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The Massage Therapy Podcast

The Massage Therapy Podcast

By Heather & Nicole
Heather and Nicole discuss the latest in Massage Therapy, health care and more.

We are two Registered Massage Therapists in Ontario, Canada. We are entrepreneurs, colleagues and share a passion for health and wellness.
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The MTP Bonus Episode: 2 RMTS and a Mic X The MTP
We've teamed up with Mark and Amanda from 2 Massage Therapists and a Microphone once again for this bonus episode for you.  Even though we are currently on a recording break as we (Nicole & Heather) prepare to move their practices to a new location, we had to get behind the mic again after the latest fee announcement from the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (May 2022).  Listen in as we discuss how we felt when we read the $100 fee increase for 2023, review the CMTO's rationale behind this increase, break down some math for you, and of course our usual ramblings!  We all bring a different perspective as some of us have our General Certificate, some Inactive, some have experience with the CMTO, feel free to join in on the conversations as maybe you know something we missed. RMTea Corner Peppermint Amore - David's Tea Forever Nuts - David's Tea Be Kind, Be Well Heather & Nicole.
01:26:20
May 30, 2022
The MTP E208: 2021 Holiday Behind The Scenes Wrap UP
Listen as we try to wrap up work and life in 2021 in one episode! We give our take on what we took from 2021, what we think RMTs deserve from our regulatory body, how we want to move forward though 2022 as people and RMTs. Also one of us shares our experiences on how to deal with being trapped in a elevator with a client! IG/FB: @themtp themtp.wordpress.com Business inquires to themassagetherapypodcast@gmail.com RMTea Corner  Wittard Chelsea 1886 - Chelsea Garden Be Kind, Be Well Heather & Nicole.  Royalty Free Music from Bensound
01:53:53
December 31, 2021
THE MTP E207: Building a Successful Massage Business with Elicia
Elicia reached out to us as we haven't really chatted about the business side of Massage Therapy yet and she wanted to share some insight on how to take your Massage Therapy business to the next level.  If you are feeling like you've plateaued or you have a thriving business, you'll want to listen to this episode.  Elicia Crook is a Massage therapist,  business coach, author and mentor to hundreds of therapists worldwide, sharing the tactics she used to create her business success over 16 years.  You can find links to all her info on our NEW blog themtp.wordpress.com. RMTea Corner Dandelion Chia Tea Apple Cider Rooibos - Bulk Barn Magic Potion - David's Tea Be Kind, Be Well Heather & Nicole. Royalty Free Music from Bensound
01:04:05
October 20, 2021
The MTP E206: Spilling Tea with Noterro
When Noterro slid into our DMs (not like that) and asked to sit down and talk with Nicole and Heather, we were of course ecstatic.  For one, we were honoured that a large company wanted to be on our podcast and two we both use Noterro in our businesses!  We were so excited to learn more about the inner workings of this platform.  Okay, okay and three we wanted to meet the guys, Nick and Ryan, who help us answer all of our tickets and make sure they didn't hate us (insert Heather's sarcasm here).  If you are currently interested in onboarding a online system for charting and scheduling, be sure to tune into this episode.  Also head over to our IG @the.mtp or our website for our referral codes to give it a try.  Disclaimer: by doing so you will receive an extra free month and we will also receive one. RMTea Time Blue Menu Sparking Water Tazo - Zen Steeped Tea - Peaches and Cream Red Wine Head over to our NEW blog - themtp.wordpress.com for more information, behind the scenes looks and links to learn our guests. Sorry for the echos you may hear throughout our recording, we are still working on the technical side of things.  Thank you for your support and continued listening. Be Kind, Be Well Heather & Nicole. Royalty Free Music from Bensound
57:59
September 11, 2021
The MTP E205: Permission to Put Your Pain First w/ Mark
