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Ensure you see a fully-qualified massage therapist...


Be sure the massage therapist you are seeing is fully educated, fully insured, and a member of a professional Association (like the MTAM) i.e. fully-qualified. Use our Find an RMT area to search for a massage therapist by name. 


In some spas, salons, physio clinics and other clinic settings, the person giving a massage may not have full or even any massage education.


MTAM massage therapists have a MINIMUM of 2 years (2200+ hours) of education, follow an ongoing continuing competency program and are bound to ethical and effective professional care based on national Standards of Practice followed by the majority of professional RMTs across Canada. Others who do massage are not held to these same standards.


Please use a fully-qualified, fully-insured, professional massage therapist for all your health care needs: from relaxation to a complicated injury remediation.


What can Massage Therapy help with?


Massage Therapy can help you with extensive soft tissue damage, injury, chronic disease, pain management, impaired mobility, and for common treatments to help stress relief and maintain well-being. Visit to explore all the benefits.


Why is some massage accepted by my insurance health benefit plan and some not?

 To allow a treatment to be billed under a health benefit plan, most health insurance benefit programs will only approve massage therapy provided by a fully-qualified Registered Massage Therapist because it increases the effective health benefits AND reduces the injury risks when a minimum standard of education has been achieved by the practitioner. 


This assures the insurers and the companies who provide your benefits that your massage therapy health care is being managed by someone with the nationally-accepted minimum competencies and who is held to a standard of care.


Why must I fill out Health History forms when I see a Massage Therapist?


Health History is the first step to allowing your Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) to understand your massage therapy needs as well as cautions or what may be referred to as contraindications* to treatment. With this information, along with educated questions and assessment, an effective and safe treatment plan can be developed. 


*Contraindications are specific situations in which a procedure should not be used because it may be harmful to the person.


What is “Relaxation” Massage?

What is commonly referred to as relaxation massage is often what you think of when you go to a spa and where your goal is to leave feeling relaxed, to reduce tension, and minimize a feeling of stress. 


The clinical names for the basic massage techniques used most often to achieve a state of relaxation are known as Swedish massage. Swedish techniques like effleurage or petrissage when applied with appropriate pressure and direction will elicit a relaxation effect. These techniques are generally long gliding motions or kneading. 


Is “Relaxation” Massage different than Massage Therapy?

Not when you recieve a qualified and administered treatment by an RMT. An RMT will assess your health needs and have the knowledge to create the best possible plan for you whether it is for relaxation or for something like pain relief from a muscular strain which actually may be causing your stress.


What is “Deep Tissue” Massage?

The term “Deep Tissue” is often used by clients when communicating that they want something more than light touch or pressure.


When you ask for "deeper" or more pressure, that is just one cue to a professional RMT that your needs may be more complex -- which will be determined after the health history and assessment reveal your specific health needs and potential risks. 


Not only will an an RMT ask and be aware of cues for adjusting pressure, they will encourage you to express what you are feeling during the treatment with respect to pressure, discomfort or effect. 


Isn't it true that the more pain means a better massage? 

Nope. Painful does not equal more effective. A professional RMTs focus is on treating clients therapeutically while working within your pain tolerance. There is sometimes an expectation from clients that deep tissue massage must be painful to be effective. Professional RMTs actually use their training to work within a parameter of not hurting clients.


Professional RMTs use many other techniques that do not cause pain but are equally or even more effective than deep pressure.


Why is spa massage higher priced than the massage I receive at a clinic?

Spa massage treatments are often higher priced than massage therapy appointments in clinics as you are also paying for the atmosphere and other add-ons that come with a spa experience: value added service including light snacks and the time spent in a mineral spa, lounging rooms, or steams rooms.