A Holistic Approach to Wellness: The Secrets Behind RMT Massage

RMT Massage

When you’re in pain, it distracts you from your daily life, can affect your mental acuity and focus, and can impact your relationships. Severe pain can affect your confidence and independence. More British Columbians are turning to registered massage therapy (RMT) for healing, general health, and emotional well-being. This alternative health therapy can often be used in addition to other natural therapies and Western medicine treatments, making it the perfect addition to a holistic health plan. 

In this article, we’ll reveal how massage therapy works and share how you can find a registered massage therapist near you.  

What is an RMT Massage?

In BC, a registered massage therapist (RMT) is a regulated health profession of therapists who provide therapeutic massages for their patients to help them heal from physical injury or pain. RMT massages can also support the mental well-being of patients as they have soothing and relaxing benefits.   

British Columbian RMTs must pass strict education and training requirements, including completing a two-year program at an accredited massage therapy school and supervised practical training. They must also pass written and practical exams and be certified in standard First Aid Level C and CPR. 

Massage therapies for mental wellness

  • Hot stone massage: An ancient healing massage that may ease muscle tension and increase blood circulation. Promotes a stronger, overall relaxation and rejuvenation of your body.  
  • Pain relief massage: A pain-relieving massage that usually targets your back, shoulders or neck due to pain from sitting at a desk, lower back pain, or stiffness that prevents you from exercising and leading the active lifestyle you desire. 

Massage therapies for prenatal support

  • Fertility massage: Stress is a common cause of unexplained infertility. Fertility massage may help you calm your mind and relieve stress so you can more easily get pregnant. It can also help correct body misalignment that is contributing to conception difficulties. 
  • Prenatal massage: A massage while pregnant requires specific knowledge to ensure you and your baby are safe. A prenatal massage RMT helps you feel great and reduces your insomnia while decreasing your risk of postpartum complications and depression.
  • Menstrual massage: An RMT can help lessen menstrual pain, bloating, and cramping during menstrual cycles. These massages target your symptoms by gently manipulating your neck, shoulders, lower back, and hips.

RMT Massage for lymphatic, rehab, and sports healing

  • Lymphatic massage: An RMT massage can support your body’s detoxification by removing toxins, cellulite, and excess fluid from your body. Techniques used for this massage is to include Lymphatic Drainage Massage, AromaTouch Therapy, and Dry Brushing. 
  • Rehab Massage: Supports faster healing from sports or physical injuries with an RMT massage. Rehab massages support optimal recovery by improving circulation to the injured area, strengthening your muscles/ligaments/joints to prevent injury, and supporting increased mobility after injury.
  • Sports Massage: If you enjoy a sporty, active lifestyle, regular RMT massages may help you avoid injury. These massages can help you prepare your physical and mental readiness for a race, sporting event, or other physical activity or sport. 

How RMT massages help heal and calm

An RMT can help restore your body to optimal, pain-free health through various massage techniques (many of which we shared above). They will first assess your health and injury. Then, they will recommend a combination of different techniques to help you heal and find pain relief. Additional techniques may include: 

  • Massage and manual therapy: Gentle or firm massages, usually performed with massage oils, to loosen tight muscles and promote circulation. 
  • Joint mobilization: The therapist gently moves joints through a range of motion.  
  • Hydrotherapy: Using water (heated or cooled liquid, ice, or water vapour) to soften the tissues so they’re more amenable to massage.
  • Rehabilitation exercises: These include stretches (stretching, strengthening, postural) that the patient can perform independently.
  • Health education: Massage therapists can provide healthy living advice (as it relates to their training) so you’re educated and empowered to manage your health and pain at home. 

Patients will receive a personalized treatment plan based on their pain, current health, and future health goals. 

Top 5 physical benefits of an RMT massage

Massage provides a wide range of physical benefits for patients. In no particular order, these include: 

  1. May reduce pain and muscle tension: RMT techniques can help to increase blood flow to the injured area to promote faster healing. It can also relax tight muscles to relieve tension (and its associated pain).  
  2. May increase joint mobility: When your muscles are loosened and blood flow is optimized, your joints can more easily move through a full range of pain-free motion. This more accessible motion helps with everyday movement and improves athletic performance. 
  3. May help in faster recovery: When you get an RMT massage shortly after a big workout or athletic event, you may often experience faster recovery. The massage promotes blood circulation, boosting oxygen and nutrient delivery to your sore muscles. This increased blood flow may help to loosen tight muscles and repair damaged tissues so you can return to exercising quickly. 
  4. May boost your immune system: Massage can help improve lymphatic fluid flow throughout your body, allowing healthy nutrients to move around more easily and filter metabolic waste more efficiently. Lymphatic fluid also contains cells that help your body fight off foreign substances in your body, like cold or flu viruses. 
  5. May Increase body awareness: Massages help you become more aware of your body to understand your health and movement baselines. You begin to recognize specific pains (such as strained neck muscles from sitting at a computer too long) and be equipped with the tools (stretches and movements) to provide relief at home or to know when to book an RMT massage for deeper muscle tension relief. 

The mental and emotional benefits of RMT massage

There are also mental and emotional benefits of RMT massages. Regular massages can help you sleep better by releasing serotonin (the “feel good” hormone), which puts your mind and body at ease. Hence, you have an easier time falling asleep.

Massages may also help to calm your mind and body to support reducing your stress or anxiety. This can also improve your sleeping habits and pursue your daily tasks without the distraction of stress. 

Even if you don’t have any physical pain or discomfort, regular massages can be a great self-care activity. It’s the perfect opportunity to take time for yourself while getting a health-boosting massage and relaxing your mind and body. It’s great for everyone, especially busy parents, entrepreneurs, those with physical or high-stress jobs, and students. 

Where to find qualified, friendly massage therapists

The key to maximizing your massage benefits is seeing a registered massage therapist in Vancouver. Your RMT’s website or online professional profile should say that they are a registered massage therapist, and you can confirm this by searching the public registrar for the College of Massage Therapists of BC on their website.  

Learn more about your massage therapist before visiting them. For example, you can learn about the Oceana RMT team and their individual experience and passions in our About section. 

When you find an RMT, book an initial consultation. You’ll share more about your health history, struggles, and goals during that session. Your therapist will recommend a massage therapy and treatment plan uniquely for you. It will be based on your needs, not a one-size-fits-all approach. It may include a recommendation for other complementary therapies too. 

When you’re ready, book an initial massage appointment with an RMT at Oceana Massage on our website. You can view availability and book directly for the practitioner and service you need.