EDMONTON, Oct. 9 /CNW/ – Massage Therapy organizations in Alberta are deeply divided on the question of the regulation of Massage Therapy in Alberta.

Alberta’s Minister of Health and Wellness Ron Liepert has asked the Health Professions Advisory Board (HPAB) to provide recommendations on whether or not Massage Therapy should be regulated and, if so, under what model. The HPAB will meet on October 15 & 16, 2008 to hear arguments and formulate their recommendations.

The Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC), representing 72% of massage therapists in Alberta, say that if regulation is required, it must follow a Multi-Category Model for Massage (MCM).

Other organizations in Alberta will argue that the regulation of Massage Therapy must follow B.C., Ontario and Newfoundland & Labrador’s lead and regulate under a single-tier model of regulation.

NHPC believes that single tier regulation could decimate the profession.

The regulation of Massage Therapy has been in Canada for close to a century, with the Province of Ontario regulating massage therapists under a single-category model as far back as 1919.

NHPC will provide information and interview opportunities on why it is in the best interests of the province to step into the 21st century and regulate under the MCM to serve Albertans safely and effectively.

Demonstration massage treatments can also be arranged.

Visit http://www.nhpcanada.org/pages/Advocacy/Provincial.aspx for visuals, Backgrounder, Fast Facts, Q & A and additional information.