How soon will I see results?
Tangible results are usually seen early in treatment. Some people experience incredible pain relief and improved quality of life after only one treatment, but commonly it is reported that after three or four treatments, clients are enjoying decreased physical pain and restriction, substantial reductions in stress symptoms and overall improved function. Many factors determine how quickly you will see results, including the severity of your injury or condition, your overall health upon beginning treatment and compliance with the self-care programs we suggest to you.

What should I expect afterwards?
After a massage therapy session, most people feel very relaxed. If deep tissue massage work was done, there may be some tenderness that lasts a day or two. We will advise you of homecare that will help to decrease any discomfort.
Since toxins are released during massage it is recommended that you drink plenty of water following your treatment.

Do I need to get undressed for my treatment?
For massage techniques that require the application of oil or lotion, direct skin contact is ideal. You will be asked to undress to your comfort level, and you may choose to wear underwear or not. While you get undressed, and onto the table, the massage therapist leaves the room to give you privacy. The therapist will then knock before they re-enter the room. They undrape only the area being worked on – your modesty is maintained throughout your treatment. It is also possible to do a full and thorough session with clothing on, if you prefer.

Do I need a doctor’s referral?
No. Although many physicians refer patients for massage therapy, RMTs are primary health care providers who assess and treat people independently. However, some insurance plans do require a referral, so you will need to check your policy to see if you need one in order to be reimbursed for your treatments.

Do I need to have something wrong to get a massage?
No, you do not need to have an injury or health condition to see a massage therapist. Although we are trained to treat many conditions, massage is very beneficial for overall wellbeing and stress reduction.

Do I Need to Tip?
No, you do not need to tip your therapist, as we are health care professionals and are not in the hospitality industry.

Why Do Massage Therapists Charge GST?
In Canada, in order for a health profession to be exempt from charging GST (Goods & Services Tax), the profession must be regulated in a minimum of five (5) provinces. Massage Therapists are currently a regulated health profession in three (3) provinces: Ontario, Newfoundland and British Columbia. Legislation is in progress at various stages in several other provinces.

There is a push right now to standardize massage therapy training across Canada and to regulate more provinces. In the meantime, Massage Therapists are a registered business and in British Columbia, are required to have a GST number and charge GST.