Have you ever had a massage therapy treatment? If you have, you know it’s a therapeutic and somewhat intimate form of healthcare.

If you haven’t experienced a treatment with a registered massage therapist, you might wonder what to expect, or feel a bit unsure about it. Whether you are new to massage therapy or a long-time client, here are five things you need to know.

Massage therapy is healthcare. Whether received at a health clinic, sporting event, spa or home clinic, massage therapy is healthcare that’s fully regulated in Ontario.

You’re in control of your comfort and care. Massage therapists are health professionals who leave it up to you to decide how much clothing to remove, how much pressure is comfortable and what parts of your body are touched during treatment. As the client, you will be asked to consent to your treatment, and you can stop the treatment at any time if you are not comfortable.

Privacy is your right. By law, all regulated healthcare professionals are required to safeguard your personal information. During your appointment, you will be asked for your health history. This can never be shared with anyone without your consent. That’s why you can be honest with your massage therapist about conditions or medications which may impact your treatment.

Always look before you book. Check the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario’s public register to confirm the person you are booking a massage with is a regulated healthcare professional. The organization exists to protect your interests and to address any questions or concerns you might have about your care.

Find more information at www.cmto.com.