Canadian RMT in UK for Breast Cancer Awareness month
By Massage Therapy Canada
Sept. 17, Mississauga, Ont. – In October, Canadian RMT and post-mastectomy massage specialist, Paul Lewis, will be presenting and teaching throughout the United Kingdom (UK) in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
By Massage Therapy Canada
As well as being a registered
massage therapist in Canada, Lewis is also registered
with the Complimentary and Natural Health Care Council (CNHC ), the UK
regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners. With a current membership
of over 5000 practitioners from 14 disciplines, the CNHC was set up with
government funding and support in 2008. Its key function is to enhance public
protection by giving the general public, and commissioners of services, access
to a register of practitioners who have been assessed as meeting national
standards of competence and practice.
Lewis works extensively with clients who have restrictions
in movement following mastectomy. Originally from Canada, he now works around
the world, practicing and teaching massage, including his advanced course on
Post Surgical Treatment of Mastectomy and Implants.
In discussing his work
and why his CNHC registration is important to him, Lewis notes: “I first
trained as a massage therapist from 2006 – 2008 in Canada where I learned, in
extensive detail, how to work with various conditions such as spinal cord
injuries, sports injuries and how to work with cancer patients before, during
and post- chemotherapy / radiation and mastectomy. I have since treated clients
who have received single and double mastectomy, reconstruction and single and
“Through my work on joint mobilization, I developed a
technique in order to try to
augment physical functioning and to reduce the number of times the client needs
to see me. I use this in most sessions now with clients that have soft tissue
restrictions in their range of movement and for scar work following surgery.
“I am really pleased to be able to go to the UK during
Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One of the locations where I will be teaching
during October is at The Haven, a centre which provides support, counseling and
a wide range of therapies to people affected by breast cancer.
“But I wouldn’t do this without being CNHC registered.
Registration is really important to me. I am registered in the U.S and Canada,
and was clear I wanted to register with CNHC to work in the UK. I think it’s
essential that the public believes that their interest is at the forefront.
This is particularly important when working with women post- surgery, as this
is such a challenging time for them during which they require a highly skilled
and professional approach they can trust.
“One of my clients, Lynn, expresses this from her
perspective: ‘Overall I think it is wise to have massage from someone who is
knowledgeable on the subject and who has treated many others in similar
situations. Seeing a therapist who understands you physically, emotionally and
holistically can be a very powerful and healing experience.’”