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Join Scotland's Most Trusted Organisation for Manual Therapists

The Scottish Manual Therapy Organisation was formed in 1992 and exists to provide a service to the public, to manual therapists, and the profession.

Join our community

Join a Community of 800+ Active Members in Scotland and Around the UK

Step into a supportive community where professionalism thrives, standards are elevated, and unity fuels growth. By joining us, you become a part of a network dedicated to advancing your practice and the industry as a whole.

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Mission Statement

Elevating the Future of Manual Therapy Standards in Scotland

Our key function is to enhance public protection by ensuring that SMTO Members maintain these standards and demonstrate that they meet, as a minimum, the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Massage Therapy.

All SMTO Members must adhere to the SMTO Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics, comply with the SMTO Disciplinary and Complaints Policy, and meet the standards set out in the SMTO Continuing Professional Development Policy.

Benefits of Membership with SMTO

Being a therapist is more than a Career

It’s a pledge to uphold professionalism, embody integrity, and exceed the highest standards of care. 

The Scottish Manual Therapist Organisation stands beside you, ensuring your journey is guided by professionalism, integrity, and a commitment to surpassing the highest standards of care.

Support Members

SMTO is ready to provide you with invaluable guidance on effectively manoeuvring through the intricate landscape of healthcare and clinical environments, whether you practice from a home-based setting, clinic, gym, or club.

Solid Community

SMTO functions as a cohesive network of therapists committed to mutual support, providing mentorship, expert guidance, and actively promoting continuous professional development to meet the evolving demands of today's healthcare landscape.

Scottish Standards

Our primary objective revolves around augmenting public protection by diligently ensuring that SMTO members uphold and consistently demonstrate adherence to professional standards governing the practice of soft tissue, manual and massage therapy. As health and education are devolved responsibilities. SMTO will help you navigate equivalent training and standards across the devolved nations.

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.

Membership Directory

SMTO promotes their members through the dedicated SMTO professional therapists directory available to the public.

Marketplace & Magazine

On The Massage Scene is SMTO's dedicated membership e-magazine delivering news, events, profession updates, marketplace, member discounts and much more.

Exclusive 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.

Affiliations

SMTO Partners and Affiliates

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The SMTO also works with the General Council for Massage and Soft Tissue Therapies (GCMT) in developing and maintaining standards, and has been approved by the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) as a verifying organisation.

As a Professional Association (PA), the SMTO provides membership to its Members and offers them the SMTO Block Scheme Insurance Policy, subject to acceptance by SMTO and Balens Ltd. The SMTO is an Introducer Appointed Representative of Balens Limited, Bridge House, Portland Road, Malvern WR14 2TA, who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

What our members are saying

Discover 'On The Massage Scene' (OTMS)

Your Essential Manual Therapy E-Magazine

Delve into a world of insights, industry news, and expert articles, tailored for practitioners in Swedish Massage, Remedial & Sports Massage, Manipulative Therapy, Clinical Aromatherapy, On-Site Massage, and Reflexology. Stay connected with upcoming events and enrich your knowledge.

OTMS is a valuable benefit for SMTO members, delivered straight to your inbox on a regular basis supported by blogs and new items in the members area.

membership for all stages

Choose your Membership

Full Membership

Annual subscription
£ 50 Per Annum
  • Discounted Insurance
  • Membership DIrectory Listing
  • Professional Representation
  • Solid Community & Support
  • Annual Conference
  • Exclusive Updates and Discounts

Student & Associate Membership

Pricing varies depending on your year of study
£ 5-25 Per Annum
  • Discounted Insurance
  • Professional Representation
  • Solid Community & Support
  • Annual Conference
  • Exclusive Updates and Discounts
  • Opportuniuty to Upgrade to Full Member

F. A. Q

Frequently Asked Questions

SMTO has a non-discrimination policy. This means that we look objectively at how, when and where you trained, how you were assessed, and what you are trained in. We do have a minimum standard criteria. If for any reason you don’t yet meet these, we can help you achieve these goals resulting in full SMTO membership. Full details are in the ‘join’ page.

We have an annual subscription for membership that can be paid through your membership login, by completing our membership forms on this site, by bank transfer, or by contacting our admin office.

Yes, with one of the most affordable organisation membership 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!

Yes. SMTO has student memberships for those training with SQA Colleges in Scotland.

No. The Complementary and Integrated Health Profession across the UK is an unregulated profession. This means that it is entirely up to you if you wish to join any member association. However, SMTO can provide you with support throughout your therapy career from like-minded therapists. SMTO membership can also include your professional indemnity insurance making membership financially beneficial.

The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) was set up in 2012 as a voluntary register for  unregulated Complementary Healthcare Professions across the UK. However, healthcare is a devolved responsibility and Scottish Government does not formally recognise the CNHC. It leaves that responsibility to the various Health Boards across Scotland. This means that it is your choice if you wish to join CNHC.

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