Pamela Fitch, BA, RMT
She graduated from Sutherland-Chan School in 1988. Since then, she has become an advocate for the profession both nationally and internationally. She continues to practice massage therapy while also working as a writer, mentor, consultant, peer supervisor and educator. She is particularly interested in the impact of massage therapy for clients who have experienced trauma and post-traumatic stress.
Pam brings her commitment to client centered care into the classroom as a faculty member of the massage therapy program at Algonquin College. She has received several awards including the Laurent Isabelle Award for excellence in teaching, and the President's Star Award from Algonquin College. She was awarded the Ontario Massage Therapist Association the Meritorious Service Award and the President's Award of Merit. Pam has taught across Canada, the US and Hong Kong. Her workshops explore ethical challenges, the massage therapeutic relationship, massage therapy and trauma, and the treatment of scars.
Her seminar, Talking Body Listening Hands, was developed to address the wide variety of interpersonal and ethical challenges that massage therapists encounter in the treatment room every day. "Early on in my practice I discovered that massage therapy reaches beyond simply massaging, frictioning, stretching or holding. Understanding client needs and my own responses to their requests helps me appreciate the essential and important elements of this unusual therapeutic relationship. I hope that the perspective I've gleaned over 25 years may help other therapists to understand their own clinical challenges." Pam brings humour, openness and comfort "in the moment" to her presentations that ensures each participant's questions is answered before the end of the event. She has the ability to make even large groups feel cohesive and connected.