FAQ

What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy is defined as hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments for the purpose of optimizing health.

What will happen during my first appointment?

When you get to your appointment, we’ll have a short interview, during which we’ll go over your health history and do a few assessments.  These assessments are important, because they’ll allow me to get a better picture of what’s going on so I can help you get back to normal.  Please note that the assessments will be more thorough for a therapeutic massage than other types. Afterwards, I’ll leave the room to give you some privacy to allow you to get undressed and onto the massage table.

Do I have to take off all my clothes?

Nope!  What I need you to do is to undress to your comfort level, meaning take off what you want, leave on what you want, it’s completely up to you.  Some people like to get completely undressed, others prefer to take nothing off.  You will be covered by a sheet and a blanket, so the only part of you I’ll be seeing will be the part(s) I’m working on.  It’s easiest for me if the part I’m working on is unclothed, but it’s your choice.

Is this all confidential?

Yes, completely.  It’s actually illegal for me to talk about your treatment with anyone outside of any other health care practitioner also helping you with your issue unless I have your express written consent.

Will the massage hurt?

It shouldn’t, but it really depends on how your body reacts to an unfamiliar treatment.  Some people feel fine, while others are sore for two or three days afterwards.  During the massage itself, though, you shouldn’t feel pain.  Some discomfort is normal, but if it hurts so much you can’t take it, please let me know.  I can always use less pressure.  Actual pain is usually not a good thing, although sometimes it’s unavoidable using certain techniques.

Is there anything I should do between appointments?

If necessary, I’ll usually give you two or three stretches to do at home to keep your muscles from tightening up again, and possibly even some sort of hydrotherapy to help alleviate any soreness you may feel after your treatment.

What can massage therapy do for me?

Regular massage therapy sessions can help decrease your stress and anxiety, it can help your body move more freely, and it can help alleviate your pain.  It can increase your mental acuity, enhance your athletic performance, and even help nourish your cells and allow your body to more efficiently eliminate toxins.

How can I pay for my treatment?

For now, the only payments I can take are cash or cheque made out to “Rick Kivari”, e-Transfers from your bank if you have internet banking set up, and direct billing through most major benefit plan providers.

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