The Fitness Zone
In the midst of health fund regulation and new reform, Australian Institute of Fitness Queensland Lead Massage Coach, Alex Bushell, gives us the lowdown on the latest in massage therapy.
As an industry we are undergoing changes of reform and regulation which on the outset can seem quite daunting and challenging for both the new and current therapist. These changes were initiated and acted upon by the big health funds. The message was simple ‘clean up the industry!'
Why Did This Happen?
Put simply, it was to stop rogue, unqualified or untrained therapists from injuring people. When working on a human body as a manual therapist you have the power to be a catalyst for great change in that person’s body, for good or ill.
There are too many poorly trained therapists out there right now and this gives the industry a bad reputation which leads to people questioning massage therapy as a valid natural aid to positive health and lifestyle. This in turn leads to decreasing client leads and income streams for the therapist. It also overloads other existing allied health practitioners like physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths which means increased waiting times for treatment. What a ripple effect!
Where are we Going?
The industry is moving towards higher education as an answer, and a lot of clinics have a preference for Diploma and above qualified therapists with the appropriate professional association membership, current first aid and evidence of continuous professional development. What does this mean for someone who is entering into the industry or is Certificate IV qualified?
Get as much supervised experience under your belt as possible. Investing in higher education like the Diploma of Remedial Massage will place you in good stead for career opportunities to work in clinics, hospitals, sporting arenas and so much more! You will have a greater skill set and higher knowledge base to help your clients.
The health funds are leaning on the professional associations to enforce stringent codes of conduct and ethics which their members must abide by, but is this a bad thing? No.These changes are actually very positive steps to improving how we are perceived as professionals in the greater community, which in turn will make people stop, think and consider which allied health professional or natural therapist they should see when in need. By being proactive with your education and investing in becoming the best professional therapist for yourself, it has a wider ripple effect for positive change in the greater community, like a pebble dropped into a still pond. Will the ripples you make be for good or ill? Positive or negative? Inspiring or inhibiting? The choice is yours.
There is no better time to become a remedial massage therapist. The industry is recognising the this qualification even more now and with our PT clients gaining further understanding of how massage can aid their training the demand is continuing to increase.
For more information on becoming a Remedial Massage Therapist head to our courses page.