What is massage therapy?
What conditions can massage help?
- Chronic & Acute Pain
- Headaches (Tension & Migraine)
- Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue
- Overuse/Repetitive Strain Syndromes
- Digestive Disorders
- Muscle Strains/Sprains/Spasms
- Postural Imbalances (Scoliosis)
- Sciatica and Other Nerve Pain
- Stress (General or Specific)
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Fractures and Dislocations
- Lung Infections (bronchitis/asthma)
- Arthritic Conditions
- Discomforts of Pregnancy
Massage can not only provide relief from ‘dis-ease’ but it can also lead to a greater level of health through body awareness, deep relaxation and education on how to deal with the stresses of daily life.
What training does a therapist receive?
Dora Jackson was trained in Toronto, Ontario at the Sutherland-Chan School of Massage Therapy. In Ontario massage therapy is regulated by the CMTO (College of Massage Therapists of Ontario). The CMTO grants qualified therapists the designation of R.M.T. (Registered Massage Therapist) or M.T. (Massage Therapist). In order to achieve this, candidates must undergo 2200 hours of theoretical and practical training over two or three years at an approved school. The curriculum includes extensive anatomy, physiology, neurology and pathology to ensure the safest and most effective massage. Each therapist may also choose to specialize in certain areas (eg. pregnancy, sports, etc) and be able to offer a uniquely structured treatment.
What happens at my first treatment?
The initial session will begin with a health history form, generalized health questions and an assessment. I will email my online intake form when you make your first appointment but if you don’t receive it, just let me know and I’ll re-send it. You may also choose to arrive 5-10 minutes early in order to fill it out before your session or click on the above link to download it and bring it with you.
I also ask that you bring a list of any current medications as well as the results of any imaging relating to your condition, if you have them. Keep in mind that we will need at least a few minutes of your first appointment to go over your health history, complete any additional forms and do a brief assessment before we start. The assessment can consist of various postural or orthopedic tests to determine the condition of your muscles and joints.
Since lubricant is required during most Swedish massage techniques, your therapist will need you to undress to your level of comfort prior to massage. You will be left in privacy to undress and be covered during treatment except for the area being worked on. The exception to this is Thai Massage, where the client is always fully dressed for treatment. Techniques and pressure will vary depending on your treatment choice, assessment, symptoms, goals and preferences. Your privacy will always be respected and you may withdraw your consent for treatment at any time.
What will my therapist need from me?
Will the massage be painful?
What should I do afterwards?
Post treatment suggestions/recommendations are usually self-care techniques to minimize soreness and prolong the effects of the the session. These can include stretches, strength exercises, hydrotherapy, breathing and lifestyle changes to keep your pain from returning. Effects can be felt immediately or take a day or so to be fully realized, depending on the person.
How often should I get a treatment?
Is massage therapy covered by insurance?
Do you offer direct billing to my insurance company?
How have you changed your day-to-day operations in response to COVID-19?
Although I have always done my best to provide the safest environment and most effective treatments for my patients, the Covid-19 pandemic has necessitated an even greater level of care and meticulous attention to detail in order to reopen. Your safety, as well as mine, are my top priority and I have implemented many changes in order to ensure this, which include:
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols with Health Canada approved products
- The removal of any surface that cannot be disinfected and/or washed/sanitized
- The removal of non-essential high-contact items (ie. magazines, tea/water station, rugs)
- Longer gaps between clients to ensure adequate time for disinfection and to prevent cross-contamination
- Optional pre-payment, contactless payment onsite and electronic receipts on request
- The continual procurement of personal protective equipment for both myself and my patients
- Active and passive screening of every patient
- Instructional/educational signage in every room and point of entry
- Logging of all persons entering my clinic to facilitate contact tracing should the need arise
- Getting myself tested on a regular basis as a precaution