How can massage help me?

Massage therapy can help determine and eliminate the cause of musculoskeletal pain and discomfort, and can also provide relief from the ongoing symptoms of chronic health conditions. Many people seek massage therapy for the following conditions, but this is by no means an exhaustive list.

  • stress and insomnia
  • anxiety and depression
  • headaches and migraines
  • pregnancy and postpartum discomfort
  • arthritis
  • tendonitis and repetitive strain injuries
  • muscular conditions and injuries, such as spasms, strains, and sprains
  • skeletal conditions and injuries, such as fractures and scoliosis
  • neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and Parkinson’s
  • stroke rehabilitation
  • post-concussion syndrome
  • chronic pain disorders, such as fibromyalgia
  • circulatory and respiratory disorders
  • post-surgical rehabilitation
  • lymphedema

If you’d like to better understand how massage can help with a specific problem or condition you’re experiencing, please feel free to contact me.

What happens during my first visit?

For your first visit, please try to arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. You’ll be asked to fill out a complete health history form. We’ll discuss your health history, as well as your current condition, to determine the best treatment plan for you. I’ll perform an assessment of your condition, including any relevant testing, before beginning the massage. In order to maximize hands-on time, a minimum of 45 minutes is recommended for your first treatment.

Will I have to remove all my clothing?

You can undress to whatever level you are comfortable with – for some people, that means not undressing at all and being massaged over their clothes, and for others, that means undressing completely. Your privacy is respected at all times by using sheets and blankets to cover areas of the body that are not being treated. Prior to beginning your treatment, I’ll explain which areas I’m going to be working on, and you can undress accordingly.

Does massage hurt?

Massage shouldn’t hurt. “No pain, no gain” doesn’t apply to massage – it’s actually counterproductive to be in pain during a treatment, as your nervous system won’t permit your muscles to relax. When I am trying to effect change by treating very specific and deep structures, or certain impairments like scar tissue, it is possible you may feel discomfort. In those cases, I’ll check in frequently with you to ensure the work I’m doing is within a safe, tolerable range.

How often should I get a massage?

How often you return for massage is up to you. On your first visit, we’ll discuss a treatment plan for you, with the goal of resolving the condition that brought you in to get a massage. I’ll provide you with my best advice on how soon you can expect to see positive changes, how soon you should return for your next treatment, and how many treatments you may need before your condition is resolved completely. There is no expectation for you to return indefinitely for massage once that happens. However, if your overall goal is stress management, or to get a regular ‘tune-up’ for your body, it is perfectly okay to come back for massage on a regular, ongoing basis, and many people do.

Do you offer direct billing?

I’m pleased to offer direct billing for Blue Cross Medavie plan members. Blue Cross works with Veterans Affairs Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces to provide extended healthcare benefits to eligible individuals. When calling to book an appointment, let me know that you have coverage under Blue Cross, and I can submit a preauthorization request prior to your treatment.

Is massage covered by OHIP?

Unfortunately, no. Individuals are required to pay for massage therapy treatment themselves, at the time of treatment. However, many people are entitled to massage coverage through their employer’s extended health benefits plans. Check with your employer or insurer to verify the amount of coverage under your specific plan. At the end of your massage treatment, you’ll be provided with a receipt that you can then use to submit a claim for reimbursement.

Is massage therapy regulated?

Yes – the massage therapy profession in Ontario is regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. The RHPA establishes the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) as the regulatory body that sets the entry to practice requirements for massage therapists. This means that only individuals who have met CMTO’s requirements are granted the title of Registered Massage Therapist, or RMT.