Due in large part to Fibromyalgia my muscles can seize up quiet a lot and massage therapy is the primary source of relief. I refuse to take medication and believe strongly that diet, exercise and a more positive outlook are essential to my pain management. Everyone is the best judge of what works for them and so it is no surprise that there are multiple therapies from which to choose.
My massage therapist, Candice, is fabulous! So, I asked her to share with you some points about Registered Massage Therapists and what to discuss before your make an appointment. (This information may also be helpful to those who are considering a career in this field.)
The Registered Massage Therapy program is a 3000 hour program in British Columbia, Canada. BC has the highest accreditation for Massage Therapy training in North America. Although the program is an extensive amount of work, we come out of it highly qualified and with clinical experience. It is interesting that all Registered Massage Therapist’s (RMT’s) in BC receive the same training and have the same clinical hours but all practice so differently. I have yet to experience the same treatment from two different RMT’s.
RMT’s in BC are required to obtain a certain amount of credits every year to remain registered. There are a magnitude of courses to choose from including craniosacral, sports injury, systemic illnesses, reflexology, pregnancy and so many more. This is where we extend our knowledge and experience in different directions for our individual practices.
With so many people giving treatments I think there are a few important things a person should discuss before booking an appointment:
1. Are they registered? A person who is considered a RMT has completed the 3000 hour program in BC and passed the board exams. They are a member of the College of Massage Therapist of BC. You can contact this association to check if someone is a RMT in good standing with the college.
Many places, generally spas, offer massage but they may not be registered. The training for a spa massage is different than an RMT. RMT’s are trained to treat conditions specifically and safely for each individual. There is nothing wrong with spa massage treatments, I am simply stating the difference in the two types.
2. Tell the person the general reason for booking an appointment. Although we are trained on all conditions we often focus on an area of interest or have particular strengths. Giving a brief description on the condition you have, insures you will be put with the appropriate therapist. Ultimately, it’s our goal as RMT’s to ensure you receive the best care for your condition that we can provide. This means listening to your concerns and booking you with the most suitable person.
3. If your RMT isn’t the right fit, seek out another. All therapists are different and all patients are different. We do not get offended if a combination doesn’t fit, or if a patient sees another RMT. Look for someone who has a particular interest in the treatment of your condition.
It is the combination of preventative health care along with rehabilitation that leaves people feeling healthy and cared for. Our main focus is to ensure that all patients receive the attention and care that they deserve. When a patient doesn’t need to book any more appointments and is feeling healthy, we consider the treatment a true success!
Candice works in South Surrey, BC at Karen J. Smith and Associates.