Physical Benefits of Massage
- Pain relief!
- Balances the nervous system; relieves stress and aids relaxation
- Decreases muscle tension and stiffness; daily activities are once again enjoyable when your body movements are eased
- Promotes faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments
- Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion, allowing you to do more of the things you enjoy!
- Enhances athletic performance
- Speeds healing after surgery or injuries; reduces pain and swelling; lessens formation of excessive scar tissue
- Promotes deeper and easier breathing; overall wellness and revitalization is enhanced when your body tissues receive adequate oxygen
- Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids; strengthens the immune system
- Enhances the health and nourishment of skin; a glowing complexion is revealed!
- Improves posture; proper distribution of weight on your joints will refine each and every movement and position required of you in your day!
Mental Benefits of Massage Therapy
- Cultivates a relaxed state of mental alertness
- Relieves mental stress; enhances your capacity for calm thinking and creativity
- Encourages your awareness and appreciation of the mind-body connection
- Improves your ability to monitor stress signals as they arise and respond appropriately
- lessen anxiety
- alleviate depression
- revitalize your busy mind
- find solace in the hectic pace of our society
- increase your overall sense of well-being
- empower yourself by receiving education, resources and self-care tips from your massage therapist
Tangible results are usually seen early in treatment. Some people experience incredible pain relief and improved quality of life after only one treatment, but commonly it is reported that after three or four treatments, clients are enjoying decreased physical pain and restriction, substantial reductions in stress symptoms and overall improved function. Many factors are at play when determining how quickly you will see results – including the severity of your injury or condition, your overall health upon beginning treatment, unforeseen life events that may come along to either aid, detract or change your course once we begin treatment and compliance with the self-care programs that are suggested to you along the way.
No! Though my focus is on providing chronic pain relief, I also work with people recovering from acute and sub-acute injuries from either work or play. As well, I help people who are receiving massage therapy as a part of their healthcare for maintenance of wellness and stress reduction.
Massage therapists are educated in treating a vast array of conditions, including, but not limited to:
|Asthma||Facet Lock||Parkinson’s Disease||Athletic Injuries||Fibromyalgia|
|Pes Planus||Arthritis||Fibrositis and Fibrosis||Plantar Fasciitis||Bronchitis|
|Fractures||Poliomyelitis & Post Polio Syndrome||Buergers’ Disease||Frozen Shoulder||Postural Deformities|
|Bursitis||Gout||Raynaud’s Disease||Carpal Tunnel Syndrome||Headaches|
|Scars||Cerebral Palsy||Hemiplegia||Sciatica||Chronic Fatigue Syndrome|
|Herniated back (disc)||Scoliosis||Chronic Pain||Iliotibial Band Contracture||Spastic Paralysis|
|Constipation||Impingement Syndrome||Sports Injuries||Contractures||Insomnia|
|Low Back Pain||Stress-related disorders||Degenerative Disc Disease||Migraine Synovitis||Digestive Disorders|
|Multiple Sclerosis||Systemic Lupus Erythematosus||Dislocations||Muscle Tension / Spasm||Thoracic Outlet Syndrome|
|Dupuytrens’ Contracture||Muscular Dystrophy||Tendinitis||Dysmennorhea||Neuralgia / Neuritis|
|Osteoarthritis||Varicose Veins||Entrapments & Compression Syndromes||Paralysis||Whiplash|
I would be happy to talk to you about how I might be able to help you. Give me a call at 550-4727 and receive a complimentary 10-minute phone consultation!
For your convenience, you may book your appointment online! Click here to access my online booking calendar:
If you prefer, you are welcome to call me at 250-550-4727. Do leave a message, I will return your call as soon as I am able and will be happy to find a date and time that suits you for your appointment.
Your initial appointment with Sonja will be a 70-minute session, providing adequate time for completion of required paperwork and discussion, assessment, treatment, education and homecare suggestions.
Following this initial visit, I invite you to choose whichever session length you prefer: 1-hour appointments are common, though Cascade Massage Therapy treatments are available in 30, 45, 60, 75 or 90 minute durations.
Longer treatments give more time for your body and mind to unwind and allow me plenty of time to thoroughly address the ‘issues in your tissues’! During shorter sessions, I will be very specific in where I focus your treatment.
