Frequent Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Lymphatic 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

  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

After a plastic surgery procedure, you many notice a hardness, water retention, swollen, hematoma or lumpiness to the areas treated. This is normal right after your surgery. This post-surgical lymphedema is caused by inflammation and trauma from the cannula used to suck out the fat. The channels that are formed by the cannula become fill up with fluid and the tissue around become swollen.

Manual Lymph Massage helps to move the fluid by gently pumping it back into the lymph vessels, reducing the swelling, retention of fluids and pain after the surgery. Without Lymph Massage (MLD) the inflammation can evolve into fibrosis (a permanent hardening of the tissue) or a seroma (pocket of serum). Many doctors prescribe Lymph Drainage Therapy after liposuction or other plastic surgery procedures to make sure their patients get the best possible results from their procedure.

No, MLD is extremely light treatment although it may feel uncomfortable in the first week after the procedure as the area is very sensitive to touch. MLD it is the most efficient way to reduce swelling, water retention and bruising. It is based on scientific knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the Lymphatic System. The Vodder Method is the most effective way to reduce swelling and bruising caused by the procedure. This method is used in hospitals and clinics all over world to treat patients with swelling, bruising and water retention.

Even though it may seem to you that a deep massage, therapeutic or other type of massage it may help decreasing the hardness following the procedure it is not. A deep massage is contraindicated after the procedure as it makes harder to evacuate lymph fluid and also could damage the surgery.

Yes. Bruises are an accumulation of cellular debris and old red blood cells in the tissue. MLD significantly reduces healing time for bruises by cleansing the extracellular spaces where these substances are trapped.

Most plastic surgeons recommend MLD after the surgery, but it makes a significant difference before the surgery, as it help to filter waste and toxins, excess of fluid, viruses and bacteria preventing any infection before the surgery. Also increase the production of lymphocyte production (white blood cells) that help heal cuts and damage tissue.

We normally recommend between 5 to 12 sessions depending on the area, procedure and the recovering process which is deferent in each person.

Also, patients who get multiple procedures at the same time (lipo and a tummy tuck, or liposuction and a buttock enhancement, Brazilian Butt Lift) may need more sessions than someone who only gets one procedure. Sessions may be paid for individually, or in discounted packages of 5.

The first week we suggested one session daily or every other day, as it helps significantly with the inflammation and the elimination of fluids.  The second week, every other day, follow by maintenance one per month for the next 5 months for better results.

Yes, the healing process after these types of procedure is between 3 to 6 months. If it has been over a month since your procedure you can still get the smoothing benefits of MLD, but you won’t get the same results as if you had your drainage in the first week.

Firstly, you complete your medical form follow by the initial consultation where you therapist will assess the type of surgery and stage of the surgery, any open drainages, bruises, inflammation to determinate the best way to perform the drainage. As you will be very weak in the first week your therapist will help you to undress and to get in the couch and you will be fully cover with a towel. The MLD is performed in the front of the body and only the area being worked on is exposed at any time. Gentle, rotating, pumping motions will be applied with hands.


Usually, the entire session is performed with you lying in the face-up position because all of the areas of lymph nodes that need to be decongested are located on the front of the body, although some surgeries do require the patient to turn side to side, sit up or face down for a short time if tolerated.


After the session, your therapist will help you to wear you garment, get ready and will give your after care.

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