Massage Therapy – Frequently Asked Questions…
What can I expect on my first Massage Therapy treatment with Krysta.
It’s best to arrive a 5-10 min early to fill out a confidential health history form. Krysta will discuss your health history and ask relevant questions as to why you are seeking out massage therapy. Often injuries and other trauma’s are not recalled immediately and maybe discussed through out the massage treatment. Krysta will systematically work on your body, making visual observations, also know as reading the body. Each treatment is tailored to your specific needs at that time. After your massage, Krysta will make recommendations and develop a treatment plan to help support your healing process.
What is the Education of a Massage Therapist?
In Ontario Massage Therapists have completed a 2-3 year diploma program at an accredited massage Therapy school. All Massage Therapists must pass the Ontario Provincial Regulated Exams to have the designation of “Registered”. These Exams are regulated by the College of Massage Therapist of Ontario in compliance with the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Massage Therapy Act.
Do Massage Therapists require ongoing training?
Yes, Krysta participates in the Quality Assurance program that requires accumulating “continuing education units” (CEU’s) This programs supports ongoing training for Massage Therapists in order to increase public safety and quality care to her clients.
Is Massage Therapy safe for young and older people?
Yes! Krysta has had clients as young as 3 years old. “H” was just 2 months old when it was discovered he was blind. Blind children’s ability to walk is delayed compared to a sighted child. As a result “H” stood on his tippy toes bouncing around for long periods at a time. As result, his calf muscle became very short and contracted. Krysta’s therapeutic massage treatments gently released and relaxed “H” tight muscles allowing him to drop his heels more comfortably and learn to walk.
Is Massage Therapy covered by OHIP?
No, OHIP doesn’t cover massage therapy. Most extended health care providers e.g. thru your employee benefits, cover all or a portion of your massage therapy fee. Check with HR or your benefits package to see if you qualify. Often your family members will have massage therapy benefits as well.
Is it ok to work out before my Massage?
Yes! A massage therapy treatment post work out will help to remove lactic acid and impurities that have accumulated during your work out. Massage therapy flushes the waste products out of your muscles allowing your body to recover faster. Krysta has worked with Ironman athletes, marathoners and those new to a work out program to help them thru out their training schedule.
What should I do after my Massage?
While it is encouraged to rest, hydrate and allow your body to integrate your massage, Krysta has had some clients report having their best run and hockey game after their massage. It’s really a very personal experience how one will respond to a massage.
Is it safe to Massage a surgical scar?
Yes! Krysta has worked with a number of clients whom have had heart surgery, knee replacements, hip replacements, C-sections, kidney removal, and other surgeries. All have benefited from having the scar massaged to release scar tissue build up and keloid development.
Is it ok to see my Chiropractor while receiving Massage Therapy?
Indeed! A number of clients of Krysta’s receive both modalities. In fact they complement one another, not compete with one another. Massage deals with muscle/skeletal conditions and Chiropractors deal with your CNS (central nervous system). A happy marriage.
Should I have a Massage if I’m sick?
Depends on what you call “sick” If you have a high fever, chills and sweats, then the answer is no. Please respect that Krysta shares her office space with others with compromised immune systems. Be assured that a missed appointment fee will not be charged for appointments missed due to illness.
Do I tip my Massage Therapist?
No. We are a professional medical service that does not encourage gratuities. The greatest compliment you can give Krysta is to refer a friend or loved one.
Do I need a referral?
That depends on whether you have medical coverage or not. If you have medical coverage for massage therapy, most Insurance companies do require a “prescription” from your Doctor. Some Insurance companies will accept a referral from your Chiropractor as well. Best to ask your Health care provider first what they require. Otherwise, no you don’t need a referral.
If you have additional questions or concerns about how Massage Therapy applies in your circumstances, please feel free to contact Krysta Whitney directly for straight-to-the-point advice.
Tel: 519 515-4224
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