Can anyone receive massage therapy?.
Yes, massage therapy is appropriate for individuals of all ages, including infants, children, and the elderly; however, there are some conditions for which massage therapy is not appropriate. A qualified Massage Therapist (RMT or MT) is trained to recognize these cases.
Is massage therapy a regulated health profession?
Yes, A registered Massage Therapist has completed 2200 hours of class and clinical time. Anatomy, physiology, massage techniques, and clinical testing are a few of the courses a therapist must complete. Upon graduation the therapist does both a written and practical exam with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. If successful, they become licensed by the Province under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA)
A Registered Massage Therapist is one of 23 professions associated with the (RHPA) along with Doctors, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists.
What to expect at your first appointment?
On your first visit, the therapist will ask you questions about your health history. This information is very important in helping to determine the cause of pain/injury and will help to guide the therapist to provide you with safe and effective treatment.
Upon completion of the health history form, the therapist will conduct an assessment. This helps the therapist to find the cause of the pain/injury and to develop a treatment plan that is specific to your needs. Visits can include a combination of Swedish massage, trigger point release, myofascial release, stretching and rehabilitation exercises.
Massage on normal healthy tissue is almost always a pleasant sensation. Massage in the area of injury or chronic pain may at first cause some discomfort which usually lessens noticeably. Your massage therapist knows how to minimize your discomfort and will work carefully within what feels right for you.