RMT stands for Registered Massage Therapy. Titles like RMT, Massage Therapist, and Massage Practitioner are reserved for those who have completed 2-3 years of the highest level of in-depth education and hands-on training about human anatomy and physiology, meaning how our bodies work as a whole. 

They are also regulated by the College of Massage therapists of British Columbia which is governed by the Health Professions Act.

so how can an RMT help you?

The buzz around RMT’s is that they are trained in various areas of health sciences like orthopaedics, remedial exercise, hydrotherapy, and neuroanatomy and they can evaluate individual health needs, and provide active and passive techniques for patient care. RMTs provide an accurate assessment, differential diagnosis of specific soft tissue and musculoskeletal conditions. They treat the muscular, nervous, and circulatory systems using soft tissue joint mobilization, hydrotherapy, rehabilitative exercise, and postural exercise to improve patient health.

Therapeutic Massage can be effective in treating a wide range of conditions like migraine headaches, tendonitis, arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, sports injuries as well as many other conditions related to soft tissue and joint dysfunction. 

Benefits of RMT Massage Therapy

Therapeutic Massage has many benefits including:

  • Promoting muscle relaxation
  • Improving circulation
  • Improving posture
  • Easing muscle pain
  • Helping with anxiety and depression
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Assisting with headache relief
  • Reducing blood pressure

The best way to take advantage of an RMT’s knowledge and experience is to let them know about the discomfort you are currently facing before the appointment. Then, they will provide you with a tailored treatment plan specific to your needs. And yes: general relaxation is a legitimate ask-for!

RMT Massage Therapy and Mental Health Benefits

We want to share a little more on how RMT massage therapy can help with mental health. The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami conducted several studies concerning massage and health, and their results found that massage therapy can effectively reduce symptoms associated with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anorexia

Although it is still being researched that how exactly massage therapy helps these mental conditions, what is currently theorized is that therapeutic massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body, lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and increases serotonin and oxytocin levels.  

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps to stabilize your mood and sleep; whereas oxytocin has anti-anxiety effects. What is theorized by scientists is that therapeutic massage produces feelings of comfort and connection, stimulating those neurotransmitters. Now if that isn’t sweet, I’m not sure what is!

THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE AND DIGESTIVE HEALTH BENEFITS

Yes, you read that right! Therapeutic Massage even has digestive benefits! 

Abdominal massages (AKA stomach massages) are gentle non-invasive treatments that have relaxing and healing effects for some people.  As the name suggests, this kind of massage is said to help with a variety of digestive health concerns such as:  

  • Constipation
  • Improve digestive function
  • Reduce bloating
  • Alleviate menstrual pain
  • Can aid in weight loss
  • Increase blood flow to the abdomen

There are plenty of benefits that an RMT can discuss with you if you find that you need a more customized experience.  At TheraFlow we are so lucky to have a hive of RMT’s that would love to hear about what you need from your experience.