On this episode of the MTP Nicole and Heather sit down to talk about  how to Make The Most of Massage with Mark Liskey MS, LMT, CMNT.  Listen to Mark as he discusses almost being forced to leave the profession due to pain, and how he found a way to stay and is now celebrating 25+ years as a therapist. Through Mark's journey he has found other therapists who have similar stories, and how he has turned his journey into a resource for Therapists to learn how to create longevity for themselves. Head over to our NEW blog - themtp.wordpress.com for more information, behind the scenes looks and links to learn more about Mark. RMT Corner Half Tea - aka Water David's Tea - Frozen Raspberry Traditional Medicinals - Organic Lemon Balm Be Kind, Be Well Heather & Nicole. Royalty Free Music from Bensound
01:17:15
August 25, 2021
The MTP E204: Chapman's Reflexes with Paula
Paula reached out all the way from Australia to chat with us about Chapman's Reflexes.  We'll admit, we had not heard of this technique before her email. Grab your cuppa tea, put up your feet and listen in as we learn all about this technique that can easily be integrated into your current practice. BE KIND AND STAY WELL Nicole & Heather Have questions for Paula or Us?  Head to our new page themtp.wordpress.com, we will have our guest's contact info, behind the scenes looks and more! Resources: Royalty Free Music from Bensound
01:11:38
July 26, 2021
The MTP E203: Spilling Tea with Dr. Theresa Lisk
RMTs in Ontario often work with Chiropractors in multidisciplinary settings or referral relationship.  Since we are often referring clients to Chiropractors or even getting adjustments ourselves, we wanted to sit down with a Chiropractor and get all the tea!  We reached out to our friend and colleague, Dr. Theresa Lisk, to come chat about how adjustments work, how they know where to adjust and when/why other manual practitioners may want to refer a client to a Chiropractor.  We discussed some pretty cool topics, learned some new information ourselves and even discussed some common misconceptions around Chiropractic care.  And of course, as we always do, we got into Dr. Lisk's 'True Why' and purpose in this profession. Get your kettle boiling, put up your feet and enjoy! BE KIND AND STAY WELL Nicole & Heather Follow Dr. Theresa Lisk Instagram - @drtheresalisk  |  Facebook.com/drtheresalisk  |  www.drtheresalisk.com RMTea Time Homemade Rosé & Water Forever Nuts - David's Tea Peppermint Amore - David's Tea (and a Wendy's Frosty) Contact US!  (Please see business requests to email below) themassagetherapypodcast@gmail.com @the.mtp Resources: Royalty Free Music from Bensound
01:20:13
June 24, 2021
The MTP E202 - Let's Talk Peer Assessment ft 2RMTs & a Mic
Hi Massage Friends! We had an episode all planned with you and due to technical difficulties as well as some other potential issues we stumbled upon, we had to pivot (haha Ross!).  So instead we sat down with our friends Mark and Amanda with 2 Massage Therapists and a Microphone, to discuss what we learned from our vaulted episode and shine our own light on the CMTO Peer Assessment process.  Of course there were tangents too!  So grab a your cup of tea (or wine in this case) and join us as we provide another side of the coin. Let us your thoughts on the episode or if you have an idea for a future one at @the.mtp on Instagram! Nicole & Heather RMTea Time Starbucks Emperor's Clouds & Mist (green tea) Starbucks Chai Tea Lattes with Oat Milk Diet Coca Cola & Mother of Berries Strain
01:52:58
May 01, 2021
The MTP E201: Stress and Burnout
Welcome to Season 2! Thank you for tuning in while we took a small break to clear our minds and get prepared to bring you some great content this season!  We wanted to kick it off with chatting a bit about what is one of the biggest conditions that has been impacting the world, especially over the last year.  We have witnessed it in our clients, our colleagues, family members, and of course, ourselves.  Everyone talks about Stress and Burnout but do you know what it actually is?  Tune in as we chat a bit on the topic, but trust us this wont be the last time as this topic is way to large to fit in one episode. RMTea Corner Afternoon Tea (contains Tea) - You're guess is as good as ours! David's Tea - Red Velvet Cake Follow Us on IG @the.mtp.  Leave a Review on Apple Podcasts or a voicememo on Anchor! Links from Episode: CAMH article on Stress - https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-illness-and-addiction-index/stress WHO ICD-11 Burnout - https://www.who.int/news/item/28-05-2019-burn-out-an-occupational-phenomenon-international-classification-of-diseases Royalty Free Music from Bensound
