What is Massage Therapy Massage therapy is a hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically,
the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints.
Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and improves health and
well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function
can be developed, maintained and improved and physical dysfunction and pain can be relieved
or prevented through the use of massage therapy.
Modern massage techniques can be traced back to
the 1700ís and the development of Swedish massage, the first systematic
method of therapeutic massage based on physiology. Todayís massage
therapists use their knowledge of anatomy
and physiology, combined with traditional Swedish and modern massage therapy techniques, exercise and
other therapies, to treat their patients.
An Introduction to Massage
Everyone needs to relax and escape from the every day fast-paced, pressure-ridden world
in which we live. Massage can help counteract the stress, stiffness, aches
and pains we find ourselves becoming so accustomed to in our everyday
lives. Massage is a great way to allow us to relax, put all our worries aside, and let go of
all the tension and stress which we find so hard to consciously let go of during our busy week.
I find a lot of people I treat donít realize the amount of tension they needlessly have to contend with
every day. The massages help them understand what their bodies should feel
like without all the tension. To experience the pleasure of a body that
can breathe, stand and move more freely is just that - an experience.
What Can I Expect When I Come in for My Massage?
* When you arrive, you will be greeted by me unless I am with another patient at the time
of your arrival. *Upon your initial visit, you will receive a short case history
form to fill out. *Once your case history is filled out, I will accompany
you to my clinic room where we will begin by discussing:
any initial questions or concerns you have
your case history and how I feel you could benefit from massage therapy treatments
your wants, needs and expectations from massage therapy
the type of massage I would be doing and the areas I would be working on to achieve the
most beneficial results
the modest draping techniques massage therapists use to respect and protect a patientís
privacy will be explained to you along with your options to be partially or fully clothed
during the treatment
any other questions which may have come up after we discuss your treatment plan
how you prefer to be clothed during your massage treatment as well as how to position
yourself on the massage table.
After we have gone over all the aspects of your massage treatment, I will then leave the
room to allow you some time to get ready for your massage.
What Happens During the Massage?
You will find yourself in a softly lit room with relaxing music playing quietly in the
background. Here you will be lying comfortably on a massage table on top of some pillows and
tucked between two blankets. For the massage I use a lotion to which I add essential oils or
scents that are barely noticeable but which help to soothe and relax away any stress.
During the massage we will work on the areas discussed during your initial assessment. You
will be asked if the pressure of the massage is all right. The pressure of each massage is
adjusted to the patientís preference and pain tolerance, as well as to the approach and
treatment needed for certain types of conditions. A lighter more superficial technique is
used for a general relaxation massage. In some cases you may be asked if a certain area being
worked on radiates a certain type of sensation, pain pressure tingling, etc. to other
parts of the body. I may also go through some breathing and relaxation techniques with
you if youíre finding it hard to relax during your massage. Communication is very
important during the massage but itís also important to leave room for you to have some
quiet time to yourself. This quiet time allows you to focus on your body.
The two most important things to focus on during the massage are:
being able to slow down, relax and let go of all your everyday worries and stresses.
tuning into your body and feeling all the tension being pulled away from your tired achey muscles.
What Specific Conditions Can Massage Help?
Massage therapy has a great effect on the areas you are having problems with and can have
some profound effects in other areas of your health. By maintaining circulation,
metabolism, nervous stimulation and musculoskeletal symmetry, massage helps achieve and
sustain the delicate balance among all systems. Although massage is widely known for its
uses in general relaxation and stress management, it has a very important place in
specific condition maintenance as well as in speeding up the healing processes of our
bodies from certain injuries acquired whether it be accident, occupational or
sports related. Massage can benefit children, adults, pregnant women, seniors and even
those in need of chronic or palliative care. Patients find relief from many specific
conditions such as:
low back pain
tendinitis / bursitis
constipation - digestive / lower bowel problems
post injury rehabilitation
upper back and neck tension
sciatica or sciatic
Who Pays for Massage Therapy?
Although O.H.I.P. does not cover any part of massage therapy, many people are pleasantly
surprised to learn that their insurance companies will provide full or partial coverage
for the cost of massage therapy treatments. New ďno faultĒ automobile insurance has
increased potential coverage for up to 10 years at $500,000 for treatment of injuries
sustained in automobile accidents. Most insurance companies will ask you for a note of
referral from your physician or chiropractor stating that you will benefit from massage
Who Qualifies as a Massage Therapist?
Upon successful completion of a 2,200 hour massage therapy program consisting
of courses in anatomy, physiology, neurology, pathology, nutrition, public health, first
aid / CPR, human relations, myology, osteology, assessments, massage therapy, principles of
treatment, actinotherapy, hydrotherapy, remedial exercises, and business, massage therapy
students are required to pass a Board exam regulated by the governing College of Massage
Therapists of Ontario. This exam consists of two parts: an oral / practical exam and
a written exam. Upon successful completion of our Board exams, we then become Registered
Massage Therapists (R.M.T.s), licensed and registered under the Regulated Health Care
Professions Act (RHPA.) Only members of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario are permitted to use the title
Massage Therapist (MT) or Registered Massage Therapist (RMT).
Registered massage therapists have photo ID cards and a certificate of registration issued by
the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, showing the therapistís registration number; you
have the right to view this ID in order to be assured that your therapist is registered.
This is a Multidisciplinary Clinic
SPECIALIZING IN: CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY FOR INFANTS, CHILDREN AND ADULTS
THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS WITH A SPECIALLY DESIGNED TABLE FOR MOTHER'S COMFORT & A SUPPORT STRAP