FAQS

 

 

If you are new to massage therapy, we understand that you might have some questions.

We are confident that we have the answers to your inquiries.

Below are the answers to the questions that are most commonly asked about massage therapy treatment.

Should you have additional questions please feel free to contact us.

ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How will massage therapy benefit me?

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With professional massage therapy you can experience relief from muscular tension and pain, receive increased range of motion and a reduction of mental stress levels. Massage is a natural healing process that can deliver both physical and emotional benefits.Treatments are specifically tailored to meet your needs.


How often will I need treatments?

Your body can let you know. Some people require only a few sessions to treat a specific problem, while others become regular users of massage therapy as both proactive and preventative healthcare. Massage can help maintain good muscle tone, flexibility, and help correct muscular injuries.

How do I find a qualified Registered Massage therapist?

When you're choosing a massage therapist, be sure to choose one who is licensed with the city of Calgary, a member of the Massage Therapy Association of Alberta, has 2200 hr of education and experienced. 

Registered means a therapist  has passed an exam, meet educational requirements at an accredited institution, participate in continuing education courses and hold malpractice insurance.

How old does a person need to be to receive massage therapy?

Any age. Massage therapy treatments are effective from birth until palliative care stages.

Which regions of my body get massaged?

The therapist will ask you what you want to get out of the session.

You will also be asked to describe any chronic problems that you are experiencing.

This will determine the appropriate regions of your body that need attention.

A typical full-body massage involves your back, neck, shoulders, arms, legs, feet, and hands.

Will I experience muscle soreness following a massage therapy treatment?

Most people feel very relaxed, and often experience significant relief from aches, pains and stress after a massage session. However some people, especially those who require deep-tissue massage, experience mild muscle soreness which may last a day or two.

Once the soreness is gone, they often notice heightened energy levels and an increased range of motion.

I'm not sure I'm comfortable with a stranger touching me.

It is not uncommon for first-time clients to be apprehensive with the personal nature of massage therapy. Most clients lose this apprehension within the first few minutes of treatment. Massage therapists are trained professionals who respect your feelings and go out of their way to allow you to feel comfortable.

Do I have to take off all of my clothes?

One of the keys to the success of a your massage therapy session is your ability to relax and feel comfortable. Therefore, the decision is yours; remove only the articles of clothing that you are comfortable with removing. Traditional full-body massage treatments work best administered directly, without the barrier of clothing on the areas massaged. During a session you will be fully covered with a table sheet/blanket, only the area of your body that is being worked on is uncovered.  

Before and after the session, you will undress and dress in complete privacy.

Will my extended healthcare plan cover the costs of massage therapy treatments?

 Most extended healthcare plans include massage therapy and some even have on-line billing.

Some plans ask you to first receive a physician's referral.

Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you determine your plan's coverage. We diect bill to Blue cross and Green shield.

Why are the benefits of lying down instead of a chair massage?

What is the first thing most people think of when they think of lying down?

Sleep, rest, relax, nap or even take a load off is what usually comes to mind.

Most people equate lying down with some form of relaxation because of how it makes them feel.

But what is actually happening in the body to make us “FEEL” this way? 

  1. Blood pressure lowers. 

  2. Heart rate slows down. 

  3. Breathing slows down. 

  4. Muscles and bones have an opportunity to relax.

  5. Gravitational forces are more equally distributed. 

  6. A mental sense of “It is ok to relax”. Lying down gives the body a chance to recuperate from a busy stressful day.

"A fully supportive horizontal position provides a necessary reprieve from gravitational forces so that all physiological systems, including musculoskeletal and cardiovascular activity, metabolic and heart rate, and circulation, can slow down. When this occurs, the body is able to replenish the vital resources that have been naturally depleted throughout the day." - Dr. Joseph Weisberg, Heidi Shink.

Imagine the results you could expect from adding massage to the benefits already realized by just the act of lying down! This is only ONE of the reasons that Corporate Therapeutic Massage utilizes a massage table in all of their therapies. 



 

 

 

How effective is a 15 minute massage?

 

Some might wonder what can actually be accomplished in a 15-minute on-site massage session.

Is it really effective? It sounds like it might not be enough time to really reap the many benefits of massage. Amazingly, in just 15 minutes your employees can see many rewards and benefits.

I recently engaged in corporate massage at a company picnic, which has weekly massage available to its employees. One employee that had not yet taken advantage of this perk was astonished that she could feel so relaxed and rejuvenated in just one 15-minute session. By utilizing the massage table in the office setting we have access to give a fully clothed full body massage in the 15-minute time span.

Regular full body massage is optimal as the body is a holistic system and work on one part of the body may be needed to treat another. Full body massage provides more energy and increases circulation along with many other benefits.

As the owners of Corporate Therapeutic Massage, Diane Hoard RMT have perfected her techniques to be able to give employers the most bang for their buck in just 15 minutes. With 12 years of experience she has taken these techniques and trained the other massage therapists to be able to do the same.

They are able to do a 15-minute full body routine and tailor that to any special needs of each individual employee. Employees often comment that it is the fastest 15 minutes of the day and look forward to their regular sessions. Let’s face it, happy employees are productive employees. 

By looking at the big picture, employers can reduce healthcare costs and ultimately increase their bottom line by offering employees 15-minute massages at their work place.

© 2013  Calgary's Therapeutic Massage & Wellness formerly Corporate Therapeutic Massage /Diane Hoard RMT, SMT (cc)

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