Continuing Education
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
Shortly after graduating from massage school (when I finally found the time for recreational reading) I discovered Anthony Guglielmo’s The Walrus on My Table (co-authored by Cara Lynn)
Although many massage therapists hold more than one degree or use multiple modalities and are educated up to the eyeballs, we are still underestimated and misunderstood. As a community we are disconnected even from each other, segregating ourselves by area, experience and style. Yet, given the opportunity, in a group discussion with colleagues of complementary modalities, we have much to offer.
The executive director and chief executive officer of the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario (RMTAO) has resigned his posts, and will be stepping down effective Nov. 15, 2013.
The Massage Therapists' Association of British Columbia (MTABC) has clarified its position regarding the use of social media and Internet-based discount or coupon schemes for massage services. "Along with members, we are concerned that some RMTs are discounting services, and we are concerned about the language that is used in describing treatments," the MTABC said in a statement on its website.
As we are all aware, the digital age is upon us. We nag our kids about getting enough fresh air and exercise and put restrictions on their screen time. The reality is we’re all guilty of sitting hunched over computers and/or desks for hours a day. Even as manual therapists, massage therapy has taken on a huge shift regarding technology. Booking appointments online or with our smart phones and communicating with clients over email instead of telephone, have become second nature to us.
BizTalk with Dr. Anthony Lombardi offers business and practice management tips to help health-care practitioners achieve success.
Chiropractor Dr. Anthony Lombardi emphasizes the importance of word-of-mouth and how to maximize your practice potential by giving excellent client experience, especially during their initial visits.
Dr. Kenzo Kase, founder of the Kinesio Taping Association, talked to Massage Therapy Canada about the science and origin of the Kinesio Taping method and how important research is in the continued development of this modality.
Aug. 1, Vancouver — The College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia will launch a redesigned website this fall, with major improvements for registrants, applicants and members of the public.
July 8, Fort Worth, TX — Early bird registration for the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) national convention closes July 15.
July 8, Edmonton — Colleen MacDougall, executive director and registrar of the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada Association (NHPCA), tendered her resignation at the association's annual general meeting in Edmonton on June 25.

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