Leadership
Massage Therapy Canada magazine has invited thought leaders in the massage therapy profession to help shape the publication’s editorial direction. These industry experts will comprise the magazine’s newly formed editorial advisory board.
Do you find yourself emotionally spent at the end of your treatment day? Is it hard to drag yourself to the clinic the next morning? Are you able to leave the frustration of a bad commute in your car when you walk into the treatment room?
Canada's unresolved pain problems have contributed to the growing opioid crisis that continues to result in thousands of deaths across the country. One in five Canadians suffer from chronic pain.
VANCOUVER – Squabbling by provinces in the run-up to a new health accord points to the need for an agency that would share regional health-care innovations with the rest of the country, says an editorial in Canada's premier medical journal.
You may not recognize the names of the massage therapists profiled below, but you might recognize their patients: singers, actors and elite athletes.
At the recent Massage Therapy Canada Business Forum, Andrew Lewarne, executive director and CEO of the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario (RMTAO), gave an overview of the association's proposed five-year plan for the profession.
Vancouver, B.C. – Langara College has announced that the first cohort from the registered massage therapy program has graduated. Langara's two-year program was launched in 2013 and is the first public post-secondary institution in B.C. to offer training in this field of study.
In the increasingly changing marketplace for massage therapists, do you have what it takes to take on the corporate world? In this latest episode of Practice Points, Don Dillon discusses employment as a viable option for massage therapists and cited some of the challenges employers are finding when hiring RMTs. If you're considering employment as a career option for your massage therapy practice, reflect on these important points to make yourself employable.
What trends are occurring in the marketplace that are directly affecting the massage therapy profession? In this episode of Practice Points, Don Dillon discusses several changes in the marketplace that professionals should be aware of and be prepared for. Read more on this in Dillon's article, Breakthrough: Tangible opportunities for massage therapy practice.
She is the recipient of several business awards and has spoken confidently at community and health-care events throughout her 24-year career, but when Margaret Wallis-Duffy was about to deliver a keynote presentation to attendees at the Massage Therapy Canada Business Forum last September, her hands were shaking.
Speaking at the 2015 Massage Therapy Canada Business Forum, Don Dillon, gave his insights on the state of the RMT profession, the successes and missed opportunities, and offered some suggestions on how to further advance the profession.
Margaret Wallis-Duffy is a registered massage therapist based in Brampton, Ont., who has built a successful mustidisciplinary health care practice that is fundamentally based on her strong passion for wellness and in elevating the massage therapy profession. At the 2015 Massage Therapy Canada Business Forum, she shared success stories and lessons learned, her business experiences in building up her practice and her multimedia organization.
Practice Points with Don Dillon is a new web video series featuring Don Dillon's insights and commentaries on developments that affect the massage therapy profession. In this first episode, Dillon discusses ways to positively affect insurer perceptions about the massage therapy profession and position massage therapists as an important component of health care promotion and disease prevention.Dillon, a massage therapist, is a sought after speaker, author and thought leader in the profession.For more on what the profession can do to change perceptions by insurers, read Dillon's artice, Breaking down ill perceptions.
Successful patient-centred practice requires interprofessional collaboration to maximize care outcomes. This was emphasized recently by Toronto-based massage therapist Paul Lewis at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) in Bournemouth, U.K. where he recently served as a guest lecturer. Lewis is recipient of the 2015 Training Provider Highly Commended award from the U.K. and Ireland's Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).
Massaging patients on a gurney with tubes running across the bed and around them might not seem like the ideal treatment set-up, but massage therapists who work in hospitals say it is one of the best clinical experiences a therapist can ever have.
The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) sat down with research consultant, Ania Kania-Richmond, as she talks about her examination of massage therapy in Canadian hospitals. She holds a doctorate from the University of Calgary, faculty of medicine, department of community health sciences. Hospital-based massage is happening already, and there’s great potential for the inclusion of this type of patient care by licensed therapists in hospitals of the future.
The Association québécoise des thérapeutes naturels (AQTN), a massage therapy association in Quebec, is conducting research to look into specific personality traits that can lead to a successful massage therapy practice.
Last spring, I travelled to Guatemala with the Global Healthworks Foundation and its founder, Dan Wunderlich. It was my third annual Jornada. A Jornada Medica is a health outreach directed toward underserviced populations. I met Dan while teaching acupuncture at McMaster University in 2008, and we quickly recognized in each other a commitment to betterment of ourselves and others.
Stefan Shuster has been in practice since November 1988. Quick math? That’s 26 years of massaging. He is a fan favourite at the Langdon Hall Country Hotel and Spa in Blair, Ont., where his Santa-like laugh shakes up the traditional hush and whispers of the spa setting. His hands are probably known second to his mustache which has seen more styles and wax than most of us have had with our hair. Gregarious and approachable with a full arsenal of one-liners, it’s easy to see how Stefan slides from his role as a massage therapist at a five-diamond hotel to his own Uptown Waterloo business – he operates the idyllic Hillcrest B&B with his wife Wendy.
The job of a massage therapy professional can sometimes be isolating – working long hours within the confines of a treatment room.
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