man enjoying massage therapy by an RMT at Yonge and Eglinton

Do you have questions about Massage Therapy?  Read on!

What is Registered Massage Therapy?

Registered Massage Therapy is the manipulation, through hands-on work, of the soft tissues of your body. Your soft tissues include your muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Registered Massage Therapy is performed by a Registered Massage Therapist.

How does Registered Massage Therapy help heal injuries?

Registered Massage Therapy improves blood and lymph flow, and relaxes muscles. Improved circulation and flexibility encourages proper muscle metabolism and removal of waste products which can speed the healing process. Also, massage can help reduce pain, which in turn can help accelerate recovery.

What is the difference between someone who just claims to do massage and a Registered Massage Therapist?

Anyone can claim to do ‘massage’. However, anyone who says that they perform Registered Massage Therapy, or Massage Therapy must, by law, be a Registered Massage Therapist. This means that they are a member of The College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and have completed a rigorous training program at an institution recognized by the Government of Ontario. Their study must include, among other subjects: anatomy, physiology, orthopedic assessment, pathology, neurology, ethics, and condition-specific treatments. An RMT must have a minimum of 150 clinical hours while training, and have successfully completed examinations from the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.

An RMT must also maintain their registration by participating in a quality assurance program through the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario that helps to maintain high professional standards and quality client care.

How do I know if someone is a registered massage therapist?

You will know if someone is a Registered Massage Therapist if they have their certificate of registration posted in their primary workplace, and are able to provide you with their registration number.  Your insurance company will want to see their registration number on your receipt in order to reimburse you for your treatments. 

What causes muscle tension? What does muscle tension mean?

Muscle tension can have a number of different causes, such as overuse, injury, stress, and repetitive strain. Muscle tension is essential in order to move our bones and joints around. Our muscles must be able to contract and relax for normal mobility and movement. But when the muscles are not able to be released, due to the aforementioned causes, the muscles will ‘learn’ to stay in a state of tension.

How do you relieve muscle tension?

Muscle tension is relieved through the hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues and joints. A Registered Massage Therapist will work through the tight muscles to smooth out any ‘knots’ and bring more circulation to the area. Sometimes gentle joint mobilization is used to help muscles ‘let go’ of the tension. Also, the relaxation aspect of massage can help to relieve tension that has been caused by anxiety or stress.

Do you do deep tissue massage

Yes, we do deep tissue work. Deep tissue work just refers to massage that works deeper into the muscles. Sometimes, deep tissue massage is listed as something different from Swedish Massage. However, a Massage Therapist can easily adjust pressure during a treatment to go deeper. Often, deep tissue is indicated in one area of the body, but the client may find it too much pressure on another area, so we do adjust accordingly. Your massage is just that, your massage tailored to what you like and what your issues are. 

How much pressure will the therapist use?

The therapist will use enough pressure to effect change in the tissue requiring treatment while always staying within your comfort levels.

How does massage therapy help sports performance?

Massage therapy can enhance one’s athletic performance in several ways. It can improve flexibility and range of motion, speed up the recovery process, increase circulation and nutrient delivery to muscles, minimize pain and eliminate trigger points which can cause weakness in muscles.

What conditions will benefit from massage therapy?

We have experience with successfully treating: Post Fracture RecoveryTendinitisStressTMJ DysfunctionPregnant Women and New MomsInfantsEdema/Water retention,Strains/Sprains, Cancer Management, InsomniaStroke Recovery,Asthma/Emphysema/BronchitisScar TissueNeurological conditions like MS & Parkinson’s,HeadachesWhiplashConstipation, Back PainFibromyalgiaPost-Surgical Rehabilitation,Inflammatory conditions like Arthritis and Bursitis and much more!

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments you need really depends on what exactly is happening in your body. Your therapist will work with you to make a treatment plan that works for you. They will take into consideration your schedule, what you can afford and provide you with self-care to do at home to maximize the treatment outcomes.

Is massage therapy safe in pregnancy?

Massage therapy is not only safe during pregnancy, but it can also be a wonderful way to help your body adjust to all the changes occurring in your body and the aches and pains that may arise during this time. Your therapist will build your treatment based on the trimester you are in as well as any other issues you could be managing. Safety and comfort are the priorities and your therapist will make sure to address both of these important things.

Is massage therapy safe for babies? children?

Massage is very safe for babies and children and can provide great benefits. Babies who receive massage have been known to adjust to a normal sleeping schedule much faster than those who don’t. Children are so busy these days with more homework than ever along with the activities they are involved in. They too can use the relaxation and pain relief whether it is from growing pains, a heavy backpack, sports injuries or a specific condition.

Is massage therapy covered by OHIP? Private insurance?

Massage therapy is not covered by OHIP at this time. Many insurance companies do cover it and it only takes a phone call to your provider to learn what coverage you have.

Do I need a doctor’s referral for massage therapy?

Some insurance companies do require a note or prescription from your doctor before they will reimburse you for massage. Call your provider to find out if it is required and speak with your doctor so you can take full advantage of your health benefits.