What a difference a year makes! It’s wonderful to be open to serve the locals of the North Island! It certainly has been a learning curve! With the focus on safety and trust, we can rise above most challenges! Leslie Clisby was vaccinated with Pfizer in March!
40 has become a lucky number! Since the fall, Functional Massage Therapy is only serving those that have stayed on the North Island and socialized with North Islanders for the two weeks before their massage appointments. This policy will continue until the whole Island’s daily case numbers are below 40 for a week and longer. When the North Island case count stays below 40, 2 hour massages are available to book online. When they rise above this number, trouble is brewing amongst the community. Transmission in our local region is too high to risk an increase viral load of sharing space indoors for a prolonged time.
We are halfway through winter 2021 and the North Island covid cases have dipped down to single digits! This is reason to celebrate and Leslie Clisby will be offering 2 hour massages once again. These massages only happen between 11am and 1pm and can be booked online or via 250 338 4515.
Yesterday’s challenge was brought by the power being out for the whole clinic day. Luckily the clinic stayed a toasty 18.5 degrees before the sun went down. During covid precautions, I can’t offer a warm blanket for each patient, but you can certainly bring one with you!
I’m happy to announce I am more prepared to work under such conditions! I now have a hot water bottle, a way to warm lotion and a way to raise the heat in the treatment room without electricity. 3 cheers for solutions and a strong hope that doesn’t happen again! Thankful to be better prepared for stormy situations.
Speaking of stormy situations, I am no longer offering 2 hour massages. At least until the covid cases drop back down to single digits on the island. It’s too risky to have prolonged contact at the moment. One hour massages are still available.Be kind, be safe and stay local! It may take a community, but we can do this!
The latest update from the College of Massage Therapy of BC, (November 2, 2020), requires patients to complete the BC Covid Self Assessment Survey 2 days before their massage and day before phone calls are no longer necessary!
Each patient will receive only one email, 2 days before their appointment. Functional Massage Therapy has streamlined the BC Covid Self Assessment Questionnaire with the bubbles, travel and health survey; making it easier to complete without having to navigate to another webpage. To reduce the number of emails received for each massage appointment, day before reminders will no longer be sent. Phone calls will only be made if the BC Covid Self Assessment questionnaire has not been filled out 2 days before their massage appointment. All other steps to reduce the risk of Covid transmission will continue to be in place.
New patients will receive a phone call as soon as Leslie Clisby notices they have booked, to ensure they understand Functional Massage Therapy’s policy of only treating patients that have stayed within Vancouver Island health region’s boundaries for 2 weeks before their massage and have not hosted anyone from off Island in this time. Hosting includes hugging, sharing meals and social gatherings. This policy will continue for all that enter the clinic for an extra layer of protection for our community; especially while neighbouring health authorities experience high numbers of active cases!
Gathering size is no longer a restriction to accessing treatment from Functional Massage Therapy. Time to let go of what happens outside of the clinic, slowly. Health symptoms and travel limitations outside of Vancouver Island will remain for the time being. I appreciate the cooperation with the early prescreening efforts! I like to believe they increased awareness and eased the burden on our community over the summer! Take care until I can treat you again!
Functional Massage Therapy always intended to shut down once a local Covid case was confirmed by VIHA. Recently, a public exposure event has been confirmed here in Courtenay and Leslie Clisby is choosing to keep the doors open for patients, relying heavily on the safety provided by sanitizing hands frequently and wearing masks indoors, as well as avoiding high risk activities such as large gatherings or travel to other regions reporting new cases daily. Please do your part to keep faces and places to a minimum in the weeks leading up to your massage!
A survey has been created to better understand how my patients bubbles will be balancing the cooler weather, education, activities and ongoing Covid concerns. When Functional Massage Therapy reopened in June, the variables were less daunting with zero cases on the island and all requests for care had to be scheduled by Leslie Clisby. Now that online booking has made scheduling self serve again, Leslie Clisby is shifting some policies and admin tasks to help eliminate guess work and improve communication. Your understanding, cooperation and honesty are truly appreciated as she finds the balance between remaining safely open and avoiding the contact trace team!
With cooler weather comes the return of school and other organizations and services are starting to reopen with a safety plan. Indoor gatherings of this nature will be tolerated as long as masks are worn indoors, attendees remain seated 2 meters apart, handwashing/sanitizing is done upon entry and exit and they isolate from the clinic immediately if anyone in their education or service bubble develops symptoms. Singing, sharing food, drink or serving utensils are not options in this stage of easing of restrictions at Functional Massage Therapy. All other indoor gatherings greater than 6 people outside of your home bubble are excluded from this stage of easing of restrictions, unless all participants wear masks.
Functional Massage Therapy patients are no longer asked to complete the BC Covid self assessment 3 days prior to their massage therapy appointment. One day reminders will continue to be sent out with the link to complete the self assessment the day before your massage.
Now that online booking is self serve again, a new survey will be emailed out to ensure no new patient falls in the cracks of understanding informed consent at Functional Massage Therapy. At the moment, this survey gets sent out automatically 3 days before your massage. In the future, it will get sent as soon as someone books an appointment.
The day before the massage phone calls to verify bubbles, travel and health are still required by the College of Massage Therapy of BC. Hopefully the survey will help keep these phone calls short and efficient!