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donít know if Massage Therapy will help me?
If you have specific questions regarding your concern of the
effectiveness of massage therapy and your condition please
contact us directly. This way we can discuss your specific
condition to see if massage is right for you.
How can I tell the difference
between a Registered Massage Therapist and someone who does
massage so that my insurance company will cover the massage
A registered Massage Therapist is someone who has completed
a degree in Massage Therapy at a recognized training
institution and has studied Anatomy, Physiology, Injury
Assessment, Neurology, Treatments, Ethics and more. They
have also completed 200 hands on clinical hours. They also
hold an active registration in good standing with the CMTO
(College of Massage Therapists of Ontario). This means that
they will have an identification card and a wall certificate
stating their unique registration number. This number may
only be used by that specific therapist and is used on their
receipts. This unique number and signature on the receipt
show the insurance company that we are registered and your
therapy session will be covered.
My insurance company says it will
only cover $500.00 dollars a year in massage therapy, does
my OHIP card cover the rest?
Unfortunately your OHIP card does not cover any massage
therapy expenses. But, be sure to keep all of your massage
therapy receipts that go over and above your extended heath
care coverage as it is a medical expense on your income tax
What will the massage feel like?
Your massage will start with lighter flowing techniques that
will help calm your nervous system and calm your muscles and
tension. As your muscles relax and warm up pressure will
gradually be increased to address specific areas and
decrease muscle tension. From there depending on specific
conditions the therapist will introduce a variety of
techniques. Half way through the massage generally the
therapist will ask you to turn over which will be done with
you under the sheet where the therapist can not see you.
Will the massage hurt me?
There are times when certain techniques are used that
massage therapy can cause some discomfort but it is not
harmful. If it is causing you pain at any time, be sure to
tell your therapist right away so they can stop or modify
the technique. Your therapist will always discuss the
technique with you first and be asking you for feedback on
how it feels. Let them know if you are ever uncomfortable.
How do I undress, Do I remove all
of my clothes?
Your comfort is what is important. You should only undress
to where you are comfortable. Some people choose to undress
completely. Some people choose to wear underwear, while some
people choose to remain mostly or fully clothed. Your
massage therapist will give you privacy to undress and you
will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except
the area being worked on. It is your choice and the
therapist will accommodate your comfort level at all times.
Even if you comfort level changes during the treatment.
How often should I get massaged?
Some people think that one treatment is enough. But often
massage therapy is more beneficial when treating new
injuries over a series of massages and then followed up with
maintenance or preventive treatments. Your Massage Therapist
can discuss with you what is best for you and always leaving
the decision in your hands.
Is Heated Stone Massage more
It is more expensive as it requires additional training and
the stones must be sanitized prior to every treatment.
Is Heated Stone Massage better for
Some people prefer Heated Stone Massage as they find it
penetrates the deeper muscles more quickly and find this
massage more relaxing. It is most popular in the frigid
months. It is also a popular gift choice for Mothers Day,
Fathers Day, Birthdays, Christmas and Valentines Day.
What takes place on my first visit?
You will be asked to complete a
case history form. This allows the
therapist to understand your health and reason for seeking
massage therapy. They will then discuss the form with you.
Your therapist will ask you to perform a couple of
assessments to clearly understand your conditions. They will
then discuss the massage treatment plan. If you are
comfortable with everything discussed they will then leave
you to get on the table.
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Can my pregnant wife get a massage?
Yes, Massage therapists are trained to massage pregnant
women. They practice extra care and caution. The treatment
usually focuses on alleviating associated pregnancy
discomforts from, sore back, neck and feet. The post natal
treatments are focused on alleviating the womanís once again
constant changing posture generally from nursing discomforts
to carrying posture. The massage is performed with the women
lying on her side.
Can seniors get a massage?
Yes, Massage is safe for seniors. The treatments are
performed and modifications are made in the massage on a
very individual basis. For example, lighter pressure,
shorter treatments or seated in a chair.
Can my children get massages?
Yes, Massage Therapists massage infants, toddlers, children
and teens for varying reasons. Infants often for teething
pains, toddlers often for gas pains, children for growing
pains and teens for anxiety, stress and sports injuries.