Registered Massage Therapy
Frequently Asked Questions

If you have not ever had Massage Therapy, this FAQ section is very informative and helpful.

FAQ #1: What Is Massage Therapy?
FAQ #2: What are the benefits of Massage Therapy?
FAQ #3: How does a massage feel?
FAQ #4:  How often should I have Massage Therapy?
FAQ #5: How long will a massage treatment last?
FAQ #6: Who pays for Massage Therapy?
FAQ #7: What happens on the first Massage Therapy visit?
FAQ #8: What do I wear during the massage?
FAQ #9:  What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
FAQ #10: How can I get the greatest benefit from Massage Therapy?
FAQ #11: How will I feel after the Massage Therapy treatment?
FAQ #12: Is Massage Therapy a regulated health profession?
FAQ #13: Do I have to remove all my clothing for Massage Therapy?
FAQ #14: Does Massage Therapy hurt?
FAQ #15: Is massage therapy covered under OHIP?
FAQ #16: What if I am uncomfortable with my body?
FAQ #17: Does the gender of the massage therapist make a difference?
FAQ #18: Am I expected to talk during the massage?
FAQ #19: After my appointment, is there anything I should do?

FAQ #1: What Is Massage Therapy?

A: Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage Therapy helps alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions. Massage Therapy can be formal medical based modality to help address a health concern. Or it can simply be a relaxation, de-stressing treatment.

FAQ #2: What are the benefits of Massage Therapy?

A: Massage Therapy is widely used for to help relieve

FAQ #3: How does a Massage Therapy feel?

A: GREAT overall!!! This largely depends on the techniques used. 10 different massage therapists will have 10 completely different ways they work on patients. Many massage therapists use a form of Swedish massage which is very common. In a “general” Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. A hypoallergenic lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. Conversely for those who request “deep tissue” work, the feeling may range from immense relaxation to mild discomfort as the Massage Therapist works deeper into sore, tight muscles. Experienced patients know that the deeper work brings gains and benefits that lighter work may not when the situation is difficult or chronic.

FAQ #4:  How often should I have Massage Therapy?

A: This will vary from person to person as response to treatment is very individualistic. Massage Therapy is most beneficial in acute conditions when used over a series of treatments, weekly typically as benefits are cumulative and then followed up with maintenance or preventive treatments, monthly typically. Your massage therapist can help you set up a program which fits your needs and lifestyle. Your massage therapist is most interested in your recovery and in the maintenance of your health. Many Renew You clinic patients come weekly for regular massage therapy – year in and year out, while others we only see 4-6 times a year. Every situation is different.

FAQ #5: How long will a Massage Therapy treatment last?

A: Persons seeking a “full-body massage” will book either a 1 hour or a 1 1/2 hour appointment. A 1/2 hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, concentrating on one or two particularly problematic areas such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60 to 90 minute session for optimal therapeutic benefits and relaxation and results effectiveness. If this is helpful, at Renew You, approximately 95% of our clients book 1 hour appointments.

FAQ #6: Who pays for Massage Therapy?

A: All Massage Therapy clinics will require payment upon the provision of services. Many extended health insurance plans cover massage therapy treatments when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). A small amount of plans may require a doctor’s referral for treatments. Most plans require that the covered individual pay for the treatment and submit the expense for reimbursement. Please consult your extended health benefit plan. For those with benefits, you either use them or lose them every benefit year. Why not use them? For many people, that’s 5-10 massage therapy appointments that are lost every year if not used. Massage therapy is not publicly funded by the provincial government in Ontario.

FAQ #7: What happens on the first Massage Therapy visit?

A: Your massage therapist will require you to fill out a confidential health history form which they use as part of your assessment. The massage therapist needs to know if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications. The massage therapist will listen to your concerns and assess your individual needs. Your massage therapist may perform certain assessments and testing to evaluate your condition. The massage therapist will then develop a treatment plan with you to ensure you receive appropriate care that will help you return to your normal activities.

FAQ #8: What do I wear during Massage Therapy?

A: Depending on the primary technique your therapist uses, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear your undergarments. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, position yourself on the massage table and cover yourself. You will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on. Everything is very “medical professional”.

FAQ #9:  What do I do during a Massage Therapy treatment?

A: Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, she or he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely in silence during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. It is your massage, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time, or most importantly give feedback and direction.

(VERY IMPORTANT FOR YOU)
FAQ #10: How can I get the greatest benefit from Massage Therapy?

