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See answers to common applicant or new member questions below.
  • Approximately six weeks prior to your renewal deadline, you will be sent a renewal notice and application form by mail. You can complete this form and fax or mail it to the NHPC office. 

    You can also renew your membership online by logging in to your member account on the NHPC website and completing the online renewal application at any point during the renewal period.

  • If you know you are due to renew and you haven't received a notice, NHPC may not have your current mailing address on file.

    To update your mailing address with us, email your new address to growingtogether@nhpcanada.org, fax it to 780-484-3605, or update it online by logging into your member account at www.nhpcanada.org and selecting "My Profile" from the user menu.

  • If you are not renewing online, you must complete the entire paper renewal form and submit it with payment to the office for your renewal to be considered complete. Incomplete renewals cannot be processed.

  • No. A completed renewal application with your signature (or digital authentication, if renewing online) must be on file for your membership to be renewed.

  • If you are changing your membership from Associate to Regular at the time you renew, you must first submit a membership upgrade application with all required documentation. After the upgrade has been completed, you can renew online or by paper. 

  • Anyone paying with a credit card and not needing to upgrade their membership can renew online. If you are a student member renewing online, you must also submit confirmation of your ongoing enrolment to the NHPC office. 

  • The link to renew your membership online will only appear 60 days prior to your expiry date. If  it is 60 days or less until the deadline, but you don't see the link and believe that you are due for renewal, please contact the NHPC office

  • If you have not received the email within 10 minutes of using the "Forgot your password?" feature, check the spam/junk folder for the email account you specified during the password retrieval process.

    If that email address uses webmail (ex. Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo! mail), but you normally retrieve your email through an email client, like Outlook or Thunderbird, you will need to check the spam/junk folder for that account online, by logging in to your account through a web browser.

  • Yes. Be sure to select the “Associate” membership type on the online form.

  • After you complete your renewal, including the credit card payment, you will receive a confirmation message and order number on-screen. You will also receive a receipt and confirmation of renewal by email. 

  • If for any reason your online renewal is not successful, please complete the renewal form that was mailed to you and send it to the office with your payment by mail or fax by the deadline. You can also download and print the PDF renewal form.

  • Your membership must be renewed by the deadline. NHPC notifies you of your renewal deadline at least 6 weeks in advance. We recommend that you submit your renewal as early as possible to avoid missing the deadline. If the renewal form is not available to you before you leave, please contact the office to discuss your options.

  • NHPC recommends that you renew as an Associate member in order to retain your ID number and ties with the Natural Health Community. As uninsured members, Associate members only pay half the membership dues and no insurance fees. You can upgrade to a regular member again when you are ready to work. 

    If you do not renew your membership and you decide to start working again later, you will need to reapply as a new member and pay the new member application fee.

  • You can submit a copy of certificates of completion from an NHPC recognized program at any time and we will add the appropriate modalities to your member record.

  • No.  Effective May 1st, 2011, NHPC's Continued Competency Program (CCP) moved to a Random Audit Process. Members are not to submit any CCP credits after this date. However, you must still obtain the required 20 credits and keep records of your CCP compliance for up to five (5) years. See the Centre for Learning for more information on the CCP.

  • Normally, this is caused by not allowing the necessary cookies in your web browser. 

    The NHPC website uses cookies for nhpcanda.org (our website) and membee.com (our member database) to remember that you are logged in as you  navigate the website. This ensures that you have access to all the Members Only areas of the website, as well as the ability to perform member transactions, such as updating your contact information or renewing online. 

    Ensure that your browser is set to accept cookies (including third-party cookies for the database) or set to accept cookies specifically for both nhpcanada.org and membee.com. 

  • Due to the high volume of renewals we receive each renewal period, it can take some time for the payment to be processed. If you are concerned that your renewal hasn't been received, you can email or call the office to verify.

  • The large number of members renewing means it can take up to 16 weeks to get your renewal confirmation and receipt. Renewal confirmation packages are printed and mailed in batches, so we can't give an exact time frame for each member.

    We recommend submitting your renewal as early as possible to ensure you receive your confirmation package earlier.

  • Additional renewal questions can be addressed by our Membership Renewal Coordinator, Paul Donovan, at pdonovan@nhpcanada.org or (toll-free) 1-888-711-7701.

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  • First you must apply for the CEE.

    When your application is approved you will receive an email giving you instructions on how to access the Test Run Online website. Through the Test Run Online website you will be able to register, schedule, and practice for the exam.

