I’m being investigated for professional misconduct or incompetence by our provincial regulatory body. Of course, they’ve neglected to tell me what regulation or standard I’m suspected of being in violation of. At least I can’t seen to find it in the massive 47 pages of documentation they sent to me. I gave a call to the CMTO and they are sending me some clarification on why I’m being investigated. They said they’d send another letter with that information. So I’ll know shortly and will let you know.
Apparently some therapist took offence to some of my observations on the profession and made a complaint to our regulatory College. In brief, on one of my websites I stated something to the effect that the focus of therapists training in our 2,200 hour programs in Ontario is rehab and that as a result when clients come into their offices the therapists tend to look for things to “fix”. As a result relaxation is not a focus and the quality of the client experience suffers.
[Update: I've looked at the source of this and it turns out that this particular quote comes from the website of a company that's not mine, but I would probably say something like this anyway.]
It’s a scientifically recognized phenomenon: Give someone a hammer and everything starts looking like a nail. And that in my opinion is what happens when therapists focus so strongly on rehab massage.
I had my last massage several weeks ago and I specifically asked for a full body relaxation massage using Swedish massage techniques. I did this purposefully because a colleague said that therapists were incapable of doing full body Swedish massage, so I took up the challenge and decided to test this hypothesis when I went for my massage.
I didn’t get a full body Swedish relaxation massage. I got what could best be described as fascial release massage. She focused in particular on my upper back because I had “stuff in there”. Was her work horrible or intolerable? No, she had good hands. Was it a Swedish relaxation massage? If Swedish relaxation massage is defined as deep focused digging, then perhaps.
I’ll admit that sometimes I like poking the sleeping bear and stirring up some controversy. I think that’s okay. Complacency is a killer in any profession. We should always be looking at ways to improve our profession and meet the public’s needs in a better way. We shouldn’t be afraid to acknowledge our weaknesses and take a hard look at how we can turn those around. I also thought that under our constitution we have the “freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication.”
It appears as though someone at our regulatory board feels differently and thinks my characterization of the profession is too harsh and warrants investigation.
What do you think? Should massage therapists be able to question current practices in their profession? If we see issues in the industry should we be able to point them out in a public medium? Is this type of criticism “disgraceful, dishonorable or unprofessional”? Give me your thoughts in the comments section below. I’m very curious what you think.
(I’ll keep you updated as I get more info.)