What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage is done by a registered massage therapist.
How can massage help me?
Massage helps alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions. If employed early enough after accidents involving trauma and injury, massage can greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning.
Massage improves stress management and is widely used to help obtain relief from chronic tension and pain in muscles, to improve circulation, to increase flexibility in the joints and reduce mental and physical fatigue. It will relieve muscle tightness especially the back and neck area where most of us store tension. Muscles can become so contracted that they press on nerves to the arms, hands and legs, causing pain, tingling and numbness. Massage can release muscle spasm and tightness to bring relief.
What can I expect when I come in for a massage?
When you first come in for a massage, you will be asked to fill out a confidential information sheet. Your massage therapist will then ask you some questions since about your conditions. Your massage therapist will give you privacy to undress, and you will be fully covered through your session except for the area being worked on.
You will relax on a massage table that is designed for stability and comfort. Pillows can be used to make your position comfortable. Our offices are warm, quiet, and have gentle music in the background..
The massage will start gently to calm your nervous system and begin to release superficial tension. Gradually, your massage therapist works more deeply into the tissues and addresses specific areas. Make yourself comfortable and relax. You can change your position or ask for lighter/ deeper pressure at any time to make yourself more comfortable. Many people just close their eyes and relax, others prefer to talk. Do not hesitate to ask questions. After massage you should feel relaxed. Many people experience freedom from pain and aches that have built over months.
How often should I have massage therapy?
Some people believe that one treatment is enough; however, massage therapy is most beneficial in acute and chronic conditions when used over a series of treatments and then followed up with maintenance or preventive treatments.
Do you accept walk in appointments?
No. But we sometimes have same-day/last-minute appointments. Please call or email us to find out. Appointment is required.
How do I pay for massage?
We prefer that you pay at the time of service. However, if you do have a great extended health plan, that will cover 100% of your treatment cost and will pay the provider directly we may be able to bill for you. Massage therapy is not covered under OHIP.
Do I need a note from my doctor?
Not unless you have certain high-risk conditions that could be complicated by promotion of blood flow throughout your body via massage. If you have any concerns in general about massage, feel free to ask your health provider. We are totally confident working with you and will let you know after we receive your intake form if there are any further concerns.
If you would like to bill your insurance company for the massage. We suggest giving your extended health company a call. Some providers require a doctors perscription.
What length of appointment should I book?
For "full-body massage" (where we say hello to every major muscle group), we need at least 60 minutes. 75 minutes is ideal; 90 minutes is even better. Shorter sessions of 30- or 45-min in length are great for spot treatments on 1-3 areas.
If I have severe, acute pain, will massage help me?
We do not suggest that you come in for a massage, if you are having debilitating pain, pain that just started to occur within the last 48 hours or if you where just in an accident. If this is your situation we suggest calling your doctor, or resting for 48 hours with ice. We will be happy to book you an appointment after 48 hours has passed. If you have more questions or would like help dealing with your acute pain please call our office.
FAQ About Prenatal Massage.
What is Prenatal Massage?
Massage therapy for when you are pregnant.
Is massage therapy safe during pregnancy?
Yes. Massage during a normal pregnancy is not harmful at all. Massage supports a healthy pregnancy, and does not cause miscarriage or induce preterm labor. It is very beneficial for mom and baby and any stage of pregnancy.
Do I get to lie face-down during a pregnancy massage?
Absolutely... every pregnant woman's dream come true! We are masterful in the use of special orthopedic body support cushions that are fully adjustable to accommodate your growing belly and breasts during all stages of pregnancy. Most women find them so comfortable that they beg us to let them take the cushions home! If you are carrying twins, or are obese at the start of your pregnancy, it may be more prudent and comfortable to lie you on your side after a certain point.
Why would I need postnatal massage?
After delivering a baby and taking care of your family it is important to take care of yourself. Massage will encourage, stimulation of your circulation and lymphatic systems. It will also increase your feel good hormones, and give you time to rest. We are able to help with any back pain you may be experiencing from nursing, lifting and carrying your new baby.
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