In honor of Functional Massage Therapy’s 6 year anniversary this fall, one and a half hour appointments will be available once again! $150 for 90 minutes of devoted care to making you as strong as possible as we head into the dark days of winter! It’s my way of saying thank you to all my patients! I’m also celebrating 20 years since I took my first massage course! Wow! What started as a journey to strengthen myself, has certainly rippled with compassionate care to extend and support so many of my community and I am blessed with each day of experience and education. Gratitude and appreciation!
Functional massage therapy is here to help you embrace autumn as we transition from summer to winter! As students return to school and athletes change activities, there is much to learn about how we support ourselves and carry forward our goals of movement and rest!
In six weeks, I will be travelling to White Rock for a weekend to learn from Mark Finch and Diane Lee about the shoulder girdle. Mark is an RMT, structural intergrator and fascial facilitator; Diane Lee is a physiotherapist who authored the book, Thorax. Both have contributed greatly to my understanding of the human body and I look forward to learning from them!
I recently recertified my First Aid with a group of RMT’s at the Cumberland Fire Hall, and it was lovely to meet my Valley colleagues and put faces to names. The instructor was top notch and gave some great insight into life as a paramedic. Gratitude and appreciation for this opportunity to update my lifesaving skills!
May we always be inquisitive to learn more refined ways of understanding ourselves! Wishing for a season of best case scenarios for all my patients!
Spring was so busy at Functional Massage Therapy, this is the first chance I’ve had to update the website! It’s been a year since I started renting clinic space at Dragonfly Community Acupuncture in Courtenay, and it feels good to celebrate this milestone! If you are new to the Valley or have guests visiting throughout the summer, I am accepting new patients.
Happy New Year! I’m back in my clinic and fully functional! I appreciated your patience as I mourned the loss of my Dad who passed away December 7th. Now, more than ever, I wish to practice best care and understand how I may contribute to your comfort with compassionate care. I’m filled with vitality, curiosity and a bit awestruck by what the body can do. I’m ready, willing and able to be of service to you!
Hello! Please know the clinic is closed while I hold space for Dad who is in hospice. Feel free to leave me a message if you need a referral to another massage therapist, or if you wish to offer any guidance during this change in operations. I’m taking things one day at a time and will let my patients know when I am able to focus on their needs again. Bless your hearts and take care of yourselves!
5 years ago today, Functional Massage Therapy was established to serve the Comox Valley! Congratulations to everyone that has been part of its success! Each and everyday is a learning experience and I have nothing but gratitude going forward. Today also marks my 6 month anniversary sharing space with Dr. Andrew Kerr and Brittany at Dragonfly Community Acupuncture! Bless their hearts and space!
This past weekend I took another course with my favorite instructors, Heather Gittens and Natale Rao! Part 2 of visceral manipulation ~ included your small and large intestines, gall bladder and everything in between! Their encouragement, guidance, perspectives and wisdom was a gift to receive! I’m excited to see how this will help my patients decrease pain and improve their function!
Moving into the dark winter months, I continue to hold space for my patients Monday through Thursday. Things are a little busy around the clinic, so please book ahead where possible. Especially as we prepare for the snowy season, it’s going to be a good one! My mantra for this winter as we focus on taking care of ourselves is ~ Best Case Scenario. Lets see what we can accomplish!
Keeping with the ground level theme of my new clinic space at 331C 6th Street, I am signing up for direct billing to extended medical insurers. Blue Cross members can now enjoy this convenience! This means that if you have 100% coverage, there is no exchange of money or having to submit your own claims. I do it all for you, including finding out what coverage you have. Only have 80% coverage? Too easy; 20% will be billed to you at time of treatment, that is only $19 cost to you. Have questions or want to book in now for massage therapy, call 250 338 4515 today! Coming this fall, direct billing for sunlife, manulife, great west life, chamber of commerce group plans, desjardins, cowan, johnson and maximum benefit!
Have you had success with massage therapy improving your quality of life or decreasing your symptoms? Please share your experience with your Doctor or friends! Perhaps massage therapy could be of benefit to others as well! We need to start sharing our strengths and what has helped you personally to improve options and choices for everyone! Did you know that massage therapy can help with hiccups, painful feet, decreased grip strength of hands, bladder infections, sciatic pain, numbness and tingling. Just to name a few. I love explaining how our bodies function to improve our understanding and self awareness!
They say the best way to learn something is through experience, including injuries! After sustaining a moderate wrist sprain in January requiring some time off from the clinic, I am happy to be back full force! Many thanks to Dr. Deb Wright at Bayview Chiropractic for being my wrist whisperer and religning all my carpal bones! I have 4 appointment times available this week for my patient patients that have been waiting for my return! So happy to be functional again!
Feeling like embracing change and morphing into a greater version of yourself? Are you ready to let go of pain, discomfort or routines that leave you stuck? Are you wondering what is best for you going forward? It’s business as usual here at Functional Massage Therapy and I strive to connect with you to understand your needs! So, if you have a goal in mind or a complicated health history ~ please share it with me! I love melting away layers and rebuilding a more functional playing field to move upon. It gives me great joy to help you understand your body and the way it moves.
New to my list of skills to help serve you better is a course I recently took to better understand your cranium. The sphenoid (pictured below) is the keystone bone of your skull and I now know how to manipulate it! All the other skull bones connect with it, your pituitary gland rests on it, many blood vessels and nerves pass through it and it attaches to your brain via membranes. Some symptoms that may relate to the bone being dysfunctionally aligned are: headaches, migraines, hayfever, sinusitis, facial paralysis, hypertension, concussion symptoms or jaw issues. The treatment is gentle in nature and I’ve had some success in my practice already!
Don’t let the skull bones scare you. I still give a great, relaxing, make you drool massage to take the edge off of anything that life throws your way. I’m here, even when things go sideways!