Dani Faucher, an RMT from London, Ontario, wants to give her patients back some control over their health care and their lives. By helping her patients discover what they can do despite their pain, rather than what they can’t do, they are able to have a more active role in their recovery.
“Imagine seeing someone’s eyes light up when they realize that the activity they’ve been missing may well be possible again, albeit a little differently sometimes,” Dani said. “Seeing relief from pain and helping people learn to cope with living with pain is awesome - that renewal of hope that life can be good again.”
In her four years as an RMT, Dani has been able to help many people cope with pain and return to their regular activities.
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One of your first questions when you heard about RMT/ACT may have been: “Why are we doing this?”. The primary reason is to create a hub for Registered Massage Therapists to show their support for the profession and advocate for changing how our services are taxed. But you may be wondering why an advocacy campaign is necessary.
“Advocacy” can mean many different things to many different people, but in general, advocacy is about taking action. Advocacy is speaking out or acting toward a cause, idea or policy that affects you, the people or the world around you. It is the pursuit of influencing outcomes—including public policy and funding decisions. It is telling your story so that government is compelled to do (or perhaps, not to do) something.
On March 1, 2019, massage therapy was included as a Regulated Health Profession under the Prince Edward Island Regulated Health Professions Act. This means that individuals practicing massage therapy in PEI are now considered regulated health professionals, and new applicants would need to apply with the College of Massage Therapists of PEI which is currently being formed.
The Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance (CMTA) would like to congratulate the Prince Edward Island Massage Therapy Association (PEIMTA) for this monumental accomplishment. This represents a significant step forward to the massage therapy profession both in PEI and across Canada.