  • Exam participants will be able to choose from a variety of exam times on a first come, first serve basis, once they have applied for the CEE.

  • Currently, test centers are located in Edmonton and Calgary. Additional locations may be added.

  • If you are recognized by the NHPCA for Massage Therapy and are a member in good standing, then you can register for and challenge the CEE. Non-members should apply for membership first and then apply to take the CEE.

  • Practitioners have many reasons for choosing NHPCA. In addition to providing medical malpractice and general liability insurance, NHPCA works with municipal, provincial, and national governments to advance the natural health care sector. Our work on the Holistic Health and Fitness Tax Program (which will support practitioners beyond health benefit insurers) is one example of the work your membership supports.

    Not all insurance companies require a 2200-hour competency equivalency and not all clients have health benefits provided by insurance companies. Many NHPCA members do not rely on insurance companies in order to succeed. You can still build a successful practice without completing the CEE, but clients who need to have their insurance claims covered will not be a big part of it.

    Many NHPCA members have told us that one reason they stay with us is our culture of actively supporting choice, inclusivity, competency and integrity. The NHPCA embraces a range of natural health practices. We are different and hope you will choose to stay with us.

  • No. Challenging the CEE is not a requirement of membership with the NHPCA.

  • If you are recognized by the NHPCA for Massage Therapy, do not have '2200-hours' of initial Massage Therapy training, and plan on working with clients that use health insurance benefits, it is recommended that you take the CEE or apply directly to the insurance companies for exemption.

  • No. The CEE does not apply in provinces that have regulated the profession on Massage Therapy. In Alberta, which is in the process of regulating Massage Therapy, we do not yet know what the requirements will be for entry into the Alberta College.

  • You don’t. You have a choice. You can choose not to meet the Alberta Blue Cross, Sunlife, and Manulife’s requirements and not to write the CEE exam. However, Alberta Blue Cross, Sunlife, and Manulife will not recognize you and we expect this trend to continue within the insurance industry.

    NHPCA honours and supports the diversity of our membership and the varied choices that practitioners make. With this in mind, if you are not interested in ensuring that your clients can access insurance coverage for your services, there is no need to apply for the CEE designation.

  • Any NHPCA Massage Therapy member who does not have the 2,200 hours of initial training and who wishes to be recognized by Manulife Insurance and Alberta Blue Cross, must apply to NHPCA for the CEE designation.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this causes those of you who have gone through the MTCAP. These changes are a necessary requirement to position you for success. If you are not interested in ensuring that your clients can access insurance coverage for your services, there is no need to apply for CEE designation.

  • CEE does not change your membership with the NHPCA.

    NHPCA will continue to recognize massage therapists with a range of training and experience and continue to advocate for recognition of a range of Massage Therapy services through initiatives like the Holistic Health & Fitness Tax Program and a Natural Health Practitioner Certification.

  • Yes. All three insurers have agreed that they will accept successful completion of the CEE as demonstration of substantial equivalence to the "2,200-hour standard of competence."

    NHPCA continues to discuss this issue with all members of Canada’s insurance industry and to date, every carrier with which we have spoken is on-board with the CEE program. This is primarily because the exam will set the Canadian standard for such evaluation mechanisms.

  • NHPCA continues to advocate for the recognition of a range of Massage Therapy practices through initiatives like the Holistic Health & Fitness Tax Program and the creation of a Natural Health Practitioner Certification.

    The CEE is NHPCA's response to providing recognition solutions for those massage therapists with less than 2,200 hours of initial training and who wish to be recognized by Manulife, Sunlife, and Alberta Blue Cross. NHPCA continues to work in the best interest of all of our members.

  • The CEE will be offered indefinitely and applicants have one year to take the test, once their application has been approved and they have registered with Test Run Online.

  • Yes. NHPCA will support members who choose to participate in the CEE, from initial inquiry to approval. This support includes providing a comprehensive online CEE preparatory tool, Test Run Online, as part of the CEE Registration Fee.

    Additional resources are also available through the NHPCA website, including exam preparatory workshops, study guides, and recommended readings.

  • Additional resources are available through the NHPCA website, including exam preparatory workshops, study guides, and recommended readings.

  • The CEE costs $350, which includes access to the preparatory tools on Test Run Online.

    See the CEE Applicant Policy Handbook  for a detailed fee breakdown.

  • The exam will include a 100-question multiple choice component and an eight-station practical component. These will be scheduled separately.

