How can I benefit from massage therapy?

The goal of massage therapy is to restore and maintain optimal health and pain-free function of the body.

Are you an athlete who needs a sport recovery massage after a big event? Do you sit at a desk from 9-5 and feel the weight of your head on your shoulders causing strain? Is your low back hurting after a long day of gardening? Regardless of the cause, registered massage therapy can ease your aches and pains.

Massage therapy focuses on soft tissue manipulation to enhance muscle performance and promote relaxation of the body’s nervous system. It’s a natural form of therapy that promotes healing, circulation, and waste reduction in tissues.

All of our RMTs have completed a diploma program and are in good standing with the College of Massage Therapy of BC.

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Massage Therapy Fees

Massage therapy is covered by most extended health plans. Your RMT will help determine an appropriate treatment plan for you based on your goals. If have an ICBC claim, you are entitled to 12 massage therapy visits with a user fee charge.

Service Type

Time Required


Massage Therapy

1 hour

$130 + GST

Massage Therapy

90 min

$190 + GST

ICBC approved Massage Therapy – Initial Visit

1 hour

$45 user fee

ICBC approved Massage Therapy – Follow-up Visit

45 min

$15 user fee

Massage Therapy FAQs

Here are common questions we are asked about massage therapy. If we haven’t answered your questions here or you’d like to talk to one of our RMTs, give us a call!

Is massage therapy covered by my extended health benefits?

Many extended health plans cover some massage therapy treatment. You need to check your plan to see what is covered and for how much. Anything not covered by your plan will need to be paid in full at the time of the appointment.

We can direct bill to many extended health plans. Ask us if yours is one of them.

What do I need to wear for my appointment?

Bring a pair of shorts if you are having your low back, hips, or legs worked on. If you are having your upper body, neck, shoulders worked on, we prefer shirts and bras off if you are comfortable with that.

How often do I need to come for massage?

Every patient and every condition is different. Your RMT will work with you to figure out a treatment plan that works for you, your schedule, and your needs.

I am unable to lie comfortably on my stomach – am I still able to have a massage therapy appointment?

YES! If are unable to lie on your stomach, each RMT will work with you to find a comfortable position from which they can still access areas needing treatment. We can treat you lying on your side, your back and even in sitting!

Is massage painful?

Many massage therapists like to use deep pressure or “deep tissue massage” to release muscle tension, however, the massage therapists at City Sports + Physio will always provide client-centred treatment. Therefore, we will communicate with you before, during, and after your appointment to provide massage treatment that is within your comfort level.