True to the heritage bequeathed by its founders, the FQM has always upheld a vision of the professionalization and recognition of massage therapy in Québec. Professionalization thus requires that massage therapy be recognized on a therapeutic level and that it be given its rightful place in the health care sector. Relaxation constitutes a point of departure, a step in the evolution of the profession, but it is not an end in itself.
Consequently, we firmly believe in the creation of a professional order. We consider massage therapists to be key players in the health sector, where the majority of professions are governed by a professional order. The massage therapy community must be given a similar regulatory body, therefore. In 2012, we tabled a memorandum to that effect with the Ministère de la Justice and the Office des professions du Québec (OPQ), and in 2015 Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée requested that the Office des professions produce an official opinion on the subject of regulating massage therapy in Québec.
For further information on the creation of a professional order of massage therapists, visit our platform at onveutdelordre.org
- The FQM’s 2012 memorandum tabled with the Office des professions du Québec is available for consultation here (French only).
- In January 2016, the FQM submitted a complementary memorandum on the risks of injury, available here (French only).