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Cupping therapy has been used in massage for decades. It is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that was used for many diseases or skin conditions, and is now known for its use in western massage therapy or physiotherapy.
The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) is redesigning the Quality Assurance Program (QAP).
The portrayal of massage therapists in Hollywood has often been a thorn in the industry’s side. Stereotypes and misconceptions abound. An online search for “movies about massage therapy” pulls up all sorts of fantasy and porn that continue to taint our reputation. Memorable, loveable (but not exactly accurate) characters, who double as masseuses on TV (like Phoebe from Friends) easily become synonymous with the profession as a whole.
Humber College is now offering the Yoga Exercise Specialist Certification – a two-part Hatha Yoga-based program aimed at preparing the participant to teach yoga in the fitness and health industry. Part 1 aims to teach the following: over 50 postures, warm ups and variations; knowledge to integrate yoga into private training and group exercise programs; meditation, relaxation and breathing techniques; and a basic understanding of yoga history and philosophy.
At Educator Day during the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario’s (RMTAO) 2017 Education Conference, moderator Pam Fitch posed the question, “Who in the room has obtained a master’s degree or PhD?”  A small number of hands in a room full of educators went up.
Individuals who have been treated for cancer are at risk for a complication called lymphedema: swelling in the body region where lymph nodes were removed, causing pain and limited function. New research and insights on the management of cancer-related lymphedema are presented in the January special issue of Rehabilitation Oncology, official journal of the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.
CALGARY—A University of Calgary researcher says new concussion guidelines in the United States could change care for all children with mild traumatic brain injuries.
The media is steadily drawing increased attention to the misconduct of health professionals. In a March 25th article in the Toronto Star, journalist Theresa Boyle reflects on a complaint against a particular physician, saying: “It’s cases like this that have placed Ontario’s oversight system for health professionals under the microscope.
Despite decades of calls for provincial regulation from within the industry, massage therapy in Quebec remains largely a patchwork of minimum requirements and codes of conduct and the profession is entirely self-regulating.
The CMTO would like to notify the industry of recent amendments to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. On May 1st, 2018, changes made by the provincial government came into effect. For Ontario's Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs), most changes are not new, they were contained in the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO)'s by-laws and Standards of Practice for Maintaining Professional Boundaries and Preventing Sexual Abuse. The changes relate to the passage of the Protecting Patients Act, 2017, and apply to all regulated health professions in Ontario. The new changes relate to:
When a sexual abuse complaint against Ontario massage therapist Fernando Vigon-Campuzano in 2016 led him to surrender his RMT licence, it opened up a can of worms that went back as far as 2014. He has since faced three counts of sexual assault charges, as two more patients came forward.
July 1st, 2017, marked the end of the three-year grace period of the Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), which came into effect July 1, 2014. This means that you now must ensure that your marketing communications methods are on the right side of this law. Failure to comply can result in significant fines.
Have you ever had a conversation with your staff about why they turn up to work? If so, you’ve probably noticed that employees bring different motivations to work each day. Some are just going through the motions and are completely indifferent about their work.
Former Paralympic gold medalist Mark Bentz now runs a massage therapy practice in downtown Vancouver. He says the key to a successful clinic and a fulfilled life is simplicity.
When Ed Cunningham resigned his lucrative post as a college football analyst for ESPN last August, he made clear the reason for his departure: he no longer wished to be at the forefront of a sport that endangers its players.
In 2006, Cheryl Mazak, RMT, was at a low point. Ten years into her profession, she was worn out from the hectic pace and frustrated by the relatively meager pay she was making at a clinic in Ottawa. Her right wrist was in constant pain. And she no longer felt fulfilled by her career.
Massage Therapy Canada magazine has invited thought leaders in the massage therapy profession to help shape the publication’s editorial direction. These industry experts will comprise the magazine’s newly formed editorial advisory board.
Do you find yourself emotionally spent at the end of your treatment day? Is it hard to drag yourself to the clinic the next morning? Are you able to leave the frustration of a bad commute in your car when you walk into the treatment room?

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