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Frequently asked Questions

  1. Is massage covered by OHIP?
  2. Can I do Yoga if I’m in pain?
  3. What are the different types of Yoga?
  4. What is Ayurveda?
  5. How often should I get a massage?
  6. Do I need to undress to get a massage?
  7. What is Marma Therapy?
  8. What are the different types of massages and are they covered as a Massage Therapy treatment?

Is massage covered by OHIP?

Massage is not covered by OHIP. Many Extended Health Plans, however, cover treatment from a Registered Massage Therapist.

Can I do Yoga if I’m in pain?

If it’s a tolerable pain, yes you can. Yoga is always done at your own pace and at your own level. Never do a pose that you are not comfortable with and always consult the teacher for any concerns you have before starting the session.

What are the different types of Yoga?

Yoga is over 5,000 years old and as such has gone through some evolution throughout history. Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word, “yuj”, yoke, to bind, union. The different types include: Hatha, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Kripalu and Iyengar. Others are named for their specialization, such as Power Yoga, Restorative, Flow, Hot Yoga, Kids Yoga or Yoga for Round Bodies to name a few.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old traditional system of healing which encompasses a wide body of knowledge in herbal medicine, nutrition, bodywork, disease prevention, surgery, spirituality and psychology. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word which translates as "the science of life"; ayu = life, ved = science or knowledge. Ayurveda is part of the "Vedic Sciences" which also includes Yoga, Meditation and Astrology. Yoga and Ayurveda are considered “sisters” in which when both are practiced enhance each other simultaneously.

How often should I get a massage?

Clinically, it depends on the nature of your discomfort and if it's an acute or chronic condition. For general maintenance of your soft tissues and joints, daily self-massage is very beneficial. Use only all natural oil, such as almond, sesame, olive or grapeseed oil. For general wellness I recommend getting in to see your massage therapist at least once a season for a full body massage.For a minor muscle strain one or two treatments; for a moderate to severe strain four to eight treatments may be necessary with a reassessment after the fourth treatment.

Do I need to undress to get a massage?

Every client has the right to undress to their own level of comfort. A massage can be performed with clothing on, however, certain techniques will not be appropriate when there's clothing covering the area. During a massage the body is always covered with a sheet except for the part that is being massaged.
A separate consent is required for breast massage and gluteal massage.

What is Marma Therapy?

Marma is a Sanskrit word which translates as "of a mystical nature". They are vital points in the body where the physical and subtle channels of the body meet. In Ayurvedic Medicine the subtle channels are "nadis", whereas in Traditional Chinese Medicine they are known as "meridians". Marma Therapy is a gentle treatment involving touch therapy (gentle pressure on the marma point) and vibration therapy (reciting a mantra) to enhance the reception and flow of prana, the life force, that resides in the nadis/meridians. To enhance the treatment, application of transdermal aromatherapy creams can be applied on marma points further enhancing the reception and flow of prana.

What are the different types of massages and are they covered as a Massage Therapy treatment?

Almost every culture has their own style of massage with its own given name native to that country or region. The most common that are applied in North America are Shiatsu, Acupressure, Thai Massage, Reflexology and Ayurvedic Abhayanga Massage which all hail from the East and Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Myofascial Release, Relaxation Massage, Watsu, Active Release Therapy and Trigenics which were developed in North America. Most of these types of massages are covered by Insurance Companies if performed by an RMT, with the exception of some of the modern systems, like Active Release, Trigenics and Watsu.