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This Summer 2005 issue of Massage Therapy Canada takes a look at the Trends that are happening in our profession and in our country today. It is clear that when attempting to cover such a broad topic, one magazine issue can hardly do it justice.
How many times have you busily scurried through a never-ending parade of obligations only to remark, “where does the time go?” As another year bids you farewell, you may be anxiously anticipating what’s next. Will this New Year be a successful one?
Walt Disney is quoted as saying “Do what you do so well, people will come back to see you do it again.” I believe this is a wonderful definition of excellence … to do what you do so well that people will come back to see, or experience, it again.
I met Lena Austin in May of 2004 at the International Symposium on the Science of Touch in Montreal, Quebec. Lena, accompanied by a group of delegates, were sharing stories and information about their amazing approach to facilitating massage for children by children. I was incredibly intrigued.
The purpose of this paper is to familiarize the reader with the condition of primary lymphoedema (LE) by giving the definition, pathology, diagnosis, course of the condition and therapies available. At the end, there will be a case study with a description of treatment given and how it relates to our profession.
Part two of series looking At concepts for massage therapists in building wealth and managing finances. This article looks particularly at tracking money as it enters, and leaves, one’s hands and how through better “account-ability” therapists can turn their financial situation into a prosperous one.
An amputation is a physical and psychological trauma that has a profound influence on the daily life of the individual. Providing comprehensive rehabilitation services and programs to individuals recovering from an amputation is a complex process that aims to address the functional, emotional, social and psychological needs of each person.
I was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada in my early 20s. Dabbled in a number of professions before I found my calling in complementary health care. Married to Barbara, my wonderful wife. We are one another’s biggest fans.
I teach Holistic Approaches to Health: Aromatherapy at Centennial College, not only to students who will continue on to complete the Holistic Practitioners Program, but also to students who have chosen it as a General Education Elective.
You are seriously considering a career choice, perhaps changing careers, or advising potential massage therapists. You are looking for a meaningful endeavour that will enable you to work at something you really like. You think a Massage Therapy (MT) program is the right choice for you!
I was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, seventh of eight kids. I’m 44 years old. Moved to Penticton, B.C. with my parents and my younger brother when I was 10. My dad died of a heart attack at age 62. My mom died at 73 while I was in my last term of school at WCCMT.
The introduction of infant massage as a trend in new parent circles began in our culture with Vimala McLure’s 1979 book “Infant Massage A Handbook for Loving Parents.” She was among the first to write about massage by parents for infants.
Birth is the culmination of an incredible period of growth and development in the life of a woman and her family. Along with the wondrous physical, psychological, and spiritual changes that occur in the pregnancy, the woman then has a transforming event which will fundamentally change her life activities, goals, thoughts, career aspirations, and plans for the future.
An interest in the limbic system and its relationship with massage therapy was triggered by a research article published by Canadian and Swedish scientists who discovered the system of nerves responsible for the pleasure humans derive from touch. The connection between touch and feelings of emotion seem to occur in the limbic brain.
The first two articles of this series covered a variety of aspects of the art and science of aromatherapy. In the first article I gave a broad definition that can be summed up as the following: Aromatherapy is the therapeutic application of aromatic compounds extracted from plant material.
Pain is defined as “the sensation of acute physical hurt or discomfort caused by an injury” or “emotional suffering or mental distress.” Invisible is defined as “not visible, not able to be perceived by the eye.”
There are many things to study when learning the art of fascial treatment – and the most important is “anatomy.”  If you do not know where to place your hands, no technique in the world will work consistently for you.
General Motors doesn’t want to sell you just one car. The car manufacturer estimates that if they keep you satisfied through quality products and service, you could provide them with up to $400,000 of business over your lifetime.
Education standards for the massage therapy profession are paramount. However, agreement about what the content of a massage therapy qualification should be is sometimes difficult to achieve. Issues regarding the level of anatomy and physiology, contact teaching hours and supervised clinical hours and what these entail are just a few areas where disagreement occurs.
General Motors doesn’t want to sell you just one car. The car manufacturer estimates that if they keep you satisfied through quality products and service, you could provide them with up to $400,000 of business over your lifetime.

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