A lot of people wouldn’t realize that there are many differences between a Massage Therapist and a Masseuse. In the 1800’s a masseuse/masseur were men or women in France that performed massages to the clients. Time’s have changed since then, but the titles of Massage Therapist and Masseuse seem to have become interchangeable. We have highlighted some differences to explain the importance of using the proper term when attending Adica to see a Massage Therapist.
The name traveled to the new world and the name meant the same. The new world used it for another profession that was always linked to the name of a masseuse. It was a word used for a woman that would give massages, but also would please the customers in other ways.
Modern Day Masseuse and Massage Therapist
Today the proper title is a Massage Therapist. Massage Therapists are people who have gone to school and trained at a registered school that has been approved by the government. They have trained for many hours under the supervision of a qualified instructor during classes and labs. Then they must pass a licensing or registration exam. This can be very costly and is paid by the person studying as a massage therapist.
A masseuse or masseur is not formally trained. They have not attended a school for massage therapists and have not taken any classes or labs. They have no licenses or certificates to state that they have studied and prepared on how to treat a client that comes in looking for massage therapy.
A Registered Massage Therapist or RMT for short, has invested a great deal of time and money for studying and continuous learning. A Registered Massage Therapist in Canada must complete 500 hours of intense training. In some provinces, the requirements can be upwards to 2200 hours before they can be certified as a Registered Massage Therapist. The best therapist will continue to upgrade his or her skills by taking further training such as Thai Massage, hot stone, or other types that are not as mainstream as therapeutic massage or Sport’s massage. A massage therapist in Canada must be registered every 1 – 4years depending on the province they are in, which means that you are seeing someone who is validated to have received proper training and adequate skills to call themselves a Massage Therapist.
Most of the time in our modern day, the terms massage therapist and masseuse go hand in hand. People in different areas tend to call a massage therapist a masseuse. This doesn’t have the same meaning that it used to (thankfully) but this does not mean that they didn’t go to school to be a registered massage therapist. Because of how the terms have come to be used today, they mean one-in-the-same in Canada. Although the terms tend to be interchangeable, the proper term would be Massage Therapist.