Hours: 9-2, 3-9 Daily at tofino massage Therapy, 451 Main St!!!
Bree, amanda, chanel, morgan, cherissa, colin, stephanie, mariJa.
Bree: 250.266.0669 Amanda: 250.266.0617
Thank you and welcome to Tofino Massage Therapy!
We are stoked that you have chosen to make Massage Therapy part of your life in Tofino and we are delighted to share our community with you. Please read through the following to familiarize yourself with our clinic.
Please silence your cell phone when entering the clinic. Arrive early for your massage and allow yourself sufficient time to settle and have some water or tea. Before your initial massage with TMT you will be asked to fill out a double-sided form (or complete it online before your arrival) that takes no longer than 10 minutes to complete.
Massage Therapy is best enjoyed on an empty stomach (1.5-3 hours after a large meal).
Please take the opportunity to nourish yourself within an hour after your massage with a healthy snack. Keep hydrated with a glass of water every two hours for at least that evening and the next day.
When possible, a 15-minute buffer is booked between massages. Please feel free to arrive early or stay a few moments after your massage. Each treatment provides time, regardless of a buffer, to speak with the therapist if you have any questions regarding your treatment. We are happy to help.
Massage Therapy Policies
When booking your massage please make sure to confirm your appointment and make note of it in your planner. Courtesy reminder calls happen when possible but are not guaranteed.
Missed appointments are non-refundable.
Appointments can be shared with another person if the intended individual is unable to attend.
All gift certificates have a suggested expiry date - book your massage soon when you get one!
About Registered Massage Therapists
Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) in British Columbia are health care professionals committed to restoring and maintaining optimal health and pain-free function of the body. They are educated and trained to accurately assess, diagnose and provide treatment with techniques which include, but are not limited to, massage and manual therapy, joint mobilization, hydrotherapy, and rehabilitative exercise such as stretching, strengthening, postural exercise and patient education as new research emerges.
Massage Therapy is an effective approach to pain management and rehabilitation with a broad number of applications. RMTs are effective in treating and providing relief for a wide range of disorders such as migraine headaches, tendinitis, arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and sports injuries, as well as many other common conditions related to soft tissue and joint dysfunction.
General History of Massage Therapy
The practice of massage is woven throughout history into the Egyptian, Chinese, Indian, Greek, Roman, French, Swedish and English cultures. Hippocrates, often considered the “father of western medicine”, referenced massage in his ‘terrain cures’ in 460 BC.
In early history, massage was often considered an art form rather than a medical practice. However, in recent times science has taken massage to a new level and redefined it as an evidence-based practice now referred to as ‘massage therapy’.
In contemporary times, the advancement of massage therapy can be credited, in part, to Per Henrik Ling (Sweden) and also Johann Mezger (Holland), who developed a system of medical gymnastics that combined massage and exercise. This led to the formation of the Society of Trained Masseuses in Britain, which in 1894 established the first standards for training and education of massage therapy.
In B.C., the practice of massage therapy has a rich tradition that dates back to the early 1900’s. The grass roots of the massage therapy profession can be best traced from 1946 when nurses and remedial gymnasts founded the Association of Physiotherapists and Massage Practitioners of B.C. (APMP). Their treatments were focused on rehabilitating and restoring patients to optimal health.
Massage Therapy Today
In British Columbia, the massage therapy profession has evolved from the massage techniques described by Hippocrates, Ling and Mezger to an evidence-based system of scientifically supported manual therapy (hands-on), activation (exercises) and patient education practices.
Over the past decade, there has been a significant rise in demand for massage therapy in British Columbia. The rise in massage therapy use can be attributed to higher educational standards, research studies showing the efficacy of massage therapy and an overall increase in public interest in non-surgical and drug-free treatment options for musculoskeletal conditions and pain. Increasingly, scientific research supports the use of massage therapy as an effective approach in pain and injury management, rehabilitation and prevention.
In British Columbia, over 75 percent of medical physicians regularly refer their patients to a Registered Massage therapist (RMT)- and they make these referrals because massage therapy is both accessible and effective in the treatment of their patients’ conditions.
Today, RMTs use a blend of ancient philosophies and modern science. Committed to providing quality health care services, improving health outcomes, and being there when needed, RMTs are an integral part of the health care fabric of B.C. Whether someone is suffering from disease, acute or chronic injury, of those facing a crisis, the RMTs of B.C. are there.
What Registered Massage Therapists Do (Scope of Practice)
RMTs in B.C. are members of a self-regulating health care profession and are legislated by the government under the B.C. Health Professions Act. The scope of practice for massage therapy in B.C. provides mandatory standards and guidelines for every RMT.
Currently, RMTs practice a wide variety of modalities which include manual “hands-on” techniques, activation (exercise), water therapy, and physical agents (topical applications). Specific techniques include joint mobilizations, hydrotherapy, rehabilitative exercise such as stretching, strengthening and postural exercise, along with patient education.
REGISTERED MASSGE THERAPITS TAKE TIME TO WORK WITH THEIR PATIENTS TO DEVELOP AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT PLAN THAT MEETS THE INDIVIDUAL NEEDS OF EACH PATIENT.
Massage Therapy – A Regulated Health Care Profession
Massage therapy has been a regulated health care profession in B.C. since 1946. British Columbians can be sure that they are receiving the highest quality of care available. This is because the RMT designation means that the therapist adheres to strict practice and ethical standards. It also guarantees that a therapist trained in B.C. has met the most challenging and comprehensive educational standards in North America.
Since 1994, the standards of the profession have been enforced by the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC), which came into being in accordance with the provisions of the Health Professions Act. The CMTBC’s primary role as defined by the legislation is to serve and protect the public.
As the regulatory body for the profession, the CMTBC is responsible for many important functions including:
Superintending the practice of the profession
Governing registrants in accordance with the Health Professions Act and all other related legislation
Establishing, monitoring, and enforcing standard of education, qualification and the quality of practice*
*to see the full extent of CMTBC activities and for other information see their web site at www.cmtbc.bc.ca
Massage therapy is highly accessible in B.C. This is due to its representation in every health region, its recognition by other health care professions, and to its coverage under MSP, ICBC, DVA, RCMP, WCB and extended health care plans. RMTs are primary contact providers, therefore referrals are not required for MSP coverage of their services.
What Type of Education Do Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) Receive?
RMTs in British Columbia are unique. They are world leaders in the development of massage therapy as a regulated health profession. RMTs in this province must meet the most stringent educational and professional standards in North America.
To become an RMT in B.C., Bree completed 3,000 hours of training over three years at West Coast College of Massage Therapy in New Westminster. Compare this to a university bachelor degree, which typically averages 1,500 hours over four years.
Standard course requirements include comprehensive studies of the basic health sciences such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, and neuroanatomy. Clinical Sciences include areas such as manual skills, orthopedics, remedial exercise and hydrotherapy. Practical training in the effects of long-term stress is also extensively studied. In addition to these requirements, students receive vigorous training in all professional and regulatory standards affecting the profession.
Upon completion of the 3,000 hour program, students must then pass provincial licensing exams in order to become an RMT recognized by the Ministry of Health, CMTBC, MTABC, Insurance Corporation of B.C. (ICBC), Workers Compensation Board (WCB), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and extended health care plans. Post-graduate education is mandatory for RMTs in B.C. in order to maintain licensure.
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