    CEE Applicant Policy Handbook provides details on the examination format and what to expect during the exam.

  • The CEE was designed to test the competency of massage therapists to a standard of 2,200 hours of training.

    The multiple-choice component will include foundational knowledge, massage technique, professional practice, treatment planning, and assessment.

    The practical component will include a health history interview, a treatment planning station, assessment stations, and treatment stations.

    The CEE Applicant Policy Handbook  gives a more detailed breakdown on the examination contents.

  • All exam candidates should carefully read the CEE Applicant Policy Handbook for the examination policies and procedures. These procedures can affect your ability to complete the CEE.

  • You will be able to rewrite the CEE for a fee. When you have passed the examination, you will receive the CEE designation.

  • If you do not wish to challenge the CEE, your options are:

    • to successfully complete 2200-hours of initial Massage Therapy training,
    • to apply to Manulife, Sun Life, and AB Blue Cross for a CEE exemption
  • If and when other third-party payers advise us they will require assurances with respect to provider credentials, we will ensure they too accept the CEE designation.

  • No. With 2,200 hours of initial training you will automatically be recognized by Manulife, Sun Life, and Alberta Blue Cross.

  • If you have additional questions or concerns after reading through this FAQ, please contact our CEE Coordinator at cee@nhpcanada.org.

  • First, determine if the natural health practitioner is a member of the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) by calling the office at

    1-888-711-7701

    The NHPC must have a letter of complaint to commence a formal enquiry. Please send your dated and signed letter to of concern to:

    Michele Huszar, Acting Executive Director
    6th Floor
    10339 124 Street
    Edmonton Alberta T5N 3W1

    When the NHPC receives your written statement, it will be forwarded to the Complaints Director for review. If deemed necessary, the director will appoint a preliminary investigator to look into the allegations. You will receive correspondence from the NHPC's Complaints Director telling you of the decision concerning the matter.

  • Situations may arise where an individual (i.e. member of the public, employer, colleague or other health professional) may have concerns with the professional conduct of a natural health practitioner.

    If the natural health practitioner is a member of the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) then the NHPC must look into the situation. NHPC, as a professional association, has the responsibility for reviewing any conduct that is alleged to be detrimental to the best interest of the public and/or may violate any provision of NHPC’s Code of Ethics and Conduct.

  • The NHPC Complaint Resolution Process is a fair and respectful way for the NHPC to resolve complaints about the professional practice of natural health practitioners.

  • The NHPC will only act on concerns regarding natural health practitioners that individuals put in writing to the NHPC and then sign.

  • If an individual has a concern regarding a Natural Health Practitioner, the NHPC asks that the individual address their letter of concern to the Executive Director of the NHPC:

    Michele Huszar, Acting Executive Director
    6th Floor
    10339 124 Street
    Edmonton Alberta T5N 3W1

    Once a letter is received by the NHPC it is assessed according to the definition of complaints contained in Article 10.1 of the NHPC Bylaws. If the letter fulfills the requirements of Article 10.1 of the NHPC Bylaws it will then be considered as a complaint and processed according the Article X of the Bylaws.

  • The individual who has concerns about the practice of a natural health practitioner is called a Complainant. Both the complainant and the NHPC member whose conduct is being reviewed are notified that the matter will be treated as a complaint and the member is provided with a copy of the letter of complaint so that he/she can respond to the concerns.

    Once the Executive Director has received the member’s response then there is a number of choices of action that the Executive Director can take as outlined in Article 10.2.4 of the NHPC Bylaws. Some of these choices include:

    • Encouraging each party to communicate with each other to resolve the complaint;
    • If both parties agree appoint a mediator;
    • Have an expert assess and provide a written report on the complaint;
    • Dismiss the complaint; o or refer the complaint to a formal investigation.
    • It is possible to have the complaint resolved at this stage if the Executive Director is satisfied with the result.
  • The NHPC may conduct an investigation or appoint an investigator to conduct the investigation. The investigator will contact the complainant and the member. The purpose of the investigation is to collect more information about the complaint so that the Executive Director at the conclusion of the investigation can determine whether no further action will be taken by the NHPC or refer the matter to an arbitration hearing.

    The investigator may require the member, the complainant and any other persons to produce documents, notes or other materials regarding the complaint.

  • The investigator writes a report at the conclusion of their investigation and submits the report to the Executive Director of the NHPC. The Executive Director then reviews the report and determines whether or not further action is required on the complaint. The Executive Director may decide that no further action is required or refer the matter to an arbitration hearing.

