FAQ's

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Are there non-medical reasons for receiving Massage Therapy?

Yes, there are many reasons to receive massage treatments, like stress management. For example, some individuals in an office setting find that they are able to work more productively and report improved overall mood following regular massage treatments.

Does Massage Therapy hurt?

Possibly. If the treatment is based upon pain relief or relaxation then you should feel less pain after the appointment. Conversely, if the treatment purpose is something like injury recovery or improvement of posture then it is common for the patient to feel some discomfort during the treatment and up to 48 hours after. Open communication with the Massage Therapist is required to ensure the highest quality of treatments. The discomfort post treatment should be similar to the aches experienced after a workout. If the discomfort is too intense or lasts longer than expected, please tell your Massage Therapist as soon as possible.

What assortment of medical issues do RMTís deal with?

Massage treatments are effective interventions for pain management, injury recovery, pre- mid- and post event athletic treatments, postural and ergonomic improvements, diabetes, pregnancy, post-partum and many more. Everything from muscle aches, back pain and headaches to anxiety disorders, disc herniations and osteoporosis are positively affected by massage treatments.

What can I expect from a typical treatment?

You will have a discussion with your RMT about your goals and any issues or concerns regarding your treatment. The therapist will leave the room to wash their hands and give you privacy to undress as required for your treatment and get yourself comfortable on the table. Sheets are provided to cover you. When the therapist comes back, they will move the sheet and tuck it appropriately in order to perform the massage. When the treatment is over you will be covered again, and the therapist will leave so you can redress.

What is Registered Massage Therapy?

Massage refers to hands-on manipulation of the bodyís tissues. Registered Massage means that there is a regulatory Board that a person must be certified with. In Ontario, the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) is responsible for setting the standards of competency for client care, ethical behaviour, skill sets and the application of those skills, as mandated by the Massage Therapy Act (1991). Therapy is a medical intervention.

What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?

By law, RMTís are required to determine your goals for treatment and establish a benchmark so they can track them. From that point we can decide on the best course of treatment. The first visit includes this interview process. Be sure to arrive early in order to complete the intake form before your treatment begins.

Who can benefit from a massage?

Almost anyone who is willing to receive a treatment can benefit. Clinical trials suggest that preterm infants experience faster weight gain following regular massage treatments. Seniors also benefit from several effects of massage, including circulatory, blood pressure and mood related improvements. Keep in mind that there are some medical conditions or patient goals that cannot be treated or affected by massage therapy.

Who is a Registered Massage Therapist in Ontario?

In Ontario, a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) is someone who has completed a college level diploma program, a minimum of 2,200 training hours, and passed the Board Exams administered by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO). The CMTO operates under the direction of the Massage Therapy Act, 1991, and the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. An RMT is required to have their CMTO registration certificate displayed in their primary workplace, and have their ID card available at any secondary workplaces.


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