Before you book your massage please note that not all massage therapists are recognized practitioners - this means that their services may not be eligible for coverage under League’s Health Spending Account (HSA). Make sure you confirm their eligibility before booking!
Which practitioners or associations are eligible for coverage under League’s HSA?
Practitioners must have at least 2,200 hours of formal education and training in massage therapy. For your reference, members of the following associations all have at least 2,200 hours and are therefore eligible:
• London and Counties Society of Physiologists
• Massage Therapist Association of Alberta (MTAA)
• Remedial Massage Therapy Association (RMTA)
• League also recognizes the services of massage therapists who are practicing in Alberta, but are active members of another province’s regulatory body (i.e. British Columbia, Ontario or Newfoundland), or active members of an association approved by League in other provinces where massage therapy is not provincially regulated.
Note: The Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) meets the criteria as an eligible association. However, this association also includes member practitioners with less than 2,200 hours of education and training. Therefore, not all member practitioners of this association are recognized by League as eligible massage therapists and will need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The Alberta Association of Therapeutic Masseurs (AATM) is not approved by League and therefore is not eligible for coverage under your Health Spending Account.
Why does League determine eligibility?
While Alberta does not regulate the profession of massage therapy, British Columbia, Ontario, and Newfoundland do. In these provinces only practitioners who meet specific government requirements can be registered with the province and subsequently are eligible for coverage under the League HSA. For provinces where massage therapy is not provincially regulated, like Alberta, League makes the assessment of which practitioners and associations meet comparable requirements and are eligible.
Where did the 2,200 hour requirement come from?
For practitioners in British Columbia, Ontario, and Newfoundland to be registered with the province they must have at least 2,200 hours of education and training.
How can you tell if a massage therapist is covered by the League HSA?
If you are looking for a massage therapist, associations often have websites where you can browse for a registered massage therapist online, or a phone number you can call to enquire. You should be looking for active members of approved associations!
You can also chat in with a team member through the League app and provide us with the practitioner’s full name. The team member assisting you will be able to search for the massage therapist to determine if their services are eligible under the HSA!
For massage therapists registered with the NHPC, ask them if they have received a notice of competency letter from the NHPC. This letter is called the ‘Massage Therapy Competency Assessment Process’ and confirms that the massage therapist has 2,200 hours of formal education and training.
• If the massage therapist did receive the notice letter, ask them for a copy and send it with your massage therapy claim!
• If the massage therapist did not receive the notice letter, it is possible they did not meet the requirements of the competency assessment, and their services would not be eligible under the Health Spending Account.
• Worry not, their services would still be eligible under the Lifestyle Spending Account!
If you have any questions about the massage therapy associations which League recognizes in Alberta or across Canada, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or log in to our app and chat in with a team member! Our chat hours are 9 AM - 9 PM on Monday - Friday, and 9 AM - 6 PM on Saturday - Sunday.