  • The NHPC will appoint an arbitrator with input from the member. The NHPC recommends members retain legal counsel. The cost of retaining legal counsel is the member’s responsibility, as the NHPC does not cover this cost.

    The proceeding is formal where each party, the NHPC and the member, will have a chance to tell their story to the arbitrator. The arbitrator determines if the allegations about the conduct of the member have been proven.

    If they have been proven then the matter is referred to the Board of NHPC to determine what action(s) will occur (sanction) and if they haven’t been proven the matter is referred to the Board of NHPC for dismissal of the complaint.

  • The findings of the Arbitrator are sent to the Board of the NHPC to decide what action would be taken. The member has an opportunity to provide input to the Board either orally or in writing with respect to the appropriate action. The range of actions may include: reprimand, suspending the registration of a member for a specified time until conditions have been met, limiting practice, requiring the member to waive, reduce or repay a fee for service, cancel the registration of the member or make any take any further action that it considers appropriate.

  • The findings of the Arbitrator are sent to the Board of the NHPC to dismiss the complaint, which resolves the complaint.

  • Approval takes 7-10 days from the day it is received in the office.

  • This will depend on the type of insurance you choose, the month you apply and which province you plan to practice in. Visit the New Member Application for membership fee information.

  • You will receive a confirmation package, which will include your insurance policy dates and NHPC ID number approximately 4-6 weeks after your payment has been processed.

    If you would like to know the status of your membership prior to receiving your confirmation letter, call the NHPC office for verbal confirmation 7-10 business days from when it was received in the NHPC office.

  • Membership applications can be downloaded from this website. Visit the New Member Application page of this section for the forms.

  • A Continued Competency Program works to ensure that practitioners provide competent and safe care. It is a program that helps to ensure practitioners are able to fulfill their obligations to clients/patients ethically and responsibly through their knowledge, ability, skills and judgment and where existent, standards of practice.

  • NHPC recognizes individual members for a specific modality, or modalities. The modality(ies) you have been recognized for are listed on the insurance letter that each member receives with their annual membership renewal. 

    To find your Recognized Modality(ies) Domain, check the Modality Domain Chart included with the Continued Competency Program Guide on page 5.

  • No.

  • CCCs can be obtained through the more traditional ways of workshops, for example, and they can be obtained in new ways, like online learning, reading publications, volunteering etc. Refer to the Program Chart for examples of learning, their credit allocations, and credit submission requirements.

  • First, determine if the natural health practitioner is a member of the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) by calling the office at

    1-888-711-7701

    The NHPC must have a letter of complaint to commence a formal enquiry. Please send your dated and signed letter to of concern to:

    Michele Huszar, Acting Executive Director
    6th Floor
    10339 124 Street
    Edmonton Alberta T5N 3W1

    When the NHPC receives your written statement, it will be forwarded to the Complaints Director for review. If deemed necessary, the director will appoint a preliminary investigator to look into the allegations. You will receive correspondence from the NHPC's Complaints Director telling you of the decision concerning the matter.

  • Situations may arise where an individual (i.e. member of the public, employer, colleague or other health professional) may have concerns with the professional conduct of a natural health practitioner.

    If the natural health practitioner is a member of the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) then the NHPC must look into the situation. NHPC, as a professional association, has the responsibility for reviewing any conduct that is alleged to be detrimental to the best interest of the public and/or may violate any provision of NHPC’s Code of Ethics and Conduct.

  • The NHPC Complaint Resolution Process is a fair and respectful way for the NHPC to resolve complaints about the professional practice of natural health practitioners.

  • The NHPC will only act on concerns regarding natural health practitioners that individuals put in writing to the NHPC and then sign.

  • A

    Active Release Technique (S)

    Active Release Technique applies specific myofascial release methods to rapidly treat musculoskeletal pain, stress, and restrictions, caused by damage, injury, or repeated stress to the myofascia. Extremely efficient and effective, some discomfort may be experienced from this fast-acting deep-tissue myofascial work.

    Acupressure (D/S)

    Acupressure is based on the Chinese meridian system. It uses stimulation of a specific point or points to correct the energy flow within the meridians. Release of muscular tension is often part of the treatment. Correction of the energy flows can have general or specific therapeutic effects on any or all systems of the body.

    Alexander Technique™ (D)

    Alexander Technique™ is an educational process that helps the client achieve greater awareness of their body. This results in more effective and efficient use of their body. Combined with hands-on treatment this prevents or helps recovery from tension, pain, postural and structural imbalances, and repetitive use injury.

