First Visit To An RMT
The practice of massage therapy includes the assessment, treatment, and prevention of dysfunction, injury, pain, disorders of soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia) and joints.
RMTs provide a non-surgical, non-invasive, drug-free form of health care that integrates manual techniques, active exercise programs, and patient education.
Before your first treatment we’ll have you complete a standard questionnaire to ensure that we are fully informed of your current health status and needs. All treatments are performed on a sheet-covered massage table with an adjustable face cradle for maximum comfort. Extra sheets, towels or blankets are provided for more warmth and your body will only be uncovered at the specific areas being worked on. You will be provided with privacy to remove your clothing, with the exception of your undergarments. If you prefer to be clothed, please wear loose apparel.
Your massage will begin with breathing awareness and a diagnosis of your needs. Areas of tension will be identified, muscles will be warmed, and your pressure threshold and overall comfort level will be assessed. The length of your massage will depend upon your particular ailments and needs. All clients are encouraged to follow a maintenance program to ensure longer results.
Following your massage, you are encouraged to take a few minutes to move through your deep state of relaxation. Depending on the individual and treatment, massage may release deep emotional tension, which can cause reactions such as laughter, tears, anger, coughing (or a combination of them all). Once emotions are released most people experience a sense of deep calm and peace. Drinking plenty of water after your massage recommended. Staying hydrated will optimize the benefits of your massage and prevent you from getting a headache. Most importantly, enjoy your relaxed state of mind!
Facts & Research
- Massage therapy is the most frequently used therapy for muscoskeletal problems, and is especially useful in controlling pain
- Massage therapy improves the immune systems of people with all sorts of conditions, including HIV
- 95 per cent of massage therapy patients surveyed said it improved their conditions
- Nearly 90 per cent of back patients who receive treatments say they feel dramatically better following treatments
- Premature babies who receive daily massage therapy treatments gain 47 per cent more weight and go home an average of six days sooner
- Cancer patients who receive massage therapy experience less pain, improved mobility and less swelling
- Massage therapy reduces the pain and stiffness of people with fibromyalgia
- People suffering from tension headaches who receive massage treatments experience significant long-term improvements
Information courtesy of the Massage Therapists’ Association of BC
Massage Therapy Research
- 98 per cent of patients believe massage therapy is an effective treatment for their medical conditions.
- 95 per cent of patients say massage therapy improved their condition
- 49 per cent of patients say massage therapy allowed them to stop or reduce drug or other medical treatments
*Source: 1999 Survey – Massage Therapists’ Association of BC
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