Functional Massage Therapy is tightening their bubble security to maintain a low risk exposure level while still remaining open! Considering the recent cases on the island and within the province, as well as Dr. Henry’s most recent message regarding bubble size and travel, some changes need to happen.
Beginning next week, anyone gathering with more than 6 people from separate bubbles will need to hold off from seeking massage from Functional Massage Therapy for a period of 2 weeks. Also, anyone leaving the Comox Valley, Campbell River region or hosting guests from outside this region will be asked to wait 2 weeks before coming into Functional Massage Therapy. Port Alberni, Cortes, Quadra, Hornby and Denman will be considered part of this travel bubble region due to Leslie’s own personal bubble exposure. For example: You play hockey every week with 10 people on the bench/dressing room. Please don’t request a massage from Leslie until you are willing to take 2 weeks off hockey. OR you just went to Victoria as a tourist to do some shopping and hiking with your own bubble, please wait 2 weeks before booking a massage from Leslie. OR you just went camping with some friends from Nanaimo in Tofino; please wait 2 weeks before coming into Functional Massage Therapy. What is acceptable in the days leading up to your massage? Work in Port Alberni, camping around Campbell River, visiting family on Cortes etc.
I suspect this level of precautions will last until there are no new cases within VIHA for 2 weeks. Until then, please reduce the faces and places you visit. Leslie is committed to staying local for the month of August in order to keep serving your needs in a safe manner!
Functional Massage Therapy has been opened for the past 3 weeks while the Island had no positive cases. Now that one was recently announced in the south Island, it is wise to review my systems and make improvements where necessary before a local case is announced. Until today, some patients with pre-existing chronic mild symptoms that are familiar to them and them to me, were treated using clinical reasoning; feeling comfortable with the status on the Island and my precautions of not treating anyone with exposure off the Island for 2 weeks were adequate. Things like blowing your nose upon awakening or a headache from a kinked position while napping, were discussed and referred to *811, while informed consent was given to proceed. Today, my system is to reschedule any Covid symptom for any reason until a negative Covid test is confirmed or 10 days have past since onset of symptoms and those symptoms have resolved, allergies and headaches included. Please call *811 to discuss your options for all of our protection before booking an appointment should you have a runny nose. I need to rely on honesty and a level of seriousness for the process to keep helping my patients. Fever reducing medication (Tylenol) can’t be taken for four hours before monitoring for fever. Should you be on antibiotics for any reason, please wait until the prescription is complete before booking an appointment. There will be plenty to massage once the nose clears, the headache fades and we can all breathe easy again! Hopefully it won’t take 3 months to get in to see me again if we all do our part! It’s a minor inconvenience but necessary in these strange times. As a precaution, Leslie Clisby was recently swabbed and tested negative. It turns out “normal” morning congestion can be related to excessive cheese/sugar intake. There will be plenty of time for cake once covid is a thing of the past. This is the link https://cmtbc.ca/registrants/faqs-rmts-return-to-practice-interim-guidelines/ that guides my decisions, as well as the wonderful supportive team at VIHA (Vancouver Island Health Authority! Take Care and be Kind!
As Leslie Clisby strives to re-establish care to her patients in this new Covid environment, all online booking options have been disabled. While the system is inaccessible, a switch will be made to a BC based company, Jane! Stay tuned for the switch!
How we rise to a challenge determines our fortitude! The past 12 weeks away from providing hands on care was interesting, difficult and transforming. Through it all, I held onto my belief in best case scenarios, that we would be spared what we were witnessing happening around the globe due to the effects of the Covid virus. I am so happy to poke my head out of my home and connect with my patients finally! Processing the changes and shifts in how we manage physical distance and our healthcare has been a daunting task as I contemplated reopening the clinic. Great consideration was put into all avenues of best care for myself and my patients. I have successfully created a reopening plan and I am happy to forward it to anyone who cares to know what has been happening behind the scenes to prepare for a return to hands on care in this day and age. I will be busy sanitizing the clinic in between patients, so it may take a little longer to return phone calls and emails. Maybe even a whole day. Please be patient as I adjust to this new normal of exceptional service.
I have disabled the online booking option for the time being as I strive to re-establish care to those that have counted on me pre Covid. All patients are welcome to request appointments via firstname.lastname@example.org or 250 338 4515. New patients included! I am limiting my practice to residents of the Comox Valley and Campbell River regions in my first phases of reopening. This means that you must isolate from Functional Massage Therapy until 2 weeks have passed since your return to the Island or once off Island guests, family, friends have vacated your care/home/vehicle. This is an extra precaution that only applies to my private practice. I feel empowered to open my doors knowing the Island has had no new cases in over 2 weeks. I feel it is in everyone’s best interests to be cautious in how we ease our own personal restrictions. Please take care until I can treat you again!
