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. 

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!

 

 

 

Improving access by removing barriers!

20160803_113052_resizedKeeping 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!

 

New location! 331C 6th Street within Dragonfly Community Acupuncture!

Functional Massage Therapy has taken a leap of faith and safely landed at Dragonfly Community Acupuncture!

Today was my first day of business at the new location of 331C 6th Street. Easy to find, as its in the building next door at street level! I can finally offer a wheelchair accessible location which makes me quite happy to expand the potential for care and service.

I’m excited to work alongside my new colleagues, Andrew and Brittany, as we look to find balance by bringing eastern and western approaches within the same treatment centre! Joyfully, everything else will remain the same: phone, email, scheduling, billing and days of operation. I hope to see you at my new location!

Functional Massage Therapy's photo.
Functional Massage Therapy's photo.
Functional Massage Therapy's photo.

 

Game on! This healer is healed!

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!

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