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- What are the qualifications of a massage therapist?
A massage therapist is a health care professional who has completed
over 2200 hours of study that includes anatomy, physiology, pathology,
hydrotherapy, remedial exercises, plus who must continue upgrading with
yearly courses in their field.
Upon graduation, a massage therapist must pass provincial examinations
given by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO), the governing
body set up by the provincial government to protect the public.
Successful candidates then become licensed and registered under the
Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA), which also governs other health
care professionals such as doctors, nurses, dentists, physiotherapist
- How do I know if my therapist is a registered massage therapist?
The therapist uses either the copyright initials of RMT or, more current
form, MT, after their name. Only a registered massage therapist licensed
by the CMTO will have a registration number that is recognized by extended
health insurance coverage. The individual therapist can only use that
All massage therapists also have photo ID cards, showing their registration
numbers. The client has the right to see this ID card to ensure that
their massage therapist is registered.
- What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy is a hands-on treatment that works soft tissue (muscles,
ligaments, tendons) and joints of the body. Using mainly Swedish massage
techniques, massage can help improve circulation to tissue, flush out
metabolites, and ease muscle congestion.
Hydrotherapy can also be used. It is the use of heat and/or cold in
a variety of forms. Hydrotherapy can be in the form of gel packs, thermafores
(type of heating pads), whirlpool baths, saunas or simply baths.
Some clients express a sense of relaxation, helping them to sleep better
and handle stress better in the short term after a massage. Therefore,
the emotional psyche is often enhanced by a massage, helping to relax
and calm a client.
- I have never received a massage. What should I expect before and
during a treatment?
When you first enter the clinic, you are asked to complete a confidential
questionnaire on your general health status. You may undergo a series
of assessments, including range of motion movements, palpations and/or
specific orthopaedic tests, depending on your reason for treatment.
The therapist then discusses her course and aims of treatment. You will
be asked for your permission to proceed. You do have the right at all
times to change and/or refuse treatment, before or during the massage.
You are then asked to prepare to receive the treatment. The therapist
will then leave the room while you undress, get on the table and cover
yourself with the sheets provided. The therapist will only return into
the room as such time as you are ready to proceed with the massage.
- I have never had a massage and am unsure about receiving a treatment.
Is this usual?
Yes. Massage therapy should be conducted in an atmosphere of comfort
and confidence. You will not be asked to expose yourself beyond your
comfort zone. While you will be asked to undress for the treatment,
you have the right to refuse.
While it is possible to work through the clothing, this obviously will
restrict the type of therapy you will receive. Proper draping procedures
must be practised at all times by a massage therapist. Only the area
being worked on will be exposed.
Massage therapy is always done within your pain tolerance. If any technique
or pressure is not comfortable for you, you have the right to stop or
change the treatment.
- Can anyone receive a massage treatment?
No. There are certain conditions for which massage is not recommended.
A qualified massage therapist must only work within their scope of practice.
People experiencing advanced kidney failure, respiratory failure, haemorrhage,
acute pneumonia, post cerebrovascular accident, shock, unstable hypertension,
highly metastatic cancers are among those who are recommended not to
receive a massage.
If you do call a massage clinic for an appointment and have a particular
medical condition, it is recommend that you discuss your condition with
the therapist directly to determine if massage is contraindicated (not
allowed) for your condition.
- Will I experience any side effects from massage?
You may feel light headed when getting up from the massage table. It
is recommend that you drink a glass of water because your blood pressure
may have been affected.
Other times you may experience an achy feeling in your muscles several
hours after a treatment, even the next day. This usually lasts about
You may experience nausea or headaches. These are usual signals that
metabolites are being flushed from the body.
You may experience a sense of well being and release. When muscular
tension is reduced, blood flow is improved to the muscle tissue. This
allows the muscle tissue to perform more efficiently.
- Does massage hurt?
Certain techniques necessary to release adhesions and break down scar
tissue formation are painful. Usually the discomfort will diminish with
repeat treatments. However, this is always discussed with you and permission
is obtained to proceed with the course of treatment.
At all times, you have the right to modify and even stop the treatment.
- How often should I receive a massage?
If you require massage for a specific condition, such as repetitive
strain injury or tendonitis, usual treatments are 2-3 times a week for
about 2 - 4 weeks, depending on severity. Treatments are then reduced
to once a week for about 2 to 3 weeks. Finally, treatments may continue
every 2 - 4 weeks for about a period of time.
If you are using massage as part of stress management program, it is
recommend about 1- 2 times per week for about 2 weeks, followed by weekly
treatments for another 2 - 4 weeks, depending on severity. Then, the
client comes for a treatment whenever he/she wishes.
- What is reflexology?
This is an ancient practice that focuses on the feet. There are reflexes
on the feet that correlate to organs and glands throughout the body.
By working these reflexes in the feet, blood flow is improved to the
corresponding area. This enhances relaxation and improves lymphatic
drainage of the area.
- What should I expect from a reflexology treatment?
You will be asked to remove shoes and socks and expose the area from
the knee to the foot. Then, sitting at the edge of a massage table,
you'll enjoy a foot bath for about 5 minutes.
Then, you lie on your back. Pillows under your legs are used to elevate
your feet so the reflexologist can work on the soles of your feet. Each
foot is treated about 15 minutes. At the end of the treatment, the reflexologist
applies a moisturizing foot cream, massaging your foot and lower leg.
- Which conditions are helped by reflexology?
Reflexology is a holistic treatment that helps with stress management,
helping the body relax, improve blood circulation and stimulate lymphatic
- What is ear candling?
Ear candling is a holistic treatment that helps remove excessive wax
from the outer ear. The "candle" used is a piece of fabric, dipped in
pure beeswax, and then rolled to form a hollow centre cone.
For the treatment, you are asked to lie on one side, with your ear facing
upwards. One end of the candle is gently inserted in the ear opening
and the opposite end is lit. The flame forms a chimney-like effect drawing
the excess wax up into the centre of the candle. Then the procedure
is repeated on the other side.
You may feel a warming sensation and hear wave-like sound effects. Otherwise,
the experience is usually relaxing.
- What conditions are helped by ear candling?
Mild allergies, sinus congestion, migraines, ear aches may be helped
by ear candling. You may require 2 pairs of ear candles/ear per session.