|Written by Michelle on 2011-09-13 23:55:01|
I have to agree Emmanuel, for every therapist, there are clients who love them and what they do. I work in a multi-disciplinary clinic with two other RMTs; we all give very different massages! I admit, it\'s not the easiest when a client decides to go with another one of the therapists but I know I do my job well for my style and if it\'s not completely to their liking, I\'m happy they have another option so they can receive the treatment they prefer.
Written by Barbara Cunningham on 2011-09-08 03:12:00
I like Emmanuel's 'two cents' above and would like to add another "C" to avoid = Complacency!
You don't have to spend a lot of money or time to speak up and implement our profession's Strategic Plan (2009 report). There are so many RMTs in Ontario doing amazing things as individuals for their patients/clients and for the profession responding to the inherent politico-cultural issues. Collectively we do have a voice. If you don't have time to volunteer with the RMTAO (I tried and I don't know how they do it!?!) then you can still participate by communicating with policy makers on your own time. I could suggest a few things:
1. The Minister of Health and LongTerm Care website does not mention us but is open to feedback. Simply reply a short message like, "Registered Massage Therapists of Ontario are part of healthcare in Ontario. They are regulated along with doctors and other professionals under the RHPA and other government legislation reporting to you, 'The Minister' (the Minister of Health and Long Term Care). I would like you to include mention of them on your website and direct Ontarians to the CMTO, RMTAO websites or at least RMT.find Thank-you"
2. An election is coming up next month, VOTE and when representatives come to your door asking what you think about if HST is taken off of gas and food... tell them it should be taken of RMT services!!!!
3. Remind patients/clients/potentials that regardless of auto insurance and extended health benefit cutbacks for massage, RMT services qualify as 'medical expenses' for income tax deduction purposes - just save your receipts and consult your accountant for details
4. lots of more suggestions but I think I already gave you a nickel's worth! :)
Written by Emmanuel on 2011-08-13 21:11:43
I think the answer to your question is: "By doing the best job they possibly can." It sounds silly, but if RMTs/LMTs/CMTs (or anyone else for that matter) want to be treated like professionals they simply need to act it.
We need to stop whining and stop dividing. Many years ago, in a Dale Carnegie class I was taught to avoid the 3 Cs: don't criticize, don't compare, don't condemn. We do all those three and do them well. Whether we criticize modalities, compare ourselves to doctors and other professions, or condemn prostitutes for giving us a bad name we shift the focus from ourselves to someone else. Let's focus on improving ourselves and doing the best job we possible can for our clients and the future will be bright.
One more thing: Personally, I am all for the umbrella. We can all coexist. I run a clinic where the swedish massage therapist who studied metaphysics before massage school is working in the same general space as the clinical therapist and the acupuncturist. They coexist and as long as the clients read their bio, they know who to pick based on what they want to accomplish.
Just my two cents.