Massage has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes well-being by working with the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. It consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body; more specifically the muscles, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments. Massage Therapy is a clinically-oriented healthcare option that helps alleviate discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many common chronic pain conditions.
Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body; more specifically the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health, preventing and recovering from injury. Massage Therapy is a clinically-oriented healthcare option that helps alleviate discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many common chronic pain conditions.
Massage therapy treatment also has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes well-being by working with the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved with massage therapy, as well as resolving dysfunction, pain and relieving the effects of stress.
Modern massage techniques can be traced back to the 1700s and the development of Swedish massage, which was the first systematic method of therapeutic massage based on the body’s physiology. Today’s massage therapists use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to combine traditional Swedish and modern massage therapy techniques along with exercise and other therapies to treat clients.
Massage therapy should be provided by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). An RMT is an individual who is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Massage Therapy Act.
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24 hours notice is required for a cancellation, otherwise the full fee for the appointment will be charged.
You will be given the full attention of your therapist for the remainder of your time slot.
Services performed by a Registered Therapist will be provided to the client for health insurance beneﬁt claims.
There are incredible benefits to be achieved through regular massage therapy treatments from a Registered Massage Therapist. Whether your need is to enjoy the relaxation, reduce muscle tension or gain relief from chronic pain, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being.
Massage therapy can be an important part of your health maintenance plan by reducing or eliminating pain, improving joint mobility, improving circulation, improving lymphatic drainage, or reducing muscular tension.
Massage therapy can be used for the treatment of both acute and chronic conditions. RMTs work with a wide variety of patients of all ages, in the treatment of illnesses, injuries, rehabilitation and aiding with disabilities.
The following is a list of conditions for which massage therapy, when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist, can prove beneficial:
– anxiety and depression
– arthritis and bursitis
– asthma and emphysema
– back, leg, or neck pain
– carpal tunnel syndrome / repetitive strain syndrom
– chronic fatigue syndrome
– fractures and edema
– gastrointestinal disorders
– inflammatory joint conditions
– kyphosis and scoliosis
– multiple sclerosis
– Parkinson’s disease
– muscle tension and spasm
– palliative care
– post-surgical rehabilitation
– pregnancy and labour support
– sports injuries
– strains and sprains
– stress / stress related conditions
Your massage therapist will ask preliminary questions to determine your overall health as well as health/wellness goals, as well as complete an assessment of various questions and tests to determine the condition of your muscles and joints. This information will help them structure the session to be in line your health and wellness goals. Massage can affect multiple body systems, such as the cardiovascular and nervous systems, so please be honest with the massage therapist about your health and medications. Let them know about any pharmaceutical drugs or botanical medicines or supplements you are taking, because massage can enhance or reduce the effect of pharmaceutical drugs, such as blood pressure medication. Knowing your history allows the therapist to determine if there are any reasons you should avoid massage or a particular technique. Any personal and health information you provide to your Massage Therapist is completely confidential and will be safeguarded. Your health record cannot be released or transferred without your written consent. Before the treatment begins, your massage therapist will propose a personalized treatment plan based on the initial assessment and health history.
Your massage therapist must also obtain your consent to work on any part of your body, regardless of whether you are fully clothed, or fully or partially covered with sheets or blankets. Your privacy will always be respected, and you may withdraw your consent for treatment at any time.
Before your massage, you’ll be asked to remove your clothing to your level of comfort. The massage therapist will leave the room while you undress. Take off only as much as you are comfortable removing. Lie on the massage table, underneath the provided sheet or towel, which will cover your body.
Music might be played. If you find music or talking during the session distracting, tell your massage therapist. Your therapist should check on pressure and comfort throughout your appointment. If you’re uncomfortable at any time, please tell your massage therapist, they will stop, or adjust to your comfort level.
The massage table is padded, and may have extra attachments or cushions, such as a face cradle, which allows you to lie facedown without turning your head or neck.
Massage therapists often use oil or lotion. If you’re allergic to oils or lotions, tell your massage therapist beforehand.
Remember to breathe normally.
After your massage, the massage therapist will leave the room, and allow you to slowly get up and get dressed in privacy.
The benefits of massage therapy are cumulative, so work with your massage therapist to customize a plan to meet your health and wellness goals.
• Before you arrive for your first appointment, keep in mind that we’ll need a few minutes for you to fill out an intake form.
• Be sure you are well hydrated with water, and use the washroom just before your appointment to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the treatment.
• Do not eat just before your massage.
• Give yourself enough time to arrive on time and relaxed. If you are rushing and arrive stressed, it will take longer to get into a relaxed state.
