1. Why see an RMT?
2. What is Massage Therapy?
~When seeing a Registered Massage Therapist, you can feel confident that they have successfully completed an intensive 3000 hour diploma at an accredited school; are registered with the College of Massage Therapists of BC; are goverend by the Regulated Health Professions Act; and are covered by MSP and take mandatory education upgrading to maintain professional status.
~Massage Therapy combines Eastern and Western health care philosophies to treat conditions ranging from chronic injuries and physical dysfunction to relieving the stress of every day life. Massage Therapy uses hands on techniques to help the body heal its injuries and also to prevent injuries from occuring.
3. What can I expect during a massage therapy session?
~On your first visit you will complete a confidential health history form. Your therapist will assess and create a treatment plan for you. At this time it is important to inform your therapist if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications. To fully understand your position your Massage Therapist listens to your concerns and your individual needs as well as other factors that may be contributing to your situation. With your health history information your therapist will develop a treatment plan with you so you receive the appropriate treatment that will help you a return, as much as possible, to your normal activities
4. How will a massage feel?
~Massage on normal tissue is almost always a pleasant feeling. Massage to an area of injury or chronic pain may cause some discomfort at first which usually lessens as the tissues release. Your massage therapist knows how to minimize the pain and will work with your pain tolerance. Always tell your massage therapist if you feel any discomfort so he/she can make the appropriate adjustments.
5. Is massage always appropriate?
~There are some conditions for which massage therapy is not appropriate. A thorough case history is documented at your first visit to identify these conditions. If you have a medical condition, let your primary health care provider know that you are recieving massage therapy. Your massage therapist will gladly provide regular progress reports to your doctor upon request.
6. Who should see a massage therapist?
~Sprain & Strains
~Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
~Tendonitis
~Whiplash
~TMJ Dysfunction
~Headaches
~Sports/Work Related Injuries
~Constipation
~Insomnia
~Disc Herniation
~Post Surgery Rehabilitation
~Maintenance & Preentative Care
7. Am I expected to tip my Massage Therapist?
~No. The practice of tipping is never expected when you visit your massage therapist; however on occasion some people choose to leave a gratuity.
8. What is your cancellation policy?
~We require 24 hours notice if you can not make your appointment. Failure to give notice will result in a 50% service charge.
~There is no requirement to have a referral to see an RMT/Acupuncturist. However, extended health care plans and insurers may require a referral before you will be covered. You will need to check with your policy to see if you need one to be reimbursed for the treatments.
9. Do I need a Doctor's referral?
~Yes, if you want to experience massage therapy to relax. However, to have a longer therapeutic affect one treatment may not be enough.
10. Is one massage treatment enough?
11. Should I eat before I come for a massage?
~It is best not to eat for at least 90 minutes prior to your massage and only a light meal at that time. The body needs time to digest food. The digestion process directs blood flow away from your peripheral tissues and concentrates it on the digestive tract. Massage draws the blood flow to the area tissues being worked on and therefore draws the blood away from the digestive tract causing poor digestion and possible discomfort.