In the fall of 1994 a small group of like-minded bodywork therapists came together to form a professional association to support a fast growing field of wholistic treatments and modalities.
The Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers’ Alliance of the Maritimes was the first of its kind in Nova Scotia to offer support and an inclusive forum to wholistic bodywork therapists ensuring the public could be confident in treatments by these professionals.
It was at this time, while we were establishing ourselves, that the decision was made to dedicate ourselves to the highest standards of education and it was also decided to base our Massage Therapy standards on those of the regulated provinces. This dedication has grown to include Practice Standards, Continuing Education, and our policies on Professionalism, Grievances and Conflict Resolution.
In 2000, with the increasing demand for more wholistic and natural based approaches to preventative health care we broadened our focus and changed our name to The Massage Therapists’ and Wholistic Practitioners’ Association of the Maritimes (MTWPAM). This new moniker better reflected our dedication to offering well-trained wholistic-based health practitioners.
MTWPAM continues to provide a unified voice for those working in wholistic health care related fields.
We offer a framework of support and provide credibility for our professional practitioners and therapists. We follow standards and guidelines set by national and international associations and regulatory bodies and recognized program leaders in our supported modalities.
Our members are required to uphold our Code of Ethics and Conduct. We are dedicated to educating the public and the health care community about the benefits of each of our supported modalities. We encourage and facilitate an interactive and communicative link between complementary health care and medical communities.
Today, many people are exploring the advantages of alternative or complementary health care in addition to established medical approaches … research and studies are proving what Registered Massage Therapists, Wholistic Practitioners and their patients have known for many years … we are a safe, natural and effective alternative.
MTWPAM will continue to offer professional support and education so the public and our members have a voice and the natural health care options they want and need.