Housekeeping 2.018

331C 6th Street under went a transformation over the Labour Day long weekend.  My colleagues, Dragonfly Community Acupuncture, moved out.  Functional Massage Therapy is now the only business here!  Which means, Leslie is looking for 2 people to join her and rent the two available offices.  The downtown Courtenay location is ideal for any independant professional that is looking for a quiet atmosphere.

After cleaning the clinic, Leslie Clisby went to work to fill the reception area with artwork, furniture and moved some operations to the front desk area.  She hopes patients will enjoy the minimalistic makeover!

The front door will be locked more often as there is only one of her. Technically, massages are by appointment only.  Please call, email or book online to book a spot now! If you book online, a perk is an email reminder 24 hours before.

Functional Massage Therapy’s google listing is a bit confusing to some.  The google street view from the first location still shows!  Thankfully, only 2 doors separate the old location from the current one!  Please don’t be fooled by the 2nd floor photo or the logo photo with the old 2-345 address.  A  request for those images to be removed is pending approval from Google.

Up and running!

I’m pleased to announce that online booking is now an option!  I’ve been putting it to the test the past month or 2 and I’m quite happy with how user friendly it is, both for my patients and myself.

New patients are welcome and quite often there are appointments available the same week!  Functional Massage Therapy is keen to learn how to best support you and your needs!  If you are new to the Comox Valley or just passing through, give the clinic a call or book online today!  Helping the local population unwind, relax and recover in downtown Courtenay since 2011!

May Long weekend is upon us and Functional Massage Therapy will be closed May 21st.  Normal hours of operation will continue throughout the summer of 2018.  Just a reminder that rates will be increasing to $100/hour of massage therapy, beginning June 1st.


New for Functional Massage Therapy!

Beginning June 1st, 2018, Functional Massage Therapy rates will increase to $100/hour.  Mainly to keep in line with my colleagues here in the Comox Valley!

I am considering adding online booking to increase options for my patients.  I hope to have this ready in the next month or so.  One less barrier to keeping you functional and helping me serve you!  It will be a leap in faith as I give up control, but as long as I’m fully booked, I will be happy!

Looking through my files since I changed locations almost 2 years ago, I realized there are still a number of patients that have yet to receive treatment at my new clinic space.  Please don’t hesitate any longer!  My practice has come a long way in the 6 years since I set up shop for myself.  I think you will find the ground level, wheelchair accessible space very convenient, delightful and relaxing!



Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wishing everyone is safe, comfortable and feeling great!  For those that struggle with understanding their bodies, I strive to create a safe harbour as a starting point to learn to hear ourselves and refine how we move.  Often times, awareness is all we need to return to a place of stability and power.  Are we allowing the spine to create movement or are we pushing ourselves away from center, by allowing our limbs to control us?    

People often ask me to describe my style of massage, as its something they have never experienced.  Its difficult for me to verbalize what a “Leslie” massage is.  I listen to your body and seek to understand the direction it is heading in.  I look at how my patients carry themselves and how they support their efforts for quality of movement.  I take that input and strive to balance out your pulley system.  Sometimes its akin to a slow archaeological dig, other times it feels like I’m clearing brush from an overgrown trail.  I tend to use techniques involving fascial, joint manipulation, ligamentous articular strain, and soothing swedish to calm the nervous system.  I strive to understand how your mind controls your body to allow your spirit to move, all while applying science and medicine to allow epiphany’s of recognition to bubble to the surface. 

Back by popular request! 1.5 hours of massage therapy appointments!

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!


New season, new moon, new opportunities!

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!

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!

Happy Summer Solstice!

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 to be fully functional in 2017!

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!

Functional Massage Therapy will be closed for a brief amount of time this month….please stand by for more information

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!

Happy Anniversary!

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!