Patients ask: how does relaxation feel?

To relax means to calm the mind, the body or both. I think it's very important to understand that relaxation is a state that can be achieved voluntarily and it starts in your brain. Relaxation is a relief from bodily or mental work, effort; it's a loosening or slackening, a diminution of strictness or severity.
Relaxation is the return of your body to an initial state of equilibrium after it went through an abrupt periodic disturbance. It's refreshment of body or mind. Relaxing can quiet your mind and make you feel peaceful and calm. Your body also reacts when you relax. For instance your muscles may be less tense and more flexible. Relaxation massage is a way to reduce the body's stress response.

Treatable Conditions

Massage therapy can be used for the treatment of both acute and chronic conditions. RMTs can work with a wide variety of patients, of all ages, in the treatment of illness, injury rehabilitation and disability. Massage therapy treats a myriad of conditions. Some of the more common ones are listed here:
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Asthma and Emphysema
  • Back, leg, and neck pain
  • Cancer symptoms
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (repetitive strain)
  • Chronic Fatigue syndrome
  • Dislocations
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fractures and edema
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Headaches
  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis
  • Insomnia
  • Kyphosis and Scoliosis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Muscle tension and spasm
  • Palliative care
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Pregnancy and labour support
  • Sports injuries
  • Strains and sprains
  • Stress and stress related conditions
  • Stroke
  • Tendinitis
  • Whiplash
Massage Therapy can also be used as part of a preventative care program. This includes sports training, injury prevention, ongoing stress management, and more!

Is massage therapy covered ?

Registered massage therapy distinguishes itself from other forms of massage practice, in that it is recognized under provincial health legislation, and as a result many extended health care plans provide partial or full coverage per treatment, often with a maximum total allowed in a year. Consult your health insurance company or policy guide regarding coverage details. As with other health care practitioners, you will be provided with a detailed receipt containing your Massage therapist’s registration number that can be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement.