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Choosing an academic institution is an important step if you want to become a professional massage therapist. Your path can be significantly influenced. This is why you should take the time to learn about the different options that are available to you.
Consult the websites of the different academic institutions and compare what they offer. Formal academic institutions have a wealth of information relevant to your decision-making process, such as a complete description of curricula. Of course, taking into consideration geographical proximity and the cost of training is inevitable. However, with dozens of academic institutions located throughout Quebec, and the recent addition of partial distance education, you now more than ever have the opportunity to base your decision on criteria of equal importance.
Since massage therapy is not a legally regulated profession in Quebec, there is not a single unique definition of what massage therapy is. As such, there is not a specific job description for a professional massage therapist. The different schools of thought generally fall under three main approaches:
You will need to determine which approach corresponds the most to your understanding of the role of a therapist, and which approach offers you the best career opportunities.
Not all academic institutions receive the same recognition from professional associations. Like in the case of institutions, your choice of association can be crucial to your career. Therefore, it is in your best interest to learn about the associations that recognize the training programs that interest you. From there, you will be able to verify which institutions will allow you to join the most important associations. Moreover, you may realize that some establishments can limit your choice of associations.
References are a very important source when it comes to evaluating the quality of a product or service. Each year, numerous therapists are trained in all academic institutions. These new graduates are a very interesting source of information. Survey your acquaintances. Ask questions on your social media and visit focus groups that are specialized in the subject. You will certainly find people who are willing to share their personal experiences with you.
Some academic institutions offer a more limited variety of training than others. There are some institutions that only offer you the opportunity to follow basic training of about 400 hours, while there are others that offer speciality programs. These can include advanced training in kinesitherapy or orthotherapy, the possibility of learning a second basic massage technique, or even an offer to improve your knowledge through continuing education. It is up to you to judge and decide based on your academic background and your career plan!
For many years now, there have been projects to improve the management of the massage therapy profession in Quebec. These projects include the creation of a professional corporation for massage therapy, with the main objective of ensuring that professionals provide services that meet the quality standards and integrity of the profession.
Although the latest developments presented by the Minister of Justice informed us that there is currently no justification for the creation of a professional corporation, the subject is still present in massage therapy news. Therefore, it is important to know that if a professional corporation is created, all of the qualification criteria should be defined, as they do not currently exist.
Under these circumstances, no academic institution can legitimately claim that the training they offer will allow direct or easier access to a possible professional corporation.
To help you in your research, you can consult the list of academic institutions recognized by the Réseau. You can also contact us at 1-800-461-1312, ext. 1428 for any questions regarding the academic institutions and training programs we recognize.