Treatment Time

Massage Therapy

There has been some confusion that has been an on going subject about when your treatment time actually begins and ends.  This has been a long time misunderstood issue that has been debated for years.

This article is to clarify this topic.

Your session starts at the time it is booked.  If you have an appointment at 12:00 pm, then 12:00 pm is when your session begins. It begins when you first step foot in the treatment room.  Your session time includes your assessment, treatment, time to undress, dress and visit the bathroom if you must.  It does not begin when you are on the table ready to go.


Arriving ten minutes before your treatment to fill out the required health history information is recommended.  If you arrive to your appointment at the exact designated time, you will end up not getting your full hands-on treatment, especially if it is your first treatment and the health history form needs to be completed.


Massage Therapy and Esthetics is just like any other appointment.  There is a process that is essential to maintain proper ethical and business practice that cannot be avoided.


Did you know that your Therapist or Esthetician is responsible for keeping your records accurate?  If your health history is not correctly filled out, they are accountable for it.


Arriving to your appointment early allows you to relax a few minutes before your appointment so you are not feeling rushed.  It’s also important so that you get the exact amount of time you booked, you get the most from your treatment and it allows everyone to stay on his or her set schedule.

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Written by:

Domenic Jason Falvo, RMT

Hand & Stone Barrie

Domenic has been practicing massage therapy for over 18 years in all types of clinic and spa environments.  Having done so he has acquired and abundance of therapeutic skill sets incorporating deep tissue massage, shiatsu, acupressure, advanced joint mobilizations, remedial exercise and hydrotherapy into the ideally seasoned massage therapy experience.  Domenic also has training in clinical acupuncture, progressive facial manipulation and reflexology that is also fused into his treatment.

Domenic prefers to focus on the cause of underlying issues rather than treating the symptoms alone, which is proven more effective in the long run for client health.  Although treating all types of acute and chronic injuries is Domenic’s main focus, he is seamlessly able to perform general relaxation massage with ease.