Massage therapy is defined under the Massage Therapists Regulations as:
The assessment of the soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissues and joints by manipulation to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, relieve pain or promote health.
Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.
Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.
Your massage therapist will develop a personal treatment plan based on your case history and physical assessment. Before beginning treatment, the massage therapist will explain the treatment plan in order to obtain your consent to begin treatment. Massage will be within the client’s comfort level and clients can request changes or withdraw consent at any time. Your massage therapist must also obtain your consent to work on any part of your body, regardless of whether you are fully clothed, or fully or partially covered with sheets or blankets.
Your privacy will be respected. All information is kept strictly confidential unless required to be released by law or for medical reasons, with your consent.
Massage therapy is not covered by Health PEI, but many private insurance companies cover treatment from a Registered Massage Therapist as part of their extended healthcare plans. Please consult your policy. All massage therapists registered with the College are Registered Massage Therapists.
A member of the public who has a concern about the care received from a massage therapist should contact the Registrar of the College. Strict confidence is maintained in answering all concerns.
Contact the Registrar through email: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.