British Columbia’s Registered Massage Therapists
British Columbia’s Registered Massage Therapists are the most highly trained in North America & arguably, in the world. Not surprising if one only checks the standards set out to become a Registered Massage Therapist in B.C.:
Graduate from an accredited school, meaning the completion of a 3000-hour program (the equivalent of seven university semesters)
Obtain at least 70% on a rigorous two-day examination
Obtain First Aid certification
Supply three letters of reference for personal character
Pay a hefty fee
Have a Solemn Declaration notarized
Once the applicant is accepted & becomes a Registered Massage Therapist, to remain Registered he/she must abide by:
The Health Professions Act
The Human Rights Act
The Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act
And the regulations & bylaws of the College of Massage Therapists of B.C. Which among other important points include the following:
The Registrant must act in the best interest of a patient
Only provide a treatment if the Registrant has a reasonable expectation that it will be of benefit to the patient
A Registrant shall maintain confidentiality of patient information
This is a serious commitment on the part of each Registered Massage Therapist. As well, serious protection for the public on the part of the College of Massage Therapists of B.C.
Unregistered body-worker/masseuses/masseurs do not have the appropriate education for anything beyond a relaxation massage. Furthermore, their receipts are invalid for tax purposes & many extended health care companies will not honour them either.
So, if you’re going to spend the time, & pay the fee to have a massage, it just makes sense to ensure that you go to a Registered Massage Therapist.
From the College of Massage Therapists of B.C. Website
The College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia is the regulatory body for massage therapy in British Columbia:
It is the duty of the College at all times:
· To serve and protect the public
· To exercise its powers and discharge its responsibilities under all enactments in
the public interest.
The College of Massage Therapists of BC serves and protects the public by regulating the profession of massage therapy in BC in accordance with the duties and objects set out in the Health Professions Act. We believe in personal integrity, administrative fairness and professional accountability.
So, if you’ve had a difficult experience with a massage from someone unregistered (or Registered for that matter) don’t hesitate to contact the College of Massage Therapists of B.C. in writing,
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By mail: #103-1089 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC Canada V6H 1E5