What to Expect from Your First Massage Therapy Session.
Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissue of the body including tendons, ligaments and membranes, connective tissues, muscles and skin in order to gain a therapeutic response. The most common form of therapy practiced is Swedish Massage, however Massage Therapists may use an array of therapies and techniques based on your requirements, including hydrotherapy (hot or cold applications) remedial exercise, postural analysis, Reflexology, or Reiki.
On your first visit, you will be asked to fill out a confidential medical history, which will help your Massage Therapist form your assessment and treatment plan. During the initial interview the Massage Therapist will explain the benefits and side effects of the treatment before you decide that a Therapeutic Massage Treament is right for you. Your Massage Therapy treatment will take place in an atmosphere of safety and confidence. You will not be asked to expose yourself beyond the point at which you are comfortable, nor should you be asked to accept a treatment which has not been explained to you or which you do not choose to accept. The level of undress for the Massage treatment is to your comfort level, however, the Massage Therapist may explain to you that skin-on- skin contact is more beneficial, as it allows the Therapist to assess the muscles more effectively. But it is your choice whether or not you wish to remove clothing. It is quite possible to treat a client who is dressed, but this may restrict the type of therapy you require. You will be draped in a fashion that is comfortable to you. Only the area that is being treated will be exposed. You will never be made to feel uncomfortable. Following the interview, (and prior to the massage treatment), the Therapist will allow you to undress in private, then will return with consent to enter the room. In concluding the Massage Therapy session, once the client is dressed, Therapist will return to the room to discuss the initial treatment. The review of the treatment will allow the client and Massage Therapist to discuss the frequency of massage treatments and explain home care suggestions such as stretches or strengthening exercises to target affected muscle groups. Remember, you will never be made to feel uncomfortable, nor will your health be compromised.
“Just the best massage you’ll ever have. Janet has been treating me for the past 15 years and she is the best by far for dealing with those sore muscles and limbs. It’s always a treat to have a massage with her”.
John Neely, Sudbury, Ontario
Health Information Privacy in Our Office
Personal Health Information and Privacy – Ontario has a law that protects your personal health information. You have the right to know how we may use and give out your personal health information and how you can get access to it. As a Massage Therapist, in the Province of Québec, and member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, I will continue to serve the public in this manner. Any questions or concerns, please ask to see our Privacy Statetment for more details on our privacy practices.
Who Can Use and See Your Personal Health Information – Your personal health information must be kept private and secure. You or a person who can legally make decisions for you about your personal health information can use and see it. Your personal health information is shared among the people who provide you with health care. We may collect, use and give out your personal health information to others as reasonably necessary to:
Your Rights and Choices – You or a person who can make decisions for you about your personal health information have the right:
Who You Can Talk to About Your Decisions – Where you give us permission to use or give out your information, you may change your mind at any time. However, sometimes the law allows or requires us to give out your information without your permission.
Other Important Information – We are required to keep your personal health information safe and secure. We will get your permission before we give out your personal health information to others