An appointment includes the following components, each of which will vary in the amount of time required to complete, based on the condition(s) being treated, the length of the appointment and the complexity of the treatment:
• Intake • Assessment • Treatment • Patient Education/Self-Care • Charting
The fee schedule for RMT visits includes the following components, each of which will vary in the amount of time required to complete, based on the condition(s) being treated, the length of the appointment and the complexity of the treatment:
• Intake • Assessment • Treatment • Patient Education/Self-Care • Charting
|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|
New Client or Returning* Client
70 minute treatment
In Canada, in order for a health profession to be exempt from charging GST (the Goods and Services Tax), the profession must be regulated in a minimum of five (5) provinces.
March 2019 Update (excerpt from the RMTBC):
CMTA Launches RMT/ACT to Fight for Tax Exemption
The Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance (CMTA), has launched a new website – www.RMTACT.ca.
Now that massage therapy is regulated in five provinces, most recently Prince Edward Island, massage therapy now meets the criteria to seek tax exemption. Historically, health care services rendered by registered health practitioners specified in a schedule of the federal Excise Tax Act are non-taxable health services. We want to be on that list with our health care colleagues. For this to happen, we need to make a formal request for tax exemption to the federal government. This can only be successful if we demonstrate the support from RMTs across Canada. RMT/ACT will help us do that.
RMT/ACT was designed to raise awareness about the important role that massage therapists play in health care and generate support for tax exemption of massage therapists. With the strength of our RMT community behind us, we can make tax exemption a reality. We will use www.RMTACT.ca to provide any information and updates about tax exemption for Registered Massage Therapists. We will also be using this website to engage other health professionals and patients in our fight.
Help us spread the word. Visit www.RMTACT.ca and sign up for updates, share the facts with your network and tell us your RMT story.
Massage therapy is health care, not a luxury. Visit www.RMTACT.ca to show your support.
In the meantime, Massage Therapists are a registered business and in British Columbia, are required to obtain a GST number and charge GST.
The majority of extended healthcare plans cover registered massage therapy treatments. So the question then becomes “How much coverage do I have?” The answer to this is in your specific insurance policy.
The coverage amounts are usually located under headings titled, “Paramedical” or “Supplementary benefits.” Policies typically have a percentage of coverage or up to a dollar amount (eg. 80% coverage up to a total of $500 per calendar year).
For further information about insurance coverage, click here.
No. Although many physicians refer patients for massage therapy treatments, RMTs are primary health care providers who assess and treat people independently.
However, some insurance plans do require a referral, so you will need to check your policy to see if you need one in order to be reimbursed for your treatments. For further information about insurance coverage, click here.
The curriculum includes comprehensive studies in health sciences such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology and neurology. Clinical sciences include the topics of manual skills, orthopedics, remedial exercise, hydrotherapy and patient education. A diverse range of manual therapy techniques are taught and practiced with a wide range of clientele through student clinics within the colleges and in the community outreach programs. The management of chronic diseases, injuries and the effects of long-term stress are also studied extensively, as are the methods of treatment available.
Upon achieving a massage therapy diploma, graduates must successfully complete a rigorous series of Provincial Board Exams in order to qualify as a Registered Massage Therapist. In B.C.. The board exams are administered by the College of Massage Therapists of BC (CMTBC) – the profession’s equivalent to the College of Physicians and Surgeons – and the regulatory body for all RMTs in BC.
The CMTBC ensures that the public receives safe and ethical care by establishing and enforcing standards of education, qualifications and the quality of practice for all RMTs under the BC Health Professions Act.
As well, in order to stay licensed in BC, RMTs are required to continually update their skills by achieving bi-annual education credits at postgraduate courses approved by the CMTBC. This ensures that our clients are receiving the very best care possible!
My postgraduate studies include Osteopathic Techniques, Clinical Somatic Education, Ortho-Bionomy®, Pain Science, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Visceral Manipulation. As well, my personal interest in holistic health drives me to study a multitude of related topics, attend various courses, workshops and seminars and stay abreast of the many options available to us on our wellness journeys. As your RMT, I am a highly educated, dedicated and resourceful member of your health care team!
