FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What to expect from your first appointment? What about afterwards?
On your first visit you will complete a confidential health history form. This information is important for proper treatment, and it is required of all clients. You will then discuss your health information with the therapist, including your personal goals for the treatment/training. At the start of a new treatment plan or fitness regime, some mild soreness during the work is normal and often expected, though usually short-lived. During your appointment, the therapist will observe your reactions and will check in frequently to ensure your comfort from start to finish.
After the treatment/training, the therapist will check in for a final time, including discussing your ongoing goals and plans, offering methods of self-care when appropriate. You will also have a chance to ask any questions (even those well outside the treatment plans), and book your next appointment. It is common to feel mildly lightheaded for several minutes following a massage and, in the case of deeper massages, some ongoing soreness. These sensations should go away on their own.
Should I bring anything to my appointment?
For Swedish Massage, there are no special requirements. Simply arrive for your appointment and we’ll take care of everything.
For Thai-Massage and Fitness Coaching, please wear/bring clothing that will allow for movement.
You will have an opportunity to change before and after the appointment.
What are the Benefits of Massage?
Massage therapy can be beneficial to people of all ages and conditions and is widely used to help obtain relief from many specific problems, including:
Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
Stress relief and associated conditions
Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
Circulatory and Respiratory problems
Pregnancy and labour discomfort
Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation
Does my insurance/benefits package cover massage?
It is possible, even likely, that if you have private insurance or a workplace benefits program, you will have some coverage for massages therapy performed by an RMT. Check with your insurance provider or workplace representative for your personal coverage limits and how to submit receipts.
Can you bill my insurance directly?
Unfortunately, we are not able to bill insurance/benefits carriers directly at this time. You will, however, always receive a receipt which may be submitted for compensation.
Is Massage covered by OHIP?
No, OHIP doesn’t cover massage in any form. It is, however, a tax-deductible medical expense.
Do I have to remove all of my clothing for massage?
No, the therapist will always adapt your treatment to work with your comfort level - including your preferred level of undress. For example, while Swedish Massage is often performed with oil applied directly to the skin, Thai-Style Massage is always performed fully clothed
Why do RMTs charge HST?
In Canada, massage is still considered a service. Before a health profession can be exempted from charging HST the profession must be regulated in a minimum of five provinces. Registered Massage Therapists are a regulated health profession currently in only four Provinces: Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and British Columbia. Legislation is in progress in several other provinces at various stages. When Massage Therapists become regulated in other provinces, we will be asking the Canadian Government to allow the exemption as soon as possible.
In the meantime, most Massage Therapists are HST-registered under the rules established by the Canadian Government are required to charge HST.
Is Thai Massage painful?
Like all bodywork, massage can be uncomfortable - bordering on painful. Thai Massage is known for being a more intense and thorough form of massage, and that means it often comes with more discomfort. However, all treatments can be adjusted to anyones tolerance. If you would prefer a pain-free and relaxing massage, simply ask and it will be yours.
Is massage appropriate while pregnant?
Absolutely! In fact, many RMTs (Liam included) have specialized training in performing massages with the specific needs of pregnancy in mind. Many women find massage a relief from the many physical changes, as well as the mental fatigue of imminent motherhood.
What if I have sensitive skin?
Liam only uses hypoallergenic and wholly organic oils in all treatments. However, if you would prefer to bring in a product of your own, we would be more than happy to accomodate. Furthermore, while massage often uses oils, lotions, or starches, this is not an absolute must - product-free massages are also an option.
Can I exercise after receiving Massage Therapy?
It it not recommended to exercise or engage in strenuous physical activity for several hours following a massage therapy treatment.