Massage Therapy

One of the most popular healthcare treatments in Canada today, massage therapy offers physical, mental and emotional benefits to treat and relieve a wide variety of chronic and acute conditions. It also makes an excellent addition to any preventative health-maintenance plan by helping to ward off future injury, stress and strain.

Packages and pricing

Massage therapy treatments – Double-up deal $60

Two 75-minute treatment sessions which both include: an orthopedic assessment, massage therapy treatments and self-care/exercises.

Massage therapy treatments – Single session $35

One 75-minute treatment session which includes: an orthopedic assessment, massage therapy treatments and self-care/exercises.

All massage therapy appointments are approximately 75 minutes and above pricing includes all applicable taxes.

Frequently asked questions

What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy involves the manual manipulation of soft tissues in the body including muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and joints.

Who benefits from massage therapy?

In a word: everyone. Massage therapy offers benefits unique to every stage of life. Informed by a comprehensive consultation, including a full health history and assessment, massage therapy practitioners tailor each treatment session to address the specific needs, goals and desires of their clients. This can include further specialized approaches to providing prenatal, infant and palliative massage therapy.

Massage therapy offers effective treatment of conditions both acute (severe and sudden) and chronic (long-developing and ongoing) in patients of all ages and in connection with illness, injury rehabilitation and disability.

What types of conditions can massage therapy treat?

The following is a list of conditions identified by the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario with which massage therapy can help:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Asthma and Emphysema
  • Back, leg, and neck pain
  • Cancer symptoms
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (repetitive strain)
  • Chronic Fatigue syndrome
  • Dislocations
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fractures and edema
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Headaches
  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis
  • Insomnia
  • Kyphosis and Scoliosis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Muscle tension and spasm
  • Palliative care
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Pregnancy and labour support
  • Sports injuries
  • Strains and sprains
  • Stress and stress related conditions
  • Stroke
  • Tendinitis
  • Whiplash
Who provides massage therapy treatments?

Within the clinic at the Durham College Spa, massage therapy is provided by student practitioners from the college’s intensive Massage Therapy program, under the guidance and oversight of their professors who are all experienced Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs).

Where are massage therapy treatments provided?

Massage therapy treatments are delivered within the new clinic facilities at the Durham College Spa, located on the second floor of the Centre for Collaborative Education at the college’s Oshawa campus.

What can I expect during a massage therapy appointment?

Each massage therapy treatment within the clinic at the Durham College Spa will take approximately 90 minutes. Please allow for an additional 15 to 30 minutes if completing the health history questionnaire onsite at the spa.

Before any treatment begins, your student practitioner will review your completed health history questionnaire and conduct a comprehensive assessment and consultation that will inform their approach to your treatment.

Based on all of the information gathered, your student practitioner will develop a treatment plan, then explain their treatment recommendations and how they would like to proceed with your consent.

Once you are situated comfortably on a treatment table, your student practitioner will begin your massage therapy treatment, which will take approximately 45 minutes.

Your student practitioner will be supervised at all times by an experienced RMT. Professors are present to observe, consult and guide student practitioners as needed throughout each stage of your appointment.

Following your treatment, your student practitioner will review the treatment plan they have implemented. This may include instructions for any recommended exercises or home care regimen.

What should I wear for my appointment? Will I need to undress?

We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing for your appointment.  When the student practitioner shares the recommended treatment plan, they will discuss the proposed body regions to be treated.  Every patient has the choice to accept, modify or decline the student practitioner’s proposed treatment recommendations. Additionally, every patient has the choice to undress to their own comfort level.

Am I expected to talk during my treatment?

A certain amount of communication will naturally occur throughout the course of your treatment as your student practitioner checks in with you at different points and seeks feedback on things like the amount of pressure being applied, any sensitivity being felt and your overall comfort as they work.

Beyond that, your student practitioner will take your lead in terms of how much or how little conversation you would like. While it is a health-care treatment, massage therapy treatments is still intended to include elements of relaxation and peace and our students and faculty understand that a quiet environment is key to realizing those benefits.

What should I do after my appointment?

Recommendations for post-treatment care, including any exercises or home care, will be provided by your student practitioner in the final stage of your appointment. These may include gentle stretching, strengthening exercises and soaking in an Epsom salt bath.

How often should I have massage therapy?

As part of your appointment and the development of your treatment plan, your student practitioner can advise on a recommended program that best suits your needs and lifestyle. Massage therapy is a very individual type of care and as such there is no one-size-fits-all recommendation for frequency of treatments.

Do health insurance benefits cover treatments provided by student practitioners?

As massage-therapists-in-training, treatments provided by student practitioners are not eligible for coverage by health insurance plans. Massage therapy student practitioners working in the clinic at the Durham College Spa are doing so as part of their training and learning in preparation for pursuing their Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) designation.

Instead, treatments provided by our student practitioners are offered at affordable rates in recognition of their non-coverage status and in keeping with the Durham College Spa’s mission to make health and wellness more affordable for all.

Learn more about massage therapy from the Registered Massage Therapists Association of Ontario.