Important Reminder: Treating Your Romantic Partner/Spouse is Considered Sexual Abuse in Ontario

Spring 2018

By Marnie Lofsky, Director of Professional Practice

This is a reminder that as regulated health professionals, RMTs are not allowed to treat their spouses/romantic partners under any circumstances. Any romantic/sexual relationship with a client, including a spouse, is always considered ‘sexual abuse’ under the Health Professions Procedural Code (part of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 or RHPA). In Ontario, performing Massage Therapy treatments on a spouse is grounds for mandatory revocation of an RMT’s Certificate of Registration.

While you may not practice Massage Therapy or engage in any kind of therapeutic relationship with your romantic/sexual partner or spouse, physical touching that takes place within your intimate relationship is not considered Massage Therapy, and as such, would not be relevant to the RHPA.

If you have any questions or need clarification regarding this RHPA requirement, please contact our Practice Specialist at practicespecialist@cmto.com.

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