Are you Registered?

Yes. Tracy Hansen is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in good standing with the College of Massage Therapists of BC (CMTBC).  Extended Health Care providers require Massage Therapy treatments to be performed by Registered Massage Therapist.

What are your Qualifications?

RMTs that graduated prior to 2015 in British Columbia have successfully completed a 3000 hour program at an accredited college and a licensing exam held by the College of Massage Therapists of BC. RMTs have mandatory continuing education and upgrade requirements.  Tracy Hansen, RMT graduated from WCCMT Victoria in 2006 from the 3000 hour program.

What does a Registered Massage Therapist need to know?

For your initial visit, Tracy has a comprehensive health history form that is required for you to receive treatment.  If you are booking through the online portal it will automatically be sent to the email address you provide. This form allows Tracy to customize a plan to your specific needs, make a differential diagnosis to help find the root cause of the problem and ensure you are getting the best possible health care. Many metabolic changes occur in our bodies during a massage, including blood pressure, respiration, and blood glucose levels to name a few. It is important to inform Tracy of your health concerns so she can modify the treatment if necessary.  

Is Massage Painful?

While some techniques may cause a small amount of discomfort, a massage does not need to be painful to be effective. Tracy will work with you and adjust pressure and techniques to suit you, your pain tolerance, and your goals for treatment. Tracy encourages you to ask at anytime to adjust the pressure or technique, after all, you know your body best. 

Should I have a massage before of after another healthcare modality?

There is no right or wrong answer to this question. Combining massage with other modalities is a great way to ensure your musculoskeletal system is functioning optimally. Many people prefer to have a massage before physio or chiropractic treatments to decrease muscle tension and increase their ease of movement, while others feel they benefit more from the massage after the other therapies have taken their effect on the body.  Try it both ways and make the decision that best suits you.

Am I covered? 

Those who qualify for MSP premium assistance are eligible for a rate reduction of $23 per visit for 10 visits per year of combined chiropractic, massage therapy, physiotherapy, naturopathy, podiatry, and acupuncture.

There are various Extended Health Care plans that cover massage therapy, such as Pacific Blue Cross, Great West Life and Sun Life, to name a few (See forms and Insurance tab for details). Check with your service provider for information on coverage, qualifications, and reimbursement.