Massage Therapy FAQ

What is Swedish Massage?

Swedish Massage is the most common form of massage therapy practiced in North America today. An RMT applies several specific techniques, e.g., Effleurage – long soothing strokes, Petrissage – short specific strokes, Tappotement – tapping, cupping, and Vibrations etc. by hand to the body to decrease pain and muscle tension to create a feeling of well-being and facilitate the body’s natural healing process. Typically, Swedish Massage is most effective when performed directly on the surface of the skin. The massage therapist will use an oil or lotion to help lubricate the skin in an effort to reduce friction and allow for a certain amount of glide. In turn, this helps the therapist work and knead the soft tissues of the body in an effort to get tight tense muscles, tendons, and ligaments to relax.

As a first time client, what can I expect?

All clients are required to disclose personal health information by filling out a case history form. After that, a therapist will spend some time discussing specific conditions related to your disclosure and suggest specific areas of the body that may benefit from treatment. Once agreed upon, by both therapist and client, a few instructions will be shared with the client regarding body position, pillowing, and draping (use of sheets and covers). The therapist will check for understanding to see if the client has any further questions. Once all questions are answered, the therapist will leave the clinic room and allow the client to disrobe to their personal level of comfort. The therapist will return once the client is ready and enter only after knocking and confirming client readiness.

Is massage therapy covered by my extended health insurance plan?

Yes, typically many people enjoy workplace benefits that cover the cost of massage therapy by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). Some plans offer to pay a specific amount per massage while others offer annual coverage amounts. Some plans also require a referral from a medical doctor where others don’t. Contact your insurance provider to check the specifics of your plan for coverage details.

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

Massage therapy can be used for injury rehabilitation but is best used on a proactive basis so that injury can be avoided. Listed are some of the most common benefits:

  • Reduces or eliminates pain
  • Improves joint mobility
  • Improves circulation
  • Improves immune system functioning
  • Increases lymphatic drainage
  • Reduces depression and anxiety
  • Reduces muscular tension
  • Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy
  • Rehabilitation after injury and post operative
  • Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling; reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
  • Improves posture
  • Helps relieve tension-related headaches
  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing
  • Enhances athletic performance
  • Increases body awareness

Do I have to be injured to get a massage?

No, massage therapy is best used on a preventative basis to treat those nagging aches and pains associated with workplace stress, posture issues, and the physical demands of athletic pursuits. Conversely, massage can also be used to treat acute injury on a need be basis. Either way, massage should be an integral part of a healthy lifestyle.

What does massage therapy feel like?

On healthy tissue, massage just feels good! It should be rhythmic, soothing, and create a feeling of well being. If someone is experiencing pain, the client may feel some tenderness during treatment. The therapist will consistently check for personal pressure comfort levels. If the pressure is too much, the therapist will lighten their touch and if more pressure is required, the therapist will adjust it accordingly.

Is it a good idea to get a massage if I am sick?

This really depends on the type of illness. If you are sick with menstrual cramps, morning sickness or a hang-over, massage can be very helpful. If you have flu like symptoms, e.g., achy muscles, massage may help alleviate those aches too. If the cold or flu is in its beginning stage, massage therapy may accelerate those symptoms. If the cold or flu is at the middle to end stage of its cycle then often massage therapy will help recovery. Consult your therapist prior to booking an appointment. Massage is not recommended in the case of fever, especially if it is high.

Do I need a referral from my doctor?

This depends on your extended health coverage provider. Some plans require a referral, some don’t. Consult your plan administrator or health care provider for specific details.

If my usual massage therapist is not available, can I book with someone else?

Yes. At Hillsview Massage and Therapy Centre we work as a team! We have the utmost confidence in each others massage therapy skills and often rely on each other to help out during busy times or in a therapist’s absence. Clients may continue treatment with their preferred therapist or change to a different therapist at any time. It’s really up to the client.