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August newsletter

| August 20th, 2012 | No Comments »

Modalities Massage Therapy

August Newsletter


Dear clients, This Thursday, August 23rd, is the deadline for aromatherapy orders.  Check out the webpage on direct orders for the short list of products and pricing.  Contact me by phone or email to place your order. As always, orders should be in within a week and I will contact you regarding pick-up. Beginning in September there will be some small changes in my work schedule.  I will be teaching infant massage at Mothering Touch again but on Wednesday mornings and I will no longer be working at Achieve Health Monday and Wednesday mornings.  In terms of hours here at Modalities there will be only small changes and a continuation of the ‘temporary’ addition of Tuesday mornings.  New hours as of September 1/2012 will be:

Monday: 10am to 6pm Tuesdays: 10am to 4:30pm; one 7 pm appointment Wednesdays: 12:30pm to 4:30pm Thursdays: 9am to 4:30pm; one 7 pm appointment Friday: 10am to 6pm

I have been doing some blogging lately and wanted to share those thoughts with you. The following links will take you to them: food and drug efficacy and DNR and final wishes.

As we move into the fall I hope that we all have the opportunity to enjoy some more warm weather and sunshine. For those of you coming under the influence of school I hope your return to classes goes smoothly.

Best wishes,

Sheila Hobbs, RMT



Aromatherapy and a change in hours….

| May 30th, 2012 | No Comments »

Happy spring to you all,

I have decided to place an unscheduled aromatherapy order this Friday so if there are any essential oils, base oils, skin care products or the like you wish to buy from my supplier for the usual 20% mark up please let me know by Thursday night.  To see a selection you can go to the website.  Please note that the listed prices include the 20% mark up, but will have HST added.

As you all know I have been teaching baby massage classes at the Mothering Touch since September.  I have found it to be a lovely addition to my practice.  Due to lower numbers in the nice weather though we have decided to call off classes for the summer and resume in the fall on a new day.  What this means to you is that I will be adding Tuesday morning hours for the summer.  As of this coming week Tuesday hours will be from 10 to 5.  I will still be offering the Tuesday night time at 7pm.

I hope the spring is finding you and that you are enjoying the long, light evenings.

Sheila Hobbs, RMT
Modalities Wellness


Misssing the obvious…

| January 19th, 2012 | No Comments »

As a health and wellness professional I think of myself as well informed and a good clinician.  I encourage people to be thoughtful with their wellness and think about all aspects of a situation when making decisions.  I even offer my services as a wellness consultant to help other with this process.  This morning I had a moment when I was reminded that no one does it right all the time – especially when dealing with family.

One of my stepsons has eczema.  Until this fall he had been symptom-free for about two years.  Then he had a flare up  Since that time we have been struggling to bring the symptoms back under control.  They have abated at times and are in a moderate level of irritation right now.  We have tired some corticosteroid cream with not great results – for either the itching or the state of the eczema itself.  He is oatmeal bathing frequently which offers temporary relief.  We have got him off of dairy – mostly – as that helped in the past.  I modified some of my bare bottom bum cream with different essential oils, which has helped as much as anything.  I got him to add an Omega 3/6 supplement as that helped with some itching I had during pregnancy.  Overall, some symptom management has been our best outcome.

How does that moment I described fit into all of this?  I was putting cream on my own legs and thinking how dry they are with the colder weather, which led to thoughts of other skin drying activities, which led to thoughts of my stepson being in and out of hot baths multiple times a week.  Suddenly I wanted to kick myself.  In all the other suggestions we have tried, in all the recommendations, I couldn’t remember ever saying “moisturize after your bath”.

Such a simple concept, one anyone with dry skin will tell you is a necessity, and it never crossed our minds.  We shall see now whether it is the missing piece.  Will some intensive moisturizing help?  Post bath and – if I can convince him – overnight will be the next phase of treatment.  