    Amma/Anma Massage (D)

    Amma/Anma massage is based on ancient touch principals like acupressure, massage, and reflexology. Balance and harmony in energy flow is sought using pressure to ah shui points and massage techniques to the tissues. It is applied to clothed clients for relaxation through to all conditions caused by improper energy flow.

    Applied Kinesiology™ (S)

    Applied Kinesiology™ uses a variety of assessment and treatment techniques, including muscle testing, meridian therapy, joint mobilization, myofascial techniques, cranialsacral based techniques, nutritional counselling, and reflexology to treat a wide variety of conditions and energy imbalances.

    Aromatherapy (D/S)

    Aromatherapists can assess and support the treatment of or enhance a variety of physical and mental conditions through careful selection of quality plant essential oils (not flower essences). Some may use lymph drainage or relaxation massage as part of the application.

    Aston-Patterning™ (D)

    Aston Patterning™ is a holistic and integrated system of movement education, soft tissue massage techniques, ergonomic and fitness analysis and adaptation. The goal is to release the lines and spirals of stress or damage in the body, lessening pain and leading to greater ease and performance in movement.

  • B

    Body Talk™ (D)

    Body Talk™ practitioners use a system of muscle testing to coordinate and balance the energetic communication of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual components of the body. Based on the answers given by the body through the muscle testing, the practitioner can focus in on specific balances.

    Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy™ (D)

    Bonnie Prudden Myotherapy™ is focused on treatments using the complex system of trigger points used (often in a more superficial manner) in massage therapy. These trigger points are the locus which, when released, cause the release of the muscle in spasm or tension. Treatment includes corrective execises.

    Bowen Technique™ (D/S)

    Bowen Technique™ addresses the body as a whole unit rather than only presenting symptoms. Bowenwork consists of a series of gentle rolling, connective tissue moves. The Body's Autonomic Nervous System responds to the work, allowing the body to restore itself to it original blueprint. The technique addresses the musculoskeletal framework, fascia, nerves, and internal organs.

    Brain Gym™ (D/S)

    Brain Gym™ uses movement to accelerate learning and enhance performance. They are done as sets of exercises that help coordinate and integrate the two hemispheres of the brain, and can be done on their own or integrated with other therapies.

  • C

    Chair Massage (D/S)

    Chair Massage, also known as On-Site massage, is a specific, effective de-stressing massage and acupressure-based treatment done with the client fully clothed in specially-developed massage chairs that can be taken into almost any professional, public, or private setting. Sessions range from 10 minutes to an hour.

    Cranial Sacral/CranioSacral Therapy (D/S)

    Cranial Sacral Therapy begins by assessing the effects throughout the body of restrictions to the flow (pulses) of the cerebral spinal fluid. A variety of very gentle treatment techniques applied both directly and indirectly release the body’s connective tissues restrictions, and optimize the cerebral spinal fluid flow.

    CranioSacral Therapy was further developed and specialized from the osteopathic cranial sacral therapy by the osteopathic doctor, Dr. Upledger.

  • E

    Edu-K™ (D/S)

    Edu-K™ - Educational Kinesiology, (Edu-K) stands for Learning through movement. Edu-K is used to assist clients to unlock their potential by formulating goals and finding out what is internally blocking the client from reaching his/her goals. Specialized techniques are used to diffuse the blocks, creating a bridge for new learning or action.

    Energy Work (D/S)

    Energy Work encompasses work that is done by modulating the frequency of the practitioner’s energy (by thought or by “channeling” other sources) which in turn can modulate or entrain the client’s energy. Sometimes used for assessment, it will balance or increase the client’s energy flow, fostering healing and relaxation.

    Esalen™ (S)

    Esalen™ Massage has three interrelated aspects: gentle flowing strokes or kneading to open and release tension; passive joint movement to enhance well-being; and a good client-therapist interaction to encourage conscious awareness. Good for relaxation, stress reduction, pain relief, energy release or balance.

  • F

    Feldenkrais™ (D)

    Feldenkrais™ stimulates the nervous system’s innate self-organizing abilities through sensory motor activities, freeing us from habitual patterns and allowing new patterns of thinking, moving, and feeling to emerge. It opens the exploration of the biological and cultural relationships of learning, thought, and movement.

