The Canadian Massage and
Acupressure Therapists Association (CMATA) is an independent
non-profit organization for acupressure massage therapists.
We foster high standards of ethical and professional
recognizing individual practitioners through membership that
hold the formal educational and practicing qualifications.
CMATA certify the therapists on behalf of the profession for the
benefit of clients, employers and the public. We maintain a
registration system of qualified members and provide a referral
service to public to ensure the best possible therapy. CMATA
members can be found in the Find a Member section.
Acupressure massage is developed
from an ancient healing art in Asia over 5,000 years ago. The
therapist uses massage techniques (with fingers, palms, elbows,
knees, and feet etc.) to press acupoints on the surface of the
body to stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities.
The pressure on key points along meridian pathways removes
energy blockages throughout the body by diffusing the toxic
buildup that accumulates in the muscle tissue.
Nowadays, acupressure massage
combines Asian techniques (such as Chinese Tuina, Thai
Nuad Bo-Rarn, and Japanese Shiatsu etc.) with western
muscular treatment. It becomes an effective and unique therapy
which strives to promote wellness and vitality by restoring the
body into a state of balance, flexibility and health.