Massage Therapy: Must-Know Career Facts
Massage therapy is an exciting profession that offers many job opportunities and interesting challenges. However, before you dive into the coursework required, consider a few key points about this career.
Be Your Own Boss
The majority of registered massage therapists in Ontario are self-employed health professionals.
A Work-from-Home Opportunity
Massage therapy is a great work-from-home opportunity. That translates into flexible work hours and no commute!
Lots of Locations!
Private clinics, hospitals, spas and wellness centres are typical professional environments for a massage therapist. In addition, registered massage therapists can also do mobile work in offices. Other workplaces include:
- Multidisciplinary health clinics
- Rehabilitation centres
- Health and fitness clubs
- Nursing homes
A Helping Profession
The Massage Therapy Act, 1991– the provincial legislation for Massage Therapy in Ontario– defines the practice of Massage Therapy as “the assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain.”
In other words, this means massage therapists help others with their physical pain and discomfort. Furthermore, assessment and treatment can include orthopaedic and neurological testing, soft tissue manipulation (eg. Swedish massage), hydrotherapy, remedial exercise programs and client education programs.
Looking for serious skills? Therapists can specialize in many categories:
- Chair Massage
- Infant Massage
- Medical Massage
- Myofascial Release Therapy
- Prenatal Massage
- Sports Massage and Sports Therapy
- Stone Therapy
- Thai Bodywork
- Trigger Point Programs
Massage therapy requires responsibility. Thus, registered massage therapists must maintain their registration with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario through an annual renewal process. Moreover, they must also:
- Adhere to a Code of Ethics
- Maintain the principles of the College’s Charter on Professionalism
- Meet or exceed defined Massage Therapy Competency Standards
- Take part in the Quality Assurance Programme
- Be educated on the prevention of all forms of abuse of their clients
- Maintain private, confidential health records for of their clients
Ongoing education for massage therapists is important because of changing resources, expectations and technologies. Surely, here’s why continued education matters:
- Promotes effective massage therapy
- Contributes to the quality of practice (and prevents poor practice!)
- Makes for the best possible client outcomes
- Updates therapists on the most recent and strongest evidence
A Regulated Profession
Massage therapy is a regulated profession in Ontario. In detail, this means that only registrants of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario are permitted to use the titles “Registered Massage Therapist” or “Massage Therapist” and use the letters “RMT” or “MT” with their names.
Finally, once you have graduated from a Massage Therapy program, you will be required to take certification examinations administered by the College.
The Right Education
In considering a career as a Registered Massage Therapist, choosing the right school is one of the most important decisions to make.
With this in mind, limited enrollment and direct interaction with instructors ensures you will receive individual attention in Trillium College’s dynamic Massage Therapy diploma program. Consequently, students gain valuable professional experience working in Trillium College’s public student clinic, as well as at community-based outreach events.
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At Trillium College, our Massage Therapy diploma program introduces you to a variety of Swedish soft tissue and manipulation techniques. Additionally, this program will provide you with in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and will allow you the options to offer both relaxing massage therapy or address musculature and conditions. As a result, you will develop all the knowledge and skills to assess clients’ needs and develop treatment plans.