Frequently Asked Questions

If you are new to massage therapy, we understand that you might have some questions. Please feel free to look through this section. Often you’ll discover questions that you didn’t know you had. Should you have additional questions please contact us.

 

What clothing will I wear for the massage?


You wear whatever you are comfortable in. This can be fully dressed or fully undressed. Most clients in my experience, are most comfortable in simply a pair of panties. If you are nursing and pumping, it may be most comfortable for you to keep your bra on as well. Whatever you choose, you will be fully draped with a sheet and blanket as you are positioned on the table. I only undrape an area as I treat it. When I have completed treating that section I re-drape and move on to the next area of your body. At no time will I expose the area your panties naturally conceal, or your breasts (the breasts may be undraped if special consent is granted prior to the treatment). Buttocks (excluding the gluteal cleft) may also be exposed when special consent is granted.

 

How often should I have massage?


Each woman has a unique experience in her pregnancy. The following is nothing more than a guideline and you should expect small changes in your own treatment plan.If you are considering massage prior to conception I recommend an initial appointment for full assessment at least three months before you plan to begin trying. This will allow us the opportunity to determine what your body needs to be in optimal condition for the forty weeks of pregnancy. The number and frequency of the treatments varies with the individual and presenting conditions.
During the first trimester I recommend you come on a maintenance basis (often one treatment per month) and when you feel you are experiencing particular discomfort or higher stress or anxiety levels than usual.

In the second trimester your body tissues are experiencing a greater deal of strain as the baby grows and places new demands on your posture and sleeping position. One treatment per week, or every two weeks is recommended during this time.

In the third trimester the weight and movements of the baby coupled with the pressures of preparing your personal and work life for the changes having the baby will bring, all create a greater demand for your treatments. It is also a wonderful time to prepare your body for the experience of labor. For these reasons I have found two treatments per week to be most appropriate

 

What position will I be in during the massage?


You will be placed in one of two positions. I prefer the position of semi-recumbent (sitting in a reclined position, fully supported and cradled with appropriate pillowing) which many women find so comfortable that they adopt it for resting and sleeping at home. To treat the back and buttock region I prefer the sideline position (lying on one side or the other).
There is no harm in lying on your right side, but many professionals promote lying on the left side as it is said to improve the blood flow to the placenta. During treatment I advocate lying on whatever side you are most comfortable with.
It is inadvisable to lie on your back beyond the 20th to 22nd week of pregnancy. This is due to the full weight of the uterus being displaced onto your back and posterior lying internal tissues (such as the intestines and inferior vena cava). You will be at greater risk for back pain, hemorrhoids, and impaired digestion, breathing and circulation. Blood pressure can also be greatly affected by this position. At no time will you be positioned on your back during treatment.

 

Is massage painful?


Massage is not a painful treatment. It is intended to be a relaxing, pleasurable and beneficial treatment for your body. As every individual’s pain tolerance is different, I inform every client that I need them to tell me if they feel pain at any time during treatment. As well, I inquire as to your comfort level when I am treating tissues with any degree of depth. If you have a tender area, special caution will be taken when treating there.

 

What if I’m experiencing nausea/headaches/otherwise unwell?
 

If you are experiencing any unusual sensations or discomfort I recommend you contact your doctor or midwife prior to seeking out massage therapy. If there are certain triggers you can identify that upset your stomach and trigger nausea, please notify your Therapist prior to arrival for your appointment. This way your Therapist can ensure the treatment room is free of these triggers and you have a pleasant experience.

 

Can I have a massage if I’m carrying multiple babies?

 

Even women carrying multiples babies can benefit greatly from massage. There may be certain conditions that may or may not be related to the pregnancy that would preclude massage or certain types of massage. It is comforting to note that massage has never been associated with an increased risk of miscarriage.

 

How do I prepare for my first visit?


I do not recommend eating a heavy meal prior to your appointment. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and don’t plan any strenuous activities for after the treatment. It is best to go home and relax, maybe even soak in a warm tub. You’ll want to arrive 15 minutes early in order to fill out the required health history form. Please bring the contact information for your primary health care provider as well as the names of any medications, supplements and vitamins you are taking. If appropriate, it is advisable to refrain from taking any pain reducing medication prior to treatment. This type of medication may alter your perception of the pressure being placed on your tissues.

 

Is Massage Therapy covered by OHIP?
 

OHIP does not provide coverage for Massage Therapy. However, most insurance plans (personal or through work) provide at least partial coverage, and often full coverage. I will provide you with a receipt for submission to your insurance company to obtain reimbursement.

 

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