Frequently Asked Questions
What is massage therapy?
Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage therapy helps alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions. If employed early enough after accidents involving trauma and injury, massage therapy can greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning
How can massage therapy help me?
Massage can be beneficial to all ages healthy or with conditions and is can be used to help with relief from many specific musculoskeletal problems, including:
Inflammatory: arthritis and tendinitis
Muscle: spasms, strains and sprains
Repetitive strain injury
Post-injury/post surgical rehabilitation
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 contraindicated. A qualified Massage Therapist is trained to identify these cases.
Do I have to remove all my clothing?
No. Your comfort is a goal of any massage therapist: clothing you wear or the treatment you receive. Massage Therapists can provide treatment whether you opt to leave on or remove any level of clothing. Massage Therapists are trained in proper draping to make sure that your privacy is respected throughout the treatment. Your comfort and ability to relax is important to an effective treatment.
RMT's will also explain the treatment to be provided to make sure that you are comfortable. Your consent is obtainedt before treatment starts. If you are uncomfortable, let your RMT know immediately, whether it is due to the treatment, draping or any pain.
Does massage therapy hurt?
There can be times when massage can cause some slight discomfort that is not harmful or unneccessary. No technique is used without the therapist talking about it with the client. A pain scale is set in place so the RMT can work to the client's pain tolerance level. The client can halt or change the type of treatment at any time. Modifications will then be made to alter techniques to meet their client's needs.