Massage Therapy is the hands-on manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. It may be used to reduce pain, augment function, aid in rehabilitation of injuries, increase relaxation, as well as ones sense of well-being. Massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever. Massage therapy is recommended alongside physiotherapy, chiropractic treatment, and acupuncture, and can speed up the affects of other forms of physical therapy.
A physicians referral for massage therapy is not required. If you have one however, please bring it with you, as it could provide valuable insight into your condition. Insurance companies offering extended health care benefit plans may or may not require you to provide a Doctor’s referral for payment of massage fees.
Rates differ for students and adults and range from $45 for 15 minutes to $148 for 90 minutes in increments of 15 minute time slots. Fees are subject to HST which is included in the prices noted. We can submit direct billing through Telus eclaims for those with coverage under certain group health care plans. In these instances, payment will be sent to the insured member. The balance remains the responsibility of the client and can be paid by cash, cheque, debit, mastercard or visa. Failure to show or last minute cancellations are subject to a cancellation fee of 50% of the missed appointment.
On your first appointment, please arrive ten minutes early as you will be asked to fill out a confidential health history questionnaire. Your therapist will conduct an interview to find out what brings you in for massage therapy, and to establish your goals for treatment. This may be brief, or may take some time, depending on your presenting complaint and health history. Following the interview, your therapist may perform an assessment to determine the cause and severity of your symptoms, thereby outlining the best course of treatment to safely and effectively treat the cause of your condition. This assessment may include postural observations, range of motion and muscle tests, joint mobilizations, neurological tests and special tests to confirm any findings. The proposed treatment plan will be explained to you. You will be given an opportunity to ask questions and with your consent, the treatment will be begin. Please wear comfortable clothing that allows movement. You may choose to remove any, or all clothing that you feel is appropriate or necessary for treatment, as long as you are comfortable. Massage therapists use very specific draping techniques designed to make every effort to ensure that only the area being treated at a specific time is exposed. We have male and female therapists available, don’t hesitate to request your preference. Massage Therapy should ordinarily not feel painful or uncomfortable. Your therapist will establish a pain scale with you to ensure that the treatment is comfortable while minimizing the risks of any soreness post treatment. If any part of your massage doesn’t feel right or is painful, speak up right away. Gratuities will not be accepted, however appreciation by recommendations to your network of family, friends and colleagues is always appreciated.