Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Campus Staff - Administration

Chelsea Ruth Lee (Director of Administration and Admissions) is a dynamic and innovative leader.  Her desire to see the Massage Therapy profession grow is the motivation behind the work she does as the Director of the Institute.  An Alumni of the Institute, Chelsea has been working in Administration and as a Faculty member since the summer of 2008.  She spend the first year as the administrative assistant; during the first two years, she instructed Systems Anatomy: Neurobiology and Business/Professional Development.  Along side her work at the Campus, she ran a mobile massage therapy business.

Since September 2009, Chelsea has worked alongside PIMT Calgary, the Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan, the Natural Health Practitioners of Canada, and The Ministry of Advanced Education to ensure the best education and opportunity for the students of the Professional Institute of Massage Therapy.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Campus Staff

There are many questions posed to the Institute about what standards we have in areas such as curriculum, safety, and accreditation. The one inquiry that seems to rank the highest is the qualifications of our staff.  Most would like to know that they can rely on the knowledge and experience of their Instructors, the authority and presence of administration, and the understanding of the supervisors.

As an introduction to the next number of posts, we would like to tell you a little about the process in which we decide whether or not an individual is qualified to be a part of our team.  There are two areas that we focus on: educational background and experience.

The first aspect of this process is looking into their educational background.  For all of our practical courses (Massage Theory and Practical, Remedial Exercise, and Hydrotherapy), an instructor must have graduated from a reputable Institute with a minimum of 2200 hours of study (2000 in class and 200 in a practical setting).  If an applicant does not meet this standard, they will not be considered for a position.  For the theory courses (Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Nutrition, Kinesiology, Business, etc.) there are two possibilities: (1) graduation from a 2200 hour Massage Therapy course where the core curriculum meets our own; or (2) graduation from a University with a degree in the area of study for which they will be instructing (with preference given to a Master's Degree).

The second aspect has everything to do with their experience in the field of study (either massage or their degree).  As a minimum standard, we require each instructor to have at lease 1 years worth experience working either as a Massage Therapist or as a Specialist in the area of their degree.  For Massage Therapists, we look at the continuing education they have been through in that year as well as listen to referrals from past employers and references.  We will give preference to applicants who have been employed for more than two years and/or have experience in an instructional position.  For applicants with a University Degree, we take into consideration research papers, presentations, awards, and references as well, again giving preference to those who have instructional experience.

The following number of posts will hopefully give you a better understanding of the people who positively affect the lives of the students who attend this Institute.  Although the staff changes from time to time, the quality of the staff continues to meet and exceed the standards of education in the Private Institutional Field.

Friday, October 15, 2010


Thank you for visiting the Professional Institute of Massage Therapy (PIMT) - Saskatoon Blog.  Administration and Staff at the Institute consider it a privilege to be able to inform, discuss, and converse with you.

At PIMT, we employ the highest academically trained staff to support our curriculum.  Our staff have specialized training in their field of expertise.  In addition, our massage instructors have no less than 2200 hours of full-time massage therapy education.

Our course consists of academic and practical applications.  In conjunction with Massage, we offer classes in Physiology, Pathology, Anatomy, Nutrition, Kinesiology, Remedial Exercise, Professional Development, and Business.  These classes enable students to graduate with the appropriate knowledge to succeed in the massage therapy profession.

Our curriculum contains specialized classes in Hydrotherapy, Cadaver Workshops, First Aid/CPR-C, Sports First Aid, and Sports Taping & Bandaging as part of the total curriculum.  These classes will broaden your scope of massage therapy training.

Our policies and procedures continue to develop as the Institute grows.  Each year we gather as a staff to re-develop polices to meet the needs of our students to ensure that they reflect fair and reasonable commitments to the Institute by both staff and students.

We also offer bi-monthly workshops.  The workshop is designed to provide a better understanding of our course and is a very rewarding experience.  Please take the opportunity to ask questions and assimilate as much information as possible with your comments to the posts.

Whether you are a student, staff member, alumni, or someone looking for more information about the ever-expanding field of Massage Therapy, we hope this blog helps you decide if massage therapy is the best option for you and if PIMT can offer both information and services to provide for your individual needs.  We look forward to the possibility of educating, informing, or treating you in the future.