Introduction to Registered Massage Therapy Workshop

Workshops presented in May, August, and November
Next workshop: November 4, 5, 6, 2022

This workshop held over Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning, is fun and educational. It is designed to introduce students to the practical and theoretical content of our massage therapy program. This workshop is a prerequisite for admission to the Registered Massage Therapy Program. The workshop is open to anyone with an interest in learning more about massage therapy.

  • History of Massage Therapy
  • Scope of Practice and Profession of Massage Therapy in BC
  • Effects, Principles, Benefits, and Contraindications of Massage Therapy
  • Self-care and Therapeutic boundaries
  • Draping techniques
  • Introduction and Application of palpation techniques and therapeutic touch
  • Basic Anatomy/Physiology Concepts
  • Opportunity for Open Discussion

Delivery: On Campus
Length: 2.5 days
Hours: 17

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Students will learn about the history and evolution of massage therapy.
2. To provide a basis for the student to feel confident in his/her ability to administer an enjoyable massage at a beginner level – one that allows the receiver to feel safe, protected and relaxed.
3. To inform students about scope of practice contraindications of massage therapy.
4. Students will demonstrate mature, respectful and professional demeanour toward their lab partner during relaxation massage lab and palpation lab.
5. Students will take away an understanding of Ethical Practice of massage therapy and the Massage Therapy profession.
6. Practice and Contemplation exercises will encourage students to develop self-awareness.
7. Students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of Anatomy and Physiology and how they relate to assessment and treatment in Massage Therapy.
8. To demonstrate appropriate dress and personal hygiene for a clinical setting.

Friday Schedule
5:00 - 5:30 pm Introduction & Group Exercise
5:30 - 6:30 pm Theory
6:30 - 6:45 pm Break
6:45 - 7:00 pm Practical Exercise
7:00 - 8:00 pm Theory
Saturday Schedule
8:30 - 9:15 am Massage Practical
9:15 - 10:45 am Theory
 10:45 - 11:00 am Break
 11:00 - 12:00 pm Theory
 12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch Break
 1:00- 3:00 pm Massage Practical
 3:00 - 3:30 pm Reflection / Discussion & Group Exercise
 3:30 - 4:00 pm Group Exercise
4:00 - 5:30 pm Theory Massage Practical
Sunday Schedule
8:30 - 9:30 am Reflection and Discussion
9:30 - 11:00 am Massage Practical
11:00 - 11:30 am Break
11:30 - 1:00 pm Massage Practical
1:00 - 1:30 pm Group Exercise & Closing

A prerequisite for our RMT program, this workshop is not only designed for prospective students, but is also open to anyone who is interested in learning the basics of massage. This interactive and comprehensive weekend workshop includes: bio-mechanics for longevity, basics of Swedish massage technique and discussion around Registered Massage Therapy as a practice and profession.

All applicants of the Kootenay Columbia College of Integrative Health Sciences Registered Massage Therapy Program need to complete this course or an equivalent workshop elsewhere. This weekend of learning will set you up with a strong foundation to build upon.

  1. Why should you attend this workshop?

This workshop held over a two day weekend, is fun and educational and is designed to introduce students to the practical and theoretical content of our massage therapy program. Some of the highlights will include:

  • History of Massage Therapy
  • Scope of Practice and Profession of Massage Therapy in BC
  • Effects, Principles, Benefits, and Contraindications of Massage Therapy
  • Self-care and Therapeutic boundaries
  • Draping techniques
  • Introduction and Application of palpation techniques and therapeutic touch
  • Basic Anatomy/Physiology Concepts
  • Opportunity for Open Discussion
  1. Who are the teachers?

At KCCIHS, we’re proud to have a Registered Massage Therapy program with an expert faculty. Our knowledgeable and friendly teaching staff are happy to share their professional experience and clinical expertise, helping to transfer the kind of critical massage therapy knowledge to the next generation of registered massage therapists. KCCIHS also provides a wide range of clinical internship opportunities, with learners immersed in transformational training activities through classroom experiences, mentorship, and connecting with nature and the community.