A: Communicate Communicate Communicate! The massage therapist tries to ascertain as much information as possible about how to best try and serve you, but please remember they are not mind readers. From a patient’s perspective, everyone likes different techniques.
The three biggest areas of either enjoyment and benefit – or complaint are;
  1. The pressure was too little or too much
  2. I wanted more work on (blank) area. and/or
  3. The massage therapist talked too much.
Please trust us; the massage therapist likes lots of feedback, so tell them exactly what you like and want – all through your treatment – body part by body part. For example;
  1. “Can you go deeper or lighter there?”
  2. “That’s uncomfortable. Less pressure there.”
  3. “That feels great. Can you spend more time there?”
  4. Request more or less time on certain body parts
  5. Request primary focus on – or elimination of certain unnecessary body parts that you do not want worked on.
In terms of feedback, we suggest giving them feedback every 5 minutes – something to the effect of;
  1. That’s great
  2. I love that
  3. Can you do more there?
  4. That hurts
  5. A little less or more there
  6. Can you go a lot deeper there?
  7. That’s a really sensitive area
  8. I don’t care for that
  9. Etc etc.
Please trust us, they do not mind at all. The more the massage therapist understands you and what you wnat and enjoy, the better they can serve you! So Communicate Communicate Communicate!
As it pertains to talking, some patients like to chat through the entire treatment while others want silence after 1 – 3 – 5 minutes. Either flat out tell them before beginning ideally what you like or simply stop talking to them and they will go into “quiet mode” with you. No problem.

FAQ #11: How will I feel after the Massage Therapy treatment?

A: Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience decreased aches and pains – or increased range of motion. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage. Massage therapists sometimes recommend a hot Epsom salt bath that encourages the release of toxins that may have been stirred up from the massage treatment. And depending your concern, you may be sore, particularly the next day or so. This is especially true if you request deep tissue work.

FAQ #12: Is Massage Therapy a regulated health profession?

A: Yes in the province of Ontario. The practice of massage therapy is regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and is therefore a Regulated Health Profession. Only individuals who have completed the requisite training and have met the strict competency requirements of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) can call themselves a “Registered Massage Therapist” (RMT). When seeking massage therapy, look for an individual who uses one of those two titles and ask to see their registration with the CMTO. All OMTA members must maintain their registration with the CMTO in order to be members.

FAQ #13: Do I have to remove all my clothing for Massage Therapy?

A: No. Massage therapists are required to cover/drape you with a sheet so that they expose only the area which they are working on. You may need to undress for therapy. However, you do not need to expose yourself in any way that you are uncomfortable.
Registered Massage Therapy is very “medical” and professional. Your comfort as a client is of the utmost a Registered Massage Therapist. RMTs can provide important treatment whether you elect to remove any, some, or all of your clothing.
All RMTs are trained in proper draping procedures to ensure that your privacy is completely respected at all times during treatment. Your comfort and ability to relax is paramount to effective treatment. If you are uncomfortable, your RMT wants you to let them know immediately, whether that discomfort involves the treatment, draping or any pain you may experience. Be sure and discuss the most effective means of treatment with your RMT.

FAQ #14: Does Massage Therapy hurt?

A: As with many treatments affecting the soft tissue, there are times when massage therapy can cause some light discomfort but it is not harmful. Discomfort usually diminishes and no technique of this nature is used without the therapist first discussing it with the client and obtaining your permission. A comfort scale will be established and the therapist will work to the client’s tolerance level. The client can stop or change the treatment at any time and RMTs will modify their techniques to meet their client’s needs.

FAQ #15: Is Massage Therapy covered under OHIP?

A: No. Though many extended health benefit plans do cover massage therapy treatments when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist and most do not require a physician’s referral to do so. Contact your employer for more information.

FAQ #16: What if I am uncomfortable with my body?

A: It is possible to work on a client who is dressed. So just let your therapist know your comfort level. Massage therapy should be something you enjoy tremendously.

FAQ #17: Does the gender of the massage therapist make a difference?

A: This is only an issue of personal preference. Male RMTs may have an advantage of strength for those seeking deep tissue work. Renew You has 2 female RMTs and 1 male RMT.

FAQ #18: Am I expected to talk during the massage?

A: No. If you wish to have silence, you should say so at the beginning of the treatment. The therapist may, however, require verbal information pertinent to health findings during the treatment.

FAQ #19: After my appointment, is there anything I should do?

A: An Epsom salt bath is recommended to soothe and to calm muscles, and enhance the benefits of the massage treatment. It will help to alleviate stiffness you may feel the next day. Have on hand a 2kg bag of Epsom salts, and drink plenty of water to keep your tissues hydrated.

For more information about how massage therapy can help you or to book an appointment,
please contact the clinic. Call today!

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