Susan Bessonette RMT

 Registered Massage Therapy

Registered Massage Therapy or Massage Therapy has been around for centuries, and most people associated it with stress reduction and relaxation, which is only a small portion of its abilities. Today, Massage therapy is instrumental in physical rehabilitation, correcting muscle imbalances , alleviating chronic pain , augmenting healing processes, assisting with depression/anxiety and sleep disorders, and musculoskeletal pain as a few examples. Massage therapy, can also enhance the patients own body awareness and proprioception, which prevents injuries and incorrect posture.

Educational requirements/Regulation

The education of Registered Massage Therapists is composed of a 2-3 year program which entails anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, clinical theory and practice, orthopaedic assessment, massage techniques, hydrotherapy, joint mobilizations, therapeutic/remedial exercise, therapeutic relationships/ethics and over 150 hours of clinical practice. The Massage therapist must then challenge a registration exam to become a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario, which is the regulatory body. The Registered Massage Association of Ontario (RMTAO) is the professional association which supports the profession.

Expectations from Massage Therapy Treatment

The first treatment consists of a health history intake and assessment. I personally allow for an extra half hour of time so this process is not rushed. This allows me, as a therapist to consider your goals for the massage therapy treatment, while taking into consideration the modifications needed for the treatment due to your health history presentation (for example, high blood pressure), and I what I find with the results of my orthopaedic assessment. The time allocated for information gathering will confirm the cause the pain or dysfunction and make the treatment more effective and appropriate and we can address it specifically in the treatment plan.

Massage therapy incorporates many modalities, manipulations may include:

Swedish massage Techniques
Hydrotherapy
Trigger Point Therapy
Fascial techniques
Stretching or Strengthening exercises
Lymph drainage
Scar tissue treatment

As a health care provider, it is my responsibility to make you comfortable and safe in the environment you receive massage, by developing an appropriate treatment plan, communicating clearly and ensuring your consent for all parts of the treatment are given.