An hour is a common length of time for a massage therapy appointment but many massage therapists also offer 30, 45, and 90 minute massage therapy treatment options. The fee for a one hour appointment may vary throughout the province.
Your first visit
On your first visit, you will be asked to complete a written confidential health history form. Your therapist will perform a complete physical assessment so he/she can determine the best approach to your treatment. This may involve a postural assessment, range of motion testing, and palpating for pain or tenderness. This information is used to address your chief complaint and to plan the massage session. This process allows your therapist to provide a safe and effective massage therapy treatment.
All treatments will be explained to you and will proceed only with your understanding and consent.
The massage therapy treatment
In the massage therapy treatment, the client will disrobe to their comfort level and lie on a table between two sheets. Only the areas of the body being directly treated are uncovered at any one time. If you are ever uncomfortable with the pressure or technique being used, you can tell the therapist (i.e. to decrease or increase pressure, etc.). You can also stop the treatment at any time. You are always in complete control of the treatment.
Once the massage treatment is over, the therapist will leave the room while you change. At this point the therapist will talk to you about the massage treatment and future course of action.