RMTBC Fulfills Commitment to Advanced Education with $14,000 Scholarship

With its mandate to advance knowledge and understanding of massage therapy, the RMTBC announces it has granted a $14,000 scholarship to Robert Hemsworth, Registered Massage Therapist, to continue his education in the Master of Rehabilitation Science (MRSC) program at the University of British Columbia.

The RMTBC recognizes the vital importance of developing research capabilities in highly qualified master’s students amongst its membership. It is through research that the profession and practice of massage therapy is advanced, enhancing the profession’s and the public’s understanding of massage therapy and its therapeutic value.

Hemsworth, a registered massage therapist for 14 years, is entering the fourth year of a five-year program intended to advance leadership qualities of learners in various aspects of rehabilitation.

“I plan to continue my professional role as a clinician and educator, however I am developing research capabilities now to allow for improved transfer of knowledge into clinical and educational workplaces as a means to strengthen reasoning and decision-making skills,” he says, which may include academic writing to generate research literature and inform the massage therapy profession about a variety of topics.

“It is vital that we support, including financially, the development of research capabilities in the massage therapy profession,” says Joey Lattanzio, President, RMTBC. “By assisting RMTs in their graduate level studies, we can create independent and productive researchers who can achieve advances in our health care modality and share that knowledge with current and new RMTs in BC.”