Member Update June 25, 2020

The CRMTA Board would like to thank our members for their patience and understanding while we work diligently to process all the requests being received.  Below please find updates and information regarding guidelines, CE Credits, and a webinar through Telus Health. 

Massage Therapy Guidelines

Previous to June 12, 2020 massage therapy was to be placed in the Health Non-Essential Services category of the reopening.  Now that stage 2 has begun, massage therapy has been placed in the Wellness Services category of the reopening.  Please visit here for all updated information regarding guidelines for massage therapists.

Continuing Education Credits

Due to mass gathering restrictions CRMTA will be temporarily adjusting the allocation of continuing education credits on approved courses.  This will be implemented on June 22, 2020 and will be reassessed on September 1, 2020.  Courses submitted before June 22, 2020 will not be credited retroactively.

Primary Credited Courses:

Effective June 22, 2020 all online massage related courses will be credited with Primary Continuing Education Credits.

Secondary Credited Courses:

Effective June 22, 2020 all non-massage therapy related courses will continue receiving Secondary Continuing Education Credits.  These courses include but are not limited to business related courses, accounting courses, or courses that do not include a practical training component for massage therapy. 

CRMTA will continue to follow all Alberta Health Services and Provincial Government guidelines as we keep our members informed of any updates.  We thank all our members for their patience and understanding as we move toward reopening Alberta.

Webinar Workshop

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Telus Health is providing a webinar workshop that will be credited 2 secondary credits. 

When: July 16, 2020 at 12:00pm

Where: Online

If you register and miss this webinar, a link will be sent a few days after July 16, 2020 for you to replay the webinar.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC PRACTICE DIRECTIVE FOR CRMTA MEMBERS

On June 9, 2020 Premier Jason Kenny announced that Stage 2 of the Alberta Relaunch strategy would begin on June 12, 2020. Specifically Massage Therapists are able to resume their business with the necessary COVID Pandemic protocols in place to keep Therapists and their clients healthy and safe.

Please find attached our COVID-19 Pandemic Practice Directive for CRMTA members. If you have further questions please contact our admin team and we’d be happy to help you through the process.

FREE Continuing Education Courses from AHS Available Online

Available now for CRMTA Members: FREE online course with the basics of Sanitation outlined by Alberta Health Services. Any CRMTA members that take this free online workshop will receive 1 primary credit for each course completed.

Please visit the AHS website here, select the course module and send us a screenshot, that you have completed and reviewed the material.

There are a number of courses to choose from, or complete them all.

Once it is deemed safe by Alberta Health and the Alberta Government, to reopen our industry, we will be releasing the most up to date policies and procedures around health and safety standards. 

We are experiencing a high volume of calls and emails at this time, please be patient with us as we respond to all our members inquiries as quickly as possible.

Take care and stay safe!

~ CRMTA Admin

Online Continuing Education Courses Available for CRMTA members

Some members have inquired as to what the options were for online courses that would count toward their continuing education credits for their membership. We have put together a list of Massage Therapy continuing education courses that you can do online while you stay safe at home.

If you have any questions please reach out to our CRMTA representatives and we’d be happy to help!

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1. Life Anatomy Workshop Online – Sherry Ogg – 7 Secondary Credits

2. Micro Moves Online – Sherry Ogg – 4 Secondary Credits

3. Ligamentous Articular Strain Techniques ONLINE – Hip & Pelvis Course – Robert Libby – 9 Secondary Credits

4. Ligamentous Articular Strain Techniques ONLINE – Leg & Foot Course – Robert Libby – 4 Secondary Credits

5. Ligamentous Articular Strain Techniques ONLINE – Knee Course – Robert Libby – 5 Secondary Credits

6. Ligamentous Articular Strain Techniques ONLINE – Shoulder Course – Robert Libby – 4 Secondary Credits

7. Ligamentous Articular Strain Techniques ONLINE – Compilation Course – Robert Libby – 3 Secondary Credits

8. Holistic Nutrition for Musculoskeletal Conditions ONLINE – Seminars for Health – 4 Secondary Credits

9. Holistic Nutrition for Digestion ONLINE – Seminars for Health – 4 Secondary Credits

10. Cupping Fundamentals and Safety ONLINE – Seminars for Health – 2.5 Secondary Credits

11. Fundamentals of Oncology ONLINE – Seminars for Health – 2.5 Secondary Credits

12. Effective Tissue Manipulation Theory ONLINE – Seminars for Health – 2.5 Secondary Credits

COVID19 CRMTA Member Update – Provincial Relaunch Strategy

Alberta Relaunch Strategy

CRMTA would like to recognize the announcement that was made by Premier Jason Kenney outlining Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy.  Massage Therapy has been placed in Stage 2 of the provincial reopening plan, please recognize that we do not have a date that this stage will take place.  We understand that many therapists are eager to return to practice, but we must follow the Alberta Health Services (AHS) and provincial government guidelines in this reopening plan.  This means that massage therapists cannot return to practice until the Stage 2 provincial reopening plan has been announced.  We understand that many massage therapists work in chiropractic and physiotherapist clinics which these practices have been placed in Stage 1 of the reopening plan.  This does not mean that massage therapists are permitted to practice in those clinics during the Stage 1 reopening plan.  CRMTA maintains the importance of following all AHS and provincial government guidelines.  Please be aware, to practice prior to the Stage 2 provincial reopening can result in fines from local authorities and will be considered professional misconduct.  In the interim,  please continue to visit the CRMTA website for updates and all information regarding the health and safety requirements and protocols necessary for the Stage 2 provincial reopening plan.

