Leadership
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.
Nov. 4, 2014 – CDI College's North York campus in Ontario is currently accepting applications for the new Massage Therapy program. CDI College is bringing one of their popular programs to Ontario. The Massage Therapy diploma program will help produce skilled massage therapists who have a clear understanding in areas such as anatomy, physiology and pathology.
Canadian registered massage therapist (RMT) Paul Lewis will be lecturing to second-year medical students at the University of Warwick Medical School in the U.K. this November.
Sept. 25, 2014 – London, Ont.-based Fanshawe College has launched its first on-campus massage therapy clinic. The clinic, called Mend, is open to the public and provides Fanshawe’s massage therapy students the opportunity to develop and perfect their massage therapy techniques with hands-on clinical experience, the college said in a statement.
The Massage Therapist Association of Alberta (MTAA) board of directors has approved certain changes to the association’s active membership eligibility requirements, which essentially allows therapists to become a member of the association even before successful completion of the Entry to Practice Examination.
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)
Oct. 9, 2013 — Plans are underway to develop a national accreditation system for massage therapy education, and the proposed new accreditation body may be incorporated as early as the beginning of 2014. This was revealed at a workshop held on Oct. 8, in Toronto, hosted by the national accreditation planning committee, where close to 70 representatives from various massage therapy schools and organizations participated.
Quite simply, I am writing this story because I believe it is an inspirational one for both the novice and the veteran massage therapist.
Feb. 12, Evanston, IL – At the recent AMTA Schools Summit, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) announced its new AMTA Student Scholarship program as an exciting new initiative to support the next generation of massage therapists.  This program invites students to participate in an essay contest where one applicant will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship.
Jan. 8, London, Ont. – The Darcy Lane Institute School of Equine Massage Therapy invites those interested in pursuing competency in equine massage therapy to attend one of three information sessions scheduled for spring 2012.
Nov. 10, Evanston, IL – This week, the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) participated, for the fifth consecutive year, in the International Spa Association (ISPA) Annual Conference and Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.
What does maintaining your membership in your professional association have to do with the well-being of your practice? I would say, plenty.
Oct. 31, Burlington, Ont. – There’s still time for RMTs to sign up for the 2011 Canadian Massage Conference to be held from November 4-6 in Burlington, Ontario.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT Canadian Massage Conference – it’s not too late!  There’s still time for RMTs to sign up for the 2011 Canadian Massage Conference to be held from Nov. 4-6 in Burlington, Ont.
Sept. 8, Mississauga, Ont. – RMTs in Ontario are encouraged to remind election candidates to take action and remove HST from massage therapy services in order to make these more accessible to patients.
NEWS HIGHLIGHT Is there an election coming up? RMTs in Ontario are encouraged to remind election candidates to take action and remove HST from massage therapy services in order to make these more accessible to patients.
In this piece I have purposely chosen a serious and foreboding perspective to challenge what I perceive as our collective unease and unwillingness in this profession to discuss and deal with the hard issues. By “hard” I mean the politico-cultural issues, the discomfiting flaws in our “group think” that hamstring our growth and evolution.
Professionals in an increasing number of fields are required to pursue continuing education in order to maintain licensure. This is particularly true of those in health-care disciplines where knowledge evolves at an astounding rate and keeping abreast of new developments is an integral component of offering safe and high-quality care.
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