The provincial health authority has announced they will be lifting the restrictions for massage therapy, possibly as early as the 19th of May. Functional Massage Therapy is waiting for our governing college to announce protocols and procedures on how we can do this safely without spreading the Covid virus. Until then, the online booking has been disabled and no new appointments will be made. Once open, Functional Massage Therapy will only be serving residents of the Comox Valley and Campbell River. Priority will be on re-establishing care to my patients who were cancelled in the past 7 weeks. Those patients will be contacted by phone to arrange appointments and to answer any questions or concerns. All other requests for treatment can be emailed to email@example.com or by phone 250 338 4515. These requests will be contacted in my next phase of reopening, depending on how the first phase goes. New patient requests will be deferred until July as a general rule, although compassionate requests will be considered on a case by case basis depending on the situation. I am grateful for everyone that reached out with such care during this closure! I’m most impressed by how you are all handling this break in your normal care and routine! Keep up your efforts of keeping 2 meters apart and staying home if mildly ill! Take care and breathe easy until I can treat you again!
The best way to flatten the curve is to get ahead of it with prevention and precaution with best practices. Functional Massage Therapy will be closed for a month, if not longer, depending on the active cases on the Island at that time. Please limit your travel, including within Canada. Local states of emergency are arising in Alberta. It is suggested by some authorities to limit travel within 100km and self quarantine for 3 weeks upon your return outside of that distance. Honor the 1-2 meter distance between humans until the daily viral count is in the single digits again, per province. Know that it takes an average of 5 days before you feel symptoms. May you breathe easy until Leslie Clisby can treat you again.
Functional Massage Therapy is committed to providing a safe environment and delivering a consistent message aligned with our provincial health authority. It is with this in mind that the clinic cannot serve anyone that has recently returned from travel outside of Canada for a period of 2 weeks upon their return. Regardless of whether you feel a fever, dry cough and breathing difficulties, the two weeks is necessary to ensure the incubation period of the virus has passed. Please refrain from booking an appointment or coming to the clinic until this quarantine period has passed. It is our social responsibility to manage ourselves with self control and seriousness as we limit the exposure to this virus.
So many new ways to experience a massage at Functional Massage Therapy!
Chair massages are now available and may appeal to those unable to comfortably lay down. I’ve had a few requests and can now provide!
2 hour massages are now an option! They are available by booking my first 2 spots at 11am and 1230pm. When I see one name for both times, I will know it will be a 2 hour massage. The cost is $222, includes GST. The cost of one hour massages has risen to $105 including GST.
Functional Massage Therapy has a new product to offer. Posturemedic is a posture support device that also functions as a strengthening tool. It comes in 4 sizes to give you the stability you need. $45, includes GST.
Other neat new ways Functional Massage Therapy is starting 2020 with a fresh focus is with new floors, paint and furnishings. It makes the clinic feel larger, cleaner and more comfortable going forward! Come check out the new look!
November marks 8 years since Functional Massage Therapy first began on 6th street in Courtenay! Much gratitude for each and every patient that received treatment! I appreciate the wisdom gained and the ability to grow to continue serving my community! Thank you for putting your presence in my hands!
Beginning January 2020, I’ll be raising my rates to $105 including gst for an hour of massage therapy. I’m not a fan of raising my rates. I struggle with keeping up with my colleagues prices, keeping health care affordable and keeping my location. I will contact my MLA to advocate for better medical coverage for all Canadians!
In the year since I took over the space at 331c, there has been constant updates with more in store! Soon new floors and paint, thanks to the long tern partnership with the owner of the building! I also welcomed my first tenant, Dr. Kallista Bell. It was great to have more health services alongside mine. She has recently relocated to Comox and I wish her all the success! Which means I’m ready to grow and welcome 2 new health care professionals to join me. Maybe a counselor, physio, acupuncturist or dietitian to offer complete care? Maybe another Rmt or 2? There is space to grow a practice under your own terms &/or come into this opportunity with a more all inclusive option. I’m putting this out there to see if it is you?
As summer fades to fall, we are pleased to announce a new wider massage table to better support our patients! When we can operate from a place of stability instead of a place of protection, our whole game and playing field changes! Book an appointment with Functional Massage Therapy to learn how this may apply to you!
With school returning, we are reminded that it has been 14 years since Leslie Clisby became a RMT! May we all continue learning and growing! May you succeed at everything that grabs your focus!