What to expect when booking a therapeutic massage.

 Most people email or call the clinic to book an appointment.  Our RMT (Registered Massage Therapists) schedules are busy, but we do our best to accommodate each person’s appointment time.

 When you arrive you will need to fill out a health history form. Your massage therapist will read your health history form, and then discuss your upcoming treatment.  For instance, are you looking to treat a specific alignment like back pain.  Are you suffering from headaches?  Maybe you don’t have physical problems and you’re simply looking to relieve some stress. The more information you can provide to your RMT the more successful the therapeutic massage treatment will be.

 Your massage therapist will then lead you to a treatment room. You have the option to undress or remain clothed.  If you choose to remove your clothes, the majority of your body will be covered with sheets during the treatment. RMTs use massage oil during the treatment so make sure to dress accordingly.

 During treatment have an open dialogue with your massage therapist. This is especially important during your initial massage treatments.  For example, let them know if the pressure is too much or too little. Communication is vital and as your professional relationship grows, eventually your massage therapist will automatically know what you like and dislike.

 After the massage treatment is over the RMT will leave the room so you can get dressed. Payment will be taken and you’ll be provided with an invoice.   Keep this invoice for your records many people have extended employee healthcare benefits, and get reimbursed for massage.  The massage therapist will ask you to rebook another appointment.  There is no pressure to rebook; this is standard procedure, many injuries and reoccurring health problems take multiple massage sessions to treat.   Your RMT may also recommend remedial home exercises, or refer you to a different type of health practitioner if they thinks it's necessary. 

By Shawna Cleland

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