Massage

Deep tissue, relaxation and lymphatic massage treatments are available with our Registered Massage Therapists (30 and 60 minute sessions).  

Regional therapeutic massage with an athletic therapist or physiotherapist is available (30 minute sessions).

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are your massage therapists licenced?

Yes, our massage therapists are Registered Massage Therapists, licenced by the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba (MTAM).  

Do I need a doctor’s referral?

A referral from a doctor is not required, but it is always welcome. You may need a written referral from a doctor if your insurance plan requires one for reimbursement.

Does your massage therapist do a “deep tissue” massage?

Our massage therapists provide relaxation and deep tissue massage, based on what is appropriate for you and your condition. We encourage you to direct the massage therapist to the degree of pressure you prefer.

How much does it cost?

Cost depends on the length of your massage session (30 or 60 minutes). Our reception will provide you with our current rates. 

We also offer enhanced massage services for an additional fee, including manual lymphatic massage, Gua sha technique, scar tissue massage, face cupping, jade stone massage, and TMJ massage (read more about these below).  Speak to your massage therapist about whether these enhanced services may be appropriate for you.

How and when do I pay?

We accept, cheque, Debit, Visa and MasterCard. Payment for massage therapy is due when service is rendered.

NEW January 2023: We direct bill to private insurance companies for massage therapy - learn more here about insurance coverage.

Should massage be painful?

NO! A massage should be soothing and painless. Direct your massage therapist to provide more or less pressure, to your preference.  Good communication is an important part of any massage therapy treatment.

I have a painful body area. I don’t know whether I should see a physiotherapist or a massage therapist. What’s the difference?

Physiotherapists have university degrees in their medical rehabilitation. Physiotherapists will assess your condition, confirm a physical diagnosis and set up a treatment program with you. Massage may be one of the treatments they recommend as part of your program.  In addition, physiotherapists may use "modalities" (such as heat, ice, ultrasound, electrotherapy), acupuncture, dry needling, therapeutic exercise, and joint mobilization.  They will help you understand your condition and how to manage it.

Registered Massage Therapists have a diploma in massage therapy from an accredited massage therapy college.  The large majority of their training focuses on massage.  Their treatment focuses on hands-on therapy for muscle injury, chronic disease, pain management, and impaired mobility and also to help relieve stress and maintain well-being. Given that they specialize in massage, Registered Massage Therapists are trained in a much wider range of massage therapy techniques than physiotherapists. 

I would like a massage, but my insurance only covers physiotherapy.  Can a physiotherapist do the massage?

Physiotherapists don't do relaxation massage at our clinics, but they can do a 30-minute regional massage. That means they would focus on one region of your body, such as your low back, your shoulder, or your lower leg, for example.

Physiotherapists may also advise you if other physiotherapy treatments (like exercise or acupuncture) may be appropriate for your condition or injury.

I have been in a car accident. Does MPI cover the cost of massage therapy?

MPI does not cover the cost of massage therapy treatments with a massage therapist.

When is the massage therapist available?

For your convenience, we offer massage therapy services at a variety of times throughout the week, including evenings and Saturdays.

NEW January 2023: We have added more availability with our Registered Massage Therapists!  That means you can get in quickly, when you need it.  Please phone us for a schedule of our massage therapists’ upcoming availability.

What are your enhanced massage services?

Our enhanced services include manual lymphatic massage drainage, scar tissue massage, Gua sha technique, facial cupping, jade stone massage, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) massage.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) Massage is a unique, gentle type of skin massage technique that promotes lymph to drain out of a limb and into an area that drains normally.  It is mainly used to treat lymphedema.  The fluid in the lymphatic system helps remove waste and toxins from the body's tissues.  Some health conditions can cause lymph fluid to build up. 

Lymphatic drainage massages can benefit people with lymphedema, fibromyalgia, and other conditions.  Some people also choose lymphatic massage because they believe it will improve their immune system.

Scar Tissue Massage is a common method used to help remodel scar tissue that has developed in injured tissue.  It is a treatment used after surgery, fracture, or soft tissue injuries like sprains and strains.  Scar tissue management is often beneficial after knee surgery, especially for making skin less sensitive.  Scar tissue massage is also known as scar mobilization or scar tissue mobilization.

Gua sha Technique is used with a small tool which scrapes the skin with short or long strokes.  It aims to stimulate microcirculation in the soft tissue - increasing blood flow.  The tool is a smooth-edged instrument known as a Gua sha massage tool.  

Facial Cupping is an alternative therapy that uses very small suction cups to stimulate your skin and muscles.  It can be done on your face (or body).  The suction promotes increased blood circulation, which may help to relieve muscle tension, promote cell repair, and aid in other types of tissue regeneration.

Jade Stone Massage incorporates heated and cooled jade stones that are placed on the body and used for massage.  These stones have been cut to various shapes and sizes and then polished, providing a very smooth feeling on the skin.

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Massage can be an important component of treatment for jaw pain and dysfunction.  The Registered Massage Therapist will work on the muscles around the temporomandibular joint (the jaw joint) to help relieve pain and tension. This sometimes includes intra-oral massage.

The therapist will start by releasing the muscles in the upper back and shoulders. They may also work around your collar bone, chest, and neck to help relax all the areas surrounding and connected to the temporomandibular joint.

A TMJ massage is often incorporated in a regular massage therapy session.

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