Answers to questions you might have when booking a massage:

What qualifications should I look for in a massage therapist?

  • In Canada, the expected education standard is 2200 hours of training in the areas of anatomy, physiology, pathology, remedial exercise, hydrotherapy, ethics, massage techniques, assessment and treatment protocols.
  • Registration with a recognized association.

What can I expect from a massage therapist?

  • To ask details about your health. There are conditions under which massage therapy needs to be adjusted (i.e. arthritis, recovery post-surgery, radiation or chemotherapy) or avoided all together (i.e. fever or untreated blood clots).
  • To complete an assessment to determine what is contributing to any pain.
  • To ensure that you feel comfortable and respected throughout the entire massage.
  • To ask for feedback and adjust the massage as needed.
  • To refer you to another qualified and trusted health care provider if your needs fall outside the scope of the massage therapist.
  • To possibly assign you remedial exercises for homework.

Do I have to be completely undressed?

  • Do what makes you most comfortable.
  • You can undress completely or you can undress to a level that allows the therapist access the area to be treated. During a massage your entire body will be covered with linens. Only the area that is being treated will be uncovered.
  • The massage therapist will not be present while you undress and dress. You’ll do so in complete privacy.

How will I feel after a massage?

  • Relaxed with a reduction in aches, pains or stress.
  • After an initial period of feeling unhurried, people often experience a renewal of energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity.
  • Some people, especially those who require deep-tissue massage, experience mild muscle soreness which may last a day or two.

How often should I receive massage therapy treatment?

  • You decide in consultation with the massage therapist.
  • Some people attend for a few sessions to treat a specific condition.
  • For others, regularly scheduled massage is part of how they maintain their health, wellness and balance.

How much does massage cost and how can I pay?

Is massage safe if I have cancer or am undergoing cancer treatment?

Yes. Your massage needs to be provided by a registered massage therapist who is trained in oncology massage. The massage must be adjusted to ensure that it does not place additional demand on you or put you at risk for developing lymphedema. Oncology massage is an emerging field Canada. Around the world, it is available in many leading cancer hospitals.

What are the benefits of oncology massage for people living with cancer?

Research studies demonstrate that gentle non-invasive massage for people affected by cancer is associated with significant reductions in pain, fatigue, nausea, depression, and anxiety. In the words of one patient, oncology massage is like “a vacation from cancer.”


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