The phrase “Tools of the Trade” is a commonly used expression describing what a person might require, or use, to carry out one’s daily work. Many companies across the spectrum implement advanced technologies and resources to increase production, while reducing production time and ultimately increasing revenue. Massage therapy has, and always will be, a “unique” trade (profession). It is the only manual trade that can only truly be performed by hand. Literally by hand. When I pondered the phrase “tools of the trade,” I thought, other than our tables, lotion and our hands, is there really anything else?
Last spring, I had the incredible opportunity of being able to take, transfer and apply my skills of scar massage to a setting that is worlds apart and different from any reality I have encountered or experienced before.
Greetings to all … The Spring 2006 issue of Massage Therapy Canada magazine represents the well-known and often-used phrase “practice what you preach.”
As professionals, we may come to embody the conditions we studied in massage school. Postural dysfunctions, tendinitis, frozen shoulder, trigger points, hypermobility, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica and more may rise up to haunt us as a result of our work life.
The Fall 2005 issue of Massage Therapy Canada magazine presents several features that investigate potential causes and possible treatment of Sciatic pain.
Antonio Martin was born on September 3, 1924 in Timmins Ontario. He graduated from St. Margaret’s College of Massage in St. Thomas Ontario in 1946. He’s been in practice ever since ... he has been registered with the CMTO since its beginning.
Recently, at the first IN-CAM Research Symposium (www.incamresearch.ca ), I learned that what I have been working away at for most of my adult life – the professionalization of massage therapy – is a named and studied phenomenon among sociologists and others who study health care systems and their relationship to broader social-historical trends and ideologies.
This series of articles looks at real therapists in practice that have developed effective business systems to not only meet their financial goals, but to create balance and meaning in their lives as well.
This story starts in a snow bank off #93 Banff to Jasper highway beside a large sheet of vertical frozen ice called Weeping Wall. Kevin Nielsen and myself met some years ago on an ice climbing training course in Canmore, Alberta. There we were sitting in the snow in February drinking some bourbon and beer.
Knuckle down and work hard to get results ... isn’t that the mantra of business success? We value success, the idea that the individual through Herculean efforts accomplishes the big win. In the media we see sports figures, public figures, movie stars – all seeming to become famous overnight through their own efforts.
The die is cast for a new era in the very young life of massage therapy as a regulated health care profession. The challenging and promising future of massage therapy today is confidently grounded in a vision that includes higher education, national accreditation and research and publication.
In analysing the efficacy of fascial treatment it becomes imperative to review basic physiology to determine the cause of the restriction in the tissue that is in need of treatment. What is the reason behind a recurring tension? Why, when using traditional techniques on some patients and giving them relief, does the pattern return hours or days later?
Databases contain information from your intake form, including name, address, work and home phone numbers, occupation, birth date, and referral source. You can include additional information such as condition treated, when the person became a patient of the clinic, payment type (cash, extended health care, auto insurance claim or redeeming gift certificate) and their patient status – active or inactive.
Not all RMTs chose their career to become small business owners. You may have been enticed by the idea of being your own boss and making your own hours. However, a caregiver does not necessarily have a heart for business. Whether by choice or by design, you are a small business owner – an entrepreneur!
I love the outdoors, and the arts. Walking Signal Hill, hiking the East Coast Trail, cross country skiing in Pippy Park, all help keep me sane. I need that movement in the woods and wilds, and that fresh air. Drawing, sculpting, sometimes writing, are creative outlets that keep me focussed, and yoga practice keeps me balanced and connected.
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