I provide massage therapy to people needing help with
- Chronic pain relief
- Injury rehabilitation
- Surgery prep and recovery support
- Stress reduction
- Management of autoimmune disorders
- Exhaustion from caregiving
- Repetitive strain from work or play
- Wellness maintenance for optimal living
You choose the length of time you would like for your session, and I work to accomplish your goals in that framework. Treatments with me will vary based on your needs presenting that day and the amount of time we have together.
When you book your appointment, keep in mind that a longer session is ideal if you have multiple areas of complaint for us to address and are hoping for enhanced relaxation as well. It takes a bit of time for one’s nervous system to relax and for ‘issues in the tissues’ to unwind during bodywork; this process cannot be rushed. It is for this very reason that my favourite length of time – to give or receive a massage therapy session – is 75 or 90 minutes!
That being said, some folks prefer to be on a treatment table for a half hour or so. If shorter sessions feel right for you, I am happy to accommodate; I have worked with thousands of clients who experience great relief and make wonderful gains in their health with shorter manual therapy sessions! Please realize that in a 30- or 45-minute appointment, we will be able to adequately address 1 or 2 areas of pain or concern. If a head-to-toe massage is what you have in mind, please book a longer session.
I will provide relevant assessment, hands-on treatment and home care education with each appointment regardless of duration.
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|CASCADE MASSAGE THERAPY FEE SCHEDULE
(fees include 5% GST)
|30 minute treatment||$55.00|
|45 minute treatment||$75.00|
|60 minute treatment||$100.00|
|75 minute treatment||$122.00|
|90 minute treatment||$144.00|
|HOT STONE MASSAGE FEE SCHEDULE
(fees include 5% GST)
|60 minute treatment||$140.00|
|75 minute treatment||$170.00|
|90 minute treatment||$195.00|
Funding is available for massage therapy treatments through various health insurers:
Medical Services Plan of BC (MSP) funding for massage therapy is available for people receiving premium assistance. Not sure if you qualify for coverage? Don’t worry, I will confirm this for you and let you know how many treatments you have remaining for the year. Please bring your care card or personal health number with you to your initial appointment. A doctor’s referral is NOT required.
MSP pays for a combined annual limit of 10 visits for massage therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic, naturopathy and non-surgical podiatry. MSP covers $23.00 per visit and for your convenience, Cascade Massage Therapy bills MSP directly. You are charged for the balance of your treatment fees, based on the length of session that you would like to receive.
|CLIENT PORTION OF FEES FOR PEOPLE WITH COVERAGE THROUGH MSP
(fees include 5% GST, less $23.00 paid by the insurer)
|30 minute treatment||$30.85|
|45 minute treatment||$50.85|
|60 minute treatment||$75.85|
|75 minute treatment||$97.85|
|90 minute treatment||$119.85|
At your initial session, please bring your claim number and the name of your adjustor. I will contact your adjustor to inform them that we are beginning rehabilitative treatments.
ICBC provides payment of $23.00 per session. I bill ICBC directly for this portion, and you are responsible for payment of the balance of my treatment fees, based on the length of treatment that you choose to receive. I recommend that you keep your receipts filed for use on your income tax return as a medical expense.
Current Massage Therapy / ICBC Policy
(effective January 2012)
- ICBC now categorizes massage therapy as nondiscretionary therapy as per physiotherapy and chiropractic. This means that treatment is automatically approved for a claimant injured in an MVA.
- ICBC has removed 8-week post MVA time limitation on massage therapy treatments. This means that a patient can seek and receive massage therapy any time after a MVA, provided that the claim is still open.
- A Medical Doctor referral is no longer necessary for the first 12 treatments. But all therapists are required to assess and determine that their treatment plan (as per CMTBC practice standards) is reasonable and necessary.
- A doctor referral is required if more than 12 massage therapy treatments are required or there is a gap in the treatments. Further treatment is at the discretion of the adjuster.
WorkSafe BC and the Massage Therapy Association of BC (MTABC) have a detailed agreement (effective January 01, 2011 to December 31, 2015) which guides treatment protocol and reporting for participating Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs). This document is a positive collaboration aimed at assisting injured workers to return to work in a safe and timely manner. I appreciate the efforts made by the Insurer and the MTABC in creating this document.
The requirements for reporting and the protocol for treatment that are specified and mandatory within this agreement do not fit in to every clinic situation; as such, it is each individual RMT’s choice whether or not to work under the agreement.
In my case, being a single practitioner home-based office without support staff, I find it difficult to manage the administrative demands of the WorkSafe BC Insurance claims. Therefore, I have chosen NOT to work under the agreement; which means I do not bill WorkSafe BC directly for my services.
I do have extensive experience assisting people with injury rehabilitation and am happy to help you in your recovery. If you have an open WorkSafe BC claim you are welcome to pay privately in order to receive massage therapy treatments from me.
To book an appointment, or if you have further questions about this issue, feel free to contact me.
Please bring your DVA client number and a doctor’s referral for massage therapy to your initial appointment. I will contact DVA and clarify your coverage, as there are a variety of possibilities in coverage through Veterans Affairs. I will let you know if there are any limitations on the amount of massage therapy coverage that you have available, and then we can create a treatment plan that will be most beneficial for you.
DVA is billed directly once your coverage is verified. I encourage you to contact DVA in order to clarify your coverage details by calling DVA at 1-866-811-6060.
RCMP Coverage Effective January 1, 2014
- Effective January 1st, 2014, RCMP members will no longer receive 25 units of massage therapy per calendar year. Instead, they will have $4800 to spend in total, per calendar year, for all of their supplementary health benefits including chiropractic, physiotherapy, massage therapy and acupuncture.
- Please note: I do not bill directly for this insurer. You will be responsible for payment of your treatment fees at the time of your visit and then submit your claim to your extended health insurer.
Extended health benefits vary from plan to plan and usually coverage for massage therapy is between 70-100% of treatment fees. Some plans offer a dollar amount per year instead of a percentage.
Please check your benefits booklet or contact your insurance provider in order to be clear on the details of your coverage.
To receive Extended Health Benefits insurance reimbursement, please submit your receipts to your provider directly. I recommend that you submit your receipts regularly – each 3 months or so is a good habit to get into.
If you do not qualify for any of the above insurance and will be paying 100% of your fees privately, then be sure to retain your receipts to claim on your income tax return for the year.
Massage therapy treatments are a medical expense and can be written off as such on your income tax return with Revenue Canada.