Registered Massage Therapy

Experienced massage therapists

Your Body's Integral Option
Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to gain a therapeutic response. Soft tissue includes muscles, skin, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments. Massage therapy can greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning after accidents involving trauma and injury. Swedish massage is currently the most common form of therapy practiced; however, massage therapists may use a variety of therapies and techniques, depending on your needs and their specialties, including hydrotherapy, fascial techniques, and remedial/postural exercise recommendations.


What to expect...

On your first visit, you will be asked for a confidential health history, which will help your therapist form an assessment and treatment plan. Massage therapy should take place in an atmosphere of safety and confidence. It is a partnership between you and your therapist, who will help you understand the processes behind your pain and how you can work together to alleviate it. All treatment will be explained to you, and requires your consent. 


Who qualifies as a Massage Therapist?
Ontario has one of the most extensive massage therapy programs in the world, and is regulated by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Students complete 2,200 hours of intensive anatomical, physiological, and clinical studies at a government approved massage therapy school. Graduation is a prerequisite to taking provincial examinations. Successful candidates then become licensed as Registered Massage Therapists.


Massage coverage under Extended Health Care Plans:
While massage therapy is not covered by OHIP, many private insurance companies provide full or partial coverage under extended health care plans. Government group medical insurance may cover massage therapy under certain specified criteria.Under the new "no fault" automobile insurance, potential coverage has increased from four years to 10 years and from $25,000 to $500,000 for treatment of injuries sustained in automobile accidents.

How can Massage Therapy help you?

Many of today's health problems arise from stress. Because stress upsets the delicate integral balance of all your body's functions, regaining this balance requires a holistic approach. Massage therapy not only treats those parts of you that hurt, it also affects the whole of your metabolism through normalizing your circulatory, muscular and nervous systems and their interdependent functioning. Massage is excellent in the treatment of many health issues, including the following:
  • migraines
  • fibromyalgia
  • anxiety issues
  • post injury rehabilitation
  • whiplash
  • respiratory problems
  • arthritis
  • circulatory problems
  • frozen shoulder
  • neuritis/neuralgia
  • tendinitis/bursitis
  • neck and shoulder tension
  • low back pain
  • digestive/lower bowel problems
  • muscle spasm
  • sciatica

 

Massage can benefit people of all ages and conditions - babies, children, pregnant women, the elderly, those in chronic care, and those who need palliative consideration.