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
Your first visit:
Our initial appointment will be a 70-minute session, allowing adequate time for us to discuss your situation and goals, clarify any questions you have, complete required paperwork and perform various assessment techniques which then help me to formulate a treatment plan to best suit your needs. The amount of hands-on massage treatment time you receive at your first session greatly depends on how much evaluation is necessary before I am able to invite you to relax on the treatment table.
Our first visit is a time for us to begin to get to know one another; the therapeutic relationship is built on trust, and the quality of the work we can achieve together is enhanced when you – your whole body, mind, spirit system – can arrive being present and open-minded, willing to explore change, release restrictions and expand into comfort.
After our first visit, you may choose the length of time you would like for your sessions, and I will create treatment plans that 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 appointments, 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, education and home care suggestions with each appointment regardless of duration.
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|CASCADE MASSAGE THERAPY FEE SCHEDULE
(fees include 5% GST)
|30 minute treatment||$60.00|
|45 minute treatment||$80.00|
|60 minute treatment||$105.00|
|75 minute treatment||$130.00|
|90 minute treatment||$150.00|
New Client or Returning* Client
(* If it has been over 2 years since your last appointment with me. )
70 minute treatment
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|
New (or Returning* ) Client Appointment
70 minute treatment
(*If it has been over 2 years since your last appointment with me.)
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.
Effective April 1, 2019, the provincial government has updated the treatment fees that ICBC will cover for care and treatment after a crash. This has been outlined in the Insurance (Vehicle) Act and is highlighted in the table below.
ICBC Payment schedule as of April 01, 2019:
|Standard treatment||$80.00 per treatment|
|Pre-authorized number of treatments||12*|
*Within 12 weeks of the date of the accident causing the injury
• ICBC customers who choose to visit a health care practitioner that charges a higher rate than what ICBC funds under accident benefits (indicated above), will not be able to recover the user fees from ICBC for claims with a date of loss on or after April 1, 2019. This will mean that the patient is responsible for paying the user fee portion, which they may submit to their private health insurer for consideration of coverage.
• Treatments are based on sessions provided and fees reflect fair market rate for a standard industry visit. Treatment frequency will be based on clinical recommendations and should reflect best practice. However, multiple sessions provided by the same discipline, on the same day, will not be funded.
WorkSafe BC and the Massage Therapy Association of BC (MTABC) have a detailed agreement 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.