Registered Massage Therapy
A Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) applies a range of techniques to manipulate the soft tissues and joints of the body. The purpose of massage therapy is to prevent, develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function or relieve pain (Massage Therapy Act, 1991). It is a clinically-oriented health option that achieves undeniable results in the relief of an array of discomforts stemming from stress, muscular overuse and a long list of chronic pain syndromes.
This hands-on, non-invasive approach to healthcare enhances function, aids in the healing process, decreases muscle reflex activity, inhibits motor-neuron excitability, promotes stress relief and well-being, amongst other positive attributes.
A RMTs approach may be different in the techniques they use and the style in which they apply them. Below you will find some of the more common techniques used, however; there are hundreds more out there to choose from, many of which we offer at Infinity Chiropractic & Wellness Centre. The purpose of this page is to provide some general knowledge about what Registered Massage Therapy is and what to expect.
* All treatments are tailored to the client's needs, where your RMT may incorporate a number of techniques and/or styles *
Gentle to deep sustained pressure targeting the body's connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This connective tissue (fascia) envelopes, supports, nourishes and separates everything in the human body.
Deep tissue massage
Focuses on releasing and relaxing deep layers of muscles and connective tissue. Some of the same techniques that are used in a traditional Swedish massage are used in a deep tissue massage. With deep tissue, the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated.
The most commonly known style of massage, characterized by general rhythmical strokes using moderate pressure. Swedish massage aims to relax tense muscles, improve circulation and induce and overall state of physical and mental relaxation.
Pre/Post Natal massage
Pre/Post Natal massage is similar to a Swedish massage such that it helps relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility. It's also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies.
A gentle approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. Using a soft touch, RMTs release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system.
Gentle massage technique used to increase lymph flow and encourage natural drainage and detoxification of the body's tissues. Working with the lymphatic system can be used to effectively treat a variety of different conditions where lymph flow may be compromised.
Similar to a Swedish massage in style, however, at a faster pace. Often this treatment will include stretching, joint therapy, breathing exercises and myofascial techniques. It is beneficial for athletes looking to improve performance and prevent or treat injuries.
Initial consultation and treatment
The initial visit for Registered Massage Therapy are for clients who have not yet seen our RMT.
Our team is here to help you get to where you want to be. We strive to help you on your path to healing and wellness. When we sit down with you for your first visit, we want to hear all details, tiny or large, in order to create a powerful start and focused direction to your care. Ultimately, our goal is to help you improve your daily life.
For this visit, the duration is 90 minutes so your RMT may provide:
a thorough consultation
an "un-rushed" hands-on treatment
self-care recommendations, and
answer any questions you may have
You may choose the desired length of follow-up sessions with the aid of your case established in your initial visit.
Your first visit
* Please make yourself comfortable in our lobby, we have slippers for your use while at the clinic
* New clients should arrive 10-15 minutes before their first visit
* Insurance receipts are issued at the completion of your visit
* This is your time to relax and escape - please turn off your cell phone to prevent disturbances
* Appointments begin promptly so please arrive on time
* As a courtesy to your RMT and others wishing to book appointments, we ask 24 hours notice for cancellation of booked appointments
* Your Initial Visit is 90 minutes (includes consultation) - injuries, chronic pain, treatment focused
* First time clients should arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time in order to fill out an initial health history form if you did not have a chance to fill them out in advance. Some questions that
will be asked include:
* Personal medical history
* Reason for the visit
* Any illnesses, significant accidents or injuries, previous surgeries
* A list of all medications
* Diet and exercise levels
* Work and leisure habits/postures
Your Registered Massage Therapist will take you into a treatment room where they will go over your history form with you and ask any further questions that would be a benefit to facilitating a healing plan for your individual needs. If you have not already, please turn your mobile devices to silent at this time.
Your RMT will also complete some postural, orthopedic and/or neurological testing to the area of concern to establish an appropriate approach for your treatment.
Preparing for your treatment
Once a beneficial treatment plan has been established between you and your RMT, they will leave the room so you may take a moment to prepare for your treatment and begin to relax on the table.
Your comfort during the appointment is important, so you may wear what you feel comfortable in, anywhere from fully clothed down to wearing nothing at all. Please note that you will be fully covered by a sheet and/or blanket during your treatment, with only the area being worked being uncovered. Our utmost concern is that you are comfortable, that your privacy is respected.
If you do choose to remain fully dressed we ask that you wear loose fitting/non-binding clothing (i.e. jogging pants and a t-shirt) so your body will not be restricted during your treatment, thus getting the most out of your care.
At any time you feel uncomfortable, please notify your RMT. They will be very respectful of your wishes as outlined by Infinity Chiropractic & Wellness Centre's Code of Conduct, and the ethics and professional boundaries of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario.
During your treatment
Your RMT will knock before returning into the treatment room, and will then make any necessary adjustments to the placement of pillows and/or towels to facilitate the therapeutic effects your treatment is trying to achieve.
During the treatment you may talk or remain quiet, whatever you choose. It is important, however, to let your RMT know if at any time they are using too much pressure or not enough. You should be able to feel the RMT working with your muscles; if you feel the need to hold your breath or pull away then the benefits of massage are lessened, and you should mention this to your RMT. Communication is key to getting the most benefit out of your experience.
Also, please let your RMT know if you are feeling chilled or if you are too warm. If at any time you are not comfortable with the treatment, you always reserve the right to suggest that the RMT make a change for you to be more comfortable, or even end the treatment early. Keeping comfortable and relaxed is an integral part of a massage therapy treatment.
Your RMT will let you know when the treatment is finished and that they are leaving the room so that you may take a moment and get dressed. Once you are dressed, the RMT will suggest you open the door so they may provide home care suggestions.
***Please be cautious when getting off the massage table, do not get up too quickly or get dressed too fast (taking your time allows your blood pressure to restore itself).
After your treatment
Self-care recommendations will be provided by your RMT. These
recommendations may range from stretch, strengthening, movement or
postural exercises to simple but beneficial lifestyle changes, stress-
relieving techniques, self-massage and/or hydrotherapy applications.
Please keep in mind self-care is very important in facilitating
your journey to wellness.
Payment, receipts and re-booking
You will be provided with an insurance receipt at the end of your visit. They will also advise you of when to return for more treatments. You may book your follow-up appointments at this time, or call when you have your schedule established.
It is recommended that you book your appointments in advance to reserve the time that suits you best, especially if you try to book within 5-15 days after your first visit to actively address your concerns.
Suggestions for after treatment
Following your massage it is also important to keep hydrated; as always, drinking water is essential to overall good health. Feeling sore or stiff is not unusual after any form of bodywork, usually this feeling will decrease in less than 24-hours. Often (but not always) clients feel the biggest difference within the first 36-hours after their treatment. Hydrotherapy and self-care applications may often help relieve any post-treatment tenderness, so check with your RMT that you are applying the appropriate hydrotherapy/self-care.
**Please remember that everyone is different as is their speed of reaching their health & wellness goals. If you have questions about your care, please speak with your RMT so they may assist you.
Some Registered Massage Therapist fees are covered by most extended health insurance plans, often with a doctor's note, but you can always come and see us without a note if insurance is not available.
Initial Visit (12+ years old - 90 Minute Appointment) $149
Initial Visit (11 years old and younger - 60 Minute Appointment) $104
60 Minutes Follow-up Treatment $104
90 Minutes Follow-up Treatment $149