About Us

Learn more about SMTO and the faces behind it!

Our Mission

Committed to Elevating the Future of Manual Therapy Standards in Scotland

Welcome to the Scottish Manual Therapy Organisation (SMTO).

Established in 1992, SMTO is dedicated to serving the interests of the general public, manual therapists, and the broader professional community.

Recognised as Scotland’s foremost and longest-standing organisation for soft tissue, massage, and manual therapy practitioners, SMTO plays a pivotal role in fostering and promoting the highest levels of expertise within the field. SMTO provides unwavering support to proficient therapy professionals across the country, spanning diverse work environments such as the National Health Service (NHS), private musculoskeletal and specialised care clinics, sports performance facilities, premier league football and rugby union teams, and elite athletes participating in international sporting events such as the Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

We invite you to become a member of SMTO today, as doing so will allow us to extend our support to enhance your own clinical practice.

Where Professionalism Meets Purpose: Elevating Manual Therapy Standards in Scotland

– Scottish Manual Therapists’ Organisation

Aims & Objectives

The aims of the Scottish Manual Therapists' Organisation are to:

  • promote the art and science of Massage Therapy in all its forms, as the very safe and effective therapy that it is

  • promote Massage Therapy and related techniques in the health care service

  • promote the Holistic Approach to Healthcare

  • improve and maintain standards in Massage Therapies

  • further the aims and objectives of its Members

  • provide a central body, giving a voice to and contact between Members

  • provide a Directory of practicing Members

  • promote the advancement of study of its Members

  • provide Continuing Professional Development opportunities for its Members

  • provide a strong and unified voice enabling Members to influence the advancement of Massage Therapy both here and abroad

  • publish a magazine ‘On the Massage Scene’ free to its Members – contact us to subscribe if you are not a member

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Active Members And Growing

Join The Community

Join SMTO today and enjoy member benefits as well as a network of support that will enhance your clinical practice.

Scottish Standards

Health and education are devolved responsibilities. SMTO was a leading light for therapists during the Covid-19 pandemic helping them navigate Scotland’s guidance, policy and law. Qualifications also differ across the UK and SMTO can help you identify equivalent standards so you can work anywhere in the UK or abroad.

Annual Conference

SMTO’s annual conference helps you meet other members, network, learn and share ideas as well as gain continuing professional development to enhance your clinical skills.

Member Discounts

With one of the most affordable organisation member fees across the UK, SMTO not only provides value for money but offers a wealth of member discounts and affiliate schemes so you can continue to learn without breaking the bank.

Lorna Forrester Chair SMTO

Lorna Forrester MBA


Garry Galloway

Garry Galloway MBA


Ruth Duncan BSc (Hons)

Vice Chair

Our Team

The Faces Behind SMTO

The SMTO Committee currently meets in Edinburgh, three times per year, and attends the AGM and Conference each year at the end of March.

Committee members serves usually 2 years, but certainly a maximum term of 3 years.

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