IS MASSAGE THERAPY A REGULATED HEALTH PROFESSION?
The practice of massage therapy is regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and is therefore a Regulated Health Profession.
Only individuals who have completed the requisite training and have met the strict competency requirements of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) can call themselves a “Massage Therapist” or a “Registered Massage Therapist”.
When seeking massage therapy, look for an individual who uses one of those two titles and ask to see their registration with the CMTO.
Alternatively, look for someone who displays the logo of the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario. All RMTAO members must maintain their registration with the CMTO in order to be members.
DO I HAVE TO REMOVE ALL MY CLOTHING FOR
No. Your comfort as a client is of the utmost to all Registered Massage Therapists, whether that is in the context of the clothing you wear or the treatment you receive. Massage Therapists can provide important treatment whether you elect to remove any, some, or all of your clothing.
Typically, a Massage Therapist will ask you to undress to your level of comfort. Many people prefer to keep their underwear on during a massage, while others prefer to be nude. It's up to you.
All RMTs are trained in proper draping procedures to ensure that your privacy is completely respected at all times during treatment. Your comfort and ability to relax is paramount to effective treatment.
WHAT SHOULD I EAT OR DRINK BEFORE A MASSAGE?
Never go to the session on an empty stomach as massage stimulates the body's digestive system due to which you might feel hungry after the session.
Also, the relaxing effect of Massage Therapy lowers the blood sugar level. You may want to bring along a bottle of water and some light snack.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY FIRST SESSION?
At your first visit, your Therapist will go over your Health History with you and determine the best type of modality to be used during your massage.
Your Therapist will discuss a Treatment Plan with you and after consent is provided you will receive the treatment as discussed for the remainder of the duration of the visit.
IS IT NORMAL TO FEEL SORE AFTER A MASSAGE?
When treating injured muscles, massage helps decrease tension and release toxins through the use of stretching and manual techniques.
During this process Lactic acid, metabolic byproducts, and waste that build up over time can be removed from the muscle and tissue, therefore causing some slight discomfort post massage treatment.
The discomfort should be no more then the soreness experienced post-workout.
DO I NEED A DOCTOR'S REFERRAL FOR MASSAGE THERAPY?
Most Massage Therapy visits DO NOT require a Doctor's referral.
Some Insurance Companies require a Doctor's referral in order to provide you coverage through you Extended Healthcare Benefits.
The best way to know if you require a Doctor's referral would be to call your Insurance company prior to your visit and find out if it is something they require.
PRIVACY OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
As a health care provider I must collect a certain amount of personal information from you in order to safely treat you. It is extremely important that this information be collected responsibly and that it only be disclosed to other individuals under appropriate circumstances.
WHO CAN SEE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?
I will not share any of your Personal Information with another person without your consent.
VIEWING YOUR OWN PERSONAL INFORMATION
With only a few exceptions, you have the right to see what personal information I hold about you. If you would like a copy of your personal information, please make your request in writing. I reserve the right to charge a nominal fee for such requests. Some exceptions may apply.
WHEN IS YOUR CONSENT NOT REQUIRED?
I am allowed or may be required to use and/or give out some of your personal health information without consent in the following situations: to report certain information, such as to report certain diseases to public health authorities, when I suspect certain types of abuse, to reduce a significant risk of serious bodily harm to a person or the public, to assist health researchers for research, as long as strict privacy requirements are met, to improve or maintain the quality of care or any related program or service, for risk management and legal purposes, to assess a person’s ability to make health care and other important decisions, for the purpose of a legal proceeding or complying with a court order, or other legal requirement.