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Registered Massage Therapy

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 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, pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.


Modern massage techniques can be traced back to the 1700's with the development of Swedish massage, the first systemic method of therapeutic massage based on physiology. Today's Massage Therapists use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to combine traditional Swedish and modern Massage Therapy techniques with exercise and other therapies to treat clients.


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Massage Therapy is beneficial in treating:

  • Headaches/Migraines

  • Muscle Tension

  • Sprains, strains and repetitive strain injuries

  • Sports Injuries

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Back pain and sciatica

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Whiplash and neck pain

  • Prenatal and postnatal care

Your Treatment

Before a treatment, your Massage Therapist (RMT) will propose a personalized treatment plan based on an initial assessment and health history. The assessment consists of various tests to determine the condition of your muscles and joints. Any personal and health information you provide to your RMT is completely confidential and will be safeguarded. Your health record cannot be released or transferred without your written consent. Your RMT must also obtain your consent to work on any part of your body, regardless of whether you are fully covered or partially covered with sheets and/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 Massage Therapist will work with your level of tolerance to pressure during the treatment. The treatment can be stopped at any time should it become uncomfortable.


Massage Therapy is not covered by OHIP, but many private insurance companies cover treatment from a Registered Massage Therapist as part of their extended health care plans.

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