Massage Therapy Appointments: What To Expect
Massage Therapy is quickly becoming a preferred treatment option for many patients suffering from conditions such as anxiety, chronic pain, headaches and migraines. Massage therapy is also used during pregnancy, as sports therapy and much more. Our therapists are all in good standing with the Massage Therapy Association of Nova Scotia, and have completed a 2200-hour Massage Therapy program.
Many people have asked us "What happens during a massage therapy appointment?" and to help put your mind at ease, we have put together a few of the most common questions we are asked by new patients.
What can I expect when I arrive at the clinic?
With your first appointment, you will be required to complete an Intake form. This allows our therapist(s) to get to know you a little better, and includes your name, contact information, most importantly, your Health History. This information is kept strictly confidential and can only be shared with a third party with a signed document from yourself (for example, your health insurance provider such as Blue Cross or Manulife may request a copy of your treatment plan).
Once your forms have been completed, your therapist will take you to your private treatment room, where they will ask about recent and past injuries, as well as any existing health conditions you may have. These questions will also include if you have had any previous treatment for your conditions, what you currently want to focus on for treatment, and any other factor that may affect your treatment. The more informed your therapist is about your health history, the more effective the treatment will be for you. Your therapist will then create a treatment plan for you, and go over how draping and areas of treatment will be addressed.
You will be asked if you have any sensitivities or allergies to specific lotions, oils and/or scents. If there is anything you feel they should know, please do not hesitate to let your therapist know!
What do I wear for a massage treatment?
This is a common question we are asked.
After your RMT has completed their assessment, and you are comfortable with your treatment plan, they will recommend the level of undress for you. Please keep in mind, this is a recommendation only, and if you feel more comfortable keeping clothing on during the treatment, our therapists will find alternative treatment options that work for you. Your comfort is important to us.
It is a common misconception that you need to be fully undressed during your massage. While skin to skin contact does allow for the best results, there are many over-clothing treatment options available. At all times, only the area being worked on will be undraped, and this will be explained during your initial intake. Your therapist will leave the room while you undress and get on the table [under the blanket/sheet provided]. A common position to start in is lying on your stomach, under the draping, with your face down in the headrest. You may also be asked to lie face-up, under the draping on the massage table. What happens when my massage treatment is over? After completion of your treatment, your therapist will advise you to take your time getting off the table, and redressing. Enjoy the moments of relaxation and tranquility. The massage therapist will leave the room so that you may do so, and will advise that you open the treatment room door when you are ready. You will discuss with your therapist what your treatment plan will be going forward, stretching and exercises that they recommend for home care treatments, and rebook a future appointment if necessary. At this time, they will put through any insurance information that is required, if you are direct billing, and our staff at the front desk will take any payments at this time.
Interested in enjoying a massage, or getting some much needed treatment in Truro or New Glasgow, Nova Scotia? You can book with us online!