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Massage Therapy FAQ’s

What should I expect on my first visit?
We recommended arriving 10 minutes prior to your appointment time to have an opportunity to use the restroom unwind. Prior to the start of your appointment you will receive an emailed Intake Form.  This confidential form indicates to your RMT if there are any specific health concerns and allows details for your primary complaint.  Your initial appointment includes a health intake, assessment, and treatment.  Assessments often include  postural analysis, ROM testing and blood pressure reading. This enables the therapist to properly address your needs and develop a treatment plan.

Where will my Massage Therapy treatment take place?
The treatment takes place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You lie on a table specifically designed for your comfort.

What do I wear during the Massage?
You have the choice to have the massage fully or partially clothed. Optimally the treatment is performed with skin to skin contact. Only one area will be addressed at any given time. You will be fully covered with sheets and a blanket, except for the area being addressed.  If you are more comfortable receiving treatment fully clothed, some of our therapists offer Manual Therapy appointments, as well as CranioSacral Therapy appointments.  Both of which can be performed over clothing.

How long is a Massage Therapy treatment?
The length of each session depends on the individual what is being addressed. The most common length is 60 minutes, although treatments can also be 30, 45, or 90 minutes. A full body treatment requires at least 60 minutes; 90 minutes is optimal.

What type of Massage Therapy treatments do you offer?
The foundation of all massage therapy taught in ontario is swedish massage.  Our RMT’s have also taken additional post-graduate courses or have extensive clinical experience in prenatal and postnatal massage, hot stone massage,  sports massage and TMJ Dysfunction.

What do I do during a Massage Therapy treatment?
You are to make yourself comfortable. Many people close their eyes and completely relax while others prefer to talk. If at any time you feel uncomfortable, you are to inform your therapist so that he/she can make any necessary adjustments.

How will I feel after the Massage?
Most people feel very relaxed and can be sleepy.  After an initial period of relaxation, some experience a heightened sense of awareness and increased energy. It is important to follow your therapist’s homecare to fully benefit from your treatment and prevent any post-treatment soreness.  Occasionally when treating an injured area with therapeutic massage you may experience mild localized tenderness.

What qualifications are required for a Registered Massage Therapist?
All RMT’s in Ontario are required to complete a 2200 hour Massage Therapy program including extensive studies in anatomy, physiology, pathology, and theory.  Clinical hours are also included in the program.  After graduation, an RMT must successfully pass registration exams with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) and maintain a good standing.  Continuing education credits are mandatory to maintain registration.  Only a member of the RMT may use the designation of Registered Massage Therapist.

Is Massage Therapy covered By OHIP?
No, although most extended health coverage includes Registered Massage Therapy. Your receipt contains all the information required for your health coverage. It is your responsibility to submit your receipts for reimbursement. You may also use your receipts towards your tax return as a medical expense.