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MTWPAM has proudly served its membership and the public since 1994.

We are a professional non-profit association which promotes the practice of Massage Therapy and Wholistic Therapy in Nova Scotia and throughout the Maritimes. We are the only association of its kind in the province completely operated by practitioners elected from within our membership. 


Our focus is a duality of efficacy and development of our membership, as well as the promotion of the highest standards of our supported professions, which assists us in the goal of protection of the public.

Our members are recognized by major extended health care insurance benedit providers.

We work with many content providers to ensure quality continuing education and networking for public health professionals as part of our Quality Assurance Programme.

As a self-governing body MTWPAM advocates for key components in our move towards recognition and government supported regulation for Massage Therapy and Wholistic Practice.

We contribute to, and keep track of, public health issues under consideration by local, provincial and federal governments.

We provide opportunities to learn and practice leadership and meeting management skills that you may need for your professional growth. We are a volunteer run association with opportunities available on our Board of Directors, committees and within special projects.

We are part of a larger community, connected and empowered to become involved in issues that affect your personal and professional communities as well as your quality of life.

Our History

In the fall of 1994 a small group of like-minded bodywork therapists came together to form a professional association to support a fast growing field of wholistic treatments and modalities.

The Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers’ Alliance of the Maritimes was the first of its kind in Nova Scotia to offer support and an inclusive forum to wholistic bodywork therapists ensuring the public could be confident in treatments by these professionals.

It was at this time, while we were establishing ourselves, that the decision was made to dedicate ourselves to the highest standards of education and it was also decided to base our Massage Therapy standards on those of the regulated provinces. This dedication has grown to include Practice Standards, Continuing Education, and our policies on Professionalism, Grievances and Conflict Resolution.

In 2000, with the increasing demand for more wholistic and natural based approaches to preventative health care we broadened our focus and changed our name to The Massage Therapists’ and Wholistic Practitioners’ Association of the Maritimes (MTWPAM). This new moniker better reflected our dedication to offering well-trained wholistic-based health practitioners. 

Our Mission

MTWPAM continues to provide a unified voice for those working in wholistic health care related fields.

We offer a framework of support and provide credibility for our professional practitioners and therapists. We follow standards and guidelines set by national and international associations and regulatory bodies and recognized program leaders in our supported modalities.

Our members are required to uphold our Code of Ethics and Conduct. We are dedicated to educating the public and the health care community about the benefits of each of our supported modalities. We encourage and facilitate an interactive and communicative link between complementary health care and medical communities.

Today, many people are exploring the advantages of alternative or complementary health care in addition to established medical approaches … research and studies are proving what Registered Massage Therapists, Wholistic Practitioners and their patients have known for many years … we are a safe, natural and effective alternative.

MTWPAM will continue to offer professional support and education so the public and our members have a voice and the natural health care options they want and need.

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