Headaches

Research has shown that muscle-specific massage therapy techniques have the potential to reduce headaches. Massage can be a functional, nonpharmacological intervention for reducing the incidence of chronic tension headache.

Cortisol

Massage has been shown to reduce the levels of cortisol, a well-known stress hormone. University of Miami School of Medicine researchers reviewed a dozen studies that measured cortisol levels in massage therapy patients and found a significant reduction cortisol levels after massages.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect when I go for a massage appointment?

On your first visit you will complete a confidential health history form. Your therapist will go over your health history form with you to determine your treatment needs and goals.

Do provincial health care programs cover massage therapy?

OHIP does not cover massage therapy however, many Extended Health Care Insurance programs offer partial or full coverage.

Must I undress for my massage?

Your comfort level is important to us. Massage therapists are required to cover/drape you with a sheet so that they expose only the area which they are working on. You only remove clothing that is within your comfort level.

Am I expected to talk during the massage?

We try to respond and not initiate conversation during treatments. Some clients prefer a silent massage while other clients prefer to talk. The therapist may, however, require verbal information pertinent to health findings during the treatment.

Does massage therapy hurt?

Some massage manipulations can cause discomfort. The therapist will ask you how the pressure is throughout the massage to ensure they are working within your comfort level.

After my appointment, is there anything specific I should do?

An epsom salt bath is recommended to soothe and to calm muscles, and enhance the benefits of the massage. Drink plenty of water to keep your tissues hydrated.