What is Massage Therapy?
Massage Therapy is a primary health care profession that manipulates soft tissues of the body such as muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints, and helps alleviate the discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, over-use and many chronic pain conditions.
Massage Therapy should be provided by a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). An RMT is a practitioner who is registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Massage Therapy Act. Only registrants with the CMTO are permitted to use the title Massage Therapist (MT) and Registered Massage Therapist (RMT).
How Massage Therapy Can Help You
Massage therapy can help with many facets of your health, including:
- Reducing or eliminating pain
- Improving joint mobility
- Improving circiulation
- Improving lymphatic drainage
- Reducing muscular tension
Types of Massage Therapy at She Thrives
Swedish massage is the most common type of massage offerred by Massage Therapists to reduce muscle tension. As its main objective is relaxation, Swedish massage helps you get relief from chronic stress, muscle tension, cramping and pain, and can help increase circulation through the tissues, supporting their health and function.
Massage Therapy helps with:
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is focused, therapeutic massage that targets muscle knots (also known as “adhesions”) using deeply applied pressure into areas that are experiencing pain or dysfunction.
Pregnancy (Prenatal) Massage
Pregnancy massage is customized for an expectant mother’s needs and is most often used to promote relaxation. Since many pregnant women experience low back pain and swollen ankles, prenatal massage is a great and safe way to provide comfort. Massage Therapists at She Thrives have received specialized training and are certified in prenatal massage. They know how to position and support your body during the massage, and use special techniques to allow you to rest comfortably and safetly.
-Anxiety and depression
-Back, leg and neck pain
-Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (repetitive strain)
-Factures and edema
-Asthma and Emphysema
-Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
-Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis
-Muscle tension and spasm
-Stress and stress related conditions
-Kyphosis and Scoliosis
-Pregnancy and labour support
-Strains and sprains
Assessment and Treatment
Prior to Your Appointment
Prior to your appointment you will be asked to fill out an intake form to share information specific to your problem and prior medical history. This form will be sent to you electronically when you book your appointment. It can be filled in using a computer or mobile device and then submitted electronically to go directly into your chart to be reviewed at your first visit.
Your Massage Therapist must obtain 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.
Your First Visit
At your initial appointment you and your Massage Therapist will discuss your concerns, goals and health history. She will assess the condition of your muscles and joints and propose a personalized treatment plan based on the assessment findings.
All Massage Visits
Various specialized movements of the hands, over the skin or clothes, make up the Massage Therapy treatment. The Massage Therapist will work with your level of tolerance and comfort during the treatment, and treatment can be stopped at any time should you become uncomfortable.
Payment & Fees
Registered Massage Therapy
30-Minute Massage: $55 + HST 45-Minute Massage: $70 + HST 60-Minute Massage: $85 + HST
90-Minute Massage: $130 + HST
Massage Therapy visits are not HST exempt. Payment options include Cash, Debit, Visa or MasterCard.
Insurance Coverage: Massage Therapy visits are not covered by OHIP, however, most insurance companies offer complete or partial coverage for visits. Please check with your insurance provider.
Direct Billing: She Thrives offers direct billing to most insurance companies. Bring your insurance policy number and member ID to your first visit and we can determine if we are able to direct bill for you.
Additional Costs: The cost of any recommended equipment or resources is not included in the visit fee.