Happy Holidays 2022!

As an early Christmas gift, Functional Massage Therapy is lifting all travel restrictions and will no longer be sending out prescreening questions. Masks are still required.

By now, everyone should know to cancel their massage appointment if they have any signs of illness. It is best to postpone your appointment until symptoms have ceased. This will continue to be communicated in the standard 2 day email reminder. The best way to cancel an appointment is directly through the online booking platform. This allows the space to become automatically available for anyone else seeking care, including those on the waitlist who get priority booking for an hour after the appointment becomes available again. You can also inform your therapist of any cancellation via phone or text. If you have tested positive for covid, please wait 10 days before entering the clinic.

Beginning January 2023, late cancellations will charged 100% of appointment fee if less than 24 hours notice is given. There will not be a charge for cancelling due to illness. This late cancellation fee cannot be charged to any extended health benefit. Your honesty is much appreciated! Also beginning January 2023, massage therapy rates will be increasing to $120/ hour and $250/ 2 hours.

As always: be kind, be safe and take care until Functional Massage Therapy can treat you again!

New features and changes

There is a new feature with online booking! Those on the waitlist will automatically be notified when a spot becomes available – an hour before it gets released to the general public! So if someone cancels online while I’m away from the clinic or busy with a patient, you will be sent an email or text (depending on your settings), alerting you to the booking potential before anyone else can snatch it up! If there are multiple patients on the waitlist, it will be a first come, first served.

The schedule has been opened up a bit for those hoping for next day appointments. It will now show openings 12 hours away. So if you are checking the schedule late at night, you may see some appointments available the next day. Formally, the schedule was blocked within 24 hours to allow the therapist enough notice.

Prescreening questions continue to be sent out in the 2 day email reminders and masks are still required, but there will be one less question. Exposure to anyone ill in the 5 days before will not require cancellation. More times than not, these exposure cancellations were unnecessary as illness was not transmitted. Should a patient themselves have any signs of illness in the 5 days before their massage, then the appointment will be rescheduled once their body has recovered.

Beginning in 2023, cancelling with less than 24 hours notice, or not showing up at all, will be charged the full fee. This fee needs to be paid by the patient and cannot be billed to extended medical companies, as they only cover services rendered. This will continue to be waived if due to illness. Fees for services will also increase January 1st, 2023 to $120 per hour of massage or $250 per two hour appointments. This will keep the fee comparable with other RMT practices in the Comox Valley.

Relaxing boundaries to BC wide

For the first time in 2 years, anyone in BC for 5 days preceding your massage appointment can access care at Functional Massage Therapy. As long as you are symptom free and haven’t had close contact with someone ill (including new onset of runny nose, cough, skin rash, fever etc), in the past 5 days. Appointments are once again available for workplace exposures as long as PPE was worn. Masks remain mandatory during your time inside the clinic. Your honesty, cooperation and patience are greatly appreciated!

First day of Spring announcements!

Functional Massage Therapy’s travel boundary is relaxing to include the whole Vancouver Island once again! 2 hour massages are back on the table and available to book online!

Thankfully, the Island covid related hospitalizations are finally below 40 and Leslie Clisby is ready to come out hibernation, slowly!

Masks are still required due to the prolonged appointment time and being unable to physically distance in the treatment room. Those that have recently left the Island or hosted guests from off Island will still have to wait 5 days for a massage appointment. Tourists will have to wait a while longer before being welcomed back inside the clinic, unless they are family of current patients and have been here at least 5 days. Take care and be kind, the marathon isn’t over yet.

Refreshing policies for ease of access!

Beginning March 1, 2022, it will be easier to make appointments at Functional Massage Therapy. According to Infection Control experts, Covid in 2022 is much different than Covid in 2020. The Omicron variant incubation period is shorter than the previous variants. Therefore, Leslie Clisby has decided to update some policies.

New guidelines

  • Travel and social contacts outside of the North Island has shifted to 5 days.
  • Exposure to illness has shifted to 5 days, as long as you remain symptom free.
  • Experiencing symptoms of illness, please wait until symptoms resolve.
  • Confirmed covid symptoms must wait 10 days from onset.
  • Workplace exposure while PPE is worn is no longer a barrier for care.

Once active cases, hospitalizations and rate of transmission fall on the Island,
the travel and social contact boundary will expand and two hour massages will be available again. As of last week, there are still 135 cases on the North Island, 59 in the Comox Valley. There are 67 Islanders in the hospital with 67% being fully vaccinated.  Rate of transmission is 9%. 

Please continue to take care and be kind. Your honesty and wellbeing is valued at Functional Massage Therapy!

Back to North Island only for safety’s sake!

Due to the recent spike in active Covid cases on Vancouver Island, Functional Massage Therapy will be open for business for locals that have stayed north of Bowser, including their social contacts/visitors/guests in the two weeks before their massage appointments. This travel policy will be in place until there are only 40 active cases on the Island again. There will be a period of grace for appointments already booked as of August 5th. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated in this complex time!

Safety remains a priority!

Covid safety protocols will remain in place regardless of vaccination status. At Functional Massage Therapy, this includes wearing a mask during the massage appointment and limiting travel and social visits to Vancouver Island for the two weeks before an appointment. These measures will continue until active cases in BC are below 40.

Free to roam the whole Island!

At Functional Massage Therapy, it’s the data that dictates travel restrictions, not dates. Now that the VIHA numbers have dropped below 40, it is safer to interact with other Island communities. Be free to roam the whole Island with your fellow Islanders without having to wait 2 weeks for a massage!

Functional Massage Therapy will open up to BC wide travel for their patients once the whole province falls to 40 active cases. Until then, please keep your travel and social contacts to the Island region 2 weeks before your massage. Not everyone is ready to take on more risks associated with travel and increased social intermingling.

The north island travel restriction may be reimplemented in the future, should VIHA cases rise above 80. Fingers crossed that doesn’t happen as more people get their double dose of vaccinations. Leslie Clisby received her 2nd Pfizer shot on June 4th, 2021!

In other news, Leslie Clisby is celebrating 15+ years of being a member of the BC massage therapy association! It is a wonderful milestone to achieve while serving in health care! Cheers to another 15 years of being an RMT!

What a difference a year makes! North Island Strong!

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.