Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.
Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through its use.
A Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) uses knowledge of anatomy and physiology to combine traditional Swedish and modern techniques with exercise and other therapies to treat clients.
Before a treatment, your RMT will propose a personalized treatment plan based on an initial assessment and health history. Any personal and health information you provide to your RMT is completely confidential and will be safeguarded.
Your RMT must also obtain your consent to work on any part of your body, regardless of whether you are fully clothed, or fully or partially covered with sheets or blankets. Your privacy will always be respected, and you may withdraw your consent for treatment at any time.
Various specialized movements of the hands, over the skin or clothes, make up the massage therapy treatment. The RMT will work within your level of pain tolerance, and the treatment can be stopped at any time if it becomes too uncomfortable.
Massage therapy is not covered by OHIP, but many private insurance companies cover treatment from a RMT as part of their extended health care plans. Please consult your policy.