01:21:47
February 25, 2021
E016: Peer Reviewed - The Effectiveness of Cupping Therapy
Welcome to our second instalment of The MTP Peer Reviewed series, where we review, critique and discuss research papers and articles related to Health and Wellness.  This episode we reviewed The Effectiveness of Cupping Therapy on Relieving Chronic Neck and Shoulder Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial by Lee-Mei Chi, Li-Mei Lin, Chien-Lin Chen, Shu-Fang Wang, Hui-Ling Lai, and Tai-Chu Peng.  This paper was submitted in 2015 and published to Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2016.   Be Kind, Be Well Heather & Nicole. RMTea Corner: Red Raspberry Leaf Pluck Tea - Southbrook Berry Tea Follow Us: Instagram Facebook Inquiries: themassagetherapypodcast@gmail.com Link to article: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2016/7358918/
41:27
December 09, 2020
E015: The Strange & Unusual: Massage Edition
Even thought Massage Therapy is deemed regulated health profession, we as therapists sometimes come across scenarios that stop you in your tracks and say...huh?  Listen in as Nicole & Heather discuss the odd, unusual and strangest circumstances they have been in as Registered Massage Therapists. Be Kind, Be Well Heather & Nicole. RMTea Corner: David'd Tea - Frozen Raspberry Pluck Tea - Winter Chai (iced almond milk latte) Follow Us: Instagram Facebook YouTube Inquiries: themassagetherapypodcast@gmail.com Resources: Royalty Free Music from Bensound
01:24:21
August 26, 2020
E014: MTP Rants - We LOVE Massage
On this instalment of MTP Rants, we decided to just sit down and catch up and talk about how much we love massage therapy.  The month of June we had so much to celebrate so this is how we are doing it, since you know COVID.  Heather celebrated her 1 year anniversary being back practicing and her business, Rivers RMT.  Nicole celebrated 11 years in practice, and this podcast hit 1000 listens!  WOW!  Thank you to everyone who has tuned in thus far. This is our first recording together in the same room (all precautions were taken), with new technology!  Oh don't they grow up so fast...  So grab your cup of tea, kick your feet up and listen in as we discuss what Heather's first year back has been like, how much the profession has changed in Nicole's 11 Years and why we love what we do. Be Kind, Be Well Heather & Nicole. RMTea Corner: Harmony Organic Tea - Chai Green Tea David's Tea - Caribbean Crush Follow Us: Instagram Facebook YouTube Inquiries: themassagetherapypodcast@gmail.com Resources: Royalty Free Music from Bensound
01:25:52
August 06, 2020
E013: 4 RMTs And A (few) Microphones
What an episode!  We reached out to Mark & Amanda because we wanted to flip the mic and learn more about the masterminds behind 2 Massage Therapists and a Microphone, a pioneer and leader in the massage therapy education and podcast world.  Yes, this is one of our longest episodes but when you can sit and chat with those who inspire you, it's hard to let the conversation end.  Listen in as we learn more about Amanda & Mark's WHY on becoming RMTs, starting a continuing education company and a podcast.  We discuss everything from massage philosophies, research extremists to rainbow brushing?! Piping hot tea was definitely spilled in this episode! Please follow and give love to 2 Massage Therapists and Microphone: https://www.conedinstitute.com/podcast https://www.2rmtsandamic.com/ Be Kind, Be Well Heather & Nicole. RMTea Corner: Celestial Tea - Peach David's Tea - Peppermint Amore Follow Us: Instagram Facebook YouTube Inquiries: themassagetherapypodcast@gmail.com Resources: Royalty Free Music from Bensound
02:20:36
July 23, 2020
E012: Returning to Home Practice with Brittany
Nicole & Heather have been back in the clinic for a week and we wanted to sit down and catch up on what the experience has been like for us and our clinic.  We also wanted to chat with someone who's clinic looks different than our own, enter our guest Brittany.  Listen in as she shares her insight on following the Practice Guidelines in her home clinic, and what steps she takes to keep her clients, herself and her family safe. Check out Brittany Humes RMT, CMAG bodyandhealth.ca Be Kind, Be Well Heather & Nicole.  Follow Us: Instagram Facebook YouTube Inquiries: themassagetherapypodcast@gmail.com Resources: Royalty Free Music from Bensound
