Massage Therapist Association of Alberta established in 1953.
Remedial Massage Therapists Association established in 1977.
Natural Health Practitioners of Canada established in 1988.
Massage is not regulated in Alberta. A regulatory colleges exists in British Columbia, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador. For a college to exist here in Alberta the different associations would be dissolved into one. Unity on common ground. The process to have a college for Alberta began in 2004. My optimism says that one day we will be united health care professionals and therapeutic massage therapists.
Left to right: Kim Deering, Loretta Wilson, Sue Waye, Brandy Jaffray, Mikala Martinell, Terri Leslie, Caroline Bitz (27 plus years of massage experience),and Athena Winchester
Earlier this year in May, the eight therapists of Drumheller got together for coffee and a group picture. A celebration of massage in Drumheller. With so few therapists in town I like that we know each other. I have no feeling of competition, the feeling is of the unity of colleagues.
What keeps our schedules full are referrals from people that like what we do. People either like you or they don't. There are many people that see all of us. Massage is a very personal experience for the client. It is a privileged experience for the therapist to have the trust and agreement with an individual to touch and support their healing experience.
Be Healthy. Stay Healthy. Massage.