Gabriela Menyhart

Frequently Asked Questions:

These are questions commonly asked by the clients I have seen in my years of practice. I hope they help answer some of the questions you might have as well as allowing you to come to your first appointment feeling comfortable and prepared.

Treatment Questions

Q: How long should I book my appointment for?
Q: How often will I have to see you if I am coming with a complaint?
Q: Do I need to get completely undressed?  
Q:  What do you mean by “integrative” massage treatments?  
Q:  Can I see you while also receiving different therapies such as a physiotherapist or Chiropractor?
Q:  Sometimes people seem to feel worse after a treatment for a couple days.  Why is this and what does it mean?  
Q: What kind of health conditions can massage therapy treat?

Medical Coverage

Q: Are you covered under extended medical?  
Q: Do I need a referral from my doctor?
Q: Do you treat ICBC or WCB patients?  
Q: Can I get MSP coverage for you treatment?

Examples of Treatments

Q:  Over a year ago, I was in a bicycle accident and hit my knee.  My knee still gives me some pain.  How does your massage therapy style help me with my complaint?
Q:  I had bronchitis a year ago and since then I have a hard time catching my breath when I do exercise as well as tightness in my chest.  How could this benefit from massage therapy?
Q:  I have been under a lot of stress at work. I´m experiencing headaches as well as lack of sleep and insomnia. Can massage therapy help me gain relief from these problems?

Treatment Questions

Q: How long should I book for?
A: First appointments need to be at least an hour while subsequent appointment times can be shorter depending on your needs. An hour is the most ideal amount of time because it allows for a thorough assessment, treatment and reassessment.

Q: How often will I have to see you if I am coming with a complaint?
A: This is a difficult question to answer because it is dependent on what brings you to me. If you have an acute complaint, you may need to come more frequently until your complaint begins to resolve. I like using the example of a messy room: if a couple of socks are removed, the room is still fairly messy and will get messy again far too easily. The more regularly the room is cleaned and you learn how to keep the room clean, the longer the room will stay tidy. Strong communication and trust between you and me is the key. It allows us to bring together your awareness of how your body is feeling with my knowledge as a therapist.  

Q: Do I need to get completely undressed?
A:  No. Your comfort level is the most important thing and in some treatments, you may not need to get undressed at all. Customarily people will undress to their underwear and it is easiest if women take their bras off but again this isn´t necessary. I am fine with clients removing all items of clothing as well. The parts of your body not being treated are always draped with a towel.

Q:  What do you mean by “integrative” massage treatments?
A:  As a massage therapist, I have always seen myself as a facilitator supporting the body´s own innate repair-restore mechanisms and always in the least forceful manner as possible. I do this by focusing my skill and knowledge so that I can assess where the body indicates the need to be treated. I have sought to develop a therapeutic approach that integrates the body, mind and spirit and as such, I have been deeply influenced by the principles of osteopathy and Eastern practices. This includes western science based energetic techniques, craniosacral therapy, muscle energy techniques and qigong.  

Q: Can I see you while also receiving different therapies such as a physiotherapist or Chiropractor?
A:  In most cases I believe it is beneficial to receive other therapies. To make the most of your treatments, I believe that communicating with the other therapists will allow us to work together to maximize all your treatments. I also believe that each therapist is capable of addressing different problem areas more effectively and, as such, I may suggest that you receive a different therapy if it is most appropriate for your health. Sometimes the body can also get “over-treated” and I encourage you to discuss with myself and your other therapists how to balance the quantity of treatments you are receiving. The body needs the time to integrate the treatments it has been receiving and this can take a few days sometimes.  

Q:  Sometimes people seem to feel worse after a treatment for a couple days.  Why is that and what does it mean?
A:  Although this is not common, understandably you may be concerned if you experience greater or new discomforts after treatment. If this should occur, .it may last for a day or two because the body is adjusting to the changes made during the treatment. Sometimes the restriction released became a crutch and when that is removed, the body needs to adjust to this change. This change may also allow a different restriction in the body to express itself now where it couldn´t before.  This is a natural part of the healing process. After each session, I try to leave your body aligned to minimize any discomfort. However, if your symptoms extend for several days I encourage you to please contact me so we can discuss your concerns.

Q: What types of health conditions can massage therapy help treat?
Pain Control:
  • Headaches: migraine, tension, TMJ (what is TMJ?)
  • Neck & Back: degenerative disc disease (sciatica), thoracic outlet syndrome, whiplash, facet pain
  • Arm and Leg problems:  frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, strain and sprains, arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
Cancer: promotes relaxation response and enhances coping mechanisms in patients undergoing and recovering from cancer treatment
Respiratory: asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Digestive conditions: constipation
Mental health: help reduce anxiety, depression and general stress
Female care:  pre-post pregnancy relief
Surgical scar restrictions

Medical Coverage

Q: Are you covered under an extended medical plan?
A:  Yes.  As a Registered Massage Therapist of BC, my treatments are covered by extended medical.  Please contact your health insurance provider for the exact details of your coverage.

Q: Do I need a referral from my doctor?
A: No but in some cases health insurance providers do require you to have a referral from your doctor.  Check with your extended medical provider for more information.

Q: Do you treat ICBC or WCB patients?
A: I treat ICBC patients and, less often, WCB.  If you are an ICBC client, you will need to pay your appointments in full with reimbursement later by ICBC. For further details it is important you discuss your coverage with your adjuster.
 
Q:  Can I be covered under MSP?
A:  MSP will cover a part of your appointment if your income is less then $20,000.  Full MSP coverage is $23 for each appointment for a total of 10 appointments in a year (this also includes chiropractic and physiotherapy).  The rest of the cost of the treatment needs to be paid at the end of the appointment (i.e.:  1hr = $96  MSP:  $23    Your payment:  $73)

Example of Treatments

Q:  Over a year ago, I was in a bicycle accident and hit my knee.  My knee still gives me some pain.  How does your massage therapy style help me with my complaint?
A:  I take the time to assess your whole body as well as the knee because the cause of your pain may be the knee joint, or not. I use a blending of orthopaedic techniques to assess restrictions in your joints as well as intuitive energetic and myofascial techniques for restrictions within the tissues near/around your knee. Those same assessment techniques allow me to use direct, deeper work as well as a subtler, gentle yet very effective work.  

Q:  I had bronchitis a year ago and since then I have a hard time catching my breath when I do exercise as well as tightness in my chest.  How could this benefit from massage therapy?
A: It is important to look at your rib cage as whole unit. I structurally palpate your rib cage to assess for restricted tissues such as your diaphragm and rib bones. With that information, I may use intuitive information as to where your body needs attention first. Techniques such as visceral manipulation help pinpoint restrictions within the lungs such as the delicate pleural lining that can get stuck to your lungs and prevent the ability to take a full breath. You are treated and assessed by combining the information the body can give us on all levels: direct and subtle.

Q:  I have been under a lot of stress at work. I´m experiencing headaches as well as lack of sleep and insomnia. Can massage therapy help me gain relief from these problems?
I am passionate about creating a healing space combined with integrative massage therapy to help support you during stressful periods in life. Integrative massage therapy helps lower stress levels and minimizes the effects of stress by giving you a sense of relief, energy and greater clarity. I combine classic Swedish massage with various relaxing techniques to help ground you, to provide relief from painful symptoms like headaches and to provide you with a renewed sense of energy. I also enjoy supplementing the session by intuitively listening to where your body and mind need attention.
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