The FQM: dedicated to our collective well-being
La Fondation de la massothérapie, an initiative of the Fédération québécoise des massothérapeutes, was founded with the intention of supporting people living with cancer, chronic pain or mental health issues by offering them complimentary massage therapy care adapted to their health condition and dispensed by certified massage therapists. Since 2010, FQM staff and certified massage therapists have worked on behalf of the Fondation, with the FQM defraying all of the administrative costs. This invaluable support allows the Foundation to offer massage therapy adapted a sick clientele, and to date more than 15,000 massages have been offered free of charge across the province.
Every year, the Fondation de la massothérapie offers 1,000 massage therapy sessions to patients living with cancer in accommodations run by the Québec Cancer Foundation. Additionally, it has allowed patients from Integrated Health and Social Services Centres (CIUSSS and CISSS) and the CHUM to receive massage therapy care free of charge.
Since 2016, members of the Association québécoise de la douleur chronique can benefit from adapted massage therapy care free of charge thanks to the Fondation de la massothérapie.
The Fondation de la massothérapie has been involved with Les Impatients since 2015. Each week, certified massage therapists visit the organization’s offices to deliver care adapted to the health condition of each individual. The impact of massage among clients at Les Impatiens is observed on both a physical and a psychological level.
The Fondation in their words
“Thank you for calling attention to this disease and for all that you do!”
“Massage therapy gave me the sense of calm and the quality of sleep I needed to get through my radiotherapy treatment.”
“Thanks to massage therapy, I’m able to recover more quickly and the pain is less intense. It’s incredibly beneficial, and the massage therapist is attentive and explains each maneuver so that I feel reassured. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Fondation de la massothérapie.”
In order to achieve its mission, the Fondation relies on contributions from major donors, including the Fondation J.A. Sève, L’Attitude and Mr. Frédérick Provost. All have contributed significantly to the Fondation de la massothérapie’s development and helped maintain its services.