01:10:41
July 08, 2020
E011: Peer Reviewed - The History of MPS & MTrP
Our new series Peer Reviewed will take a look at publications made in the health care world, as they relate to Massage Therapy.  We will review & analyze how the research affects our methods of treatment and discuss what questions are still left to be answered. Show Notes Review of "Myofascial Trigger Points Then and Now: A Historical and Scientific Perspective" by Jay P Shah, Nikki Thaker, Juliana Heimur, Jacqueline V Aredo, Siddhartha Sikdar & Lynn Gerber Discussion on historical evidence of the existence of myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) & myofascial trigger points (MTrP) Historical treatment protocols of MPS & MTrp What questions still need to be answered for RMTs and other practitioners fully understand and treat MPS & MTrP RMTea Corner Celestial - True Blueberry (iced with blackberries & blueberries) David’s Tea - Dragonfruit Aloe Be Kind, Be Well Heather & Nicole. Instagram | Facebook  | Youtube themassagetherapypodcast@gmail.com Resources: Royalty Free Music from Bensound
01:18:01
June 26, 2020
E010: MTP Rants - Returning to Work Amidst a Pandemic
We've been told we can go back to work, but what does that mean? In this episode we discuss our return to work amid COVID-19 pandemic, the guidelines that have been set for us by the Government and the CMTO and how that looks for us and our clinic.  We hope our discussion may help other RMTs make way through the confusion and stress on getting their practice back up and running.  The beauty of our business can also be the hardest part, as no two practices look alike and as therapists we need to assess the risks vs benefits for our clients and ourselves. Be Kind, Be Well Heather & Nicole. Follow Us: Instagram Facebook YouTube Inquiries: themassagetherapypodcast@gmail.com Resources: Royalty Free Music from Bensound CMTO.com RMTAO.com
01:29:03
June 19, 2020
E009: Unlocking Your Potential with Massage By Mir
Miranda from Massage By Mir reached out to us and wanted to chat all things massage therapy, and how she can help massage therapists can tap in to their highest potential.  Miranda is an RMT and Online Holistic Business consultant in Alberta, Canada.  In this episode, we discuss Miranda's passion for treating, musical arts and educating others.  If you are interested in learning more about Miranda or sign up to for her 8 week program, please head over to her website (found below). Be Kind, Be Well Heather & Nicole. Massage by Mir Consulting massagebymirconsulting.com Socials: @massagebymir Follow Us: Instagram Facebook YouTube Inquiries: themassagetherapypodcast@gmail.com Royalty Free Music from Bensound
37:18
June 10, 2020
E108: Our Chat with The Radical RMT
In episode 8, Heather & Nicole virtually connected with fellow podcaster Krista from The Radical RMT.  Krista started her podcast a little over a year ago and it has been a staple in Heather & Nicole's podcast playlist.  So when we were given the opportunity to sit down and pick Krista’s brain, we definitely did a happy dance!  Listen in as we chat about Krista’s journey within Massage Therapy, what her motivation was to start a podcast and what she has learned from talking to dozens of fellow RMT’s and health care workers.  Once you finish this episode please head over to listen to our interview on The Radical RMT podcast. Please note we are currently practicing physical distancing due to the Coronavirus and we are recording the MTP remotely. We take these global concerns seriously and have suspended our hands-on practice for the time being. Allowing us to take this opportunity to pivot our focus on this dream project. We hope that The MTP can offer you a way to disconnect from the stress of this pandemic and connect as a community. We cannot stress enough the importance of everyone Staying Home and Flattening the Curve. RMT Corner Chaga Mushroom Tea Celestial - Country Peach David’s Tea - Pomagrateful Be Kind, Be Well Heather & Nicole. The Radical RMT theradicalrmt.com Socials: @theradicalrmt krista@theradicalrmt.com Follow Us: Instagram @the.mtp Facebook YouTube Inquiries: themassagetherapypodcast@gmail.com Royalty Free Music from Bensound
33:01
May 18, 2020
E107: The MTP Mother's Day Special
