Bonjour and welcome to my website and blog. Don't worry, my French is limited to greetings! My name is Ruth and I am from Toronto, Canada and I am Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). I recently relocated to London to be with my British husband and I'm very excited to be here. This blog will hopefully be a combination of updates regarding my practice as well as sharing news about the Massage profession and helpful tips for creating a freely moving body and mind.
Moving country is a big undertaking and one of those things is moving your career, whatever it may be. I have been working as an RMT in Ontario for over 6 years and I was excited to bring my skills to a new country, to see what the industry is like and to share my skills to healthcare professionals here. It was surprising to see what it means or doesn't mean to be a massage therapist here in the UK after coming from a country where Massage Therapy is a protected title under Regulated Health Professions Act, and is regulated by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). I have learned over the last month that it's quite variable on the training of each therapist and there is no one title that can give the public an idea of that therapist's education and training.
It is an idea for the future to work with the professional bodies that exist in the UK to help move the industry towards being regulated which would provide reassurance to the public that their massage therapist has the qualifications to treat them in a safe and evidence-based manner. Until then, I shall build my own practice!
If you are here because you're curious about my education, I would direct you to the CMTO's website (http://www.cmto.com/about-the-profession/about-massage-therapy/) which lays out the Standards of Practice that I was trained and practice under.
I invite you to subscribe to this blog for updates on what is happening to me professionally as well as news and information that pertain to your health and wellness. This is all in order to get you moving freely so to think clearly.