Massage therapy, as outlined by the CMTO (College of Massage Therapists Ontario), is the hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. As a therapist, we use our knowledge of anatomy and physiology to work on the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints to work on the musculoskeletal, nervous and circulatory system.
As a RMT, we assess and develop a treatment plan to help achieve each client achieve their long term and short term goals. For example, decrease the tension and/or pain in the first session with a long term goal of preventing the development of the tension/pain.
During the treatment, a RMT will generally use General Swedish Techniques, fascial work, and stretching as well as other additional hands-on techniques or modalities such as Craniosacral Therapy, Fascial Stretch and Acupuncture.
While going over your health history and status, a RMT will determine if there are any risks or contraindications for your massage. If there are potential risks, adjustments to the treatment will be made and consented to before continuing. There are usually no general risks that bar any person from receiving a treatment. However, there are some situations/conditions that an RMT would have to take into consideration. Such as, having an open lesion would mean working below or above the area. Or, pregnant women with preeclampsia would require careful positioning during the massage.
A RMT will work with your level of pain tolerance, comfort level to make sure you feel that you are receiving a safe and effective treatment.