A general term for a number of techniques that involve manipulation of the muscles and connective tissues. Massage is used to relieve muscle tension and stress, improve flexibility and enhance the patient's sense of well-being. There are many different types of massage, with approaches that range from the very light touches used in lymphatic drainage massage to the deep tissue manipulation involved in Rolfing. Other massage techniques include Swedish massage, Ayurvedic massage, Thai massage and Shiatsu.
Official registration for massage therapists is required in only two provinces, B.C. and Ontario. In British Columbia, the practice of Massage Therapy is governed by the Health Professions Act as administered by the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia. An applicant for registration as a Massage Therapist must show proof of graduation from a course in an approved school. In order to maintain status, practitioners must pay yearly dues, purchase professional liability insurance yearly and maintain continuing competency.
For further information:
Massage Therapists' Association of British Columbia
T (604) 873-4467 or 1-888-413-4467
College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia
T (604) 736-3404