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All about Massage

What is massage therapy?

Massage Therapy is the manipulation of soft tissues to help alleviate tension placed on the body's muscular, nervous, and circulatory systems. Massage Therapists work with these tissues and their surrounding joints to aid in the prevention and rehabilitation of the excess stresses that are placed upon them. Whether you wish to relax your mind or aching muscles, we can help you achieve your goal.

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

The Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario (RMTAO) lists the following conditions that can benefit from massage therapy. To read more about the RMTAO, visit their website at .

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures and edema
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscle tension and spasm
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Sports injuries
  • Stress and stress related conditions
  • Tendinitis
  • Asthma and emphysema
  • Chronic Fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis
  • Kyphosis and scoliosis
  • Palliative care
  • Pregnancy and labour support
  • Strains and sprains
  • Stroke
  • Whiplash

What can I expect?

When you arrive at Hands on Health, there will be a health history form for you to fill out so that we can better address your personal goals. After our assessment, we will clearly discuss our treatment plan with you, including which areas will be worked on during the treatment, and your consent to treatment will be required to proceed. During the massage, the only area that will be undraped is the area that the Massage Therapist is working on. We seek to maintain your privacy in a respectful, professional manner, and you have the right to stop or alter the treatment level at any time.

Communicating with your Massage Therapist is essential to enjoying your massage. We start with a moderate amount of pressure that can be increased or decreased, depending on your preference. We rely on your feedback to ensure that you receive the amount of pressure that you are looking for, so please be honest when we ask if it is satisfactory.

A common misconception with Massage Therapy is that the pressure needs to be deep in order to benefit the muscles. This is simply untrue. Muscles are filled with tissues that can be damaged if too much pressure is applied, so if your massage is uncomfortable, it is important that you notify your Massage Therapist immediately.

Massage Therapists in Ontario undergo a minimum of 2200 hours of massage education, during which they are taught how to safely and effectively manipulate soft tissue. Applying the same amount of pressure while using a specific surface (such as a thumb or an elbow) is often found to be more effective than applying more pressure while using a broad surface (such as a hand).

Whether you desire a change in applied pressure, heat, or pillowing, we ask that you please be open with us, and let us know how we can maximize your comfort during your massage. We seek to uphold our professional reputation, and your feedback is very important to us.

How can I make the most of my massage?

  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Turn off your cell phone
  • Drink a lot of water afterwards
  • Take the time to enjoy your massage after it is completed. You've earned it!