How It Works

All clinic instructors are registered massage therapists who meet or exceed the requirements for instruction as determined by the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia.

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VCMT Clinic Patient Instructions

Valued VCMT patients and friends: On your next visit to VCMT, you will notice that the clinic and student therapists look a little different from what you’ve grown accustomed to.  We have revised our clinic operations to comply with the guidelines set out by the College of Massage Therapists of BC and the BC Ministry of Health to reduce the risk of COVID transmission while still providing the highest level of massage care to our clients.  Please take a moment to become familiar with the following components of our treatment process.



  • Please complete the “VCMT COVID Self-Assessment Checklist” one day prior to your appointment. Your results will be confirmed upon arrival at VCMT.
  • You are required to cancel your appointment* if you are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. Call 811 for further medical assistance or advice.
  • You will not be permitted to book an appointment if you have travelled outside of BC in the previous 14 days.
  • If you are at greater risk of harm (due to underlying health issues) please consider:
    • taking additional precautions;
    • exploring alternatives for care;
    • postponing treatment and exploring other options.

* Note: VCMT’s cancellation policy will be relaxed to support you in this decision.



  • To help reduce the likelihood of virus transmission, we are asking you to:
    • Leave non-essential jackets, bags and personal items at home.
    • Bring a mask, which is to be worn when entering/exiting the building and in the treatment room.
    • Avoid unnecessary touching of counters, chairs, and other surfaces in the office and clinic.
    • Avoid touching your face.



  • To minimize risk of transmission*, VCMT has instituted the following clinic practices:
    • All clients, students and staff will be screened for risk factors prior to arrival.
    • Physical distancing measures will be adopted in the lobby and reception areas.
    • Treatments rooms and high-touch areas will be disinfected before and after each treatment
    • Hand sanitizer will be placed at the clinic entrance and in treatment rooms
    • Student therapists will follow hand-washing protocols before/after each appointment
    • Scheduling frequency will be reduced and appointment times will be staggered to minimize any waiting in our reception area
    • Student therapists will wear a mask during treatment

* Note: despite steps taken to minimize the risks, physical distancing is not possible in the treatment room, which increases the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

* Please contact VCMT if you test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of receiving a massage treatment at VCMT.



  • Please adhere to the “3 person maximum” requirement in the elevator.
  • Upon entering the VCMT floor, follow the instructions of our Admin Students by:
    • sanitizing your hands;
    • answering the COVID screening questions;
    • following distancing protocols in the reception area.



  • In the treatment room, you will:
    • be asked to provide written consent to treatment;
    • be asked that you wear a mask at all times except when prone (face down) during treatment.
  • Your student therapist will continue to wear a mask for the duration of the appointment.

* Please note that, in consultation with their Clinic Instructor, a student may cancel treatment if they observe conditions that might undermine effective, safe treatment.



  • You will be asked to put on your mask and sanitize your hands before leaving the treatment room.
    • Move back to the reception area to pay for the appointment and book follow up appointments.
    • Return directly to the elevator for departure from the site.


Welcome back to VCMT!  We look forward to your next visit.

VCMT Students

Our instructors guide our students through the appropriate assessment and treatment planning, so that you can be confident you’re receiving safe and effective treatments from our students.


Our first year students provide a full-body Swedish massage, while second year students provide therapeutic sessions for specific conditions, including sports injuries, pregnancy, headaches, arthritis and other joint complaints, systemic disorders and more.

Here’s how our clinic process works:

The focus of the year-one student internship is to develop the ‘hands on skills’ when performing a full body massage. Year-one students will use general Swedish massage techniques to provide you with a nurturing and relaxing massage. The student is also required to begin to integrate the techniques learned in the classroom.

The focus of the year-two student is to use their advanced assessment and treatment skills to assist you in managing a specific concern or complaint. For example, you make be experiencing neck and shoulder pain, or lower back pain or even headaches.

Before the student therapist performs your massage session there are certain procedures they must follow. They must:

  • review your student clinic intake form with you
  • consult with the on-site clinic supervisor if needed
  • do an assessment (according to their stage of learning)
  • report to the clinic supervisor the results of the assessment and what your treatment goals are
  • discuss with the clinic supervisor a proposed treatment plan
  • get the session plan signed off by the clinic supervisor
  • get consent from you to perform the treatment

We ask for your complete cooperation during this time. The total assessment time for this procedure may take up to 15 minutes.

Your privacy and comfort in the student clinic is of the utmost importance and we will work with you to make you feel as comfortable as possible. After discussing the massage session plan and obtaining your consent to treatment, the student will give you the appropriate instructions on how to prepare for the session. Depending on the focus of the session, you will be asked to disrobe to a level that you are comfortable with. During the treatment, your body will always be fully draped, except for the area of the body the student is working on. The student will leave the room while you get ready for the session.

Depending on the goals of the session, the student may use hot or cold modalities to better prepare your muscles and joints for the session. This clinic is a learning environment and during the session the clinic supervisor will enter the room or cubicle area to check in with the student. The supervisor will discuss the details of your specific goals with the student, ask them questions about what they are doing and will demonstrate techniques that are pertinent to your treatment. On occasion, and with your permission, another student therapist who is doing rounds with the instructor may enter the room/cubicle.

When the massage session is over the student therapist will leave the room/cubicle so you can redress. When they re-enter the room /cubicle they are required to do a quick re-assessment with you to determine the effectiveness of the session. They will also be recommending a home care plan for you that may consist of exercises, stretches, breathing, relaxation techniques or hydrotherapy.

The home care recommendations are an important part of the treatment session and they are designed for you to continue taking care of yourself at home and before your next session. Your student therapist may recommend bath additives, certain massage creams/lotions etc. to aid with general muscular discomfort or exercise tubes or bands to aid in strengthening your muscles. Any exercises or stretches recommended should cause no pain and must be performed slowly as per instructions.

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