Registered Massage Therapy

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage Therapy is a hands-on manipulation of the soft tissue and joints of the body. The soft tissues include muscle, skin, tendons and associated fascia, ligaments and joint capsules. Massage has many diverse physiological effects, which are primarily due to the therapist’s hands moving over the body. 



The different movements can physically stretch muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia, encourage the circulation through the tissue, inhibit muscular spasms and be either sedating or stimulating to the nervous system. 
The therapeutic use of massage by a registered massage therapist affects all the systems of the body – in particular, the musculature, circulatory, lymphatic (immune) and nervous systems.

What is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)?

Massage therapy is a regulated health profession in Ontario and as such, massage therapy should be performed by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). A Registered Massage Therapist is an individual who has:

  • Completed competency-based education at educational institutions recognized by the Government of Ontario;
  • Studied anatomy, physiology, pathology, physical assessment, neurology, treatments, ethics and other subjects;
  • Completed a minimum of 150 clinical hours;
  • Successfully completed examinations from and have been "registered" by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (the College) in accordance with the Regulated Health
  • Professions Act and the Massage Therapy Act;
  • Maintained their registration by participating in continuing education and a Quality Assurance Program that assists them in the maintenance of high professional standards and quality care of their clients.

What should I expect on my first visit?

You are required to fill out a confidential Health History and Consent Form. A thorough assessment is performed prior to the treatment, and may include a postural analysis, ROM testing and blood pressure monitoring. This enables the therapist to properly address your needs and develop a treatment plan.

It is important to arrive 10 minutes prior to your first visit to complete the forms.If you arrive late you may not receive your full treatment time.

Is Massage Therapy covered by OHIP?

No, although most extended health coverage includes Registered Massage Therapy. Your receipt contains all the information required for your health coverage. It is your responsibility to submit your receipts for reimbursement.

You may also use your receipts towards your tax return as a medical expense.

Where will my Massage Therapy treatment take place?



The treatment takes place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You lie on a table specifically designed for your comfort.



What do I wear during the Massage?

You have the choice if you wish to have the massage fully or partially clothed. Optimally the treatment is performed with skin to skin contact. Only one area will be addressed at any given time. You will be fully covered with sheets and a blanket, except for the area being addressed.



How long is a Massage Therapy treatment?



The length of each session depends on what is being addressed. The most common length is 60 minutes, although treatments can also be 30, 45 or 90 minutes. A full body treatment requires at least 60 minutes; 90 minutes is optimal.

What do I do during a Massage Therapy treatment?

You are to make yourself comfortable. Many people close their eyes and completely relax while others prefer to talk. If at any time you feel uncomfortable, you are to inform your therapist so that he/she can make any necessary adjustments.

How will I feel after the Massage?



Most people feel very relaxed and can be sleepy. It is common to experience freedom from aches and pains developed from muscle tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of relaxation, some have a heightened sense of awareness and increased energy. It is important to follow your therapist’s homecare to fully benefit from your treatment and prevent any post-treatment soreness.

Practitioners, Availability and Fees:

Fees and availability vary with each practitioner. For more information, please select a practitioner from the list below. All our massage therapists are registered with College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and are in good standing with the Ontario Massage Therapists Association.

Simone Bowman

Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)
Certified Reiki Master

Prisca Natterer

Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Massage therapy can help relieve:

  • Stress
  • Tension
  • Muscle spasm
  • TMJ disfunction
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Shin splints
  • Pregnancy-related conditions
  • And more …

Fees

120 min $200
90 min $150
75 min $128
60 min $105
45 min $85
30 min $60

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