  • H

    Healing Touch™ (D/S)

    Healing Touch™ is an energy-based approach to health and healing. These non-invasive techniques use the hands to clear, energize, and balance the human and environmental energy fields thus affecting, facilitating, and harmonizing the client’s physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health and healing.

    Hellerwork™ Structural Integration (D)

    Hellerwork™ Structural Integration focuses on the connective tissue patterns of the body. Either an individually tailored programme or an 11-part series, it uses a three-pronged approach of gentle deep tissue bodywork with associated dialogue and movement education. Good for injury and repetitive strain treatment.

    Hurley/Osborn Technique™ (D)

    Hurley-Osborn Technique™ is a soothing, non-force, non-invasive form of healing. Its aim is to correct postural distortions and promote vitality and good health. It does so by realigning the body through light touch to key contact points, releasing tension, strain, and fatigue.

  • I

    Infant Massage (D/S)

    Infant Massage is not paediatric massage (massage on infants). Rather it is participatory courses in which a parent learns simple massage techniques to do with their own infants to deepen the parent-child connection, learn health giving and relaxing massage and stretches, and manage some childhood discomforts.


    Iridology (S)

    Iridology is an assessment technique of the body through an examination of the visible eye (especially the iris). It can identify the weaknesses/strengths or predilections to health or disease in body organs and systems, and identify dietary problems or build up of toxins. Treatment can be through any variety of therapies.

  • J

    Jin Shin Do® Acupressure (D)

    Jin Shin Do® ("The Way of the Compassionate Spirit") is a unique synthesis of Japanese acupressure techniques, Chinese acupressure theory, Reichian segmental theory, Taoist philosophy and Qigong exercises. It identifies tension points associated with common physical problems and with distressing emotions. Is also referred to as Body Mind Acupressure®.

    Jin Shin Jyutsu® (D)

    Jin Shin Jyutsu® is based on a formalization of energy healing traditions in Japan. Jin means "Art"; Shin means "Creator"; and Jyutsu means "man of knowing and compassion". It is an energy-balancing art that adjusts the flow of energy through the body by focusing on the 26 "safety energy locks" or key regulation points of the body energy flow.

  • L

    LEVA (S)

    LEVA is a specific machine recognized by Health Canada that is used in clinics to augment massage therapy, physiotherapy, and chiropractic treatments through carefully-modulated microcurrent stimulation of muscle and connective tissue. The specific pulse waveform is gentle, and stimulates healing in the area.

    Lomilomi (D)

    Lomilomi is a flowing, vibrant, and deeply relaxing full-body massage. It enhances all areas of one’s health, well-being, and self-awareness by bringing harmony to body, mind, and spirit. The techniques use hands and forearms in long fluid strokes of varying rhythm and intensity up, down and all around the body.

  • M

    Manual Lymph Drainage (D/S)

    Manual Lymph Drainage improves health and manages certain pathologies by improving the flow of the lymphatic system through light touch massage. It can reduce swelling and have analgesic effects. Some therapists are trained to help manage lymphedema (congenital / acquired), wounds and other skin pathologies.

     

    Manupractic™ (S)

    Manupractic—formerly known as Dayana Technique—is a specialization for massage therapists. It combines the ideas and techniques of Esalen massage, myofascial release, Lomi Lomi , Qi Gong, and energy work, to produce a blend that encourages massage therapists to get the most out of the therapeutic benefits of a whole-body approach.

     

    Massage Therapy (D)

    Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues (primarily muscle and connective tissue) of the body. It strives to achieve balance and health in the body by affecting the body’s systems. Massage can significantly accelerate the healing process by having a positive affect on the circulatory and lymphatic systems.

     

    Maternal Massage (S)

    Maternal Massage is a specialized focus of massage therapy, sometimes with other added techniques, applied to treat the discomforts and stress of pregnancy, and maintain optimum health and muscle-tone throughout the pregnancy, birth, postpartum and nursing period.

     

    Mitzvah (D)

    Mitzvah is described by its founder as "involving the head, spine, and pelvis in a dynamic relationship, which with every movement of the pelvis, activates a neural defence mechanism enabling a body to completely exercise itself while realigning and rebalancing with gravity".

     

    Myofascial Release (S)

    Myofascial Release uses gentle stretching to focus on pain or restrictions in the connective tissue that exists three-dimensionally continuously through the entire body. It relies on sensory feedback of, and subsequent response to, the restrictions in the connective tissue perceived by the therapist.

