Dar Blue Massage Therapy

Welcome to my massage therapy home page. All the following information is relevant to massage therapy practiced in the province of Ontario in Canada. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions, comments or corrections to make.

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What Massage Therapy Is

Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to gain a therapeutic response. Muscles, skin, connective tissues such as tendons and ligaments, fascia and joint capsules are all types of soft tissue.

In Ontario, Swedish massage is the most widely practised form of massage therapy.

What Massage Therapy Does

Massage therapy promotes proper circulation of the blood and lymph. This maintains essential nutrition to all cells of the body and removes waste products. Removing waste products reduces pain caused by congestion in muscles. Massage also engages your muscles' relaxation response, releasing tension and muting sensations of pain.

Massage therapy is a drugless, natural, non-invasive form of therapy that is calming, soothing and relaxing. Massage therapy minimizes the affects of stress and tension from everyday life. It promotes a feeling of wellness and reconnects the body and mind.

Massage Therapy Helps People Otain Relief From a Variety of Conditions, including

  • headaches/migraines
  • neck and shoulder tension
  • chronic muscle tension
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • low back pain
  • muscle spasms
  • fibromyalgia
  • arthritis/joint pain
  • whiplash/MVA
  • back and leg pain during pregnancy
  • tendinitis (tennis/golfer's elbow)
  • menstrual pain
  • bursitis
  • pseudo-sciatica
  • sprains and strains
  • respiratory problems
  • circulatory problems
  • frozen shoulder
  • post-injury rehabilitation
  • neck and shoulder tension
  • digestive problems
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • carpal tunnel syndrome

A Massage Therapy Session

The first time you see a massage therapist, whether it is for relaxation or a formal treatment, you fill out a confidential medical history form. This information will allow the therapist to do a proper assessment and form an appropriate treatment plan. The therapist may perform a physical assessment before discussing how the treatment should proceed.

Once you have agreed to a treatment plan, the therapist will explain how to prepare for the massage. The therapist must explain what s/he will do, the effects and side-effects of treatment and receive your consent to the treatment plan. Then s/he will leave the room to allow you to disrobe in privacy. You may remove as little clothing as you wish. Massage can be done over clothing or a sheet. You will be asked to lie down on the massage table with a sheet (and sometimes a blanket) on top of you. The therapist will return after you have acknowledged that you are ready. During treatment, only the area that is actually being worked on is uncovered.

You have the right to withdraw your consent to treatment at anytime. You may ask for the treatment to be modified if you do not feel comfortable with any aspect of the massage. You may also ask to specifically avoid certain techniques and areas of the body. All massage therapists are trained to use a variety of techniques to achieve similar goals.

At the end of the massage, the therapist will give you time to dress and will return to give you some self-care suggestions such as stretching or using hot or cold packs.

Payment

Many companies, including the government, now offer full or partial coverage for massage therapy through their extended health care plans. In order for you to be reimbursed, some insurance plans require a referral from a physician and all require an official receipt from the Registered Massage Therapist that you have chosen to see. Check with your employer to see if you are covered for registered massage therapy.

Qualifications of a Registered Massage Therapist(RMT)

Each Registered Massage Therapist is a graduate of a government-licensed vocational school. Each RMT has completed 2,200 hours of intensive training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, remedial exercise, clinical studies, massage theory, hydrotherapy and has received extensive practical instruction.

All graduates must also write and pass comprehensive and rigorous provincial examinations administered by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Only those who have successfully passed the exams become licensed Registered Massage Therapists regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. This is the same Act that regulates doctors, nurses, chiropractors, etc. RMTs are also governed by the Massage Therapy Act, 1991 and Health Care Consent Act, 1996. Being licensed and regulated ensures that the care you receive is safe, effective and of high quality.

Registered Massage Therapists all have photo ID cards issued by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, showing their registration number. You have the right to see this photo ID card when someone is presenting themselves as a Registered Massage Therapist or Massage Therapist. RMTs must also have their certificate of registration clearly displayed in their principal place of business.

Registered Massage Therapist, Massage Therapist, MT and RMT are all titles that mean the same thing. These titles can only legally be used by Registered Massage Therapists. Anyone else who is using any of these titles is misrepresenting themselves and could cause you harm, leaving you without an avenue for complaint. Look for these titles when you are seeking massage therapy.