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From the Editor: Summer 2010

Massage therapy as a profession is one that truly encompasses and encourages the connection of body, mind and spirit. As wonderful and as light as that statement is, in truth, physical, mental and emotional strain play a heavy role in the daily life of a hands-on therapist. Lee Kalpin contributes our cover story, in which she gives valuable insight into the concept of “burnout,” defining what people mean by this term and discussing possible causes and prevention.


August 20, 2010
By Jill Rogers

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Massage therapy as a profession is one that truly encompasses and encourages the connection of body, mind and spirit. As wonderful and as light as that statement is, in truth, physical, mental and emotional strain play a heavy role in the daily life of a hands-on therapist. Lee Kalpin contributes our cover story, in which she gives valuable insight into the concept of “burnout,” defining what people mean by this term and discussing possible causes and prevention.

I recently had a colleague and friend send me this poem; I think it is beautiful and will find a space for it on a wall in my office.

Poem for Massage Therapists
Let me dedicate my life today
to the care of those who come my way.
Let me touch each one with healing hands
for the gentle art for which I stand.
Let the divine force flow from me to you
let our energy and spirit renew.
And then tonight when day is done
let me rest in peace if I helped just one.
A peaceful reminder why we do what we do!
Anonymous

This summer issue offers a number of news and event contributions. In particular, I would like to draw your attention to the announcement of the Entry-to-Practice Competency Profile for Registered Massage Therapists that was recently approved across the three provinces – Ontario, British Columbia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Also included are contributions from Don Dillon, who speaks to the issue of insurance fraud in our profession, and Jim Smyth, who contributes a third piece to the series – “Finding and Keeping Great Associates.” 

David Zulak, a regular contributor to Massage Therapy Canada, is back with an assessment-based article entitled “Spinal Motions: Structure and function.”

Renee Sheldon shares her Olympic experience, and the concepts of Matrix Repatterning and the Feldenkrais Method are explored.

Please remember that we rely on feedback and article suggestions from you.

Visit the Massage Therapy Canada website at www.massagetherapycanada.com.

Wishing you a safe and healthy summer.


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