Definition of Massage Therapy:
The practice of massage therapy is the assessment of soft tissue and joints of the body and the treatment and prevention of dysfunction, injury, pain and physical disorders of the soft tissues and joints by manual and physical methods to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment physical function to relieve pain and promote health.
At your first appointment you will be required to complete a ‘health history’ form. Please arrive 10 minutes early in order to have time to complete this information thoroughly and without being rushed. Or click here to print the form and complete it ahead of time.
We will then spend some time discussing your current symptoms and goals for your massage therapy treatments. Some of the questions that I will ask you during our interview may seem unrelated to massage, however, please realize that the body is complex in its connections and that often something may seem unrelated when in actuality it is connected to the cause of your distress.
It is my job to thoroughly assess the puzzle pieces in order to plan your treatments most effectively. It is also my responsibility to modify your treatments in cases of contraindications or safety concerns, so a thorough inventory of your health is crucial in allowing me to provide you with the best care possible.
During our interview I will also be assessing your posture, the quality of your movements and may perform specific physical tests with you to help me clarify the potential causes of your pain and form the best plan for your treatment that day.
Your session may include the use of techniques that involve you being seated or standing as well as laying relaxed on the treatment table; I will guide you through the process as we go. I invite you to bring your attention to your breath as we work to help you relax and enjoy the experience of your body releasing tensions throughout your session. We will continue to communicate throughout our time together, as some techniques require your active participation in movement and awareness to best enable a release. As well, I will want to ensure that you are comfortable and that any questions you have can be addressed as needed.
Once our treatment time on the table is complete, I will leave the room and ask you to please take a moment to re-orient yourself to the room before getting up too quickly. I will meet you back out in the office area for a final check-in and to go over any homecare suggestions that may be useful for you.
When you leave the office, the work of our treatment will continue for several days! It is useful to remember this as you carry on with your day and week; tissues shift and breathe with newfound space, movement and possibilities of change.
It is possible to do a full and thorough session with clothing on, as many of the techniques that I use do not require oil. Therefore, please wear or bring comfortable and moveable type clothing (such as a sport bra/tank top/t-shirt and shorts or exercise pants) for your appointment.
For techniques that require the application of oil, lotion or powder, direct skin contact is ideal. If this is our approach to your treatment, you will be asked to undress to your comfort level; this means that you may remove some or all clothing – it’s your choice entirely! I undrape only the area being worked on and your modesty is maintained throughout your treatment.
I will leave the room to give you privacy while you get yourself comfortable on the treatment table, covering yourself with a sheet and blanket. I will knock before I re-enter the room.
Make yourself comfortable!
You will relax during most of your treatment on a massage table designed for stability and comfort. I will ensure that you are comfortable and warm throughout your treatment by having pillows, heat and a blanket available. Relaxing music is played to help you unwind and focus on the changes occurring in your body. (And if you would prefer quiet, do let me know; the music can easily be turned off!)
It is helpful to focus on your breathing – allowing slow, deep breaths during your session will help your mind and body relax as you oxygenate your body tissues.
If I need you to adjust your position I will either move you (for instance, lift your arm) or will tell you what position I need you to move into (for instance, turning from lying on your tummy to your back). Let me know at any time if you need to change your position to make yourself more comfortable. For instance, massage therapy can easily be done when you are lying on your side, or semi-seated, if your pain prevents you from being on your stomach or back. Please verbalize to me what is comfortable for you!
Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s your time, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
Massage techniques on healthy tissue usually feel very good. The normal response is to slow down, breathe deeply and relax.
Working in an area of injury or chronic pain may at first cause some discomfort, which usually lessens in the first few minutes. I am trained in a multitude of techniques which will work to minimize discomfort and I will work carefully within what feels right to you.
Always tell me if you feel any discomfort so that I can adjust the techniques that I am using. The saying ‘no pain, no gain’ is not precisely true for bodywork! I will ask you for feedback throughout your session to be sure that we are working in a zone of ‘therapeutic tenderness’ – this sensation is described as ‘hurts so good’ – a level of tenderness that you can breathe through comfortably, and that dissipates rather quickly as we work, essentially easing the initial discomfort.
