Continuing Education
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.
For some massage therapists, having the rare opportunity to work alongside elite athletes in major sporting events involves two essential factors: skill and circumstance.
A new online office ergonomics training program was jointly launched today by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and the Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA).   
The Fourth International Fascia Research Congress (FRC) will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia, near Washington, D.C., Sept. 18 – 20, 2015. The principal focus of the conference is to bring scientists and clinicians together in the interest of furthering understanding of the unique role of fascia in health. Presentations will include the latest and best scientific research on human and animal fasciae in all its forms and functions. Pre and post conference workshops will be held on the Sept. 17th and 21st.
While many massage therapists assume they will work as self-employed contractors, the marketplace is presenting new challenges.
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.

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