Massage Therapists recognized by RITMA
To become a member of Ritma Association, a massage therapist must be 18 years of age or older. He must be a graduate in massage therapy from a school recognized or accredited by RITMA association. Some other curricula may be submitted for approval, there must be at least 1000 hours of training in massage therapy. Some schools offer 400 hours of training, it is up to the student to complete his or hers training with one or more institutions in order to meet the Ritma criteria. Years of practice may also be considered in some cases.
Ritma recognizes certain classes offered in college and university that form the common core of these training. For example, anatomy, physiology, pathology and several other related classes.
Ritma requires that all members attend at least 15 hours of continuous education per year.
Ritma is one of the associations with very rigorous eligibility criteria, it advocates the supervision of practices and the setting of high training standards.
Massage Therapy Clinics, Massage Institutes and Spas incorporating a massage service employs certified massage therapists. Ritma conducts systematic checks and reserves itself the right to verify at any time the methods, facilities and instruments used by its members in order to assure the public that the care provided meets all its quality standards. As for issued insurance receipts, Ritma prevents abuse by assigning individually numbered receipts to each member, making multiple use impossible. Also, Ritma assigns personnel to the verification of its members' advertisements and websites, this ensure that they do not offer services other than therapeutic and professional.
The massage therapist who is part of RITMA's Massage Therapists Association must comply to the code of ethics and its regulations under penalty of sanction.
As a professional association working in the field of alternative and complementary medicines, Ritma requires all its members to hold an Errors and Omissions insurance. For the respect of its members so that they are well protected.