What are your hours?
Alberta Momentum is open 7 days a week and into the evenings to provide maximum opportunity to arrange an appointment around your schedule.
What are the Massage therapy treatment options for me to choose from at Alberta Momentum Massage Therapy?
Alberta Momentum Registered Massage Therapists (or RMTs) are professionally schooled to offer many modalities to suit your needs. Our primary focus is to assess conditions and concerns prior to your treatment, to better address and focus on a technique that will relieve pain and discomfort. Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage and Myofascial Release are some of our deeper techniques. Gentler pressure is applied for clients who are interested in the Relaxation Massage Therapy. Clients may also choose one of our specialty treatments such as Hot Stone, Thai, Lymphatic Drain or Cupping.
What conditions or ailments are treatable with Therapeutic Massage?
Here are just a few common ailments that may be managed with massage therapy:
- Daily or prolonged stress or depression.
- Headaches caused by muscle tension, jaw clenching, or a body overloaded with toxins.
- Prevention of new injuries caused by hypertonic muscles prior to athletic exercise.
- Sports injuries causing muscle, nerve, or joint pain.
- Joint pain caused by overuse, arthritis, or injury.
- Prenatal and postnatal body pains
- Bloating or water retention
- Repetitive stress injuries
Can massage be painful?
It is normal to sometimes feel a little discomfort during of after a Deep Tissue or Therapeutic Massage because your Registered Massage Therapist will be working on areas where muscles need to be elongated. This can produce the sensation of an intense stretch, or the type of soreness you experience the day after a workout at the gym.
The most important thing to ask when choosing a Massage Therapy provider is “Are the RMTs registered”, because making sure you are in the right hands will prevent any aggravation to your existing conditions. All of the Massage Therapists at Alberta Momentum Massage have graduated from a reputable College of Massage Therapy which is regulated by a governed by an association and the Alberta government.
What if I'm not in pain? Can Massage Therapy still help me?
Everyone has a different reason to come for a massage. Whether you are in pain from an injury or in need of some stress relief, massage can be an excellent way to maximize your body’s healing potential.
I'm shy! Do I have to get undressed for a Massage Therapy treatment?
During a regular Table Massage Treatment, you will be covered with a sheet and blanket with your comfort and privacy taken very seriously. Your Massage Therapist ONLY uncovers the area being worked on using proper draping technique so you will never feel exposed or violated. If undressing for a table massage isn’t for you, please let your therapist know and we can make special accommodations to your comfort level. We also offer Seated Chair Massage and Thai Massage where undressing or oil are not a part of the treatment.
What duration is a typical massage treatment?
We offer table massages anywhere from 30 minutes up to 2 hours. 60 and 90 minute durations tend to be the most popular, and will allow your therapist to address problem areas while working on major muscle groups. In order to start on time, please arrive no later than about 10 minutes prior to your appointment if it’s your first time at Alberta Momentum Massage, as we will need a little time for your consultation, plus mandatory paperwork. If you have come before, please come a little before your scheduled appointment to give time for the therapist to greet you and allow you to get ready for your massage.
Am I able to receive Massage Therapy treatments if I am pregnant?
Yes. Most of our Massage Therapists have been trained in Prenatal and Postnatal Massage. We have a wonderfully comfortable Pregnancy Massage bolster which allows expecting mothers lay face down safely while feeling and being supported and cushioned. Or you can lie on your side too if that’s your preference.
Will I need a doctor's prescription for Massage Therapy?
You do not need a prescription to visit our clinic and for therapy. However, some benefit companies require a prescription from a doctor for reimbursement for insurance. Please check with your insurance provider if you’re unclear.
Does my health benefit insurance plan include Massage Treatments?
Many Canadian and Albertan health care benefit packages include Massage Therapy as a part of their coverage. We are not able to check your policy limits for you due to privacy issues but a quick phone call or check on their web site will let you know if you are covered and how much you are allotted each year on Massage. After that point, all you need to do to claim your treatments is pay for your massage and mail your receipt to your provider.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Please respect our therapists and other clients by giving us at least 24 hours notice when possible, if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment. You can cancel online or by phone (leave a message if our receptionist is not available). Please do not cancel by email as it is intermittently monitored. Due to the pandemic we are suspending the cancellation fee of $40 at this time. If you need to cancel your appointment for any reason, please call us at 780-488-8640 and leave a message as soon as possible. Thank you.
What is new at Alberta Momentum now that the regulations are lifted?
Most of the regulations that are lifted won’t change what we do so well! Therapists will still wash their hands (many, many times a day), disinfect and clean. Hand sanitizer will be available (as it was pre-pandemic). Physical distancing of chairs will stay.
And for the time being, masks will be required for both therapists and clients during your treatment session, either massage therapy or acupuncture. (Masks in public areas of the clinic are recommended, not required).
Why this decision about masks during the assessment and treatment?
Similar to other health care interactions, massage therapy and acupuncture need a longer duration of time and closer contact to assess and treat. We made this decision considering both those not yet fully immunized and those vulnerable due to other factors. We will look again at this decision in the upcoming weeks, and consider the continuing low case counts and number of Albertans who are fully vaccinated (2 weeks post 2nd vaccine).
And until those masks are completely gone, you can know that there is a smile behind the mask. Just check the therapist’s eyes!