Massage Therapy Ottawa

What Is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is a form of physical therapy that uses manual techniques to manipulate the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints. It is used to promote relaxation, improve circulation, reduce pain, and improve range of motion.

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It's sometimes confused with chiropractic care, because massage therapists use their hands, fingers, forearms, elbows, and sometimes even feet to apply pressure to specific areas of the body. Massage therapy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions such as neck pain, headaches, muscle tension, sports injuries, stress-related issues, and more.

Massage therapy is also a clinically-oriented healthcare option that helps alleviate the discomfort associated with everyday occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions.

Registered massage therapists work with a wide variety of patients to create treatment plans for illness, injury rehabilitation and disability.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is all about improving your quality of life, and includes massage techniques that target:

  • Reducing and Eliminating Pain
  • Reducing Depression and
  • Anxiety
  • Inducing Stress Reduction
  • Better Quality of Sleep
  • Improving Joint Mobility
  • Relieving acute injury
  • Improving Blood Flow
  • Reducing Muscle Tension
  • Increasing Sports Performance
  • Increasing Range of Motion
  • Overcoming Chronic Injury
  • Break Down Muscle Knots/Adhesions
  • Normalize Lymphatic System (Lymphedema Massage)

One of the greatest factors impacting our overall health and well-being is stress.

We're all familiar with negative stress, but even good events cause stress as our minds and bodies adjust to change.

Stress is an unavoidable part of life, and it can manifest itself in many different ways. It can cause physical symptoms such as headaches, muscle tension, fatigue, and digestive issues.

It can also lead to emotional distress like anxiety, depression, irritability, and difficulty concentrating.

Fortunately, massage therapy is a great way to reduce stress in our lives and improve overall health.

Patient's Feedback

  • I received the best massage ever today from the healing hands of Petra. She took some extra care with my problematic shoulder and for the first time in months,... read more

    Ruth Westwell Avatar Ruth Westwell
    16 March 2023
  • I came to Dr Stoltz unable to walk from the back pain I had. I walked out in just a couple of sessions perfectly. He explained everything in detail my... read more

    Nissreen Mansour Avatar Nissreen Mansour
    14 August 2022
  • another great experience....I did massages for the last 20 years....then realized I needed more than that..... never thought of a chiro...but...doing it for the past year with them......never turning back... read more

    David Soln Avatar David Soln
    30 November 2022
  • Met Dr. Stoltz to see what type of services he provides aside from just adjustments. He taught me about the use of acupuncture with electro-therapy. It was very interesting to... read more

    Penguin Tan Avatar Penguin Tan
    30 June 2023
  • I have known Petra for 10 years plus during all that time she always had a smile on her face. She takes the time to examine her clients... read more

    Carole Plante Avatar Carole Plante
    25 March 2021
  • Dr. Stoltz is a professional and knows his job. He is very friendly and makes you feel relax and comfortable. I have been suffering from neck and shoulder pain for... read more

    Saeid Kianpour Avatar Saeid Kianpour
    27 January 2022

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What To Expect on Your First Visit

A typical first massage will take place as follows:

  • Before having to change, you will first have a meeting with your therapist to discuss your health history and the reason you are looking for massage treatment. You will be asked to fill out a health history form in order for the therapist to provide the best and safest treatment possible.
  • After the assessment and you give your consent to start treatment, the therapist will leave you alone in the massage room to change. You can choose to take your undergarments off if you wish but they usually do not interfere with the treatment; it all depends on your comfort level. You can then lie down on the bed, covering yourself with a sheet provided by the therapist and wait for him/her to return.
  • Remember that you are in no way obligated to talk with your therapist during your massage and that asking for a 'quiet' massage is absolutely normal. We want you to have a positive, relaxing experience.


The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about massage therapy in Ottawa:

What Are the Different Types of Massage Therapy?
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The range of massage therapy techniques is large. Some of the most common types of massage are deep tissue massage, aromatic massage, Swedish massage, therapeutic massage, cupping massage, Ashiatsu massage and relaxation massage. There is even a pregnancy massage for expectant mothers and a hot stone massage that uses heated basalt rocks.

Is Massage Therapy Covered by OHIP?
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No, massage therapy is not covered by OHIP. However, it is covered by many insurance plans. Contact your insurance company's customer service to see if your insurance includes massage therapy.

Do I Need a Referral To See a Massage Therapist in Ontario?
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No, you do not need a referral to see a massage therapist in Ontario. However, if you are planning on having your insurance cover the cost of a massage session, then you may need to be referred by a physician.

Why Choose Ottawa Physical Rehab Centre?
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We are dedicated to aiding people in regaining an active lifestyle, expanding physical function and meeting their fitness goals. At our clinic in Ottawa, we specialize in physiotherapy and pride ourselves on providing excellent and attentive patient care at competitive prices. We also have an experienced team of physiotherapists who can help you with any injury or condition, and offer free parking on-site. Come see how our collaborative care model and commitment to quality of care can help you!

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