     

    Myomassology (D)

    Myomassology teaches the integration of massage, chair massage, lymphatic drainage, reflexology, acupressure, and energy work. Practitioners also have the choice of several other elective therapies of interest to better support the client holistically.

  • N

    Neuromuscular Integration (D)

    Neuromuscular Integration is based on the work of Ida Rolf. While practitioners learn classical Rolfing techniques, they also learn lighter touch, and are taught more flexibility in approach. Neuromuscular Integration also includes emotional/psychological integration techniques to aid in the reintegration of body, mind, and spirit.

  • O

    Onsen™ (S)

    Onsen™ is a combination of three treatment techniques based on fundamental myofascial treatment philosophies. The three components, muscle energy technique, post isometric relaxation, and transverse friction massage, are used together to balance the myofascial system, releasing stress and pain in the body.

    Ortho-Bionomy® (D)

    Orthobionomy is an osteopathically-based form of body therapy. By gently exaggerating the body’s preferred postures using movement and body positions the practitioner facilitates the change of stress and pain patterns and engages the body’s self-correcting balance, healing and alignment process.

    Orthotherapy (D)

    Orthotherapy uses massage therapy, stretching, joint mobilization, exercise therapy, postural assessment and basic nutritional counselling to ease muscular pain or stiff joints caused by tension and stress, imbalance in connective tissues, muscles or joints, tissue damage, or systemic problems.

  • P

    Pilates (D)

    Pilates method exercise involves a series of exercises and breathing patterns that place intense concentration on the internal core muscles with the goals of improving balance, coordination, muscle length and tone, reducing pain and the chance of injury. It strives to create harmony and balance in people’s lives.

    Polarity Therapy™ (D)

    Polarity Therapy ™ is a comprehensive system involving energy-based physical bodywork, diet, exercise and self-awareness, focused on the client’s mental, emotional and physical experience. It seeks to find and release energy to normal flow patterns, and to maintain the energy field in an open, flexible condition.

    Postural Integration™ (D)

    Postural Integration™ is a physical bodywork technique providing for the integration of an individual’s physical, emotional and mental (cognitive) aspects. This technique uses tissue manipulation to explore and release postural patterns leading to the subsequent release of negative emotional and psychological patterns or behaviors.

  • Q

    Qigong (D)

    Qigong (chi kung) teachers teach and refine a practitioners application of the relaxation, strengthening, and inward training exercises. A combination of moving, stationary, and breathing exercises, qigong modulates the body energy (Qi), for increased strength, resiliency, vitality, and resistance to illness and stress.

  • R

    Rebalancing (D)

    Rebalancing - Rebalancing is wholistic bodywork which aims to release the energy held in the body/mind as a result of physical and emotional injury and the inevitable conditioning of the world.

    Reflexology (D/S)

    Reflexology is based on the ability to cause a healing stimulation of one body part or organ (a reflex response) by stimulation of a specific point or points on distant parts of the body. Most common is foot reflexology, where points on the foot are worked to reflex non-foot body organs. You may find hand and ear reflexologists.

    Reiki (D/S)

    Reiki means Universal Life Force energy. The receiver lies clothed while the giver gently places their Reiki-emitting hands in various positions on the head and body with the intention of enhancing and restoring both balance and healing to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual realms. It is very relaxing.

    Rolfing® (D)

    Rolfing® is done either as an individually tailored programme or as a 10-part series, using deep tissue bodywork to release the whole-body connective-tissue stress patterns that prevent optimal functioning in gravity. Good for injury and repetitive strain treatment. Rolfing technique application has become more gentle.

    Rosen Method™ (D)

    Rosen Method™ bodywork encourages physical and emotional awareness through working with muscle tension. The practitioner facilitates the relaxation process through awareness, touch, and words, In moments of deep relaxation, long held feelings and memories from the past may surface and be released from the body.

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    Shiatsu (D/S)

    Shiatsu Therapy is a manual therapy developed in Japan in which the therapist primarily uses the thumbs and palms of the hands as the means of effecting therapeutic changes to the energy systems of the body. Shiatsu Therapy is based on the Eastern Medical model in which Ki, or life energy, is believed to flow through pathways or meridians in the body. The flow of Ki regulates our physical, mental, and emotional well-being and plays an important role in human physiology and pathology, as well as the prevention and treatment of illness. Shiatsu therapy is used to bring into balance all systems of the body and to promote health and healing.

