The massage industry is self-regulated, and as such so are the colleges and associations who teach massage courses and register therapists. As a self-regulated industry, organisations such as the AAMT and ANTA strive to provide a high level of professionalism and standard of practice for therapists. In conjunction with this, training colleges such as MIMT aim to provide the highiest educational and training standards for massage therapists. Unfortunately, not all therapists receive the same level of training, yet are still granted the same professional title as therapists who have achieved higher levels of training and education.
Where this is often apparant is within the pop-up massage shops, where the person performing the massage may not be qualified at all. By law there is nothing stopping the owner of the business training his staff in-house, and as the industry is not government regulated, the person providing the treatment may have no formal training in massage. This is extremely concerning!
Often I am contacted by a patient who has attended one of these massage shops only to incur an injury. This is not to say that all persons working in these business are unqualified or without formal training. What I am suggesting is that you ensure the individual doing the massage is professionally trained, qualified and registered. In fact BY LAW, the individual therapist must have their qualifications on display or at least be able to show you their credentials. If they are unable to do this, how can you be certain they are qualified and will not cause you harm or injury?
Spectrum Health and Wellbeing is a clinic, as opposed to a 'shop'. We offer Myotherapy, Remedial Massage, Refelxology and Reiki. Where we differ is that we offer the highest level of expertise backed by twenty seven years of training, education and experience in the health and fitness industries, where you know that the person performing the treatment is qualified, insured and simply put, 'knows what they are doing'.
As a Reflexologist, I have been to one of these pop-up shops and asked for a Reflexology. What I got was a university student who worked there part-time who had no concept of Reflexology, and performed a 'foot massage', that anyone at home could do.
So in summing up. When concerning your health, and the health of your body, why would you entrust it to people who are often unskilled and have the potential to do you harm? So next time you need a treatment, contact Spectrum Health and Wellbeing and pay for a professional service that you know will be safe, beneficial and backed by years of experience and knowledge.