Healing Touch of Massage Therapy
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trying massage therapy? This effective form of therapy can contribute
to your health and well-being in two distinct ways: by promoting
relaxation and by addressing specific health concerns. Continuing
research is clinically documenting the long experienced benefits
of therapeutic massage to decrease pain, increase function, help
deal with stress, and to address a multitude of conditions from
arthritis to pregnancy, from infancy through to our Golden Years!
massage helps the recipient attain an increased level of well-being
and is most often provided when the client is otherwise free of
disease and injury. The skillful and caring touch of a massage
therapist has a holistic influence which encompasses the physical,
emotional and spiritual aspects of a person's being. Therapeutic
effects include the reduction of muscular tension and generalized
pain, improved circulation, increased flexibility, reduced emotional
anxiety, and an increased sense of centeredness, energy and peace.
massage addresses the signs and symptoms of physical dysfunction.
Clients often seek this treatment for musculoskeletal problems
that result from injury to the soft tissues of the body. Such
conditions include whiplash, low back strain and repetitive strain
injuries, to mention just a few. In many cases the client's complaint
may be relieved entirely through a prescribed regimen of treatments.
In the case of long-standing chronic conditions, massage therapy
greatly improves the client's quality of life and provides a means
for continual improvement through regular on-going treatment.
people outside the massage therapy profession realize the scope
of massage therapy education. Anatomy, physiology, and pathology
are studied in considerable detail, with musculoskeletal anatomy
taught in depth. The art and science of therapeutic massage -
whether one thinks of it as touch therapy or manual medicine -
is explored in rich detail. From traditional Swedish Massage to
such advanced techniques as joint mobilization and fascial stretching,
students are immersed in a process of learning that will challenge
them on many levels.
is in student clinics and at specialized "outreach"
clinics that the anatomical understanding and practical skills
of the student are integrated in the applied art of Massage Therapy.
Supervising Instructors work with students sharing their clinical
experience and insight. The varied aspects of professional practice
looking for a massage therapist, first ask what type of massage
therapy the therapist has been trained to provide. The practice
of Massage Therapy is regulated in British Columbia and Ontario.
Several other provinces are in various stages of the process of
regulation. The Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance (CMTA) is
our national professional association. The CMTA supports the Ontario
2200 hr. Core Curriculum as the National Standard. Graduates of
the 2200 hr. program are eligible to sit the Ontario Registration
Examinations. A therapist who has graduated from a 2200-hour training
program in a provincially registered school will be able to provide
massage therapy that can both increase your well-being and address
specific musculoskeletal conditions. [This enables them to practice
in all provinces except British Columbia without further study].
Graduates are also eligible for membership in the Provincial Association.
Shirley Desborough, BA, DipMT (3HO), DipST (Kik), MT, is CEO of
International Complementary Therapy (ICTTM), which owns and operates
ICT Northumberland College in Halifax and ICT Kikkawa College
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