Registered Massage Therapy

We have been working with traditional hands-on healing for 18 years!  In this time, we have recovered and supported all usual conditions, and some unusual ones.  We are often still in awe of how well compassionate touch and deep listening can heal the body, mind, emotional self, and spirit.

We are trained in advanced massage and healing techniques and can alter them for all unique populations and all physical conditions.  Our team of three massage therapists have a combined experience of 46 years!

All inquiries welcome.

For more information on massage therapy, have a look at our blog:

Massage Therapy for Chronic Pain

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ/TMD)

The benefits of massage are wide ranging such as improving circulation, increasing joint mobility and reducing pain and muscular tension.  Research over the past 20 years supports the health benefits of massage in reducing stress, anxiety and alleviating pain.1  The Mayo Clinic lists the following conditions that can benefit from massage – anxiety, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, insomnia related to stress, myofascial pain syndrome, soft tissue strains or injuries, sports injuries and temporomandibular joint pain.2  Clients report a feeling of well-being, sleepiness and relaxation following a massage.

References

1American Massage Therapy Association. (2017, October 04). Research Shows Benefits of Massage Therapy for Self-Care. Retrieved from https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/research-shows-benefits-of-massage-therapy-for-self-care-300530504.html

2Never had a massage? What you should know. (2015, December 07). Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/massage/art-20045743

What to Expect from Massage Therapy?

Many people have a good idea of what to expect from traditional massage therapy, whether they’re coming for a relaxation massage or to treat a specific condition or injury.  All of our Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) at Varsity Natural Health have highly professional training and a broad spectrum of experience in providing these types of treatments.  However, our therapists are also extremely good at providing medically informed treatment for those populations and conditions which many may think fall outside the ‘normal’ purview of massage therapy.  Such things include, but are not limited to:

     • Massage for all stages of pregnancy (pre- and post-natal care)

     • Accommodating a client’s comfort level with disrobing

     • Accommodating all levels of mobility:  Our RMTs can provide treatments for clients who are lying down (on their fronts, backs, or sides), sitting, semi-reclined, or in wheelchairs.

     • Varying depth pressure: Our RMTs will adjust their touch to fit your needs and comfort level, whether that’s deep tissue work to address chronic tension or an injury, or using an extremely light touch to best help those with sensory issues or conditions such as fibromyalgia

     • A variety of languages: Between our 3 RMTs, we speak English, Mandarin, Polish, and Russian. Other staff members speak French and German.  You are always welcome to bring a translator to your appointment!

After a massage, you should expect to feel relaxed, with less stress, pain, or concern weighing on you.  If you received deep tissue work, you may feel a little sore the day after a massage. The therapist will be able to recommend if you should apply ice or heat to the area, do some gentle stretching, or take an Epson-salt bath.

We recommend you drink plenty of water after a massage, and if possible, avoid scheduling strenuous activity immediately following your treatment.

All of our RMTs at Varsity Natural Health Center are highly trained and professional, with a wealth of experience.  Many of our clients like to stick with one therapist for years, while others like to have treatments from different therapists.  Whatever your reason for getting a massage, we’re confident that we can match you with an appropriate therapist.  We want you to receive the most beneficial treatment for your unique needs, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy is the physical manipulation of soft tissue (muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and joints) in order to help alleviate discomfort in those areas. The therapist will use their hands, forearms, and sometimes elbows to apply pressure. There are a variety of techniques and stroke patterns that can be used – for example, long, deep strokes, pressure points, cross-muscle friction, fascial tissue release, or tapping – which the massage therapist will often combine in order to best address the client’s issues. Massage therapy can help reduce everyday stress and tension, as well as addressing the discomfort of many chronic conditions. It can also be used proactively after an accident or injury to help prevent painful muscle patterns from taking hold.

Who can benefit from massage therapy?

Nearly anyone can benefit from massage therapy, from infants to the very elderly.  Whether you’re coming for general relaxation, having specific injury worked on, or to help alleviate chronic pain, we have massage therapists who can help.  At your first appointment, you’ll be asked to fill out a medical history form and the massage therapist will ask you questions about any specific areas of concern you may have.  It’s best to be as honest as possible, as different conditions may require different treatment modalities.  There are certain instances in which massage therapy is contraindicated or will need to be modified, and your therapist can always talk you through the different options.

Do I have to remove all of my clothing for the treatment?

As a client, your comfort is of the utmost importance.  You can remove as little clothing as you would like.  We do require that underwear remain in place.  The massage therapist will always ensure that you are properly draped so only the part of your body currently being massaged is uncovered. If you’re uncomfortable for any reason, please don’t hesitate to let the therapist know.

Does massage therapy hurt?

Deep tissue work can often feel a little tender, and if you have a specific injury or strained muscle that’s being treated, you can probably expect some discomfort.  However, this should never be unbearable or last long!  If it’s your first treatment, the therapist will be able to give you an idea of how much discomfort to expect, and will check-in with you over the course of the treatment to see how you’re handling the pressure and if you’re comfortable – if certain areas are too tender or a technique too intense, the therapist can always provide a modification.  Depending on the issue(s) being treated, the therapist may also recommend that you use a hot or cold pack after the treatment, or take an Epsom salt bath.  Regardless of the treatment received, it’s always a good idea to drink lots of water after a massage.

How often should I get massage therapy?

How frequently you get massage therapy depends entirely on your personal preference and needs.  The massage therapist will work with your requirements and recommend a schedule to work with your needs/lifestyle.  If your coming for a relaxation or ‘general maintenance’ massage, some people will find they only need an appointment a couple of times a year or during periods of higher (sometimes unexpected) stress.  If you’re treating a specific injury or trying to prevent future injuries, the therapist may recommend more frequent treatments over a shorter time period.  In general, massage therapy is most effective when done on a consistent basis, but each individual respectively has different needs.

What kind of massage oil/lotion do you use?

We use the Nutiva® brand of organic coconut oil.  If allergy concerns exist, please let us know prior and we can substitute another oil.

Price List for Registered Massage Therapy

*Plus GST
Service Duration Price*
Therapeutic/Deep Tissue/Relaxation Massage 30 minutes $50
Therapeutic/Deep Tissue/Relaxation Massage 60 minutes $90
Therapeutic/Deep Tissue/Relaxation Massage 90 minutes $140
Shiatsu 60 minutes $120
Shiatsu 90 minutes $150
Integrative Chakra Therapy 60 minutes $120
No additional fees and tips are not accepted.

Direct Billing and Insurance

For your convenience, we can direct bill your massage treatment directly to your insurance company.  Direct billing is currently available for the following insurance companies: Chambers of Commerce, Cowan, Desjardins, First Canadian, Great West Life, Industrial Alliance, Johnson Inc., Johnston Group, Manulife, Maximum Benefit and Sun Life.

Please note that you may be able to submit your massage services directly to insurance companies not listed above or if you have a health spending plan you may be able to utilize it.


Disclaimer – Services provided by massage therapists in the private sector are not covered by the standard Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan.  However, for many, registered massage therapy is included in extended health care insurance packages. To avoid any surprises, it is recommended that you consult with your private health care provider to determine these terms and conditions prior to your first appointment.