
Some of the factors considered include:
Registrants may still provide services that fall outside the scope of practice of an RMT if they do so in a way that is separate from their massage therapy practice and complies with section 78.91 of Part F.1 of the College’s Bylaws: advertising of services that fall outside the scope of practice.
For more information, read the Notice to the Profession.
If you have any questions, please contact CMTBC’s Practice Advisor at 604.736.3404 (ext. 301) or at [email protected].