Services

Massage Therapy

Deep tissue, relaxation and lymphatic massage treatments are available with our registered massage therapists (30 and 60 minute sessions) at massage therapy rates.

Regional therapeutic massage with our physiotherapists is available (30 minute sessions) at physiotherapy rates.

 

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 tell you 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, and jade stone 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. We do not direct bill to private insurance companies for massage therapy.

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.

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 a university degree in medical rehabilitation. A physiotherapist will assess and confirm a physical diagnosis and set up a treatment program with you. Massage may be one of the treatments they recommend.  In addition, physiotherapists may use "modalities" (such as heat, ice, ultrasound, electrotherapy, acupuncture), therapeutic exercise, and joint mobilization.  They will help you understand your physical problem and how to resolve it.

Registered Massage Therapists have a diploma in massage therapy from an accredited massage therapy college.  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 wide range of massage therapy techniques. 

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

Physiotherapists generally do not do relaxation massage. The physiotherapist can do a regional 30 minute massage and 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. Please inquire with reception for a schedule of the massage therapists’ hours.

What are your enhanced massage services?

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

Manual Lymphatic Massage Drainage (MLD) 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.

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.

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