Clinical training in our professional student clinic is a core part of the Massage Therapy educational experience at Robertson.
As a client in our public clinic, you will have the opportunity to experience Massage treatments while assisting our students in their learning.
All massage treatment services are provided by students in the Massage Therapy program and supervised by experienced Registered Massage Therapists active in clinical practice.
All appointments are 60 minutes in duration. The first part of your treatment will always include a brief discussion of your health history/changes to your health, and an assessment of your mobility and tests to identify specific muscle restrictions you may be encountering. This is usually 10 – 15 minutes. The second part of your treatment is the actual hands-on massage. This can range anywhere from 40 – 45 minutes and is fully dependent on the initial assessment.
The students may take a little longer with the assessment because they want to make sure your treatment plan is safe and geared towards your goals and needs. The third and last part of your treatment will always be re-assessment and home-care. The student will re-enter the treatment room once you have dressed, to re-test your mobility and muscles. They will take note of any changes. Based on the student’s observations during treatment, they will also provide you with a home-care plan that may include stretching or strengthening exercises, to further improve your mobility or restrictions. This re-assessment and home-care may take the last 5 – 10 minutes of your 60-minute treatment.
Robertson College – Kensington Campus
417 14th Street Northwest
Calgary, AB, Canada
Massage Treatment (60 mins) – $20
Please note – You are unable to submit receipts from our Student Clinic to third-party insurance companies or for income tax purposes.
Booking Your Appointment
To book an appointment or find out our current hours of operation:
Your First Time at the Clinic
The Massage Therapy Clinic is located on the 4th floor of our Kensington campus, located at 417 14th Street Northwest. Upon arrival, please proceed to the second floor and check in at the front reception desk. Then, proceed upstairs to the 4th floor massage lab and wait in the waiting room.
Parking is available in the building parking lot in our visitor stalls.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to ensure sufficient time to complete your medical history form. Please be assured your privacy will be respected – all client records are treated respectfully and confidentially and within the normal practices of a health care facility. All massages will take place in private cubicles.
At the beginning of your treatment, the student therapist will clarify your goals for the massage, review your general health, ask specific or additional questions about aspects of your health history that may impact on your treatment, and conduct a physical assessment (observation, tests, palpation). This may take approximately 10 – 15 minutes of the allocated appointment time and is an important part of the student’s learning.
The student therapist must obtain your informed consent before providing you with massage therapy, which means discussing the proposed treatment plan with you and coming to a mutual agreement as to what it will entail. If you are unclear about any of the information, we encourage you to ask the clinic supervisor. Please expect to see the clinic supervisor at least once throughout your treatment time.
The student will leave the room while you undress and get onto the massage table in the manner that was agreed upon by you and your therapist, at the time of consent of treatment. The level to which you will be asked to undress depends on the therapeutic requirements requested, however, the level of dress is always the decision of the client. You will always be properly draped with sheeting so that only the part of your body being treated at the time will be uncovered. After the treatment, the student will leave the room and allow you to dress. The hands-on massage portion of your treatment may only be 45 – 50 minutes.
Once dressed, your student therapist will join you in the room again to conduct a re-assessment. This re-assessment allows you and the student to see where the treatment was beneficial, and what might need to change for your next treatment, to ensure you are getting the optimal care you deserve. At this time, the student will also advise you on any stretches or strengthening activities they feel would be beneficial to help you get the most of your treatment. The re-assessment and home-care may take the last 5-10 minutes of your 60 minute treatment.
Please note, the college has both male and female student therapists, and we assign therapists to clients randomly. We do not permit gender preferences at the student clinic. We allow equal opportunity for both male and female therapists.
During your massage, the RMT supervisor may visit the room. You can expect the supervisor to discuss your case presentation with the student therapist. You may find the supervisor demonstrating certain techniques to the student therapist and then, watch the student perform the technique to ensure patient safety while maximizing learning. Because this is a teaching facility, your treatment may also be part of a testing day, which would mean a longer presence of the supervisor in the treatment room, and more specific questions to the student therapist about the anatomy of muscle and boney landmarks.
A minimum of 24 hours notice is required to cancel appointments. Repeated cancellations may result in termination of services.