Massage Therapy FAQs


Reflexology FAQs


Why choose an RMT?

In British Columbia, Registered Massage Therapists are licensed health professionals who are regulated by the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC). Registered Massage Therapists and the CMTBC are governed by the Regulated Health Professions Act. This is the same legislation that governs other health professionals including doctors, chiropractors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and physiotherapists.

Registered Massage Therapists have completed a minimum current core curriculum guideline requirement of 3,000 hours of studies, including supervised clinical rotations and outreach internships. The curriculum mandates training in massage theory and techniques along with study of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, hydrotherapy and remedial exercises. Furthermore, they are required to successfully complete provincial licensing examinations in order to become licensed to practice as a Registered Massage Therapist. To maintain their license to practice, Registered Massage Therapists must complete yearly continuing education requirements.

Their education, and high professional standards ensure that they are able to provide safe and effective care to their patients. People without the "Registered" designation cannot bill to the BC Medical Services Plan, ICBC, or Extended health plans, and do not have to follow regulations on professional standards, ethics, scope of practice and advertising.

What does massage therapy do?

Massage therapy acts upon the muscular, nervous and circulator system to rehabilitate and treat injuries and improve health. Research shows massage to have a positive effect on:

  • improving circulation
  • reducing muscular tension
  • easing nervous system
  • improving immune system
  • decreasing pain perception
  • improving psychological state
  • improving respiratory function
  • enhancing a positive attitude and overall sense of well-being

What types of conditions do you treat?

Registered Massage Therapists are fully trained to treat:

  • whiplash
  • headaches
  • back and neck pain
  • sprains/strains
  • muscle spasm and discomfort
  • postural problems
  • repetitive strain
  • thoracic outlet syndrome
  • post injury and post surgical rehabilitation

What should I wear?

During a massage therapy treatment, massage oil or lotion is used on the skin. Following the assessment, the therapist will leave the room while you disrobe to your comfort level and lie on the massage table between the sheets provided. The therapist will uncover only the area to be treated, ensuring appropriate comfort, warmth and privacy are maintained.

Does my extended health care plan cover massage therapy?

Most extended health plans cover massage performed by a Registered Massage Therapist. Contact your health plan provider regarding whether you need a referral and what level of coverage your individual plan contains.

Can you bill directly to my extended benefits company?

We are able to bill directly to Blue Cross, Manulife, Standard Life, Chamber of Commerce, Great West Life and non-government Sun Life plans. If you do not see your company mentioned, call us to find out if direct billing is available, as more companies are added regularly.

Do I need a Doctor's referral?

A referral is not required by your RMT, however in order to receive coverage from ICBC, MSP, DVA and RCMP you will need a referral. It is also possible your extended medical plan may require a Doctor's referral in order to qualify for the benefit. Speak with your medical plan provider to see if this is required.


Reflexology FAQs

What is reflexology?

Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principal that for every organ and gland of the body there are corresponding reflex points on the hands, feet and ears. Through the application of specific thumb and finger techniques, reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and promotes the natural function of the body returning it to inner balance.

How does reflexology work?

According to the American Journal of Medicine, stress is known to play a major role in over 80% of all human illnesses. During a reflexology session stress is automatically reduced, causing chemical changes to occur at the cellular level throughout the body. By stimulating and applying pressure to the various reflex points on the hands, feet and ears that correspond to every organ and gland, the body can return to normal, natural function. As part of the process the body releases endorphins (nature's pain killers) which leads to a relaxtion of the entire nervous system, a boosted immune system, and increased blood and lymphatic circulation.

What should I expect in a reflexology session?

A reflexology therapist aims to provide a healing "environment" for every client. Prior to the session, you will receive a foot bath after which your medical history is discussed. After an inspection of the feet, the therapist will individually stimulate each foot. The bottom, top and sides of the feet, along with the lower calf, receive a thorough massage. By taking into account your individual needs, the therapist will vary the amounts of pressure on different areas of the foot. Cream is applied to the feet at the end of the reflexology session. The entire process requires approximately 75 minutes.

Who can receive reflexology?

Anyone can benefit from reflexology, including children, the elderly and the sick. Reflexology is safe and drug-free, so any person can begin reflexology sessions as soon as they wish.

Are there specific sessions for different types of patients?

Generally, a reflexologist will administer lighter and shorter sessions on seniors, pregnant women, the sick and children. However, you don't need to have an existing condition to experience the benefits of reflexology. It's a wonderful way to feel better and increase your general health and well-being. Most people report having a sense of inner calm and more energy following their sessions.

How many reflexology sessions do I need to have and how often?

For specific health problems expect to commit to a series of 10 sessions before assessing results. The particular focus of your individual session will determine the number of sessions you will need and therefore each patient's treatment plan will vary. It is recommended that elderly and sick patients receive reflexology more frequently.

Is reflexology covered by my extended medical plan and health insurance?

Reflexology is covered under some medical plans, however it is recommended that you contact your medical plan provider to check on exact coverage terms.