Canadian RMT Magazine Spring 2016 Volume 1 - Page 9

Does Ontario Really Need Two Conferences? By Eric Brown This is a special year for massage therapists as the Canadian Massage Conference comes to Ontario twice in 2016, first with the Spring Education Conference in April and then the Canadian Massage Conference and Tradeshow September. With the announcement, many therapists have been asking, “Do we really need two conferences in Ontario?” So we went out into the field and asked Ontario therapists what they thought. In general, respondents were excited about having options. As Parisa Moallemian, Massage Therapy Program Coordinator at CDI College puts it, “Ontario RMTs are very fortunate to have access to these two great conferences right in their own province. The beauty of the two is that they are both uniquely different from one another and carry a different energy.” Each conference has a different format with the spring event featuring longer one and two-day workshops by some of the top educators from around North America, whereas the fall conference features dozens of short presentations and a trade show, along with longer workshops. So there is something for everyone. As Parisa adds, “Some longer topics are better broken down in shorter workshops and presented over time to allow practitioners to practice one level before taking the next. Other times shorter workshops are great for introduction to longer modalities and a good way for a therapist to see if a larger investment is something they may want to commit to. The great thing about having the option is one’s day can be scheduled in such a way to allow for both the longer and shorter options available.” But conference are about more than just education. As Faz Moosa, RMT says, “Although continuing education opportunities abound in Ontario, a conference with multiple educators, a structured curriculum and a chance to network is a unique opportunity that should not be missed.” It seems as though the environment to share, network and connect with other professionals is one of the features therapists appreciate most with these events. Faz adds, “To bring a critical mass of Massage Therapists together, all sharing their knowledge and experience can only happen in a large scale event. Conferences provide the perfect venue for this sharing to take place. Just to know the possibilities of what exists in therapy makes me a better therapist.” Massage therapist Dan Morrison appreciates other elements as well: “Aside from new techniques and approaches to healthcare, the camaraderie is great. I enjoy the trade show where I can learn about new products and talk to the suppliers of the triedand-true products that I have u ͕