What to consider when choosing a massage therapist.
Choosing a Massage Therapist:
There are many massage therapists out there, but how do you know if your therapists are qualified and staying up to date with current research, theories and techniques?
Massage therapy is currently self-regulated in Australia. There is no statute or act that applies solely or specifically to the practice of massage therapy.
However, massage therapists in Victoria are accountable under the following statutory codes and legislative instruments:
- Health Records Act 2001
- Health Services (Conciliation and Review) Act 1987
- Working with Children Act 2005
Massage Therapist Qualifications:
Knowing the different qualifications and ensuring your therapist is qualified to deliver the services they are offering, as well as being a member of a recognised massage association will significantly increase your likelihood of receiving beneficial treatment.
Nationally recognised massage therapy qualifications at Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma levels are delivered by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), which are regulated by the government. These qualifications sit within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), the national system of qualifications encompassing higher education, vocational education and training, and schools.
Checking that a training college is nationally recognised ensures that a course has been created and delivered to a standard that meets Australian guidelines.
Graduates of Certificate IV programs will be qualified as a therapeutic massage therapist and are competent to perform general health maintenance treatments. Graduates of Diploma programs will be qualified as a Remedial massage therapist and are competent to perform treatments involving specific remedial techniques to alleviate common musculoskeletal presentations such as low back pain. Graduates of Advanced Diploma or degree programs will be qualified as a Myotherapist and are competent to treat complex musculoskeletal presentations with a more extensive range of treatment protocols.
Massage therapist and other types of therapist:
In addition to this there are other therapists such as beauty therapists who will have covered massage techniques and treatment as part of their study and will be qualified as a relaxation massage therapist.
There are many other therapy modalities available to us also. It is important for us to know how they treat clients and what level of training they have undertaken to be able to deliver the treatment. If you’re unsure – ASK. Being registered with a massage association allows for some form or regulation over the industry and provides a level of quality assurance to the general public seeking qualified therapists.
Each association has a minimum standard that their members need to meet. These standards include completing a nationally recognised qualification, maintaining first aid qualifications, completing a specified amount of professional development every two years, having both professional indemnity and public liability insurance as well as adhering to all aspects of the association’s policies and procedures. Meeting and maintain these standards will allow the therapist to meet the requirements of third-party payment providers such as the private health funds.
So next time you get a massage, make sure your therapist is qualified. Call VFA Learning or visit us to find out more information on becoming a Massage therapist or recommendations for a great therapist to see.
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