The Globe and Mail has been following the lives of massage therapists, massage therapists and massage therapists who use the internet for the first time in a recent investigation into the practice of massages in Canada.
Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about the practice.
Massage is a form of healing, typically involving the movement of soft tissues to stimulate the body.
It’s an ancient practice dating back hundreds of years and is still practiced today by more than 3,000 licensed therapists across Canada.
It involves a therapist inserting a finger into the skin of a client, lifting them up with their hands and using their hands to massage the client’s lower back, neck and other parts of the body with their fingers.
What does it cost?
A massage therapist can charge anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 for a single session.
What happens during the massage?
The therapist will usually gently massage the clients back, arms and legs and then, depending on the client, they’ll do a “massage roll,” which involves lifting the client up, lowering them on the massage table and applying pressure to their legs, arms, torso and feet.
Does it last forever?
Massages are not recommended for the elderly or those who suffer from spinal or other health conditions.
What can I do if I have concerns?
Contact a massage therapist immediately if you have concerns about a client.
The following is a list of things you can do to prevent your massage from being a scam: Have the client sign a contract saying that they are over the massage if they do not wish to continue.
The massage will be performed in private and the therapist will tell you if they can make the client leave the room or that they will report the client to police.
If you can’t get a lawyer involved, contact the massage therapist.
They are not liable for the massage.
Ask for the client or their doctor’s permission to do the massage at their expense.