What should I expect at my first visit?

Your first visit to SOMA will include some obligatory paperwork (health history forms), followed by a discussion on what your needs and expectations are for treatment. Generally your blood pressure will be taken, a postural assessment will be made, and some orthopedic testing will be done (if your condition mandates). You’ll have lots of time for any questions or concerns – in fact, it’s encouraged. You know your body best. The more information you can provide, the more effective your treatment is likely to be!

Is a doctor’s referral necessary for massage therapy?

No, a doctor’s referral is generally not necessary. However, some extended health care plans do make that a requirement for coverage – check with your provider to be sure.

Will my insurance cover my appointment?

This varies from one policy to the next, but generally the answer is yes. It is best to talk to your insurance provider to get full details.

Is direct billing available?

Direct billing is available through Blue Cross. Otherwise, a receipt will be issued and can be submitted to your insurer for reimbursement.

What forms of payment are accepted?

You can pay by cash, cheque, Visa/MC or direct bill through Blue Cross. Debit is not available at this time.

What is the protocol for tipping my massage therapist?

You don’t tip your physiotherapist, occupational therapist or other health-care provider so why tip your massage therapist? Your therapist receives a fair remuneration, and it is unnecessary to provide a tip. 


Massage therapy involves the assessment and treatment of soft tissue and joint injury and can be used as a management tool for pain and stress. At SOMA we offer massage for both relaxation and injury treatment purposes, whether it be for an acute or chronic complaint. As part of a maintenance program combined with exercise and good nutrition, massage is an excellent tool to perpetuate a healthy lifestyle.

Consider massage for any of the following conditions:

  • strains/sprains
  • headaches
  • arthritis
  • overuse/repetitive strain injuries
  • muscle spasm
  • temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
  • post-injury rehabilitation
  • tendonitis/bursitis
  • neck stiffness & more...

At SOMA we’re keen to work with you to help you release pain and stress and restore function and mobility. Contact us today to discuss the possibilities.

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