Continuing Education
While many massage therapists assume they will work as self-employed contractors, the marketplace is presenting new challenges. With more competition, higher costs to entry-level practice and the demand for sophisticated business skills, massage therapists (RMTs) are increasingly forging a career in corporations brokering massage therapy services. RMTs require training to ensure they are work-ready, and strong candidates will need to display a number of qualities to be considered highly employable.
August 18, 2014 – The new Canadian Massage Therapy Council For Accreditation (CMTCA) has commenced the nomination process for its initial board of directors. The CMTCA has listed a number of documents on its website that outlines the nomination process and timeline and provide information for those who are considering putting their names forward.
(UPDATE: Added clarifications from the CMTBC) Beginning November 1, 2014, the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC) will start requiring registered massage therapists in B.C. to have first-aid/CPR certification, as a component of the “quality assurance” requirement.
Many massage therapists push research literacy to the bottom of their list of selected continuing education units (CEUs) due to its complexity or a preference to pursue courses that enhance practical techniques or skills to drive in more business, such as marketing.
I am fortunate that teaching continuing education unit (CEU) courses gives me the opportunity to travel throughout Ontario and the rest of Canada during the year.
It looks like national accreditation for massage therapy education will be commencing as early as 2015.
Massage Therapy Foundation will be hosting the 2016 International Massage Therapy Research Conference (IMTRC), taking place on May 12 to 15, 2016 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Washington.
Nothing seems to evoke more fear, disgust or dismissal for massage therapists in social media these days than the discussion of membership-based massage businesses. However, with the growth and popularity of these businesses, RMTs would be wise to take a good look and consider how their own way of practice will be influenced by this emerging delivery of service model.
The College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC) has elected veteran massage therapists Cathy Ryan and Brent Rowland as the new chair and vice-chair, respectively, of the college’s board of directors. The appointment was announced at the June 6th board meeting.
May 26, 2014 –Five months after the passage of the New Brunswick Massage Therapy Act, the province is now in full swing to establish the new college of massage therapy, and industry leaders are weighing in on what this would mean to massage therapy practitioners in the province.
May 16, 2014 – Red Deer, Alta., plays host to this year’s Natural Health Practitioners of Canada’s (NHPC) 25th Annual Conference, welcoming around 350 attendees from the natural health community to educate, network and raise awareness on the benefits of natural health for the aging community.
April 29, 2014 — The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) is making some clarifications on its implementation of the new language proficiency assessment policy, which comes into effect on July 1.
April 1, 2014 – It is no secret research is becoming more prevalent in the field of massage therapy. But whose responsibility is that really? Many massage therapists push research literacy to the bottom of their list of selected continuing education units (CEUs) due to its complexity or a preference to pursue courses that enhance practical techniques or skills to drive in more business, such as marketing. In some cases, research literacy is at the bottom of the priority list because of the belief that it is something that should be provided by our professional association rather than sought out by massage therapists individually.
Last weekend I attended an annual function with my partner for his company. He puts it on every year in appreciation of the contribution of his employees. The seating is arranged such that each year we get to sit with different people, giving us an opportunity to get to know different members of the executive team a bit more personally by having more in depth conversation over dinner.
March 5, 2014 — The Internet and social media have changed our world. Communications, which 20 years ago took days if not weeks to make their way throughout a workplace, now take mere seconds to reach tens, hundreds, and even millions of people around the world.  Theoretically, this unprecedented access to information should mean we are better-informed and more productive than we were in any previous generation. But are we? 
March 4, 2014 — The term "portfolio" has been around for decades and is associated with a variety of occupations. As massage therapy professionals we can also take advantage of this tool. So what is a professional portfolio? Simply put, it is a collection of your education, additional training, work achievements and awards.
The Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) has announced the appointment of Kelly Sloan as the association’s new executive director. Sloan brings more than 25 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector to this leadership role, according to the NHPC.
Feb. 7, 2014 — A recent study released by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) indicates a continuously growing integration of massage therapy in health-care environments, strengthened by a steadily increasing number of referrals from heath-care professionals.
Feb. 4, 2014 - The International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) today announced it has made available to the scientific community data from more than 10,000 cancer genomes. The data can be used by cancer researchers around the world to better understand the genomic basis of cancer, accelerate cancer research and aid in the development of more targeted treatments.
She’s a stagehand, pyrotechnic technician, electrician, audio engineer, community services board member, city councillor, mountain bike racer, mountain climber, skier, paddle boarder, registered massage therapist (RMT), 2010 Massage Therapists’ Association of British Columbia RMT of the year

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