Registered Massage Therapy Guelph (RMT)


Massage therapy uses hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health. This treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of massage techniques.

Massage therapy at Defy often includes exercises and movements to complement your hands-on treatment to sustain the positive effects of the manual therapy.



Registered Massage Therapists are regulated healthcare professionals, who use hands-on techniques to manipulate soft tissues of the body to optimize health. This treatment has a therapeutic effect which acts positively on the nervous and circulatory system by relaxing the body.

Massage Therapy can help with reducing pain caused by the sympathetic nervous system, otherwise known as the “fight or flight” system. Through hands-on techniques, the nervous system can be regulated so that the signals back to the brain are ones of relaxation and calmness.

Our Massage therapists at Defy are very well-versed in exercise-based rehabilitation, and they will often include exercises and movements to complement your hands-on treatment. This will sustain the positive effects of manual therapy.

Registered Massage Therapy is a regulated health profession in which a licensed massage therapist uses manual techniques to manipulate the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, tendons, and ligaments. A RMT may also use their knowledge of exercise to complement the manual skills by having you move and load tissues post-treatment. The goal is to reduce pain, increase range of motion, and promote overall wellness.

Massage therapy works by manipulating the soft tissues of the body, which can help to relieve pain, reduce stress, and promote relaxation. Massage can also help to increase blood flow and promote the release of endorphins, which can help to alleviate pain and improve mood.

Massage therapy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including back pain, neck pain, headaches, muscle tension, anxiety, and stress. It can also be used to promote overall wellness and relaxation.

During a massage therapy session, you will be asked to lie down on a table or mat, and the massage therapist will use various techniques to manipulate your soft tissues. You will be covered with a sheet or blanket to ensure your privacy and comfort. The massage therapist may use oils or lotions to help with the manipulation of your tissues. At Defy, our RMT’s may also incorporate exercises into your treatment to improve the longevity of your results.

A typical massage therapy session can range from 30 minutes to 90 minutes, depending on the individual needs of the client.

Massage therapy may be covered by some health insurance plans, but it depends on the individual policy. Clients should check with their insurance provider to determine what is covered.

In most cases, a referral is not required to see a registered massage therapist. However, some insurance companies may require a referral in order to cover the cost of the therapy. Clients should check with their insurance provider to determine their specific requirements.

A woman catching a rugby ball in need of massage therapy.