Becoming a registered massage therapist is an attractive career option. You get the chance to make a real difference to people’s health using proven, recognized therapeutic methods, all while working in a growing field, with financially rewarding and diverse working options.
However, massage therapy is a complex healthcare discipline which requires intensive training in both its theoretical and practical aspects. To better understand whether spa practitioner or massage therapy training is an appropriate direction for you, Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy (OVCMT) offers prospective students the opportunity to participate in a two-day introductory workshop. It focuses on practical aspects of the massage therapy program's first year, providing participants with a learning foundation of hands-on technique as they give and receive massage with other applicants.
If you’re thinking of applying for a massage therapy program, read on to find out why an introductory workshop can benefit you.
Studying to become a registered massage therapist is a huge challenge, and it is crucial that prospective students do everything they can to get a head-start on their training. The practical aspects of a therapeutic massage training program can be difficult to master, with students learning numerous physical therapeutic techniques, all requiring careful execution.
In addition, an RMT needs to undergo extensive training in areas such as anatomy, physiology, and pathology. This can also be daunting for a prospective student without suitable preparation.
OVCMT’s introductory workshop is designed to offer future students a basic introduction to their massage therapy training, providing an overview of the practical and professional aspects of our programs. Students get a chance to gain some hands-on experience of basic massage therapy techniques in order to gain a better understanding of what is involved in the course, and help them make the right decision about their future career. It is also an opportunity for OVCMT to assess participants as potential candidates for our programs and a good fit for our community.
Here are the top ten benefits that participants will gain from the introductory workshop:
1. Introduction to the principles and language of massage.
2. Introduction to situations where massage is inappropriate.
3. Opportunity to explore tactile and kinesthetic awareness and creativity.
4. Understanding of the requirements of professionalism and boundaries within the power of touch.
5. Understanding of massage injury self-awareness and prevention.
6. Opportunity to access inner awareness and the importance of a holistic approach to touch.
7. Introduction of five foundation/Swedish massage strokes/stroke categories.
8. Opportunity to experience giving and receiving full body wellness massage (often referred to as relaxation massage).
9. Opportunity to learn more about OVCMT, our programs and our core values as a college.
10. Opportunity to meet potential classmates and have an enjoyable time!
The course runs from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm both Saturday and Sunday, and costs $283.50 (including tax). It is open to applicants and prospective applicants of OVCMT’s programs, as well as to people planning to attend other professional massage therapy colleges in BC.
In addition to gaining a better understanding of what a therapeutic massage diploma entails, the introductory workshops also give you the chance to meet potential future classmates. You will make new friends, and discover the campus and the scenic surrounding area of Vernon, with some of the very people who could be sharing this experience with you over the next two years.
Making these connections early can be invaluable, helping strengthen your support network as you embark on this exciting new phase of your life.
While the introductory workshop offers you an overview of the practical aspects of therapeutic massage school, OVCMT also runs a separate preparation course to help students with the academic science elements of their training. The Human Science and College Preparation course provides an overview of general anatomy, physiology, and musculoskeletal anatomy, as well as offering practical study and time management skills.
This can be done online or on campus, and is recommended for anyone who has not taken college or university level anatomy or physiology in the recent past. By combining the skills taught in both of these courses, prospective students can be assured of giving themselves the best possible chance of succeeding in the program.
Are you interested signing up for one of our introductory workshops? Visit OVCMT for more details.