Massage therapy in BC has been a regulated health care profession since 1946, and is legislated by the government under the BC Health Profession Act. In 2001, the Health Professions Council accepted a revised scope of practice definition proposed by the College of Massage Therapists of BC, the profession's regulatory body. The proposed definition reads:
The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of dysfunction, injury, pain and physical disorders of the soft tissues and joints by manual and physical methods to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function to relieve pain and promote health.
(Source: The Massage Therapists' Association of BC, the professional body for the RMTs of British Columbia)
Systemic Deep Tissue Therapy® (SDTT)*, is a comprehensive musculo-skeletal-fascial therapy that aims to restore optimal alignment in the body by addressing deep muscles without the use of high pressure.
SDTT restores muscle tissue function, at any stage of pain (acute or chronic), by focusing on not only muscles, but also joints, fascia, ligaments, tendons, nerves, circulation and (indirectly) internal organs. It works to alter the adjustments and accommodations the body has made over time (e.g., posture, activities, injuries and emotional states), and the resulting “holding patterns” in the nervous system.
A patient’s pain and/or dysfunction is addressed in a whole body context, avoiding “chasing the problem around” and, instead, treating the source. Issues are worked through in an efficient, effective manner with assessment and treatment being seamlessly integrated. By returning a person’s body to optimal alignment, they are returned to a state of healthy efficiency.
Bruising sensations are common for a few days after treatment. Keep in mind that your first session will be your baseline—it can only get less painful. Healthy tissue doesn’t hurt; tenderness decreases as tissue health increases, meaning with each session you will feel less discomfort as you steadily progress towards a pain-free life.
* Systemic Deep Tissue Therapy® is a registered trademark and the intellectual property of Armand Ayaltin, DNM, RHT, RMT.