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  • Is Massage Therapy covered by health care plans?

    Yes, Registered Massage Therapists are recognized under Ontario health legislation, and most extended health insurance plans cover massage therapy treatments when visiting a Registered Massage Therapist. Most do not need a physician’s referral for treatments, although a few do have this requirement. Most plans require that the covered individual pay for the treatment and submit the expense for reimbursement. Please contact your employer or insurance company for more information and for details about your plan.

  • What should I do to prepare for my first Massage Therapy session?

    Please arrive five minutes ahead of your first scheduled appointment to fill out the confidential medical health history form. This form is required by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, which is the regulatory body for our profession. This form will need to be updated once a year to make sure I am aware of any changes to your health status. This enables me to formulate the most beneficial treatment plan that is specifically tailored for your needs. Please set aside 60 minutes for your initial massage session so that I can make a thorough assessment, develop the treatment plan and provide your first treatment. You can wear whatever you like for your massage therapy session although comfortable clothing is best to insure your utmost comfort before and after the session. As a massage therapist I can work with whatever level of clothing you are most comfortable with. Some clients choose to be fully clothed, but it is recommended to remove jewelry especially if lotion is being used during your massage. If you choose to remove your clothing, you will be draped at all times and only the area being treated at the time will be exposed to ensure your privacy.

  • What should I expect after a massage treatment?

    Some discomfort or tenderness may occur the day after a massage treatment. If you are concerned about the level of discomfort or experience discomfort for more than 24 hours following your massage, please contact your massage therapist for advice. Your following treatments can be altered to change the amount of pressure and remove this discomfort.

  • When should I cancel, and how do I cancel an appointment?

    Massage therapy is restricted in the following situations:
    • Fever or acute infection/inflammation
    • Signs of thrombosis (blood clots) or varicosities
    • Uncontrollable coughing
    • Contagious or undiagnosed skin conditions
    • Following a broken bone or recent surgery

    Please contact me by email or phone as soon as you are aware that you must cancel an appointment. I ask for 24 hours notice of cancellation or rescheduling. If you are running late, please contact me and be aware that your appointment will still end at the designated time so that I can accommodate my other clients.
    Is referral from a doctor necessary if I would like to get a massage? You do not need a referral to have massage therapy treatment. However, there may be times when I might require approval from your doctor prior to treating you. If there is a possibility that you have a pre-existing condition that is restricted for massage, please check with your doctor.

  • What is the length of a typical massage therapy session?

    If this is your first session I recommend 60 min as it’s the most common. However, usually the length of your session will depend on what you would like to get out of your treatment. If this is your first session, or if you are receiving treatment for a chronic injury, strain or stiffness, I recommend at least 60 minutes per session. If this is concerning a chronic injury, strain or stiffness I recommend 75 or 90 min session so that a few areas can be treated in a single session.

  • What kind of lotion do you use on my skin?

    I use high quality jojoba or coconut oils as carrier oils during massage and as for lotions I use SacredEarth Botanicals unscented massage lotion which is light, providing excellent absorption while retaining great glide and workability. It is rich in organic oils and organic botanical extracts for a calming and therapeutic experience. Unscented, hypo-allergenic and non-staining to the clothes, my massage lotion will please even the most discriminating clients. Please inform me if you have any allergies or are concerned with the lubrication and ingredients of the lotion.

    Also used are Pure Pro massage cream again unscented and of the highest quality. This product provides you with the most gentle, yet powerful tool available to help you promote physical healing and stress reduction. This is a premium massage product sourced from the finest, 100% natural ingredients, organic and certified.

    As well as Anti-Flamme that contains New Zealand’s Arnica Montana that soothes strained muscles, joint aches, and common sports injuries. It contains natural ingredients including pure Calendula, clove and peppermint Oil. Used and recommended by New Zealand physiotherapists.

    Upon request, I also use best quality aromatherapy oils to add it to your treatment.

  • How often will I need treatments?

    How often you come for massage depends on many factors which we can discuss together to create a treatment plan. We all have different bodies and recovery capabilities so what works for one client once a week will be appropriate for another every few weeks. Some clients require sessions only to target a specific problem, while others benefit from massage therapy as part of a proactive and preventative healthcare regimen. We will establish a specific treatment plan for you based on your initial assessment and your specific needs.

    If you have a question that is not listed above, please feel free to contact me directly.