• Relax and try let your thoughts go. One way to do this is to focus on how the touch or technique feels.
• Remember to breathe, as this helps you relax. Sometimes people hold their breath when a sensitive area is massaged, but it is best to breathe through it.
• In the same way, tightening your muscles during the massage is counterproductive. If you can’t seem to relax your muscles, let your massage therapist know. They may need to adjust the massage technique.
• After treatment, it is common for a patient to feel stiff (like after exercising) for 24 – 48 hours. Some patients may have a headache for a short while.
• If you have pain from tight muscles, heat will help to ease it. Apply heat for only 20-30 minutes. Constant heat produces swelling and therefore more pain. Allow about an hour between applications of heat. Repeat as often as necessary.
• If the discomfort is more than just pain and not due to muscle tightness, ice may help. Apply for 20-30 minutes, but not directly to bare skin, use a towel between your skin and the ice bag. Wait an hour between applications. Repeat as necessary.
• Drink water, especially for the next 24 hours. Consuming water will help the kidneys and other organs process the various substances which move through the human body on a regular basis.
• Taking a bath with epsom salts can ease muscular pain. Epsom salts contain magnesium, a muscle relaxant. Dissolve ½ to 1 cup of epsom salts to a hot bath and soak for 20 minutes. Epsom salts can be drying to the skin, but the addition of an equal amount of baking soda to the bath will help keep the skin soft.
• If possible, allow some quiet time after the massage, don’t go back to work or other responsibilities immediately.
Can anyone receive massage therapy?
Yes, massage therapy is appropriate for individuals of all ages, including infants, children, and the elderly; however, there are some conditions for which massage therapy is not appropriate. A qualified Massage Therapist (RMT or MT) is trained to recognize these cases.
Many massage therapists treat a variety of diseases and disorders while others concentrate on certain conditions or groups of people such as athletes, performers, women during pregnancy, infants and children. When booking your first consultation, be sure that the massage therapist you’re booking is the right choice for you based on your needs.
Do I have to remove all my clothing for massage therapy?
No. Your comfort as a client is of the utmost to all Registered Massage Therapists, whether that is in the context of the clothing you wear or the treatment you receive. Massage therapists can provide treatment whether you elect to remove any, some, or all of your clothing. All RMTs are trained in proper draping procedures to ensure that your privacy is completely respected at all times. Your comfort and ability to relax is paramount to an effective treatment.
Will I be covered during the massage by sheets?
Yes, generally you will lie on a massage table, covered by a sheet or large towel. Make sure you are comfortable and let the therapist know if you are not. Tell the therapist if you are cold, want to be covered, don’t want an area of your body touched, don’t like talking or music, or are experiencing discomfort with the technique or how it is being applied. Remember, you can ask for changes or stop the session at any time.
Does massage therapy hurt?
As with many treatments affecting the soft tissue, there are times when massage therapy can cause some light discomfort but it is not harmful. A comfort/pressure scale will be established and the therapist will work to the client’s tolerance level. The client can stop or change the treatment at any time and massage therapists will modify their techniques to meet their client’s needs at any time requested.
Massage Therapists will also describe the treatments to be provided to ensure that you are comfortable with them. Your consent is sought before treatment is provided. If you are uncomfortable, your RMT wants you to let them know immediately, whether that discomfort involves the treatment, draping or any pain you may experience.
Be sure and discuss the most effective means of treatment with your therapist.
Is it covered by my insurance?
Massage therapy is not covered by OHIP, but many private insurance companies cover treatment from a Registered Massage Therapist as part of their extended healthcare plans. Please consult your policy.
How do I get there? Where do I park?
We are located in the heart of the Junction area of West Toronto at 2968 Dundas St W on the third floor. Our entrance is on Pacific Ave.
By bike: We have bike racks for Breathe students on the opposite side of the building.
By car: There is a Green P parking lot on Pacific Ave just south of Dundas St. Some street parking may be found in the vicinity (1 hr Max) but is difficult to find. We recommend the Green P parking. Please do not park in the No Frills or Sweet Potato parking lots as you will be subject to a ticket.
By bus: From Dundas West station, take the 40 Junction Bus and get off at Pacific Ave.
From High Park Station. About a 15-20 min walk on High Park Ave to Dundas St West and go East 2 blocks. Or take the 30 Bus towards Kipling and get off at Dundas St West and walk East 2 blocks.
DISCLAIMER: The information on this page does not constitute medical advice and you should ask your medical professional before taking this advice or any other advice found online.