Massage therapy is the assessment of soft tissues & joints of the body (as well as) the treatment & prevention of dysfunction, injury, pain & physical disorders … by manual & physical methods to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function, (in order) to relieve pain and promote health. ~BC Health Professions Council, 2001
- MASSAGE THERAPY RATES may vary by practitioner: $65 (30 min), $90 (45 min), $110 (60 min), $135 (75 min), $155 (90 min). Sliding scale and MSP (Premium) rates may be available.
All rates include applicable taxes.
Massage therapy has been a regulated health profession in BC for over six decades. Originally under the Physiotherapists and Massage Practitioners Act (1946), massage therapy is now governed by the Health Professions Act (1994) and regulated by the College of Massage Therapists of BC.
RMTs in BC are trained in:
- the assessment and ‘differential diagnosis’ of nerve, muscle and joint dysfunction
- the treatment and prevention of a variety of orthopedic and systemic conditions
- “providing both therapeutic and simple relaxation massage” (CMTBC, 1998)
What to expect at your first appointment with an RMT?
After you have filled in an intake form, the therapist will briefly discuss your health history and current concern.
Simple assessments may be used to ‘differentially diagnose’ your condition and rule out possible contraindications to treatment.
Then, of course, you will receive a massage! Techniques used vary among practitioners, but may include myofascial release (MFR), neuromuscular therapy (NMT), manual lymph drainage (MLD), gentle joint mobilizations, passive or active range of motion, acupressure, and swedish massage.
The last few minutes of your session may be used to suggest therapeutic exercises that you can do at home, to further enhance the benefits of the treatment.
Massage therapy can be helpful in the treatment of a variety of conditions, including but not limited to: sports related injury, tendonitis, headaches, TMJ dysfunction, discomfort related to pregnancy, back pain, auto-immune disorders, whiplash