Frequently Asked Questions about Massage Therapy
What is a Massage Therapist (MT) or Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)?
Massage Therapy is a regulated health profession in Ontario. A Massage Therapist (MT) or Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) has completed a minimum of 2200 hours of training and successfully completed examinations from and registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Massage Therapists participate in Continuing Education and a Quality Assurance program in order to provide quality care for clients. Only individuals who meet the above criteria can use the term Massage Therapist (MT) or Registered Massage Therapist (RMT).
What can I expect during my first massage appointment?
Upon arrival, you will be asked to completed a confidential health history form. You and your therapist will discuss your health history, your goals of treatment and sometimes assessments may be performed in order to determine what is going on. (This may include muscle length or strength testing, postural assessment, range of motion). With this information, you and your therapist will develop an appropriate treatment that designed for you.
Do I need to undress for my Massage Therapy treatment?
Traditionally, massage therapy is performed in direct contact with the skin. You will be fully covered with a sheet/blanket with the exception of the area that is being worked is uncovered. That being said, YOU are in control! If you are not comfortable with removing certain or any articles of clothing, we can work over the clothes or over the sheets. If you are unable to relax, you will not receive the full benefits of massage therapy.
Will the treatment hurt?
Massage Therapy should not hurt. Certain areas may be more uncomfortable than others. There are certain treatments that are more uncomfortable than others. Your therapist will discuss this with you prior to your treatment. At any time during a treatment, PLEASE let the therapist know if you are not comfortable. It is important to keep an open and honest line of communication. Your therapist does not know how you are feeling.
How will I feel after a massage therapy treatment?
Most often people feel relaxed and have decreased tension in their muscles. Many describe feeling free from aches and pains. Some people, however, do experience some muscle soreness lasting one or two days post treatment often followed by increased energy levels, improved range of motion and a reduction from their regular aches and pains.
Do I need a doctor' referral?
You do not require a referral in order to make an appointment. However, some extended health care plans, do require a physician's referral in order for you to be covered. Please check with your insurer to determine the requirements of your plan.
Is Massage Therapy covered by OHIP?
No, OHIP does not cover massage therapy. However, many extended health plans do.