Grab your cup of tea and listen in as we talk with Erika RMT, BSc H.Kin, who is about to become a mom for the second time.  We discuss motherhood, working in a spa as an RMT and what it's like being pregnant during a pandemic.  Thank you both Nicole & Erika for sharing your experiences of practicing while pregnant and what it's like transitioning into a working mom! 🎉We've got a surprise up our sleeves in this episode! Please note we are currently practicing physical distancing due to the Coronavirus and we are recording the MTP remotely. We take these global concerns seriously and have suspended our hands-on practice for the time being. Allowing us to take this opportunity to pivot our focus on this dream project. We hope that The MTP can offer you a way to disconnect from the stress of this pandemic and connect as a community. We cannot stress enough the importance of everyone Staying Home and Flattening the Curve. RMT Corner Davids Tea Serenity Now & Magic Potion Celestial Tea Wild Berry Zinger Be Kind, Be Well Heather & Nicole. Subscribe & leave us a review on your favourite podcast services IG | @the.mtp FB | The Massage Therapy Podcast YouTube | The Massage Therapy Podcast Inquiries: themassagetherapypodcast@gmail.com Royalty Free Music from Bensound
01:01:50
May 10, 2020
E106: Spilling Tea with Cathy
Our first interview! WOW! Cathy is an RMT in the Oshawa, ON area who with her 16 years of experience in the field is a wealth of knowledge.  During a virtual meeting with our Community Based Network we learned Cathy was apart of the CFIB and had some great insight on the support the Federal and Provincial governments have for small businesses and RMTs during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Listen in as we discuss EI, CERB, CFIB, RTMAO & how our own clinics may adjust to this new landscape. Please note we are currently practicing physical distancing due to the Coronavirus and we are recording the the MTP remotely. We take these global concerns seriously and have suspended our hands-on practice for the time being. Allowing us to take this opportunity to pivot our focus on this dream project. We hope that The MTP can offer you a way to disconnect from the stress of this pandemic and connect as a community. We cannot stress enough the importance of everyone Staying Home and Flattening the Curve. Be Kind & Be Well. Thank you for joining us: Cathy Cusson RMT https://coldstreamclinic.com/ Follow The MTP on Social: Instagram @the.mtp inquiries: themassagetherapypodcast@gmail.com Royalty Free Music from Bensound
01:00:43
April 30, 2020
E105: MTP Rants - To have a boss or be THE BOSS? (Part 2)
That really is the question on the mind of all RMTs at one point or another in their career.  This two parter is just the start of our new series, MTP Rants.  Where we discuss (read: get off our chest) topics based on our own experiences.  To kick it off we are discussing our ups and downs while working within multidisciplinary clinics, as an RMT employee, as well as our transition into being our own bosses.  We hope our experiences and views shed light on any questions or doubts you may be currently experiencing.  In this episode, we discuss learning how to be assertive when establishing boundaries, the importance of thoroughly reviewing contracts and our transitions into being our own bosses. Please note we are currently practicing physical distancing due to the Coronavirus and we are recording the the MTP remotely. We take these global concerns seriously and have suspended our hands-on practice for the time being. Allowing us to take this opportunity to pivot our focus on this dream project. We hope that The MTP can offer you a way to disconnect from the stress of this pandemic and connect as a community. We cannot stress enough the importance of everyone Staying Home and Flattening the Curve. Never forget your worth, you are an RMT boss! Find More on your hosts: Nicoles Andrews RMT, CMAG massagetherapyoshawa.com FB: Nicole Andrews Registered Massage Therapy Heather Rivers RMT, HBKin riversmassagetherapy.ca IG|FB: @RiversRMT Royalty Free Music from Bensound
54:49
April 26, 2020
E104: MTP Rants - To have a boss or to be THE BOSS? (Part 1)
