|What should I expect on all visits for massage therapy?|
Massage therapy should take place in an atmosphere of safety and confidence. It is a partnership between you and your therapist, who will help you understand the processes behind your pain and how you can work together to alleviate it. You should not be asked to expose yourself beyond the point at which you are comfortable, nor should you be asked to accept any treatment which has not been explained to you or which you do not choose to accept. You may need to undress for therapy, but massage therapists are required to drape you with a sheet so that they expose only that portion of your body on which they are working. It is quite possible to work on a patient who is dressed; while this will obviously restrict the type of therapy you receive, you have a right to be respected in your choice. You will never be made to feel uncomfortable.
Your therapist will help you understand that ultimately your body has the capacity to heal itself, and will work with you to learn how you can become part of this process.
Confidentiality and Privacy
On your first visit to a Registered Massage Therapist, you will complete a medical case history form. This information, as well as any conversation between you and your therapist, will remain confidential.
Massage Therapists, as regulated health professionals, are covered by Ontario's Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004. As a result, information that is collected about clients may be collected only with consent, may only be disclosed with consent or to your immediate health providers, must be secured and maintained.
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