Do I need a doctor’s referral?
No. Although many physicians refer patients for massage therapy treatments, RMTs are primary health care providers who assess and treat people independently.
However, some insurance plans do require a referral, so you will need to check your policy to see if you need one in order to be reimbursed for your treatments.
Does my extended healthcare insurance cover your treatments?
The majority of extended healthcare plans cover registered massage therapy treatments. So the question then becomes “How much coverage do I have?” The answer to this is in your specific insurance policy.
Do I need to get undressed for my treatment?
Depending on the primary techniques that your therapist chooses to use, you may or may not need to undress.
For techniques that require the application of oil or lotion, direct skin contact is ideal. You will be asked to undress to your comfort level, and you may choose to wear underwear or not. Your registered massage therapist will leave the room to give you privacy while you undress, and get on the treatment table, covering yourself with a sheet and blanket. She/he will then knock before re-entering the room. Only the area being treated with be undraped – your modesty is maintained throughout your treatment.