The curriculum includes comprehensive studies in health sciences such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology and neurology. Clinical sciences include the topics of manual skills, orthopedics, remedial exercise, hydrotherapy and patient education. A diverse range of manual therapy techniques are taught and practiced with a wide range of clientele through student clinics within the colleges and in the community outreach programs. The management of chronic diseases, injuries and the effects of long-term stress are also studied extensively, as are the methods of treatment available.
Upon achieving a massage therapy diploma, graduates must successfully complete a rigorous series of Provincial Board Exams in order to qualify as a Registered Massage Therapist. In B.C.. The board exams are administered by the College of Massage Therapists of BC (CMTBC) – the profession’s equivalent to the College of Physicians and Surgeons – and the regulatory body for all RMTs in BC.
The CMTBC ensures that the public receives safe and ethical care by establishing and enforcing standards of education, qualifications and the quality of practice for all RMTs under the BC Health Professions Act.
As well, in order to stay licensed in BC, RMTs are required to continually update their skills by achieving bi-annual education credits at postgraduate courses approved by the CMTBC. This ensures that our clients are receiving the very best care possible!
My postgraduate studies include Osteopathic Techniques, Clinical Somatic Education, Ortho-Bionomy®, Pain Science, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Visceral Manipulation. As well, my personal interest in holistic health drives me to study a multitude of related topics, attend various courses, workshops and seminars and stay abreast of the many options available to us on our wellness journeys. As your RMT, I am a highly educated, dedicated and resourceful member of your health care team!
Definition of Massage Therapy:
The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of dysfunction, injury, pain and physical disorders of the soft tissues and joints by manual and physical methods to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function to relieve pain and promote health.