Bloor West RMTs
Many people don't realize what high standards an RMT has to meet. In Ontario, a Registered Massage
Therapist is a professional who:
- Has completed a two- to three-year competency-based RMT training course at an educational institution recognized by the Government of Ontario;
- Has completed a minimum of 150 clinical hours;
- Has successfully completed examinations from and has been registered by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.
It's important to ensure that your massage practitioner is an RMT, since these individuals have demonstrated their competency through a rigorous program of training followed by an exam. If you want to locate an RMT close to your home or office, the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario provides a searchable listing on their website. If you live or work in the Bloor West area, you're in luck! Many of the city's best RMTs practice in the neighbourhood.
To be eligible for Registered Massage Therapist training, candidates must have a Grade 12 diploma, preferably with a background in biology. Some of the subjects an RMT studies may include:
- Business Management
- Clinical Practice
- Communication Skills
- Ethics & Professionalism
- Massage Theory and Technique
- Public Health
- Remedial Exercise
- Treatment Massage
A thorough knowledge of their subject allows RMTs to deliver a level of service that less fully trained practitioners can't match.
More Than Just Relaxation
A lot of people enjoy a massage as a pleasant way to unwind and get rid of stress. Regular relaxation massages can combat anxiety and depression, and can help to keep us balanced and healthy.
But some people suffer with conditions or health issues that can be alleviated by therapeutic massage. Some of the many types of therapeutic massage available
include: joint mobilization, muscle energy technique, neuromuscular facilitation, myofascial release therapy, visceral manipulation, craniosacral therapy and manual lymph drainage.
All of these treatments target different symptoms and work toward a specific outcome. For example, neuromuscular facilitation is a technique that works to retrain muscle and movement patterns. This therapy can be extremely useful for patients recovering from strokes and spinal cord injuries. It can also help people dealing with neurological diseases like Parkinson's or Multiple Sclerosis.
In Canada, the use of massage therapy is becoming more and more common
as an adjunct to conventional medical therapies. And in Ontario, more than 35% of the population reports having used the services of an RMT at least once. Doctors are beginning to recognize the value of massage as a treatment, and are suggesting it to certain patients.
Sometimes doctors recommend a particular therapy or therapist. If not, you may need to search the RMTAO's index. Obviously, Registered Massage Therapists specialize in various areas, so the one closest to you may not provide the service you're looking for. But most RMTs will be able to suggest other RMTs in their network who can provide the therapy.
If you or a family member has issues that could benefit from massage, be sure to ask your physician about it. Massage can play a key part in recovery from accident or illness.