6 Answers to Soothe Your Mind About Massage Therapy

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    assage Therapy is more than just a luxurious indulgence. It's a strategic intervention that promotes health and well-being. In the skilled hands of a massage therapist, tension and stress are adeptly targeted, muscle knots are unraveled, and joint mobility is restored. There are numerous reasons that similar and complementary techniques have been cultivated for centuries around the globe.

    We have prepared this handy FAQ to help answer some of your most common questions about this popular and enduring medical practice.

    Who is properly qualified to provide Massage Therapy?

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    Massage therapy is a very specialized field, and only Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) are properly qualified to provide this form of healthcare. RMTs employ a holistic approach, addressing a person's health's physical and emotional aspects. These professionals use various massage techniques to alleviate muscle tension, reduce stress, and promote overall physical comfort. RMTs often work closely with their clients to understand specific concerns, tailoring their therapeutic approach to meet individual needs. With a deep understanding of the body's anatomy and a keen sense of touch, Registered Massage Therapists contribute significantly to their client's health by providing a specialized form of care that goes beyond the surface, fostering a sense of balance and rejuvenation.

    What kind of training does a Registered Massage Therapist require?

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    Registered Massage Therapists undergo comprehensive training to earn their qualifications. In order to obtain licensing they need to complete 2200 hours of theoretical and practical hands-on experience. Their studies cover a diverse range of medical knowledge and massage techniques including anatomy, physiology, neuroanatomy, pathology, ethics, palpation, hydrotherapy, nutrition, and even pharmacology.

    Where can I find a Registered Massage Therapist in my area?

    According to the Canadian Massage Therapist Association, there are more than 23,000 Registered Massage Therapists in Canada. When choosing one in your area it’s important to ensure they are licensed to practice in your city, a member of the therapist association, and hold proper malpractice insurance. Comparing reviews and visiting a few clinics is a good way to find the right fit. If you live in Calgary you can also book an appointment with ABM College’s own massage clinic.                              

    When should patients visit a Massage Therapist?

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    Massage therapy is beneficial for various reasons, the most common being for physical therapy and rehabilitation, or stress and tension relief. For individuals dealing with sprains, or injuries, or undergoing physical therapy, Massage Therapists are trained to provide targeted care to aid in the recovery process. Beyond physical ailments, massage therapy is a powerful tool for relieving stress and tension. Whether you're feeling the weight of a hectic schedule or the strain of daily life, therapists can help you to relax and rejuvenate.

    Why is Massage so popular?

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    Massage has been a time-honoured medical treatment for centuries. Its roots can be traced back to ancient civilizations, where it was recognized for its healing properties. This enduring popularity speaks to its effectiveness in promoting overall well-being. In addition to its historical significance, massage therapy promotes improved circulation, which enhances the body's natural healing processes. Beyond this, it has been proven to alleviate muscle pain, reduce anxiety, contribute to better sleep, and so much more.

    How can I earn a Diploma in Massage Therapy?

    At ABM College, we offer a comprehensive Diploma Program for aspiring Massage Therapists. Our full 2200-hour course provides a rich combination of theoretical knowledge and extensive practical experience. Like most of our programs, the well-rounded curriculum includes practicum training to ensure our graduates are well-prepared to meet the demands of the field and provide high-quality care to their future clients. Students graduate not just with a diploma, but with the skills and confidence needed to excel in their careers.


    Massage Therapy is an important branch of the healthcare system which has helped mend injuries and ease chronic suffering for millions of patients. More than 44% of Canadians have employed their services over their lifetimes.

    Massage Therapy is one of the many Health Diplomas offered by ABM College in Canada. If you’re looking for a meaningful career change that allows you to help people in a significant way, we’d be happy to discuss some exciting options with you. Contact one of our Admissions Advisors today and get your career on the right track. Your journey towards becoming a skilled and compassionate Massage Therapist starts here.

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