Safe, Ethical and Effective

by Tamara | on Aug 26, 2013 | 6 Comments

Massage Therapy – Safe, Ethical, Effective Care for Your Well-Being

Your experience of massage may be one of soothing nurturance, but did you know how much training and credentialing your massage therapist has received? In Ontario, Registered Massage Therapists are one of 21 regulated health professions, defined under the same Regulated Health Professions Act as physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, chiropractors, dental hygienists and others.

“Massage Therapists assess and treat physical dysfunction and pain of the soft tissue and joints of the body, mostly by hands-on manipulation. Assessment and treatment can include orthopedic and neurological testing, soft tissue manipulation (Swedish massage is the most commonly used technique), hydrotherapy, remedial exercise programmes and client education programmes.”

Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) attend a diploma level program at a recognized vocational school or community college, and must pass rigorous exams both at the training school level at the regulatory college level before receiving the protected RMT title. RMTs adhere to a code of ethics, abide by principles of the Charter on Professionalism, meet and exceed competency standards and are required to obtain continuing education units to keep their knowledge and skills current. A quality assurance program provides evaluation and improvement of an RMT’s competency. To learn more visit the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario website at



Happy Holidays!

by Jaty Tam ND | on Dec 14, 2011 | No Comments

The holiday season can be a fun time filled with parties, celebrations and social gatherings, but it can also cause some people anxiety and stress.  Feelings of stress can be caused by a busy schedule of shopping and social events, financial stress, and unrealistic expectations we may place on ourselves or others during this time.

Here are 5 tips for reducing holiday stress:

  1. Pace yourself. Don’t take on more than you can handle. Make a list and prioritize the most important activities and events. Make sure to reserve some “me time” and time doing things you truly enjoy.
  2. Keep track of your spending. It’s easy to lose track of how much you spend only to realize you’ve gone over budget when the credit card bill comes next month. To avoid this, make a realistic budget and keep track of how well you are able to keep up with it, adjusting the budget if necessary so there are no surprises in January.
  3. Let others help you. Instead of taking on too many holiday tasks on your own, let others share the responsibility. It is the time for giving, and most people will be happy to lend a hand, allowing you to spend more quality time with family.
  4. Avoid excessive drinking. Alcohol is a depressant and can often cause both physical and emotional repercussions the next morning. Drink in moderation by alternating a glass of water with each alcoholic beverage.
  5. Live in the moment.  At such a busy time of year, it is easy to lose yourself in tasks or activities and let the present moment pass you by. Instead of focusing on “the good old days” or worrying about what the future may hold, take in the good moments as they are happening NOW.

For more on holiday stress, check out MedicineNet’s article.

All of us at Work Well Health Canada are wishing you a happy, joyful, and stress-free holiday season!

Written by Clinic Director & Naturopathic Doctor Jaty Tam ND

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