Massage therapy is defined as the manipulation of the soft tissue and joints of the body for therapeutic purposes. In Ontario massage therapy is a regulated profession in which the practitioners have 2200 hours of training at an approved school, after which we have to pass a certification exam set by our governing body, the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. To maintain our licences we are assessed regularly by a Peer Assessor, to whom we have to provide proof of continuing education.
But massage therapy is also an ancient healing art, found in all cultures through history, based on the universal human need for touch. The Swedish techniques we learned at massage school, which were codified over a hundred years ago in Europe, are only a jumping-off point for each therapist as we intuitively and moment-by-moment explore what works best for each client.