When people have been living in pain for any length of time, it can be difficult to differentiate these sensations, so I encourage you to listen closely to your body and I will meet you where you are in the process. The most effective and deepest massage works with the body’s natural responses, not against them.
Bodywork can be profoundly relaxing, affecting all your body’s systems. Give yourself a moment to re-orient before slowly getting up from the massage table.
After a session, most people feel very relaxed. Many experience freedom from aches and pains that have built up over months of tension or repetitive activity.
After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience an increase in energy, heightened awareness and greater productivity which can last for several days. Since toxins are released from your tissue during a massage, it is recommended that you drink plenty of water following your massage.
Following a massage, it is possible to have some soreness for 24-48 hours, similar to the sensation experienced after a good workout. This is a normal response within the body when circulation and resulting detoxification is increased.
You will likely feel subtle shifts occurring over the following days as well. Some examples are:
- pain relief – less intensity and frequency of the pain in various areas of your body
- easier mobility when walking and moving in your daily life
- deeper sleep patterns
- digestive concerns may subside
- stress, irritability and anxiety levels may lessen
- energy levels may feel increased
- and more…!
As with exercise, the benefits of massage increase with regular treatments. As your body-mind awareness is enhanced, you may find that you experience deeper relaxation and great gains in overall wellness with each massage therapy session.
If you are in the early and most contagious stage (first 48-72 hours) of a cold or flu, please do NOT come in for your session. Please phone or email me to cancel with as much notice as possible, so that I may be able to fill the spot with a client on my wait-list. Thank you! I appreciate your thoughtful consideration of this matter. Please note, my cancellation fee will not be charged for last minute cancellations that are due to illness.
Tipping is not expected or required for the services of a RMT in British Columbia.
The College of Massage Therapists of BC (CMTBC) recognizes that in some settings (ie. A Spa or Mobile) a RMT will receive tips, as it is customary etiquette to tip for services received in these environments.
In a Clinical office setting tipping is not common and is typically discouraged.
RMTs are Primary Health Care Providers under the BC Health Act, so the question of tipping then is compared to the question: ‘would you tip your Dentist or Nurse?’ And of course in Canada, the answer is no.
In my home-based massage therapy office, I do not expect or require tips. There is not a tip button on my point-of-sale machine, so you will not be prompted to tip during your payment.
A small number of clients seem to feel more comfortable in leaving me a tip, or they like to bring me homemade baking from time to time. I realize that these kind gestures are important to them in expressing thankfulness for my help, therefore I will humbly accept, as tipping does not alter the level of professional service received by any person in my care.
Below is the most recent statement from the CMTBC bylaws on Standards of Practice for RMTs:
Does the CMTBC standard of practice on professional boundaries allow tipping?
The new CMTBC standard of practice on professional boundaries took effect on July 1, 2018. CMTBC has heard from some RMTs that they would like clarification on what section 10 of the standard means for the practice of accepting tips from patients, particularly in spa environments where the practice is more common. Section 10 of the boundaries standard states:
An RMT refrains from giving gifts to patients or receiving gifts (including tips) from patients, except where the RMT’s objectivity or ability to act in the patient’s best interests will not be compromised.
The standard does not mean that RMTs cannot accept tips under any circumstances. Rather, it means that an RMT must always exercise professional judgement in terms of reflecting on and assessing whether and how a tip or gift from a patient might affect the RMT’s professional relationship with that patient. A tip may be accepted where the RMT believes that it will not compromise his or her objectivity and ability to act in the patient’s best interests.
Many RMTs do not accept tips because they believe that it is inconsistent with delivery of massage therapy within a medical model. Some RMTs do accept tips. Both positions are acceptable under the new standard of practice, provided that the decision is based on a consideration of the RMT’s objectivity and the patient’s best interests.
If you, as an RMT, decide to refuse an offered tip in circumstances where it may constitute a boundary violation, and/or because your objectivity or ability to act in the patient’s best interests would be compromised, you may thank the patient for the gesture but politely decline. You may use the opportunity to explain why the tip is being refused, in a sensitive and gracious manner.
In exercising their professional discretion, RMTs should consider factors such as why the patient has offered the tip, and the value of the tip. “