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 75 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 45-60 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 homecare. 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 homecare plan that may include stretching or strengthening exercises, to further improve your mobility or restrictions. This re-assessment and homecare may take the last 5-10 minutes of your 75 minute treatment.
Robertson College – Main Campus
265 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1N9
General Appointments 75 mins. – $25
Robertson Student 75 mins. – Free (based on availability)
Robertson Staff 75 mins. – $10
Please note – You are unable to submit receipts from our Student clinic to third party insurance companies or for income tax purposes, and if you are covered under MPI or WCB, we cannot treat you.
Booking Your Appointment
To book an appointment or find out our current hours of operation:
**PLEASE NOTE: The clinic is not currently open to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gift certificates are available from our clinic and make great gifts for Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries! Each gift certificate is $25 and can be redeemed for one Massage Therapy treatment appointment.
Purchase Gift Certificates at our clinic located at 265 Notre Dame Avenue.
Your First Time at the Clinic
The Massage Therapy Clinic is located on the 3rd Floor of our main campus, located at 265 Notre Dame Avenue. Upon arrival, please proceed to the third floor and check in at the clinic reception desk.
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 rooms.
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 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 College would like to see you to gain the maximum benefit from your massage and to feel relaxed and comfortable in the clinical environment.
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 45-60 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 homecare may take the last 5-10 minutes of your 75 minute treatment.
Pease note, the college has both male and female student therapists, and we cannot guarantee that a preferred therapist will be available when booking. We allow equal opportunity for both male and female therapists. To ensure equal opportunities, we also limit the number of times you are able to re-book with the same therapist to 3 treatments in a row. If you have seen the same therapist 3 times in a row, you will be booked with another student. This allows students to practice a variety of treatments, and have a broader spectrum of learning opportunities.
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. Any canceled appointments with less than 24 hours notice or any missed/no-show appointments will result in a charge $5, that is to be paid at your next treatment. In cases of severe weather or illness, please try to give as much notice as possible, as the policy will still apply.