Massage Therapy Frequently Asked QuestionsMassage Therapy Frequently Asked Question

What Is Massage Therapy?

Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage therapy helps alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions.

How can massage therapy help me?

The benefits of Massage therapy are available to people of any age. Massage therapy is used to treat and relieve the symptoms of many conditions including:

  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
  • Stress relief and associated conditions
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
  • Back pain
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Circulatory and Respiratory problems
  • Pregnancy and labour discomfort
  • Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation

Can anyone receive massage therapy?

Massage therapy can help people of all ages, including the elderly, infants, and children. Massage therapy is not, however, appropriate for some conditions. Registered Massage Therapists are trained to identify such cases.

Is massage therapy a regulated health profession?

Massage therapy is a Regulated Health Profession under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA).  Only individuals who have completed the requisite training and have met the strict competency requirements of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) can call themselves a "Massage Therapist" or a "Registered Massage Therapist."

What happens on the first visit?

Upon arriving for your first visit you will need to complete a confidential health history as part of your initial assessment. Important health information such as medical conditions or medications is important as it will allow me to begin creating your treatment plan. I will combine your medical history along with details or contributing factors about your injury (if applicable) and your concerns and individual needs. In order to get you back to your normal activities, it is important that we discuss as much relevant information as possible.

Do I have to remove all my clothing for massage therapy?

No. Your comfort as a client is of the utmost importance to me, whether that is in the context of the clothing you wear or the treatment you receive. Treatment can be provided whether you elect to remove any, some, or all of your clothing. I use proper draping procedures to ensure that your privacy is completely respected at all times during treatment. Comfort and the ability to relax are very important aspects of an effective treatment.

Does massage therapy hurt?

Massage Therapy can cause some light discomfort but it is not harmful. Typically discomfort will reduce as the treatment proceeds. I will check in with you during your treatment in order to minimize discomfort, and we can modify the treatment at any time if you want to. I will describe all treatments beforehand to ensure that you are comfortable with them, and get your consent before beginning any treatment.

How often should I have massage therapy?

Massage Therapy is most effective as a series of initial treatments followed by maintenance and preventative treatments. For some people just one treatment is all they need. It is important that we discuss your needs and establish a program that fits you. Your recovery and the maintenance of your health are our primary concerns. Any recommendations for further treatment are made with your utmost care in mind.

Is massage therapy covered under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)?

Massage Therapy treatments are not covered under OHIP in any case. Most extended health benefit plans provide for treatment so long as it is administered by a Registered Massage Therapist. These plans usually do not require the direction of a physician to do so. If you have any questions about your own coverage, contact your employer.

How do I pay for Massage Therapy?

I require payment upon the provision of services. As an independent practitioner, I am not in a position to provide credit, that is, wait until payment is received under extended health plans, before receiving payment. I accept Visa, Mastercard, Interac, cash or cheque.

Will my information be kept private?

As regulated health professionals, Massage Therapists are required as a part of the standards set by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario to maintain the information you provide, both verbally and in written form, in the strictest of confidence. In addition, Registered Massage Therapists are covered by Ontario's Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004. As a result, information that is collected about clients may be collected only with consent, may only be disclosed with consent or to your immediate health providers, and must be secured and maintained. Any concerns about the requirements of this legislation or about whether a Registered Massage Therapist breached the requirements of the Act may be addressed to the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.