Frequently Asked Questions
Massage Therapy spans a wide variety of therapeutic approaches, working to improve an individual's health and well being through hands-on manipulation of muscles and other soft tissues of the body.
Massage therapy is designed to stretch and loosen muscles, improve blood flow and the movement of lymph throughout the body, facilitate the removal of metabolic wastes resulting from exercise or inactivity, and increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to cells and tissues. In addition massage stimulates the release of endorphins - the body's natural pain killer into the brain and nervous system. See the 'Resources' page for more details.
If you are getting a massage for relaxation, there should be little or no talking. For deep tissue work I will be checking in with you to make sure you are tolerating the work and to help you breathe and relax. Sometimes I use light conversation to distract clients when doing deep work, if a muscle is not relaxing, or when working with you for the first few sessions to understand your needs better. As the client, you may control many aspects of the massage - talk / no talk - music / no music / different music - deeper / lighter massage. If you are in any way uncomfortable, please make your wishes known to me.
It depends on the type of therapy and your specific concerns. General relaxation massage should not hurt. If your muscles feel tight and sore, there may be some discomfort at first. Any therapy that directly addresses soft tissue or muscular discomfort (such as deep tissue and trigger point therapies) may be uncomfortable when treating irritated areas. The discomfort does not come from the work itself, but from the irritated tissue. Many clients describe the therapeutic work as "hurting good", meaning they feel the difference between constructive and destructive discomfort.
Depending on the type of massage style (modality), in most cases results can be felt as soon as your massage session is complete. You will feel rejuvenated and relaxed. Chronic conditions may require specific massage techniques and could take four to six weeks or more of therapeutic massage to achieve results. There is no guarantee, but don't forget that just the positive feeling of a caring touch is a great healing power in itself.
Your personal situation will determine when and how often to receive a massage. Other times, you and I can work out massage frequency and length for your specific needs. When stressful situations arise, a massage can help you relax, release and let go. The cumulative effects of regular massage can certainly enhance your health and well-being.
This depends on the type of insurance you carry. Some companies will pay for massage therapy if a physician prescribes it. Other insurance companies will require a co-payment even with a prescription. Contact your insurance company to find out the details. Either way, you pay me directly (cash payments only, please.) I will provide receipts, and you send these to your insurance company.
Ontario requires a minimum of 2200 instructional hours and certification by an accredited massage therapy school. All therapists are regulated under the Health Professions Act and must be members of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).
I use a wide variety of massage and bodywork techniques, including:
Focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. I use a slow rhythmic technique that gradually increases pressure, allowing for a more relaxed experience. Swedish Involves stroking and kneading of the superficial muscle layers, sometimes accompanied by percussive movements with the hands and movement of the joints.
Concentrated finger pressure to small areas of muscle that are tightly knotted and in spasm, causing referred pain. Also known as Myotherapy or Neuromuscular Therapy.
Trigger point release accompanied by active or passive muscle stretching.
Active Inhibition Technique
The client participates in stretching maneuvers to increase the length of the contractured (tight) muscle.
A blend of stretching and massage using hands-on manipulation of the entire body to promote healing and relieve pain. This eases pressure in the fibrous bands of connective tissue (fascia), that encase muscles throughout the body.
A gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of the craniosacral system (the membranes & fluid that surround & protect the brain and spinal cord). Using a very soft touch, I can release restrictions to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
On your first visit, I will do an assessment - asking questions about your general health, specific injuries and whether you are under a doctor's care. You will also complete a confidential health history form (you may complete this online at home). I will go over your health history with you to determine your treatment needs and goals. I may also ask you to stand or walk and observe your posture. This is the time for you to ask any questions you have. The entire process takes a few minutes. I will then give you instructions on how to lie on the table (face up/down etc.) I will be out of the room while you are changing. The massage room is clean, private and quiet. I like to use music to enhance your relaxation. If you don't wish to have music, you're free to ask for quiet time.
Massage therapists are required to cover/drape you with a sheet so that they expose only the area which they are working on. You may need to undress for therapy; however, you do not need to expose yourself in any way that is uncomfortable for you. It is possible to work on a client who is dressed. Let me know your comfort level.
It is important to let me know if you bruise easily. This will be asked on the health history form you fill out on or before your first visit (you may complete this online at home). Massage therapy is not recommended for people who suffer from hemophilia.
Technically, those knots are called "adhesions" and are muscles or areas of soft tissue that are sticking together. Although pain or discomfort are not always present, flexibility and range of motion in and around a joint may be limited. Knots (adhesions) often occur around a site of previous surgery, injury or inflammation.
An epsom salt bath is recommended to soothe and calm muscles, and enhance the benefits of massage -it will help to alleviate any stiffness you may feel the next day. This is also recommended after workouts for the same reason. Have a 2kg bag of epsom salts on hand, and drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
Because your appointment time is reserved, and each appointment represents a sizeable portion of my workday that is highly valuable to my other clients, I must enforce a 24 hour cancellation policy: Missed or forgotten appointments will be charged the full appointment fee. So please remember to give a minimum 24 hours noticere: any cancellations, or you'll be charged for your appointment!If you're late, note that your treatment time may be shortened to maintain my schedule.