FAQ

These are some of the more common questions asked about massage therapy.

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Why see a Registered Massage Therapist?

When seeing an RMT, you can feel confident that they have successfully completed and intensive 3000-hour diploma at an accredited school; are registered with the College of Massage Therapists of BC; are governed by the Regulated Helath Professions Act; are coved by MSP and take mandatory education upgrading to maintain professional status.

What is massage therapy?

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 occurring.

What can I expect during a massage therapy session?
A case history is taken to identify any health concerns. A thorough assessment follows to make sure massage therapy is right for you. You are then instructed how to get onto the massage table. You are covered by a sheet at all times during your treatment; be assured you are never exposed except for the area being treated. In conclusion to your treatment, remedial exercises are given so you may take an active role in your health by stretching and strengthening your muscles at home.
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.

Is massage always appropriate?

There are some conditions for which massage 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 you are receiving massage. Your massage therapist will gladly provide regular progress reports to your doctor upon request.

Who should see a massage therapist?
.Massage therapy has been recommended for, but not limited to, the following conditions:

• Sprains and Strains

• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

• Tendonitis

• Whiplash

• TMJ Dysfunction

• Headaches

• Sciatica

• Pregnancy/Infant Massage

• Sports/Work Related Injuries

• Constipation

• Insomnia

• Disc Herniation

• Post Surgery Rehabilitation

• Maintenance and Preventive Care

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.

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