MASSAGE THERAPY is the manipulation of soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. Massage therapy is a clinically-oriented healthcare option that helps alleviate the discomfort associated with everyday occupational stresses, muscular overuse and many chronic pain conditions. 1
Registered Massage Therapists are trained and certified in hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. Their education in physiology and anatomy as well as training in various types of massage modalities inform their understanding of clients’ issues and enables purpose-driven development of treatment plans.
Key elements to enable the best results of therapeutic massage therapy include trust, openness and feedback, in addition to establishing expectations and goals. This is a dynamic and collaborative process between therapist and client.
The first step is completing a Client Assessment Form that involves health and history taking.
Massage can be given when the client is fully or partially clothed - for example leaving on underwear and covered with sheets. Depending on comfort level, the client can lie down, have a chair massage or be massaged sitting up.
Massage sessions are offered in 30, 45 and 60 minute sessions. Longer-duration sessions allow for more areas of the body to be worked on.
1 Source: Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario (rmtao.com