At the University of Guelph's Health and Performance Centre, our Registered Massage Therapists aim to assess and treat soft tissue imbalances/injuries. Massage treatments utilize a variety of techniques to create releases which promotes optimal tissue health. A treatment will often result in reduction of pain, improved range of motion and can promote relaxation in these tissue.
Expectations for your First Visit
When your appointment is first booked, you will be sent Health History and Consent intake forms to fill out ahead of time, that way the Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) can review your information and you can make the most of your appointment time. When you first arrive at the Health and Performance Centre the day of your appointment you’ll be checked in at the front desk and directed back to the correct room. The RMT will then discuss with you your concerns and what type of treatment you are looking for. With your input, the RMT will assess you and make a plan on how to best treat your area(s) of concern, and what areas of the body will be included in your treatment. You’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions, and can stop the assessment and treatment at any time. The RMT will leave to wash their hands, and you can undress to your comfort level to lie in between the clean sheets before the RMT knocks to come back in the treatment room.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins – the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing.
Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system.
Some of the physical benefits of massage and myotherapy include:
- reduced muscle tension.
- improved circulation.
- stimulation of the lymphatic system.
- reduction of stress hormones.
- increased joint mobility and flexibility.
- improved skin tone.
- improved recovery of soft tissue injuries.
- heightened mental alertness.
- reduced anxiety and depression.
Who we see
We see just about everyone! From the young athletes to the seniors wanting to keep their bodies feeling pain free, almost everyone can benefit from massage therapy.
Massage Therapy does not have a specific age of consent, only informed consent, meaning if someone can understand all the information given and make choices and consent based on that information, then a Massage Therapist can proceed with treatment.
What makes us different
Massage Therapy at the HPC provides patient centered care focused on your individual goals and needs.
It is important to give an accurate picture of your health and injuries on your health history form. This enables your therapist to design the most appropriate, safe and effective treatment for you
There is no requirement to book an appointment for a massage with a Registered Massage Therapist. Extended health care plans, and insurers may require a referral note from your physician before you will be covered. You need to check with your policy to see if you need one to be reimbursed for the treatments.
Currently there are no Provincial Health plans that cover Therapeutic Massage but many workplace or private Extended Health Care Insurance programs have full or partial coverage. In many provinces Worker’s Compensation Insurance, WorkPlace Safety Insurance WSIB (ON) and Auto Insurance cover the cost of massage therapy for injury rehabilitation. Before you go for your Therapeutic massage treatment your details of coverage should be arranged with your insurance representative.
Let your therapist know your comfort level. It is possible to work on a client who is dressed. Direct skin contact is best with an application of oil or lotion. Your Massage Therapist is required to cover/drape you so only to expose the area which they are working on. Opting to wear your clothes is fine or bring clothes that you can get oil on like a bathing suit or shorts and a tank top.
This is an issue of personal preference.
Not necessarily, however, your therapist should be aware of this. This will be one of the questions on the health history form you will be asked to fill out on your first visit. ( Massage therapy is not recommended for people who suffer from haemophilia.)
If you wish to have silence, you can let the therapist know at the beginning of the treatment. The therapist may require feedback of comfort level at times during the session.
Hydrating is beneficial. It helps to rehydrate tissue and flush toxins that have been released from the tight muscles. An Epsom salt bath is recommended to soothe and to calm muscles, and enhance the benefits of the massage. It will help alleviate any stiffness that you may feel the next day. Gentle stretching and range of motion movements also help the muscles restore themselves from the tissue releases
In 1919, the Drugless Practitioners Act was passed and the Board of Regents was established to regulate massage therapy and other drugless health professions in Ontario. In 1994 the Regulated Health Profession Act was proclaimed and the Drugless Practitioners Act was revoked.
Consultation with your Massage Therapist can help you establish a treatment plan which fits your individual needs.
Yes, if you just want to experience massage therapy to relax. However, to have a longer therapeutic benefit one treatment may not be enough. Massage therapy is beneficial in both acute and chronic conditions, when used over a series of treatments and followed up with maintenance or preventive treatments.
Yes, we have set aside time especially for you, and appreciate advance notice if you are unable to make the appointment. Always ask your therapist what their policy is, and it should be posted in the clinic. You should be informed of any policy when making an appointment. Many clinics require a minimum of 24 hours prior notice of a cancellation. You can be responsible for partial or the full treatment fee.