Massage Therapy is the manipulation of superficial and deep layers of muscle and connective tissue with the intention to enhance function, aid in healing and promote relaxation and overall well-being.
In BC, Massage Therapy has been recognized as a Rehabilitative and Therapeutic form of treatment for over 60 years. Governed by the College of Massage Therapist of BC, and in accordance with the Health Professions Act, Massage Therapists trained in BC have some of the most highly acclaimed training in the world. Registered Massage Therapists in BC are required to have completed a 3000-hour educational program, at an accredited college, as well as pass written and practical Provincial Board Examinations, before beginning a practice in BC. Throughout their education, RMT's gain in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, neuroanatomy, pathology, kinesiology and nutrition education, as well as clinical treatment methods and protocol.
Many different types of Massage Therapy techniques can be practiced by an RMT – some of which include systemic deep tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, craniosacral therapy and muscle energy techniques.
Clients have seen great results when using Massage Therapy to treat various conditions. Some common conditions that can be treated or managed with massage therapy are:
- Chronic pain
- Athletic Injury
- Muscle strain and spasm
- Headaches and Migraines
- Frozen Shoulder
- Degenerative Disc Disorder
- Postural Dysfunctions
- …to name a few.
Massage Therapy has also been highly sought after for the management of stress and stress related disorders. For these reasons, Massage Therapy is becoming a staple in many individuals health care and wellness practices.