One Of The World’s Oldest Healing Methods
Massage therapy is one of the oldest methods of healing, as the practice of therapeutic massage can be traced back nearly 4000 years. Statistics from both Health Canada and the American Massage Therapy Association show that millions of North Americans use it today.
Massage therapy refers to a comprehensive health management strategy focusing on the application of various techniques to positively affect the soft tissues and joints of the body. Massage techniques most commonly include pressure and compression, kneading, frictioning and mobilizing to improve the health and condition of the muscles, tendons, skin, fascia or connective tissue of the body.
Today massage is thought of as a holistic therapy that complements medical treatment. The “Physician’s Guide to Therapeutic Massage” shows that massage can decrease pain, improve range of motion, improve mood, aid in the circulation of blood and lymph flow, reduce muscle and joint soreness and improve sleep.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If you are new to massage therapy, we understand that you might have some questions. We are confident that we have the answers to your inquiries. Below are the answers to the questions that are most commonly asked about massage therapy treatment. Should you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us.
How will massage therapy benefit me?With professional massage therapy you can experience relief from muscular tension and pain, receive increased range of motion and a reduction of mental stress levels. Massage is a natural healing process that can deliver both physical and emotional benefits.
Treatments are specifically tailored to meet your needs.
How often will I need treatments?Your body can let you know. Some people require only a few sessions to treat a specific problem, while others become regular users of massage therapy as both proactive and preventative healthcare. Massage can help maintain good muscle tone, flexibility and help correct muscular injuries.
How old does a person need to be to receive massage therapy?Any age. Massage therapy treatments are effective from birth until palliative care stages. Minors will require the signature of a parent or guardian on the intake and consent form.
Which regions of my body get massaged?The therapist will ask you what you want to get out of the session. You will also be asked to describe any chronic problems that you are experiencing. This will determine the appropriate regions of your body that need attention. A typical full-body massage involves your back, neck, shoulders, arms, legs, feet and hands.
Will I experience muscle soreness following a massage therapy treatment?Most people report feeling very relaxed and often experience significant relief from aches, pains and stress after a massage session. However, some people, especially those who require deep tissue massage, experience mild muscle soreness, which may last a day or two. Once the soreness is gone, they often notice heightened energy levels and an increased range of motion.
What if I’m not sure I’m comfortable with the idea of a stranger touching me?It is not uncommon for first-time clients to be apprehensive with the personal nature of massage therapy. Most clients lose this apprehension within the first few minutes of treatment. Massage therapists are trained professionals who respect your feelings and go out of their way to allow you to feel comfortable.
Do I have to take off all of my clothes?One of the keys to the success of a massage therapy session is your ability to relax and feel comfortable. Therefore, the decision is yours; remove only the articles of clothing that you are comfortable with removing. Traditional full-body massage treatments work best administered directly, without the barrier of clothing on the areas massaged. During a session you will be fully covered with a sheet/blanket, with only the area of your body that is being worked on uncovered. Before and after the session, you will undress and dress in complete privacy.
Will my extended healthcare plan cover the costs of massage therapy treatments?Yes, most extended healthcare plans include massage therapy and some even have online billing. Only select therapists at Inside Out Therapies offer direct billing, but any of our registered massage therapists can provide you with a receipt, which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement if your plan covers it. Some plans ask you to first receive a physician’s referral. Consult your plan for details.
Do you offer massage gift certificates?Yes, we do! A therapeutic massage is a great way to show someone how much you care.