What does a Massage Therapy Vancouver Do?
Registered Massage Therapists In Vancouver are trained health professionals, regulated under the College of Massage Therapists of BC (CMTBC).
RMTs use manual manipulation of the musculoskeletal system, neurological system, and surrounding soft tissue structures in order to achieve a therapeutic effect. Usually, when we experience massage therapy from someone who is non-registered, then the goals are generally limited to relaxation with possibly some mild tension release and mood improvement.
When you see an RMT however, your therapist will focus on the data from their pre-treatment assessment in order to formulate an effective treatment plan for you. Your therapist will also provide you with the necessary home care instructions after your treatment is complete, with direction on an appropriate time period to book in for a subsequent appointment where you can discuss the effectiveness of the given home care plan.
I’ve never experienced massage therapy before, how do I know it’s for me? Massage Therapy can be beneficial in treating a multitude of medical conditions and injuries, as well as aiding in replenishing one’s mental and emotional state of well-being. Generally, first-time patients tend to seek massage therapy to help with one or more of the following symptoms and/or conditions:
- Problems falling asleep.
- Muscle stiffness.
- Movement of a limb can feel “heavy” at times.
- Recurrent back, neck, and hip pain.
- Persistent headaches.
- Feeling like you’re stressed “all the time.”
- Being Sedentary for a majority of the day.
- Poor posture.
- Training, or the introduction of a new workout routine.
At the end of the day, if you’re contemplating whether or not you need a massage treatment then your body is answering for you – so listen to it!
What can I expect at my first appointment?
It all depends on which appointment duration you are booking for!
Generally, 60 minute treatments are ideal for most visits, as it allows the therapist to key in on a few focus areas that the patient would like worked on.
This appointment duration allows the therapist enough time to perform a pre-treatment assessment, focus on those key complaint areas, and send you home with some home care exercises.
75 and 90 minute treatments are ideal for patients who would like more areas worked on, and there are also 30 and 45 minute options available for patients who prefer less treatment time.