    Spa/Body Wraps (S)

    Spa/Body Wraps are gentle mixtures (often a paste) of a various types of clays, muds, salts, herbs, essential oils, milks, or other organic compounds. Once applied, the client is warmly wrapped, and allowed to relax. Depending on the mixture, the wrap can have cleansing, detoxify, relaxing, or stimulating effects.

    Specialized Kinesiology (D)

    Specialized Kinesiology uses muscle resistance as an indicator of the nervous system/energy response to a variety of specific stimulations. These can be the presence of materials, response to questions, or reaction to thought or energy. Treatment may use further muscle resistance, energy work, or other therapies.

    Sports Massage (S)

    Sports Massage therapists have a special interest in the needs of professional athletes, and people that regularly participate in sports. The two main aspects are conditioning and injury prevention work, and rehabilitation should injury occur. Usually approached through massage, exercise and stretching programs.

    Stone Therapy (D/S)

    Stone Therapy is a type of massage that uses either heated or chilled round, smooth stones that are placed on key points on the body. The stones are also used by the therapist to massage the body and transfer the heat or cold to the client.

    Stone Therapy recognition requires discipline-level training in a pre-requisite modality. Please contact the NHPC Credentials Department for a list of qualifying pre-requisite modalities.

    Structural Integration™ (D)

    Structural Integration, a close relative of Rolfing, is done either as an individually tailored program or as a 10-part series, using deep tissue bodywork to release the whole-body connective-tissue stress patterns that prevent optimal functioning in gravity. Good for injury and repetitive strain treatment.

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    Tai Chi Instructor (D)

    Tai Chi instructors help practitioners polish the Tai Chi forms which are based on 4000 years of Confucianism and Taoism philosophy. Tai Chi work on many levels: physical conditioning of strength, flexibility, and resilience; mental focus and clarity; and creating proper flow and balance of the Chi throughout the body.

    Thai Massage (D/S)

    Thai Massage developed over 2500 years ago from meridian theory and Ayurvedic medicine which was brought to Thailand. The stretches and strokes, done to clothed clients on floor mats or low tables, open the joints and stimulate blood flow. At least 104 postures, from yogic origins, are used.

    Therapeutic Touch™ (D/S)

    Therapeutic Touch™ is a simple system of energy healing developed by the nurses Delores Krieger and Dora Kunz. The practitioners centre their own energy, then proceed to assess and smooth out, balance, and energize the recipient’s energy field. One of the first energy therapies openly used in medical settings.

    Touch for Health™ (D)

    Touch for Health™ uses muscle testing to determine imbalance in the muscles and organs. Practitioners then use muscle manipulation techniques, acupressure-like treatments, lymphatic massage, some basic cranial sacral therapy moves, and perhaps nutritional or herbal counselling (if so trained) for treatment.

    Trager® (D)

    The Trager® Approach is a system of movement re-education and bodywork promoting health and freedom of movement. Treatment facilitates deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity; it is used for health maintenance, rehabilitation, and pain management and relief.

    Trigger Point Therapy (S)

    Trigger Point Therapy utilizes compression, stretch, and hydrotherapy to release active, tightened, or referred trigger points that that create pain in muscle tissue. The area of pain could extend from or be some distance from the active trigger point or points.

    Tuina (D/S)

    Tuina combines soft-tissue massage, acupressure, and other manipulation techniques that realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships. The focus is to help the body heal itself through the harmonious Qi flow that results from the work on muscles, pain sites, acupressure points, and energy meridians.

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    Visceral Manipulation™ (S)

    Visceral Manipulation™ is a manual therapy that focuses on improving the function of the internal organs and their associated environment and influence. It uses specific placement of soft manual forces to encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and their connection tissues.

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    Watsu (D)

    Watsu is derived from shiatsu in its theory and general approach. However, it has been developed specifically for application in a water environment, and uses a number of flowing, rocking, extension and cradling motions and patterns to relieve stress, return joint mobility, and movement fluidity.

    Whole Brain Integration™ (S)

    Whole Brain Integration™ helps integrate communication of the brain’s right and left hemispheres through cross-body exercises. Proper integration enhances cognitive, physical, and mental abilities, while reducing stress and difficulties (e.g. learning or hearing) arising from dis-coordination of the brain hemispheres.

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    Yoga Instructor (D)

    Yoga instructors teach an ancient form of Vedic philosophy and exercise for body, mind, and spiritual balance and growth. Almost 5000 years old, the poses and breathing/meditation combine to relax, stretch, and tone the body, while calming the mind and nervous system. A number of different forms exist.

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