That really is the question on the mind of all RMTs at one point or another in their career.  This two parter is just the start of our new series, MTP Rants.  Where we discuss (read: get off our chest) topics based on our own experiences.  To kick it off we are discussing our ups and downs while working within multidisciplinary clinics, as an RMT employee, as well as our transition into being our own bosses.  We hope our experiences and views shed light on any questions or doubts you may be currently experiencing.  In this episode, we discuss our first interviews, first job within a clinic, and the pressure we felt to say yes to everything as a fresh graduate. Please note we are currently practicing physical distancing due to the Coronavirus and we are recording the the MTP remotely. We take these global concerns seriously and have suspended our hands-on practice for the time being. Allowing us to take this opportunity to pivot our focus on this dream project. We hope that The MTP can offer you a way to disconnect from the stress of this pandemic and connect as a community. We cannot stress enough the importance of everyone Staying Home and Flattening the Curve. Never forget your worth, you are an RMT boss! Find More on your hosts: Nicoles Andrews RMT, CMAG massagetherapyoshawa.com FB: Nicole Andrews Registered Massage Therapy Heather Rivers RMT, HBKin riversmassagetherapy.ca IG|FB: @RiversRMT Royalty Free Music from Bensound
01:08:06
April 26, 2020
E103: Stop "Just"ifying Relaxation Massage
In episode 3, Heather & Nicole talk about what seems to be a dirty word in the Massage Therapy industry, we of course are talking about Relaxation Massage. You could say this was our driving force to start the podcast as we have heard from colleagues and the general public alike refer to this type of therapy as "fluff". Tune is as we discuss our perspectives on whether or not "relaxation massage" is a viable treatment for clients. We are Registered Massage Therapists in Ontario, Canada. We are colleagues with over 13 years of combined experience and female small business owners who have a passion for health and wellness. Please note we are currently practicing physical distancing due to the Coronavirus and we are recording the the MTP remotely. We take these global concerns seriously and have suspended our hands-on practice for the time being. Allowing us to take this opportunity to pivot our focus on this dream project. We hope that The MTP can offer you a way to disconnect from the stress of this pandemic and connect as a community. We cannot stress enough the importance of everyone Staying Home and Flattening the Curve. Also, stay tuned to the end to hear our new segment, RMTea Time. Thank you for listening and enjoy! Heather & Nicole. Resources: painscience.com
01:34:26
April 09, 2020
E102: Chronic Pain; Is It All In Your Head?
In Episode 2, Heather and Nicole discuss Pain; what it is, why we feel it and how, we, as manual therapists approach it.  We mostly focus on chronic pain and how it is predominantly a main focus in both our Massage Therapy practices. We are Registered Massage Therapists in Ontario, Canada.  Combined, we have over 13 years of professional massage therapy experience and we are both female small business owners who have a passion for health and wellness. Please note we are currently practicing physical distancing due to the Coronavirus and we are recording the the MTP remotely. We take these global concerns seriously and have suspended our hands-on practice for the time being.  Allowing us to take this opportunity to pivot our focus on this dram project.  We hope that The MTP can offer you a way to disconnect from the stress of this pandemic and connect as a community.  We cannot stress enough the importance of everyone Staying Home and Flattening the Curve. Also, stay tuned to the end to hear our new segment, RMTea Time.   Thank you for listening and enjoy! Heather & Nicole Sources: The psychology of low back pain Biopsychosocial Approach to Assessing and Managing Patients with Chronic Pain The Canadian Pain Taskforce 2019 Report
01:14:17
March 28, 2020
E101: Introduction to the MTP
Welcome to The Massage Therapy Podcast (The MTP). For our first podcast we wanted to take a moment and introduce you to our hosts, Heather & Nicole. Both are Registered Massage Therapists (RMT) in Ontario, Canada. With a combined more than 13 years of experience in the field, we are both female small business owners with a passion for health and wellness. Listen to our journey to how we became RMTs, how we met and our why's.
01:32:60
March 20, 2020