For any therapists that are due to renew their membership please ensure it is up to date in anticipation of the Stage 2 provincial reopening to avoid delays in the processing of membership and insurance claims. Continuing education credits and criminal record check requirements are deferred until next year but will not prevent you from renewing this year,  however, we are offering many online classes on our website to keep our members engaged.

CRMTA values our members and hopes that everyone is staying safe and healthy during an unprecedented time.

2019 Conference and AGM Date & Location Announcement!

2019 Annual CRMTA Conference

When:             February 9th and 10th, 2019

Where:            Four Points Sheraton, 7230 Argyll Road, Edmonton, Alberta

Who:               CRMTA Members (Associate and Active) & Non-CRMTA Members

Registration:   www.eventleaf.com/CRMTA2019AGM

CRMTA is pleased to be presenting amazing workshops and presenters for our 2019 Annual CRMTA Conference.  This is a great opportunity to receive your Continuing Education credits and training from experts in the field.

Early Bird Registration is open until January 30, and space is limited for the courses so don’t miss out.

For further information and registration please go to our event site for details and sign up.

CRMTA AGM Presenters:

Cindy Wyrozub

Sessions:          Business of Massage Workshop

Feb 09, 2019 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
6 credits

Cindy is a Registered Massage Therapist who retired her hands recently to focus on running her multi-discipline clinic employing multiple Registered Massage Therapist and two Registered Acupuncturists. As an entrepreneur of 23 years Cindy also taught massage therapy at a University for over 13 years. She loves to see people succeed and has been sharing her experience and knowledge for many years. Cindy also works as a Consultant for hire to clinics undergoing start up or struggling to get to the next level.

Dr. James Mally

Sessions:          Soft Tissue Release Workshop

Feb 09, 2019 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
6 credits

Soft Tissue Release is a very effective technique tohelp people in pain. It involves client movement to enhance the effectiveness of the work. There are many variations to the type of movement that is used with Soft Tissue Release. We can work with muscles while stretching them, either actively or passively. We also can work with muscles while the client contracts the muscle, with either concentric or eccentric contraction. We will explore these variations and the rationale for using them. Once the principles are understood it is easy to apply this technique anywhere in the body. Tips and tricks for body mechanics and positioning will be shown to make it easy for the therapist. Extensive notes will be provided with this class. Please bring shorts and a sports bra for women.

Sessions: Assessment and Treatment of Low Back Pain Workshop

Feb 10, 2019 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
6 credits

When a client presents with low back pain, you need to know how to properly assess the cause of the pain and to formulate effective treatment strategies. This workshop covers evaluation and treatment of

some of the most common back pain conditions, including:

  • Flexion Intolerant Back Pain
  • Extension Intolerant Back Pain
  • Disc Herniation
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Sciatic Pain and Piriformis Syndrome
  • “Back Mice”
  • Cluneal Nerve Entrapment

Expand your toolbox of assessment and treatment strategies through a series of demonstrations and practice of these techniques:

  • Nerve Glide Techniques
  • Soft Tissue Release
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Strain-Counterstrain
  • Resistance Release work

Extensive notes will be provided with this class. Please bring shorts and a sports bra for women.

Rock Tape

Sessions:          Rock Tape Workshop

Feb 10, 2019 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
8 credits

We offer two levels of Fascial Movement Taping clinics. Our FMT certifications are designed for therapists and practitioners who want to further their understanding of human movement. FMT Basic addresses theories and applications for rehab, posture, edema and sports performance. FMT Performance builds on FMT Basic concepts, with an emphasis on myofascial pathways, movement therapy and performance enhancement. All class supplies (tape, scissors, digital course notes) are provided. You will be credentialed in FMT, which is a commercially accredited certification. CEUs may be offered for DC, ATC, PT, OT, LMTs and personal trainers – depending on location and class type

CRMTA Helps Raise RMT Standards in Alberta

Are you wondering what CRMTA is all about? Read below or Contact Us to find out more!

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Who Are We?

The Certified Registered Massage Therapist Association (CRMTA) is a professional association for RMTs in Alberta. We are run by a board of directors that is passionate about massage therapy, and maintaining and improving the professional standards of practice for the massage therapy industry.

Who Can Become a Member of CRMTA?

If you are an active massage therapist, a student currently enrolled in a recognized massage therapy program or have an interest in massage therapy as a profession, you may be eligible to become a member of the CRMTA. Find out more about our Types of Membership or Contact Us to discuss the details of your application today!

Membership Benefits

CRMTA offers many benefits to its members. We have the lowest rates for our members, we provide excellent insurance coverage, and because of our dedication to enhancing the quality of massage therapy training in Alberta, we provide high quality Continuing Education opportunities to our members. Contact Us to learn more about all the great benefits available to you at CRMTA!

How do I become a member?

CRMTA is dedicated to enhancing the maintaining and improving the professional standards of practice for the massage therapy industry, and for this reason we have each applicant follow a standard and thorough application process. Before Applying, you will need to complete the following forms:

  • CRMTA Application Form
  • HOLMAN Application Form
  • Copy of First Aid Certificate
  • Copy of Police Record Check (Vulnerable Sector)
  • Copy of Educational Transcripts

The application time can vary depending on the circumstances of your application. For more details on the application process, please Contact Us.