The Art of Massage Therapy
The title Registered Massage Therapist ensures you that the therapist has successfully completed a rigorous massage therapy program, and has passed the 2-day intensive massage therapy board exams. The program covers extensive and indepth course material such as: neuroanatomy, musculoskeletal anatomy, pathology, physiology, massage techniques, lymphatic drainage, remedial exercise, hydrotherapy techniques and massage therapy treatments. The school also requires its students to complete 200 clinical hours of massage therapy. All of our Massage Therapists are registered under the above guidelines.
Our Registered Massage Therapists (R.M.T.s)
Here at Richmond Hill Natural Therapies, we offer a wide selection of massage techniques, such as: deep tissue, relaxation, pregnancy, pre and post natal, lymphatic drainage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, Thai Yoga massage and sports massage to name a few. Other various bodywork techniques such as reflexology, aromatherapy, cranio sacral, hot stone massage, reiki and Lomi Hawaiian Massage can be encorporated into your session, depending on the therapist.
All of our therapists have been carefully selected, and are hired only after giving a treatment to the clinic director. You may be assured of the skill, compassion and competence of our therapists.
Having a massage is like having a mini vacation. An hour of massage, enhanced by beautiful soothing music, aromatherapy oils and relaxation techniques to melt away aches and pains is the perfect answer to today's high level of stress. Massage calms the nervous system, increases blood flow (and therefore oxygen) to the tissues, including the brain. It helps your system to detoxify itself by stimulating the lymphatic system and breaks down scar tissue that may be obstructing blood flow and neurological activity and decreases pain. Massage Therapy increases your awareness of what is going on inside your body and educates you on where your aches and pains are coming from. A large focus of massage therapy is also on patient education: we like to teach you what you can do for yourself at home to keep you out of pain.
A few ailments treated by massage therapy are:
- Back and neck pain
- Carpel tunnel syndrome
- Frozen shoulder
- Headaches (tension & migraine)
- Pregnancy aches and pains
- Sports injuries
- Stress & tension
- and more...
Draping and Safety Issues
Some people are concerned about how exposed their body will be during a massage, especially if it is their first time. We take special care to ensure you feel comfortable at all times during your treatment. We are thoroughly trained to drape you with the sheet in the most secure way, and only expose the section of the body we are working on. You may leave your underwear on during a session if you wish, and your chest & abdomen are covered at all times unless you request work on these areas for therapeutic reasons. For example, chest work may be indicated in the event of post operative mastectomy. Abdominal work may be requested in the case of constipation. Regular massage for these areas is also a form of preventative health care. The choice of where you are having work done is always yours, and always respected.
Registered Massage Therapists are covered by many Extended Health Care providers (check your policy) and Motor Vehicle Insurance in the case of an accident. Please call for details if you have any questions regarding your specific type of coverage. In some cases a Dr's note is required, or a Chiropractor's recommendation.
- Privacy Officer:
The manager will undertake the responsibility as information officer.
- Collection of Information:
The information that is collected from the clients is important to serve them optimally for safe and effective treatment. Our office requests the client provide us with general and emergency contact so that we may notify of any changes of time or cancellation of appointments. We also collect their addresses so that we may provide information or receipts when needed.
- Keeping the Files:
The files are kept in a secure location. They are kept for 10 years after the last appointment. The files are disposed of by shredding or they are destroyed by other means in order to ensure confidentiality. The scheduling of appointments is done manually.
- Access to the Files:
The manager of this office and those who retrieve the files are the only persons who have access to the patient's file. Peer assessors who visit our office to evaluate the massage therapist may also have access to a client's file. If the client wishes to remain anonymous, please inform the receptionist for this request. A written consent from the client must be submitted for release of any documents for medical legal reports. All members of our Health Care Team who are involved in treatment of the client will have access to the client file.
- Client Access to Files:
In order for clients to access their files, a written notice must be submitted 48 hours in advance, to the manager. Original copies are the property of the establishment and are not permitted to leave the premises. Photocopies may be requested for an additional fee. Clients must notify the receptionist of any changes that occur to their file.
- Phone Calls:
The receptionist needs to obtain consent from the client to leave a message on either their business, home or cell numbers provided, if unavailable to answer their phone to confirm future appointments.