Your Massage Therapy FAQs Answered
We encounter *a lot* of people who have never had a massage. This is usually because their idea of a “massage” is a fluffy white robe, a green face mask, and cucumber slices over their eyes (not something you do on your lunch break!). Or they envision an awkward encounter where they will be naked and forced to small talk with a stranger. Or they think it means being painfully and needlessly karate-chopped for an hour. (We’ve heard it all!) But massage therapy at our clinics is not like that at all (understatement of the year!). Our experienced Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) provide targeted, intentional care in a safe and comfortable environment.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Not only do massages feel amazing, the benefits of massage therapy are countless:
- Increased joint mobility and flexibility
- Improved recovery of soft tissue injuries
- Reduced muscle tension
- Improved circulation
- Stimulation of the lymphatic system
- Reduction of stress hormones
So, in an effort to help more people experience these benefits, we want to clear up any misconceptions you may have and answer all of your FAQs. Here’s what you need to know about massage therapy at Hydrathletics:
Answering Your Massage Therapy FAQs
- What Does a Massage Therapist Do?
The formal definition of a massage therapist is, “someone who treats clients by using touch to manipulate the soft-tissue muscles of the body. With their touch, massage therapists relieve pain, rehabilitate injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of their clients.”
Massage therapists come in all shapes and sizes and may practice massage therapy in fancy spas, wellness clinics, on the beach, and even in mall kiosks. Massage therapists may specialize in one (or many) techniques, such as Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Reflexology, etc.
One small thing that makes a big difference is the word “Registered,” as in “Registered Massage Therapist” (a.k.a. RMT). An RMT is someone who is certified by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) and meets their standards of care. It’s important because virtually anyone can be a masseuse, but the RMT designation means they have been properly trained and educated and can deliver targeted, safe care. Also, typically insurance programs will only cover the cost of licensed RMTs. (Of course we only hire RMTs!)
- How Much Does a Massage Cost?
Our massage treatments are booked in 60 or 90 minute increments and range in price from $90 plus tax to $120 plus tax, depending on the session length. Remember that all of our massages will qualify for your insurance program (if you have one). And no, no tipping is required or expected for in-clinic massages!
- What Can I Expect to Wear During a Massage?
This will depend on what treatment you’re receiving. If we’re working on your feet or calves, for example, you’ll typically be fully clothed and wearing shorts. If you’re getting a full body massage, you will undress to your level of comfort. For these types of treatments, many people prefer to keep their underwear on, while others prefer to be nude. Either way, you will always be draped and covered.
- Should I Talk During the Massage?
Again, it’s up to you! You can use this time to talk with your RMT about the treatment/your injuries or chat about your day. Or, if you’re in the mood for some relaxation, take this as a quiet moment for yourself. Your therapist will check in throughout the appointment to ensure the pressure is ideal and you are comfortable.
- Do Massage Therapists Use Oil, Lotion or Gel During the Massage?
Our RMTs will use either an oil or lotion throughout the massage. Our products are professional-grade and your therapist will ask to ensure you don’t have any allergies or sensitivities before use. These absorb nicely into the skin and don’t leave behind an oily feeling or residue on your skin.
- Will I Need to Fill Out Any Forms at My First Visit?
On your first appointment you will be required to fill out an intake form. This can take some time, so it is recommended to arrive at your appointment 10 to 15 minutes early.
- Will I Get a Receipt For My Massage?
When you check out after your appointment, we’ll provide you with a receipt, if required, which can be submitted to your insurance program.
We hope that clears a few things up! Massage therapy may be the key to your recovery from an injury (or just a bad day). Call our clinic if you have any more questions or to book your appointment.