Developing Capability: Transforming Massage Therapy Education through Inquiry-based Learning

  • Amanda Baskwill, PhD(c), MSc, BEd, RMT Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Keywords: post-secondary education, healthprofession education, innovation, active learning, curriculum


Massage therapy education programs are responsible for preparing graduates for complex professional environments, while also ensuring graduates can access the profession by passing the regulatory body’s standardized certification or licensing examination. Massage therapists are regulated health care professionals in four Canadian provinces. They are autonomous practitioners and an integral part of the health care regime for patients with complicated health presentations. As such, they must think critically about patients’ presentations and determine the most appropriate care. This article describes the process undertaken by the faculty team of Humber College’s Massage Therapy Program in an effort to transform the existing
teaching and learning strategies by incorporating principles of inquiry-based learning (IBL).

Author Biography

Amanda Baskwill, PhD(c), MSc, BEd, RMT, Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
I began practicing in August 2003 as a registered massage therapist in Ontario. I became actively involved in research in September 2003. I have been involved in both for almost 14 years. I have a diploma in massage therapy from Centennial College (Ontario, Canada). I have also completed by Bachelors in Education (Adult Education) from Brock University and a Masters of Science (Health Research Methodology) from McMaster University. I am pursuing my PhD in Helath Research Methodology at McMaster Universtiy.  I have been a reviewer and a mentor for the IJTMB. I have published a number of peer reviewed papers and have a few in press. I have also contributed two book chapters. Regarding education: As mentioned above I have completed a BEd in Adult Education and an MSc in Helath Research Methodology.  I have worked in massage therapy education for 13 years and hold a faculty position at Humber College, and am currently the Program Coordinator. Regarding case studies: I have been actively invoved with Trish Dryden, MEd, RMT, to present the concept of case studies to massage therapists (Massage Therapy Foundation Conference, 2006). I have also been instrumental in including case study methodology in the massage therapy curriculum at Humber College. This includes facilitating the creation, implementation and communication of student case studies.
How to Cite
Baskwill, PhD(c), MSc, BEd, RMT, A. (2018). Developing Capability: Transforming Massage Therapy Education through Inquiry-based Learning. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork: Research, Education, & Practice, 11(3), 10-14.