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Edmonton Massage Therapist: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Massage Therapyicon_with_question_mark_hi.JPG

I'm uncomfortable taking my clothes off to get a massage.  Can I leave my clothes on?

Do massages hurt?

I want my massage to be enjoyable.  What can I do to make that happen?

How long will it take to feel better?

What kind of training do Massage Therapists have?

Is Massage Therapy covered by Alberta Health Care?


I'm uncomfortable taking my clothes off to get a massage.  Can I leave my clothes on?

Yes.  Although you would be covered by a blanket, if you don't want to remove all your clothing, discuss it with the therapist. Wear what you will be comfortable in that will allow the therapist to work on the areas of your body that need it. 

Do massages hurt?

If you are getting therapeutic and deep tissue massage, it can be tender and sore at times.  It's important that you let the Massage Therapist know while you are getting the massage if the pressure is too much for you.  Most people will feel a deep sense of relaxation during and after a massage.  Sometimes you will experience soreness in your muscles for the next day or two.  A warm bath with Epsom salts can help alleviate any stiffness and release any toxins that may been building up in your system.

I want my massage to be enjoyable.  What can I do to make that happen?

Good communication is very important.  Before the session, give accurate health information and let the Massage Therapist know what you want from the massage.  During the massage session, speak up if you have any feedback on the amount of pressure, speed of movement, room temperature, music volume, or lighting.    Some people like to talk during a massage session, while others remain silent.  In general, you should do whatever you feel like, and the Massage Therapist will follow your lead. 

How long will it take to feel better?

Massage has its greatest benefits over time. The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so the more often a person gets a massage, the better he or she will feel and the more quickly one's body will respond. If you are getting massage to address chronic muscular tension or recovery from a soft tissue injury, more than one session is usually needed, so be prepared to schedule several sessions. 

What kind of training do Massage Therapists have?

In Alberta, educational programs vary from 250 hours to 2200 hours in length. The accepted standard in the regulated provinces is a minimum of 2200 hours or completion of a program that results in a Diploma being received.   Our Massage Therapists are required to have the full 2200 hours.  Our therapists also stay current in their porfession by taking continuing education hours. 

Is Massage Therapy covered by Alberta Health Care?

No.  Check with you current health benefits through work or your private health insurance plan.   Most health insurance plans cover a portion of the cost for Massage Therapy services.