Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ by our clients about the history of massage therapy and our services

What is massage therapy?


Massage has been around for centuries.


  • The Chinese developed massage as a therapeutic tool over 4,000 years ago

  • There are Egyptian wall paintings estimated at ~2,330 BC that depict a physician’s practice of massage.

  • The ancient Greeks and Romans used massage as one of their principal means of healing and relieving pain.

  • In the early 5th century BC Hippocrates- the father of medicine- prescribed its use and wrote “The physician must be experienced…in rubbing…for rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose and loosen a joint that is too rigid.”

  • After the fall of Rome in 5thC AD the western world lost touch with the use of massage.

  • The Arabians continued to study classical teachings of the healing arts.

  • Shiatsu was introduced to the Japanese Buddhist monks in the 6thC.

  • Ancient Tibet developed its own style of massage.

  • Western massage was revived in the 6thC through the work of a French doctor, Amrobise Pare.

  • At the beginning of 19thC, a Swedish fencing master named Per Henrik Ling combined his knowledge of gymnastics and physiology with ancient techniques, creating smooth kneading manipulations, small circular movements and brisk rapid blows.


Massage therapy has evolved greatly in the last century combining ancient techniques with current understandings of anatomy and physiology. There are new modalities and styles evolving constantly combining all different approaches.


Massage Therapy now is defined as a combination of art and science.

What are the benefits of massage therapy?


The benefits of massage are innumerable. Massage can help you maintain physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Massage may be the oldest of health treatments, many discomforts can be recognized and treated by direct contact with skin.


Working with the body to release physical holding patterns and tension has had proven positive results for all kinds of conditions and symptoms, including and not limited to:


  • Headaches

  • Migraineshronic Pain

  • Acute Pain

  • Whiplash

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Depression

  • Sleep Disturbance

  • Low Back Pain

  • Sciatica

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Sprains

  • Strains

  • Frozen Shoulder

  • Carpal Tunnel

  • Tendonitis

  • TMJ

  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

  • Digestive Disorders

  • Respiratory Conditions

  • Stress

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Chronic Myalgia

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Postural Discrepancies

  • Post Surgery

  • Pregnancy


What are the different types of massage therapy?


There are many different modalities that massage therapists can train in to hone their skills, that is what makes each therapist unique and different from each other. Please refer to the biographies of each of our therapists to get a more clear understanding of what experience and techniques the therapists at Phi  have to offer.


How often will I need to book a massage?


Each person’s need is very individual. It will depend on the reason for your visit and how active you are in potentially recreating injury. As an example, an office worker will have very different needs compared to a mechanic. Your therapist can advise you on regularity of treatments.


Massage has the 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. 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.


Should I alert anyone to any physical ailments or special needs I may have?


Each guest is unique. Please let us know in advance of special conditions we should be aware of such as pregnancy, HBP, heat conditions, etc. This will allow us to further personalize your service.


What shall I bring?




Sometimes it is advised to bring a pair of comfortable shorts and for women a sports bra.


How early shall I check in?


It is advised to come at least 10 minutes before your initial visit with a new therapist, as there will be forms to fill out.

Your arrival time for consecutive visits can be the same as your scheduled time.


What can I expect at a first massage visit?


You can expect to fill out forms giving your therapist guidelines as to your individual needs and then to have your therapist go over your case history with you before you will be asked to get onto the table for your massage experience. At the conclusion of your massage experience you can expect to feel changes for up to four days. It is important to drink lots of water after a massage and you are encouraged to call if you have any questions or concerns.


What kind of Massage oil do you use?


Not all forms of massage require oil and there are many types of oil used for massage. Many are a blend of a number of different carrier oils. Therapists at Phi  use Grape Seed oil. It is found to have a very low allergic response. Therapists at Phi  also use Essential oils.


  • Grape seed oil is rich in linolic acid (an essential fatty acid) – important for skin and cell membranes. It is purported to have regenerative and restructuring qualities and has great skin moisturizing properties. This is a fine, non-greasy, textured oil with a slightly sweet hint of a nutty aroma and with a satiny finish. It contains vitamins, minerals, and protein, GLA and a small amount of vitamin E.

  • Essential Oils are essences and scents derived from all natural ingredients that have varying affects to the body. Essential Oils are only used when no allergies are present.


What are some Complementary Therapies to Massage?


There are many Complementary Therapies that work very well in conjunction to Massage Therapy. Some highly recommended therapies are Allopathic Medicine, Acupuncture, Chiropractic Care, Physiotherapy, Kinesiology, Naturopathic Medicine, Counselling, Pilates, and Yoga.


Do I really need a massage?


Many people consider massage a pampering experience, but it has important health benefits. In fact, you get the most benefit when it is part of your regular wellness routine.


Let’s face it, most people spend more time on their cars than on themselves. Wellness Centers provide stress-free, non-competitive experiences in settings that promote rest and relaxation.  They offer a time all too rare these days – to focus on you, take better care of yourself and totally unwind.

Ultimately a massage experience is unique for each person. Massage therapists cater to people who want to improve their mind, body and spirit, all you need to do is start looking for the right therapist for you. Just remember, despite their variety of offerings, they all have one thing in common – they all specialize in wellness.

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