Massage Treatment Rates
Please note that 24 hours notice is required if you wish to cancel or reschedule your appointment; otherwise you will be charged in full for your missed appointment time.
- 60 minutes (15 minute assessment & 45 minute massage) - $100.00
- 30 minute massage therapy treatment - $60.00
- 45 minute massage therapy treatment - $85.00
- 60 minute massage therapy treatment - $100.00
- 90 minute massage therapy treatment - $150.00
These rates include GST and are in accordance with the professional standards set by the Registered Massage Therapists' Association of British Columbia (RMTBC). If you are interested in viewing the set standards, please visit the RMTBC website. I accept payment in the form of cash, cheque, debit, Visa and/or MasterCard.
Therapeutic Massage Modalities
My treatments are based on each individual patient's needs and vary from treatment to treatment. My primary focus is to provide a positive stimulus to the nervous system through effleurage (circular stroking) and petrissage (kneading, wringing, lifting & rolling), which together constitute "Swedish Massage". When the nerves (in our skin and muscles) deliver positive feedback to the brain from the applied massage technique, it allows for parasympathetic (relaxation) responses to occur. This includes muscle relaxation, decreased respiratory rate, improved circulation, improved digestive function and decreased perceived negative sensations, such as pain. This is what is commonly referred to as the "Rest & Digest" state of being; it is the opposite of the "Fight, Flight or Freeze" state, which is caused by sympathetic nervous system stimulation, also called the "Stress Response".
My goal with any treatment, whether someone comes in with an injury, medical condition or just for a relaxation massage, is to work with their nervous system to decrease sympathetic/increase parasympathetic stimulation. The best way to achieve this is by performing techniques that FEEL GOOD to the patient.
Some other techniques that I incorporate into treatments to obtain these results are:
- active/passive movement
- stretching (passive, contract-relax)
- joint mobilizations
- joint distraction/traction
- neuromuscular techniques
- myofascial techniques
- trigger point techniques
Home care generally includes some form of movement, be it stretching, strengthening, therapeutic (for rehabilitation) exercise(s) and/or hydrotherapy (use of heat or cold).
I like to take it one step further and recommend self-care as well. This includes anything that feels good to you! Yoga, swimming, cycling, meditation, dancing, singing, cooking, gardening, hiking, painting, etc; anything that makes you feel happy is self-care. It is an essential part of every healthy lifestyle.
I have a special interest surrounding maternity and post-partum care. I have completed postgraduate courses and obtained certification in prenatal and postpartum massage, as well as post Cesarean (C-section) massage. Given my past experience offering childbirth support as a DONA certified birth doula from 2008-2014, I have a very extensive knowlege and understanding of the changes a woman's body goes through during pregnancy and postpartum.
Third Party Coverage
Extended Health Plans
Various extended health care plans supply coverage for treatments provided by an RMT. Many employers offer this coverage to their employees. Some examples of employers who offer this coverage include: Island Health (formerly Vancouver Island Health Authority or VIHA), Department of National Defense (DND), British Columbia Government Employees Union (BCGEU), and many local municipalities (e.g. Saanich, Oak Bay, Victoria, etc.). Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) also provides comprehensive coverage to their members. Some examples of the extended health providers are: Pacific Blue Cross, Greenshield, Manulife and Great West Life.
You are required to pay the massage treatment fee in full on the date of the treatment. Once payment is received, you will be given a receipt which can be submitted to your individual extended health care provider and they will reimburse you for your out-of-pocket expense.
Some extended health benefit providers require a medical doctor's referral for massage therapy prior to submitting your receipts for reimbursement.
Please check with your individual provider, as the amount of coverage (e.g. number of treatments, percentage of fee covered and/or annual dollar amount) varies with different plans and providers.
Most providers are now accepting online claims for faster reimbursement (typically within 3-5 business days); check with your provider to see if they offer this option.
Medical Services Plan (MSP)
MSP covers a PORTION ($23) of the cost of your massage therapy treatment (for up to 10 treatments per year, in combination with acupuncture, chiropractic, podiatry and/or physiotherapy). You are responsible for the whole fee upfront; however, you may claim your treatment with MSP to be reimbursed $23 of the treatment fee. *Only premium assistance (low income) patients are eligible for this.
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)
ICBC covers a portion of your massage therapy treatment fee for the first 12 visits after the date of the accident, without the requirement of a doctor's referral. You are responsible for paying the full fee upfront. You will be given a receipt, which you must submit to your ICBC case manager for reimbursement. ICBC may offer an extension in coverage for a total of 20 treatments, while your claim is open; however, a doctor referral is required for the extension and approval of the additional 8 treatments.
WorkSafe BC (formerly WCB)
Please note that I do not bill Worksafe BC directly; however, given that I am an RMT, Worksafe BC will accept my treatments under their coverage. For any patients on an open claim, you will be responsible for paying the full treatment fee. I will provide you with a receipt that you can submit to Worksafe BC for reimbursement. *Please check with your individual case manager as to what portion of the fee will be reimbursed, as full coverage is generally not provided.