Douglas Taylor RMT
*In good standing with the College Of Massage Therapists of Ontario CMTO and a Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario RMTAO Member
So You've Never Seen A Registered Massage Therapist before?
It is very important that the person receiving a Massage Therapy Treatment fully understands what will be happening during their appointment and why.
As a Registered Massage Therapist I will explain my legal and ethical responsibilities, and what you can expect during your treatment.
Before you have arrived, I have already assured that my clinic is properly maintained, disinfected, and has freshly laundered linens.
We will discuss the fee for your massage and I will obtain your agreement to that fee.
I will also ask about, and record, your Medical Health History when you arrive, so I can determine a safe and effective course of treatment for you.
I will explain to you that any information you share with me is completely Confidential and that I would require your informed, and written, Consent to share any of your personal information, unless otherwise required by law.
If necessary, after we review your health history, I will perform any assessment needed, with your permission, to determine the treatment that will be most appropriate. The time this takes varies. 35 minutes is usually sufficient.
(An example of an first timers appointment time): if your initial massage is booked for 1pm you should arrive at 12:25pm and expect that your initial appointment will be finished after the exact number of minutes your appointment was booked for. (with this example a 60 minute massage would be finished exactly at 2pm)
Arriving ten minutes early for your future appointments is sufficient to prepare for your massage, unless you have a new issue which requires some assessment. Just let me know if you think that you need to come in a little earlier.
I will ask you questions about what your goals are, what your chief complaint is, and if there is any other pertinent information that would help facilitate your treatment.
Here are some other things that I will explain during your consultation:
Any possible side effects that you can experience from massage.
How I plan to treat you, such as your positioning, the areas to be massaged, the areas that will be draped, and the importance of communicating with me about anything that might be uncomfortable for you.
Any avoidable risks such as pain or bruising.
Some alternatives to treatment, if necessary.
Your right to stop, or request a modification to the treatment at any time, as well as my right to stop treating you if I think it is absolutely necessary.
Your right to ask me questions at any time and the necessity of understanding everything that I have shared.
And receiving your informed consent to continue with the massage.
All of this goes faster than you might think.
I will then remind you of how to position yourself on the table.
After I leave the room I'll have you lay on the massage table, and cover yourself with the top sheet and blanket, in whichever position is necessary for the beginning of your treatment.
I may also ask you if you think that you need any assistance in doing so.
An important note:
Though hand to skin contact is best for a massage treatment there is no wrong amount of clothing for you to wear.
Some people are more comfortable having massage through their clothing, while others will be much more comfortable wearing nothing under the blanket and the sheet.
What you decide to wear, or not wear, under the sheet and blanket is your decision. You'll get used to what is most confortable for you personally.
The Gluteal Cleft (aka: the butt crack), Pubic area, and Breasts, will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times, according to College of Massage Therapists of Ontario Standards. Those areas are not massaged.
The only exception being when treating a specific breast condition, such as scar tissue reduction or providing lymph drainage assistance where breast massage is medically needed. And this is only done with a clients clear and informed consent ,when necessary, and requested by a client to that end.
Breast tissue is obviously considered to be a "Sensitive Area" by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, along with the Abdomen, the Chest, the Gluteal Muscles, and the Inner Thigh. Specific permission will be received from you before treating those areas.
Once consent to continue the massage treatment is received, and all of your questions have been answered, I will leave the room, close the door, and wash my hands to get ready for your massage. When I return, I will make sure you are on the table and covered with the sheet and blanket before I enter.
When I enter the massage room, I will make sure you are comfortable. I will then remind you of the specific area where I will remove the draping to begin your massage.
I am happy to converse with you and will always ask you if you are comfortable during the massage. There are people who prefer to have very little conversation during their massage. That is perfectly fine as well. Everyone is different and you can decide what you prefer.
If a specific therapeutic technique will cause any discomfort, I will remind you of that possibility and work within a agreed upon pain scale of 0-5-10. With zero being no discomfort at all and 10 being the greatest pain you can ever imagine.
During any treatment that will likely be painful, I will ask you when I get to a "5" and focus on not going beyond that. This prevents any over-treatment of that specific area.
This way the specific technique will be effective and you will remain comfortable.
Also, everyone's pain tolerance is different. therefore I communicate with all of my clients to ensure that I am within their comfort level.
Some clients unfortunately believe in the expression "no pain no gain." To be clear, I don't work that way. I always strive to make your treatment within your comfort level.
If, at any time, you feel uncomfortable with anything I am doing during the treatment please say so, no matter how insignificant you may feel it is. Your comfort is my main priority.
At the end of your massage you may wish to remain on the table for a while to continue relaxing, and to slowly prepare yourself to get off the table. I have set aside extra time between my clients for the specific purpose of not rushing you.
If you would like a short nap, I will simply knock on the door after an agreed on time to wake you. Sometimes I will suggest staying on the table with a heating pad on an area for 10 to 15 minutes to improve your treatment results as well.
When you are ready to get up, sit on the side of the table for a minute to be sure you are not dizzy. You can be light headed for a short time which is not unusual.
Once you are dressed and have come out of the massage room, I will ask how you are feeling, and I may suggest some exercises for you to do at home.
I may also suggest that you use some heat or cold at home, depending on your treatment, to help augment, or sustain, the benefits of the massage.
And lastly I'll have you pay for your treatment.
A short note on side effects: Please ensure that you are hydrated and properly nourished before your massage. There are differing reactions to Massage Therapy depending on the individual. For some it can be like having a workout.
You may experience soreness a day or two after your massage depending on the treatment needed. Though, each person is different.
Once again, take your time getting off of the table and please communicate with me if you need assistance at any time.
I have a water cooler and washroom available for your convenience.
I hope this was informative and that you will consider booking an appointment for a Massage Therapy Treatment soon.
Please contact me if you have any questions at all. I'll be happy to get back to you:
519-933-2814 Call or Text