PRESENTATION OF THE TRAINING PROGRAM
In Quebec, a student who wishes to become a massage therapist must know that in order for massage services to be reimbursed to clients by insurance companies, the massage therapist must complete the training in massage therapy, which is mainly offered by private schools. At the end of the studies, with the diploma issued by one of these schools, the massage therapist can become a member of a professional association, which will authorize the massage therapist to issue receipts to clients.
The training, entitled the Massage Therapy Diploma Program, was developed using a competency-based approach.
The program aims for students to acquire the following competencies essential to the practice of massage therapy, which are defined by SOINS PERSONNELS QUÉBEC:
Analyze massage therapy approaches and techniques.
Interact in a varied professional context.
Perform a consultation.
Perform a massage.
Perform administrative activities.
INTRODUCTORY COURSE TO MASSAGE (15 HOURS)
Before enrolling in the massage therapy diploma program, the student must take an introductory course in the type of Swedish massage that this student will choose as his main technique. This 15-hour course gives the student a better insight into the field, teaches the basics of massage, and equips the student to practice a variety of maneuvers in complete safety. This course is the prerequisite for the Diploma Program.
MASSAGE THERAPY DIPLOMA PROGRAM (420 HOURS)
The 420-hour Diploma program is divided into 8 courses that alternate between theory course and hands-on practice. This alternating approach lets students put the knowledge and competencies acquired in the classroom into practice during the hands-on practice. This formula also promotes better integration of the knowledge and skills covered in the program.
Continuing education after graduation is important for a new massage therapist or an experienced massage therapist. A massage therapist should learn as many massage therapy techniques as possible, and the learning should continue throughout their career, which is required by all professional associations.