Modalities Considered Outside Scope

This policy statement has been created for Massage Therapists and for Massage Therapy corporations to clarify what may not be considered Massage Therapy.

Scope Statement

Section 3. of the Massage Therapy Act, 1991 states:

“The practice of Massage Therapy is the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissues and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain.”


If the primary intent, focus, and practical use of a modality is outside the definition of Massage Therapy’s scope of practice, the modality is considered not in the scope of practice.

The attached list is a schedule of modalities that the College considers to be outside the scope of practice for the profession. This list should not be interpreted as a complete list of activities outside the scope of the profession. It is a list of those activities about which the College feels the membership requires specific clarification at this time.

Adopted: September 22, 2003.

Schedule A – A Schedule of Modalities Considered Outside Scope

  1. Aboriginal Healing
  2. Allergy Testing
  3. Ayurvedic Medicine
  4. Bach Flower Therapy
  5. Biodynamics
  6. Biofeedback
  7. Chakra Balancing
  8. Colour Therapy
  9. Crystal/Gem therapy
  10. Endermology
  11. Hellerwork
  12. Herbology
  13. Homeopathy
  14. Iridology
  15. Lypossage
  16. Metaphysical Healing
  17. Muscle Activation Technique (M.A.T.)
  18. Nutrition Counselling
  19. Orthotics
  20. Osteopathy
  21. Personal Training
  22. Polarity
  23. Psychotherapy
  24. Quantum Zrroid Biofeedback
  25. Raindrop therapy
  26. Reiki – second degree (reiki treatment delivered without touching the client)
  27. Religious/Spiritual Healing
  28. Sound Therapy
  29. Success Through Alignment Restoration (S.T.A.R.)
  30. Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine
  31. Trigenics
  32. Watsu
  33. Zero Balancing


Adopted: September 22, 2003 
Revised: February 18, 2005
 Revised: December 1, 2006
 Revised: November 26, 2007