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Irish Massage Therapists Association

The IMTA Therapist: A therapist you can trust!

Benefits of massage

Massage treatments benefit the body and mind in a variety of ways. In response to these treatments specific physiological, emotional and chemical changes cascade throughout the body with profound effects, including:

  • Reduced stress
  • Improved circulation
  • Increased flow of oxygen and nutrients to cells
  • Improved elimination of toxins
  • Increased range of joint motion and flexibility
  • Released tight, knotted muscles
  • Improved skin condition and muscle tone
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Improved energy levels
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced chronic pain
  • Enhanced immunity through lymph flow stimulation
  • Aligned and balanced energy
  • Enhanced body self-healing abilities
  • Increased sense of calm, balance and harmony
  • Improved awareness and connection with your body

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IMTA register of massage therapists

Consider choosing the IMTA because our registered therapists:

  • Are recognised by Irish Life Health insurance for treatment rebates of up to €50 per treatment
  • Meet our qualification standards including anatomy and physiology
  • Hold professional indemnity insurance
  • Actively update skills with continuing education (CPDs)
  • Abide by the IMTA’s Code of Ethics 
  • Abide by all relevant regulations, such as GDPR, Health and Safety, etc.
  • Offer a wide variety of massage and bodywork modalities depending on your requirements
  • Provide a health screen and consultation on your first visit and keep confidential treatment notes
  • Work in many different settings - clinics, spas, sports teams, hospices, etc.
  • Are based all around the country
  • Are highly professional
  • Are recognised by the Department of Health

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Making your massage affordable

Regularly or periodically receiving massage can, in some cases, be extremely necessary or at the least prove very beneficial to the condition with which you are seeking help, whether that is an injury or illness, or stress and anxiety based.

Either way, helping make it more affordable will make it much easier for you. There are two ways you can do this.

  • All our therapists are recognised by Irish Life Health insurance for treatment rebates of up to €50 per treatment. If you have health insurance with Irish Life Health, make sure to ask your therapist for a receipt. It will state your name, the treatment type and cost as well as the name and details of your therapist including the therapist's IMTA membership number. Submit this receipt to Irish Life Health as you would other claims.
  • If your doctor prescribes a course of massage treatments for you, you can submit the prescription and the receipts along with your Form 12 (for PAYE) or Form 11 (for self-assessed) for tax back on your treatments. Revenue - Health Expenses
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Regulation and Compliance

What is the regulation on massage in Ireland?

What does self-regulation mean?

What is the IMTA doing about State regulation?

GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation

Health and Safety

Foreign Qualifications

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What is the regulation on massage in Ireland?

In Ireland, massage is a self-regulating industry i.e. it is regulated through acknowledgment of membership of an organisation such as the IMTA. It is further regulated by insurance companies. As per recommendations of the Garvey National Working Group Report on the Regulation of Complementary Therapists 2005, the State does not regulate the massage industry.

What does self-regulation mean?

While the IMTA is recognised by the State, the industry is self-regulating. The self-regulating approach is not only in Ireland but in many other European countries and other complementary therapies. We, and many other associations in Ireland, such as the herbalists, are members of FICTA (Federation of Irish Complementary Therapy Associations)and EFCAM (European Federation for Complementary and Alternative Medicine). These umbrella organisations campaign both in Ireland and Europe for further acknowledgements for therapists. FICTA and EFCAM also look for any regulations at national and EU level that may affect therapists and act on them if needed. Member associations, such as the IMTA, will keep their members advised of any changes.

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GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation

GDPR is a new set of rules enforced 25 May 2018, designed to give EU citizens more control over their personal data and make organisations more transparent in how they deal with people's data. This applies to all organisations, from sole traders and small businesses to multinational corporations and governing bodies - anyone who deals with people's data.

The reforms bring in laws and obligations mainly around personal data, privacy and consent. Every individual is entitled to have their personal information protected, used in a fair and legal way, and made available to them when they ask for a copy. If an individual's personal information is incorrect, they are entitled to ask for that information to be corrected. An individual's data may not be shared without their express consent and any communication with them must also be consented in a positive way (i.e. by opting in).

Under the terms of GDPR, organisations have to ensure that personal data is gathered legally and under strict conditions, and those who collect and manage it are obliged to protect it from misuse and exploitation, as well as to respect the rights of data owners (in our case, our clients). Members of the IMTA are required to be compliant with the law, and the Association provides its members with support for putting in place privacy policy and procedures for data protection.

Further information:

Data Protection.ie

Citizens Information - GDPR

GDPR-Info.eu

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Health and Safety

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) provide a free online risk assessment procedure for business owners. BeSMART.ie - Business electronic Safety Management And Risk assessment Tool - will help business owners to prepare risk assessments and a safety statement for their workplace. It is easy to use and is designed to reduce the chances of an accident occurring in the workplace.

The IMTA recommends its members carry out an online Risk Assessment and set out their Safety Statement to ensure they are providing treatments that are safe and effective. As well as determining what First Aid training the therapist may need for their practice, this document is meant to keep them aware of the risks to themselves and to their clients, or anyone else visiting their premises.

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Foreign Qualifications

NARIC is one of a network of centres that forms part of the ENIC-NARIC (European Network of Information Centres / National Academic Recognition Information Centre) network. These centres work to enable the mobility, transparency and recognition of qualifications by providing information on education, training and qualifications.

Hosted by QQI, NARIC Ireland provides free advice on the recognition of foreign qualifications in Ireland. The NARIC Ireland qualifications database has details of almost 1200 qualifications from over 140 countries. They offer advice online in the form of a Comparability Statement which places the foreign qualification in the context of the Irish academic and training system.

A Comparability Statement from NARIC on an applicant's qualifications will assist our Education Committee understand those qualifications and help speed up the decision process for the applicant.

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Irish Massage Therapists Association

Email:  info@massageireland.org

Phone:  +353 86 377 3801


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