Registered Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is a manual type of therapy involving the manipulation of soft tissue. Massage Therapy is commonly used to reduce pain, promote overall wellness, reduce stress and anxiety, rehabilitate injuries, release tension, and promote relaxation.

Massage therapy has many different styles and techniques that are used in treatment and it is known to be one of the oldest tools people used to relieve pain.

woman in a registered massage treatment for neck pain

I see Travis for massage therapy and I highly recommend him! Travis has always been respectful and shown genuine interest in my well-being. I really like the stretching technique he does on my back and hips. He also isn’t afraid to use more pressure if requested. At the end of every session, he will sit with you to give you tips on what you can do for your problem muscles.

Charlene M

Ingrid was very insightful, punctual and patient.

Flor Meraz

Best massages and physiotherapy! No more pain after each visit! Thank you!

Shiva Y

What Conditions Benefit From Massage Therapy?

  • Treatment needed related to motor vehicle accident injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Tension Headaches
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome/Fibromyalgia
  • TMJ issues
  • Chronic sinusitis/chronic bronchitis
  • Management of frozen shoulder
  • Plantar fasciitis 
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS)

Massage Therapy Techniques

Relaxation Massage

Relaxation massage (often referred to as Swedish massage) is meant to do just that – relax you. It is the most common and known massage, and is considered to be one of the most relaxing styles. It involves long, fluid strokes of muscles and tissues with pressure that varies from light to firm. Your Massage Therapists will adjust the pressure according to your sensitivity and preference.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Manual lymphatic drainage is a type of massage that aims to help the body maintain proper blood circulation, body fluid balance, and immune functions. It is focused on the lymphatic system, relieving swelling and lymphedema that can occur usually during medical treatments, illnesses, or surgery. It involves gently manipulating special areas of the body to clear lymphatic fluid and move it to your lymph nodes.

Pregnancy Massage

Massage therapy during pregnancy has been shown to provide many benefits, including a sense of wellness, improved relaxation, and better sleep. Although massage therapy is relatively safe during pregnancy, consulting with your doctor beforehand is beneficial in knowing if massage therapy is right for you in the early or late stages of pregnancy as certain techniques and trigger points can cause early labour. Our clinic can provide a pregnancy pillow during the massage for optimal comfortability.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage uses more pressure than other styles of massage. It’s a good option if you have chronic muscle problems, such as soreness, injury, or imbalance. During a deep tissue massage, your massage therapist will use slow strokes and deep finger pressure to relieve tension from the deepest layers of your muscles and connective tissues.

man receiveing a massage treatment for back pain

How Does a Registered Massage Therapist Differ From a Regular Massage Therapist?

A registered massage therapist is a massage therapist who is registered under the regulatory body of the province that they are treating in. For British Columbia, you would need to be registered under the College of Massage Therapists of BC (CMTBC).

If you are not registered under the CMTBC you are not considered a registered massage therapist (RMT) and your massage therapy sessions cannot be billed under any extended health insurance.

Registered Massage Therapists of BC logo

Becoming a Registered Massage Therapist

British Columbia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador are the only provinces in Canada where you need to be registered under a governing body for each province. Below are the steps and qualifications involved in graduating to become a Registered Massage Therapist in British Columbia:

Meet our Registered Massage Therapists

registered massage therapist Ingrid Yip

RMT – Ingrid Yip

Ingrid graduated from Langara College Registered Massage Therapy program and got the opportunity to work with a diverse range of patients during the program, from young athletes to patients with spinal cord injuries, from patients with acute injuries to patients suffering from chronic conditions. She found a lot of interest in not only advancing her therapeutic approach but also in listening and understanding patients’ needs and how to develop a practical treatment and homecare plan with them.

RMT – Jen Lewis

Jen graduated from the Registered Massage Therapy program in June 2016. She is a practicing member in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC). She has a passion for treating a wide range of conditions and believes that patient education and communication is the key to finding the best customized treatment plan for each individual.

Registered Massage Therapist - Travis Allen

RMT – Travis Allen

Travis has recently graduated from Langara College Registered Massage Therapy program, and is set to be taking his Massage Therapist registration exam in March. Through his studies at Langara’s student clinic and outreaches, Travis has been able to work with a variety of different patients with various sports related injuries, and neurological conditions. Travis believes that each treatment should be patient centered and wants to work with each person on creating goals through massage and home-care that can improve their overall health and wellness.

What to Expect at Your First Appointment

We require all initial assessments for massage therapy to be booked as a 60-minute initial appointment. This ensures there is an adequate amount of time to gain the info that is needed when initially starting off with treatment. Follow-up appointments can be chosen from 30, 45, 60, 75, and 90-minute appointments depending on which massage therapist you are seeing.

During your initial assessment, your RMT will take down information on your previous medical history, as well as a thorough assessment of your current condition or injury. They may ask you to perform some special tests or movements to help determine the severity and cause of your injury. Treatment is focused on tailoring a plan with your goals in mind as well as our professional opinion, we sometimes might even do a mix of techniques in one session depending on if it’s beneficial for you or not.

massage therapy

After a car accident ICBC will cover up to 12 Registered Massage treatments – Learn more about ICBC Coverage & Registered Massage Treatment

Take the next steps to feeling better…

If you have questions about whether this treatment is right for you please give us a call (604) 474-1276

Book your appointment