Massage therapy is another type of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practice that is often used to treat muscle pain, injury, and stiffness. Massage therapy has more recently been used for the treatment of mental and emotional problems, including stress, anxiety, and depression. Also considered a relaxation technique, massage therapy may be able to help reduce tension and elicit feelings of calm and deep relaxation. Additionally, massage may be able to curb feelings of fear and nervousness and assist in managing other panic disorder symptoms. See more www.verywell.com
Getting Started with Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is often offered at many spas, salons, and wellness centers. However, as it continues to become a more mainstream treatment option, massage is now offered at many hospitals and clinics. Some insurance companies may even cover massage therapy services.
It is important to schedule these services with a licensed or certified massage therapist. This ensures that you will get treatment from a qualified practitioner who has followed the standards and requirements for their state licensure. Licensed massage therapists can be found through website directories, including the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork and the American Massage Therapy Association.
Massage therapy is regulated by the individual provinces and territories, so standards and practices vary from province to province. Massage Therapy is a regulated health profession in four Canadian provinces, with other provinces at various points along the path towards self-regulation.
Massage therapy is a regulated health profession in only four Canadian provinces:
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick – This province achieved self-regulation in 2013, and the newly developed College of Massage Therapists of New Brunswick does not yet have a web presence.
- See more massage_therapy/regulation_of_mt/massage_therapy_in_canada.htm
Dianna M. Ernest, Registered Massage Therapist