Close to 20,000 people – belonging to 10 or so professional associations spread out across Quebec – practice massage therapy without the proper training and with no accountability. To date, no training program has been recognized by the Ministère de l’éducation, de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche du Québec. In other words, because the profession is still not regulated by government authorities, anyone can claim to be a massage therapist.
This is where the role of the Fédération québécoise de la massothérapie (FQM) – founded in 1979 based on the same principles and the same rigorous spirit as a professional order – take on its full significance: Our organization has worked to secure accreditation for massage therapy training via its network of partner schools, and it certifies the competencies and rigorously supervises its 5,700 or so members in order to ensure that the public receives safe and high quality care.
For more details, watch the video presentation La massothérapie au Québec (only in french):