Continuing Education
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.
In the industry of rebuilding backs, Stuart McGill’s name deserves neon light treatment. His three text books are designed “for everyone who wants their swagger back.” While Low Back Disorders: Evidence-Based Prevention and Rehabilitation was written wholly for clinicians, his second book, Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance attracted a captive trainer, coach and athlete-dominant audience.
VANCOUVER – The Registered Massage Therapists' of B.C. (RMTBC) will host a one-day symposium that will tackle what the association is describing as a "ground breaking, science-backed research on the benefits of massage therapy to mental health."
The Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association National Education Conference & AGM was held at the Grand Hotel & Suites in Toronto from October 21-23rd, 2016. A very informative and jam-packed agenda was put together by the National AGM Organizing Committee led by Kristy Wiltshire, immediate past president of the Ontario Chapter.
The Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association (CSMTA) has identified a list of major sporting events in 2017 that sport massage therapists may want to look into.
The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) hosted its fourth triennial International Massage Therapy Research Conference (IMTRC) in Seattle on May 12-15, 2016. In addition to providing outstanding networking opportunities, this conference consistently delivers an impressive lineup of massage therapy thought leaders, change agents and champions.
The Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) is extending its presenters' deadline until August 17 2016 for its Biennial Educational Congress.
Shannon Marshall, RMT at Toronto's Hospital For Sick Children, talks about how massage therapy is helping care for kids with life limiting illness, particularly those in palliative care. She also offers some insights for those registered massage therapists who are considering a career in a hospital setting.
The Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association Ontario Chapter 2016 AGM and Conference took place at the Burlington Waterfront Hotel on May 1st. A fantastic agenda was put together by the AGM Organizing Committee, which started with Remo Bucci telling attendees everything they needed to know about being a sport massage therapist. He discussed in detail what it's like to travel to major games. The highlight of his presentation was his talk about the effects of this travel on one's personal life – a very truthful, enlightening and thought-provoking account of his experiences.
The Registered Massage Therapists Association of British Columbia (RMTBC) has launched a new continuing education workshop that focuses on cultural diversity in health care.
Perhaps the most dynamic part of our industry, is the story of the hands behind it. Individuals are attracted to the profession for radically different reasons and they run the gamut from sudden unemployment to health concerns to unexpected epiphanies. Often, it’s not a direct path after high school. For many, it’s a second or possibly third career choice.
The Registered Massage Therapists Association of B.C. (RMTBC) will be hosting its biennial conference on April 16 to 18 at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster, B.C.
Jonathan Maister, certified sport massage therapist, discusses the advantages of pursuing a massage specialty designation and how it can increase a massage therapist's skills and expertise, as well as enhance practice growth potential. Maister was a speaker at the 2015 Massage Therapy Canada Business Forum held in September.
The Massage Therapy Foundation is now accepting scientific abstract submissions for the upcoming International Massage Therapy Research Conference (IMTRC). The IMTRC will be held on May 12 to 15, 2016, at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, Wash.
With its mandate to advance knowledge and understanding of massage therapy, the Registered Massage Therapists' Association of British Columbia (RMTBC) has granted a $14,000 scholarship to Robert Hemsworth, registered massage therapist, to continue his education in the master of rehabilitation science program at the University of British Columbia.
Registered massage therapists in Ontario will now be able to record continuing education units (CEUs) earned through their individual registrant's profile on the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) website.
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