Your Questions Answered...
Does OHIP cover Massage Therapy treatments?
No, massage is not covered by OHIP, although many extended health care insurance companies cover it. Check with your employer or insurance company to see if you have coverage.
If my spouse has coverage, could I be covered under their plan?
If your spouse is covered and you are listed on their plan, then you generally have coverage. *Note- gift certificates can not be purchased using insurance coverage.
Do I need a referral from my doctor?
If you will be using your insurance coverage, then yes, you generally require a doctor’s note. There are only a few plans which do not need one. If you are paying for the massage yourself then you do not need one.
How do I pay for massage therapy treatments?
Cash or Cheque
How often do I need to go, and how long will I have to keep going for massage?
This is a difficult question to answer because it really depends on the individual and their particular condition. This will be determined after your first assessment and treatment.
Should I go for a half hour or an hour?
For your first appointment, we usually recommend one hour. This give your therapist time to go through an assessment, testing, heath history and still time for hands on treatment.
What do I wear?
Depending on the type of treatment, you may or may not need to undress. You may choose to wear underwear if you would like. Once I leave the room, you may undress to your comfort level. You will be covered with a sheet (and blanket if needed) at all times except the area I will be working on. Always bring a pair of shorts incase your therapist needs you to be in loose clothing.
What do I have to do during a massage therapy treatment?
During your treatment, your therapist will do what they can to make sure that you are comfortable at all times. If the pressure is ever too deep or not enough please let them know so they can make adjustments to your treatment. If your therapist needs to adjust your position they will either move you or ask you to assist them in moving you. Many people close their eyes during a session while others prefer to talk to their therapist. Remember, this is your treatment and you have the right to stop or modify the treatment at any point.
What will be used on my skin during a treatment?
An oil or lotion will be used on your skin. If you have any sensitivity please advice your therapists prior to starting the treatment. The lotion and oil we use here are all for hypoallergenic conditions.
How will I feel after the massage therapy treatment?
Most people feel very relaxed. Be sure to take your time getting off the table. Since toxins are released during a massage treatment, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your treatment. A hot epsom salt bath is also recommended to encourage further toxin release and relaxation. Massage therapy can assist the digestive and respiratory systems, increase your range of motion in restricted joints and relieve swelling or pain caused by injury. So overall, you should feel relaxed after your treatment and much better than before you arrived. However, it is important to understand that sometimes if the injury is chronic, you may feel worse before getting better.
Is Sports Injury Therapy Covered under Private Insurance?
Sports injury therapy will not appear on your private insurance companies plan coverage. BUT, because we are specialist within the field of Massage Therapy, when treatments are combined with manual manipulations and Massage they ARE covered under your Insurance Plans as “Massage Therapy”.