Registered Massage Therapy (RMT)
All of our therapists are registered with the College of Massage Therapist of Ontario, each offering a unique and personalized Massage. Whether you want to reduce stress, relieve pain, or attend to a chronic injury, our therapists are trained in a variety of therapeutic techniques which can be tailored to meet your treatment goals.
About Massage Therapy
Massage Therapy has firmly established its role as a clinically-oriented health option used to treat a variety of conditions. Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to help alleviate discomfort associated with everyday stress, muscular overuse and many chronic pain syndromes.
Registered Massage Therapists are trained to help relieve:
- Arthritis and Tendonitis
- Acute and chronic sports injuries
- Stress and associated conditions
- Headaches, migraines and whiplash
- Sprains, strains and spasms
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Jaw pain & TMJ dysfunction
- Back and neck pain
- Constipation and insomnia
- Pregnancy and labour discomfort
- Breast pain due to cancer, surgery, pregnancy or hormone changes
- And many other conditions…..
RMT’s are also trained in:
- Hydrotherapy (the use of heat and cold)
- Stretching and strengthening exercises
- Joint mobilizations
- Myofascial Release (MFR)
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
What to Expect
On your first visit you will be asked to complete a confidential health history form which will be reviewed in the privacy of the treatment room. In order to develop a safe and effective treatment plan the initial process may involve some assessment, palpation and testing.
Your privacy will be respected at all times. The therapist will leave the room so that you may disrobe and cover yourself on the table. You may remove as little of your clothing as you are comfortable with. During the treatment, you will be draped so that only the part of your body being treated is uncovered.
Communication is a key element of an effective massage and ensures that your treatment goals are being met. You will have the opportunity to give feedback throughout the treatment to have the pressure adjusted to meet your needs.
A wide range of techniques will be used to stretch and loosen muscles and connective tissue to help decrease pain and increase range of motion.
For your first visit it is recommended a treatment time of 45 to 60 minutes. This will provide adequate time to complete a thorough assessment of your health status and provide an effective treatment.
Registered Therapists distinguish themselves from other body workers in that we are recognized under provincial health legislation, and as a result are covered by most extended healthcare plans.
Many health care plans offer full or partial massage therapy coverage. Depending on the benefit package, you may have up to $1000 per year of RMT coverage. You can also be covered under your spouse or common law partner’s insurance policy.
Occasionally a physician’s referral may be required. Check with the Human Resource Department at the company you work for, you may have extended health care benefits available to you.
What Research Says
- After one Massage Therapy session, there were decreases noted in: heart rate, blood pressure & state anxiety (how you react when you have many stressors in your life).
- After several Massage Therapy sessions, there were decreases noted in: depression pain & trait anxiety (how you manage your reactions to anticipated fearful situations).
Moyer C, Round J, Hannum JW, A meta-analysis of Massage Therapy research, 2004; 130(1):9