Kinetic Fascial Release
Helping you achieve your optimal health
Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to commit to Kinetic Fascial Release intensives to experience Kinetic Fascial Release for the first time?

 Wayne and Sophie integrate many Kinetic Fascial Release protocols and techniques into many of their treatments. You can simply ask at any point in your session to experience what this technique feels like and make as many queries as you like. However, Kinetic Fascial Release intensives are a great way to experience the work in its entirety.


Are massage therapy treatments covered by my health insurance?

At this time, the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) does not pay for massage therapy. However, most extended health benefit plans cover the cost or a portion of the cost of massage therapy. Ask your human resources representative or your insurance provider for details.



What should I expect during a massage?

If you haven't had much experience with massage therapy, you might be wondering what to expect. This will give you some ideas about what takes place during a "typical" massage session.

If it's your first time seeing the massage therapist, you will be asked to fill out a confidential health history form. The massage therapist will ask you the reasons you are getting a massage, current physical condition, life style and stress level, experiences with specific areas of pain, and whether there is any specific need you want addressed during the massage. First and foremost, the massage therapist needs to make sure there aren't any conditions present that rule out having a massage due to any health risks. Second, the massage therapist needs to know what your needs are regarding the massage and be sure both of you are clear about what your expectations and goals for the session are. Third, the information you provide helps the massage therapist determine what techniques to use and how to structure the session.


Next, you will be asked to remove your clothing. The therapist will leave the room to provide privacy while you undress. You should take off only as much as you are comfortable removing. A sheet is provided for draping during the massage. The therapist will uncover only the part of the body being massaged, insuring that modesty is respected at all times. The draping also keeps the person receiving the massage warm. You should also remove any jewelry or other articles that might interfere with the massage.

The massage takes place on a comfortable, padded massage table. The massage therapist will tell you what position to lie in on the table. The table may have some extra attachments or cushions, such as a face rest (which allows you to lie in a face down position without turning your head and neck). If you don't like using any attachments, ask the massage therapist to remove it or not use it.

Expect a peaceful and comfortable environment for the massage. The massage therapist may play music during the massage. Some people find music playing to be relaxing, some find it distracting. If you don't like music playing, ask the massage therapist to change the music or turn the music off.

Before the massage begins, the massage therapist may offer some advice that will improve the quality of your massage. A common one is to breathe, especially if a sensitive area is being massaged.

The massage therapist may use oil or lotion, which reduces drag on the skin while performing the massage strokes. If you are allergic to some oils or lotions, be sure to tell your massage therapist so you both can make sure the ingredients in the oil or lotion do not bother you.

Depending on your needs, the massage therapist will massage either the full body or only specific areas that need attention. For example, general relaxation or stress reduction sessions usually include all the major areas of the body, while a session for a localized injury, pain, or tightness will be focused on a specific area. It is possible to spend most of an entire session on only one area. If there is anything that does not feel comfortable or right or you do not like, you have the right to ask the massage therapist to stop.

After the massage is finished, you will once again be provided with privacy in order to get dressed. If there is time to do so, you may ask the massage therapist any questions you have. The usual length of a session is an hour; however the length of a treatment can vary from shorter or longer sessions depending on the person' s limitations, needs and goals.

Please let your massage therapist know in advance if you need to cancel your appointment. We require a 24 hour notice.




How do I get the most from my massage?

Be as receptive and open to the process as possible.

Do not eat a big meal just before a massage session.

Be on time. If you arrive in a frenzied, rushed state, it will take longer to get to a relaxed state. Please let your massage therapist know in advance if you need to cancel. We require a 24 hour notice.

If you do not want to remove all your clothing, wear clothing that you will be comfortable wearing during the massage and will allow the massage therapist to touch and move the areas of your body you expect will need to be worked on.

Give the massage therapist accurate health information.

Good communication is very important. Before the session, let your massage therapist know what your needs are. During the massage session, report any discomfort, whether it is from the massage or due to any problems or distractions related to the environment, e.g., room temperature, music volume, lighting, etc. Feel free to give feedback to the massage therapist regarding the massage, e.g., amount of pressure, speed of movement, etc.

Don't be afraid to discuss any apprehensions or concerns. It is important that you be as comfortable as possible during your massage. Your massage therapist is a professional dedicated to do his or her best to help you feel at ease.

Some massage therapists like to play music during the massage session and may have music specially composed for relaxation and other effects. Others may find music distracting; let your massage therapist know if you have any preferences regarding music if it is available.

Some people like to talk during a massage session, while others remain silent. If your massage therapist encourages you to talk or not talk, it is usually based on whether or not it seems to help let go of tension and getting in touch with oneself. Sometimes talking can be a way of unburdening oneself or opening up. On the other hand, talking can also be a way of "being in the head" and out of touch with one's body or feelings. Being silent can be a way of letting go of thoughts and stresses. If you find your thoughts are racing during the massage, one way to be more body-centered and to quiet the mind is to follow the hands of the massage therapist and focus on how the touch feels.

Breathing helps to facilitate relaxation. People often stop or limit their breathe when they feel anxious or a sensitive area is massaged. If you realize you are stopping your breathing, let yourself breathe. 

Tightening up, (i.e. contracting or hardening your muscles) during the massage is counterproductive. If you are able to, relax those muscles. Let your massage therapist know this is happening. There may be a need to adjust the massage technique being used. Your massage therapist may also be able to help you relax the affected area.

If anything is happening during the massage that you dislike or seems improper, you have the right to ask the massage therapist to stop. If necessary, you also have the right to end the session.


Take your time getting off the table. If you get up too fast after the massage you could become dizzy or light headed.

Drink extra water after a massage.

Massage has its greatest benefits over time. The therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative, so the more often a person gets a massage, the better he or she will feel and the more quickly one's body will respond. From one session to the next, relaxation deepens as the chronic patterns of stress in the body are affected and released. These changes are readily felt in day-to-day life as well, which adds another dimension of reinforcement. If you are getting massage to address chronic muscular tension or recovery from a soft tissue injury, more than one session is usually needed, so be prepared to schedule several sessions.



How do I get the most out of my health benefits? 

Your employer has recognized the value of massage therapy as an important tool in ensuring a healthy organization. Part of the premium paid to your insurance carrier is allocated to preventative health care treatments such as massage therapy. Massage has its greatest benefits over time; the therapeutic effects of massage are cumulative. Many clients realize they will be left with unused benefits near the end of the year. Not only do they not fully benefit from their health coverage, but their attempts to increase the frequency of treatments in the busiest months of the year are often not manageable.



What questions should I ask my therapist?

Are you licensed to practice massage in Ontario?

Are you a member of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO)?

Where did you receive your massage therapy training?


How many years have you been practicing massage therapy?

Trained massage therapists are happy to share their credentials with clients. CMTO professional members have demonstrated a level of skill and knowledge through education and testing and are required to meet continuing education standards to retain membership. Consumers can rest assured that their massage therapist has met minimum education and training standards if he or she is licensed in the province of Ontario.



What medical history information does my therapist need prior to my first treatment?

It is important to provide full and accurate information regarding your medical history and current medical condition. Even if you feel a previous injury or any current medication may be irrelevant, please write it down on the sheet. It may provide the therapist with some insight into your condition or make him or her aware of a possible contraindication to treatment.



What forms of payment are accepted at your clinic?

We accept Credit Cards (Visa, Mastercard), Debit Cards, Cash or Cheque. Payment is due after each treatment.

For clients with Green Shield coverage, We offer the option to bill directly on your behalf.






  2015 Kinetic Fascial Release
Updated 23 July 2015