Students are usually drawn to massage college by their desire to pursue a flexible, portable career that is both personally and financially rewarding. They are interested in continual growth, helping others achieve optimal health, and becoming a positive force for change within the healthcare community.
In recent years, massage therapy has gained recognition as a science-based profession and an effective approach to treatment and health maintenance. In Canada, British Columbia is leading the way with one of the country’s most rigorous training and registration standards for aspiring RMTs - standards the Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy has been proudly upholding since 1994.
OVCMT’s sole focus on massage therapy sets it apart from other institutions that combine massage training with an array of other programs. Steeped in the philosophy, science and practice of massage therapy for over twenty years, it’s no surprise that OVCMT is well respected as an industry leader. Here are four of the many reasons our students and graduates do so well:
“The teachers and staff were always approachable and willing to help and guide…” (Jeff DiMarco, RMT)
A massage therapy training program is only as good as its instructors. It takes practical experience, passion and pedagogical skill to effectively prepare candidates to enter the profession - all of which OVCMT faculty possess. Led by founder, director and instructor Douglas Fairweather BA RMT, each practical instructor and supervisor at the college is a registered massage therapist, bringing decades of combined experiences to OVCMT classrooms. In addition, our students receive a solid foundation in human sciences from instructors who are medial doctors, PhD holders and otherwise highly credentialed and experienced professionals. And as program graduate Jeff DiMarco points out, OVCMT teachers are never too busy to provide individualized instruction, ensuring that each student understands and excels in their training.
“The practical experience gained during your time at OVCMT comes from working with and treating a diverse group of patients, from those with special needs or sports injuries, to massaging expectant mothers” (Karla Kriese, BSc (Kin), RMT)
One of the most valuable elements of massage therapist training at OVCMT is the college’s diverse Outreach Program and on-site clinic. Both on campus and out in the community, students have the opportunity to work with a wide range of patients, putting theory into practice and perhaps identifying a future area of interest. Under the guidance of staff RMTs, students build their confidence performing assessments, administering treatments, and understanding the practical elements of running a massage clinic.
Once students graduate from OVCMT, they are eligible to take the board exams for registration with the College of Massage Therapists of BC. Because BC massage therapy credentials are widely recognized across Canada, students may practice in other provinces without further training or education (other than writing a jurisprudence exam). In fact, OVCMT graduates have been known to take their expertise all over the world working at resorts, with sports teams, and as private mobile practitioners.
“I like the intimacy of the school. It fosters and promotes individual learning techniques”
(Tina Van Steen, RMT)
One should not underestimate the power of a beautiful, supportive learning environment. Uniquely situated in Vernon, close to hiking, beaches, golf, and skiing at Silver Star Mountain, OVCMT offers students much more than an academic experience. Vernon’s hospitable and friendly atmosphere is reflected in OVCMT’s close-knit community of teachers and learners. Small class sizes and individualized instruction help students reach their full potential - while naturally beautiful surroundings reinforce a positive message of vitality, rejuvenation and wellness. It’s hard to imagine a more ideal environment in which to learn the science and art of massage.
What else do you think makes OVCMT the best place to study massage therapy?