FAQ

1. What Is Massage Therapy?

Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints.

Massage therapy helps alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions.

By Registered Massage Therapist’s Association of Ontario

2. What are the benefits of massage therapy?

Add a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) to your health care team to help relieve:

  1. Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendinitis
  2. Stress relief and associated conditions
  3. Headaches and migraines
  4. Muscle and related conditions such as spasms, strains and sprains
  5. Back pain
  6. Repetitive strain injury
  7. Circulatory and Respiratory problems
  8. Pregnancy and labour discomfort
  9. Post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation
  10. And many other conditions.

Massage therapists participate in a Quality Assurance Programme that assists them in the maintenance of high professional standards and quality care of their clients.

By Registered Massage Therapist’s Association of Ontario.

3. How often should I have massage therapy?

Some people believe that one treatment is enough; however, massage therapy is most beneficial in acute conditions when used over a series of treatments and then followed up with maintenance or preventive treatments.

Through mutual discussion, your Massage Therapist can help you establish a program which fits your physical needs and lifestyle. Your Massage Therapist is most interested in your recovery and in the maintenance of your health. Any recommendation for further treatment is being made by a qualified health professional and is made with your utmost care in mind.

By Registered Massage Therapist’s Association of Ontario

4. Can anyone receive massage therapy?

Yes, massage therapy is appropriate for individuals of all ages, including infants, children, and the elderly; however, there are some conditions for which massage therapy is not appropriate. A qualified Massage Therapist (RMT or MT) is trained to recognize these cases.

Many Massage Therapists treat a variety of diseases and disorders while other Massage Therapists concentrate on certain conditions (fibromyalgia) or groups of people such as athletes, performers, women during pregnancy (including labour and delivery), infants and children. When booking your first consultation, be sure that the Massage Therapist is the right choice for you.

By Registered Massage Therapist’s Association of Ontario

5. Do I have to remove all my clothing for massage therapy­?

No. Your comfort as a client is of the utmost to all Registered Massage Therapists, whether that is in the context of the clothing you wear or the treatment you receive. Massage Therapists can provide important treatment whether you elect to remove any, some, or all of your clothing. All RMTs are trained in proper draping procedures to ensure that your privacy is completely respected at all times during treatment. Your comfort and ability to relax is paramount to effective treatment.

Registered Massage Therapists will also describe the treatments to be provided to ensure that you are comfortable with them. Your consent is sought before treatment is provided. If you are uncomfortable, your RMT wants you to let them know immediately, whether that discomfort involves the treatment, draping or any pain you may experience.

Be sure and discuss the most effective means of treatment with your Massage Therapist.

By Registered Massage Therapist’s Association of Ontario

6. Is a massage safe during pregnancy?

Two scenarios in which a pregnant woman should think carefully about getting a massage:

  1. Women in their first trimester of pregnancy

The American Pregnancy Association says that women can begin massage at any point during a pregnancy. However, many prenatal massage therapists will not accept clients until the second trimester of pregnancy. The first trimester carries an increased risk of miscarriage, and some therapists are concerned that the increased blood flow during a massage might be harmful.

Second, there are pressure points in the body that are thought to initiate contractions or potentially induce labor. Because of this, many prenatal massage therapists require a doctor’s release to work with women in their first trimester of pregnancy.

  1. Women with certain medical conditions

Massage therapy engages the circulatory system, which can alter blood flow in the body and potentially affect certain health conditions. If you have any of the following issues, talk to your doctor before getting a prenatal massage at any point in your pregnancy:

  • High blood pressure that isn’t controlled by medication
  • High-risk pregnancy concerns, such congenital heart disease or preeclampsia
  • Recent injury or surgery
  • Recent organ transplant

By Shivani Patel, M.D., 

Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at

UT Southwestern, specializes in maternal-fetal medicine

7. Can a massage cause miscarriage?

Many massage therapists won’t give pregnancy massages during the first trimester. The reason is the potential for miscarriage. Some pregnancy massage experts argue that pregnancy massage doesn’t, in itself, cause miscarriage, but no research has been done to show a link between a massage and a miscarriage.

By Shivani Patel, M.D., 

Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at

UT Southwestern, specializes in maternal-fetal medicine

8. Should I get Lymphatic Drainage before or after cosmetic surgery?

A big mistake often made with cosmetic surgery procedures is failure to plan enough recovery time. It is important to spend time investigating the best methods to enhance recovery so that one may return to normal activities as soon as possible and enjoy the best possible results.
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) can be applied both pre-operatively to prepare the tissue and post-operatively to relief discomfort and remove cellular debris resulting from the trauma of the procedure. Patients may experience discomfort, swelling and bruising after surgery and have few options to handle these uncomfortable symptoms. Lymph vessels are traumatized and the flow of lymph is interrupted by surgery contributing to reduced healing, fibrosis (scar tissue), dimpled, uneven skin and the possibility of developing seromas (pockets of serous fluid).

Decongestion of the lymphatic system overloaded by the insult of surgery can assist the return to normal texture, definition and tone of the skin. If multiple procedures are performed simutaneously (for instance to liposuction, breast implants or Brazillian Butt Lift), getting treated with Lymphatic Drainage can reduce discomfort of swelling and speed the dissipation of the discoloration of bruising.

For many, the best feature of MLD is that it is gentle, painless and relaxing making the post-operative recovery period as pleasant as possible.

By Maryuri A. Velazquez, LMT

9. What can Lymphatic Drainage Therapy do for me?
  1. Lymphatic drainage maintains the body in generally better condition.
  2. Lymphatic drainage is excellent for reducing fluid retention, pain, numbness. Good for after any surgery – Plastic surgery, liposuction, tummy tuck, coolsculpting, facelift, etc.
  3. Lymphatic drainage rejuvenates your skin.
  4. Lymphatic drainage massage reduces toxins that can cause cancer, constipation, edema, weight gain, aging.
  5. Lymphatic drainage massage in some cases improves the process of eliminating toxins via the the skin’s pores.
  6. Lymphatic drainage massage can help retrain the lymph system to work better for more long-term health benefits.
  7. Lymphatic drainage massage helps the body remove proteins and waste products after injury, from the affected area.
  8. Lymphatic drainage massage helps reduce pressure on cells and allows them to reproduce faster to heal the body.

By Maryuri A. Velazquez, LMT

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Ayleen Cubillan

First time trying lymphatic massage with Dayanna. It was amazing! So relaxing I took about 2 naps while she worked her magic. I felt a bit sore the following day but nothing concerning as she did mention I would feel soreness. Thank you Dayanna for being so professional and explaining your technique and what to expect. I will be booking my next appointment soon!

Monica Gonzalez

This was my second lymphatic facial with Dayanna and today we added radio frequency. The results have been amazing! It has dramatically reduced the puffiness and discoloration I had from recent fillers (trying to address festoons). Each time I leave I see better and better results and the cumulative effect has been really exciting. Going back next week!!!!😁

Carla Munson

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