Now eczema isn’t deadly, no permanent harm is likely to come of this, but as my stepson would attest, it is a pain, very distracting and not helpful to life as a whole, but why make this a blog?  I keen on reminding anyone I am imperfect, but I did want a reminder of what happens when I don’t slow down and think things through.   The other reasons are: to help others remember that lesson too, and to remind them too that when dealing with family, it is easy to forget some of the most basic things.  Dealing with family we can often be both more concerned and less careful than normal.  Not careless for their well being, but sometimes, in the rush of daily life, if you never sit down and give proper, systemic thought you can miss the obvious.  Next time you or one of your family members comes up against a wellness issue, give it the thoughtfulness it deserves.  And if the issue is a larger one be sure to give it its due and if you need too, get some support.



| January 4th, 2012 | No Comments »

Many massage therapists in BC will not work with WorkSafeBC injured workers.  I was one of the abstainers.  The length of appointments, the payments and the reporting and billing processes were all been very limiting and difficult to sort through.  In 2011 the Massage Therapists Association of British Columbia signed a new contract with WorkSafeBC which improved the rate of pay and simplify the whole process.  Given the huge improvements, I decided to begin treating WorkSafeBC clients.  What has changed, and how is the process still unique and challenging?  That’s what this blog is all about.

First, the changes and why I like them.  The money factor, for better or worse I do this job to support myself and my family and I need to make a certain amount of money to do that, the previous contract just didn’t make fiscal sense for me.  The new contract significantly raised the rates and I am now able to offer reasonable appointment lengths balancing treatment effectiveness with fiscal feasibility.  The paperwork and hassle factor also decreased.  Credit goes to both negotiating parties for many of these improvements, but technology also plays a huge role.  The policy change that most helps the quick, effective treatment of WorkSafeBC claimants is the removal of the need for an active claim number.  As long as a claimant has a referral from their MD for the treatment and is within 8 weeks of their injury, I can treat them and have a reasonable expectation of payment – even if the claim is later denied.  This eliminates a lot of delay and the need to try to get money out of the injured worker later.  Policy now allows me up to three treatments a week for 5 weeks with the submission of only one quick form.  The technology part of the improvement begins with the form which you can submit by fax – no mailing.  Then there is billing submission.  Paper billing and the time lags of snail mail made reimbursement ridiculously slow previously and small errors could move the ridiculous into the impossible range.  Waiting 30 to 45 days is long enough, but I had heard of 3-6 month waits.  The introduction of online billing made the process much simpler.  Submission is fast and easy, billing errors are less frequent and caught sooner.  All of these factors make being “a part of WorkSafeBC’s Massage Therapy network” a much more appealing.

What are the restrictions that still make the process difficult?  Treatment limitations are the big issue for me.  The time factor is part of that, though I must say it has been far less bothersome than I had anticipated.  The big issue is the, well, let’s call it the geographical restriction.  As a Massage Therapist our training emphasizes the idea of the body being a whole.  This is not the way WorkSafeBC sees the body.  They see the injured part and the non-injured part.  When working within the agreement therapists may only deal with the injured area.  On the surface this seems reasonable.  WorkSafeBC is trying to avoid having undo advantage being taken and limiting their responsibility to the workplace injury.  The difficulty, as a therapist, is ignoring the complications of the initial injury that are causing pain and dysfunction for the worker.  I need to change my focus from improving the overall well-being of my patient, to restoring function in one part.  It seems a subtle difference but it is a difficult shift to make.  Reinforcing this shift is another of WorkSafeBC’s policies – get the worker back to work.  Again, a reasonable goal for a corporation but sometimes more difficult for a health practitioner.  

For all the limitations the thing I like is the challenge.  The above mental gymnastics and regional restricts are the less joyful part of the challenge; the injury assessment and restoration of function being the more joyful.  WorkSafeBC clients the issues are generally acute, so I get  to use types of assessment and treatment rarely called for in my other work.  The focused treatment and the newness of the injuries is a more intense and dynamic process, which adds variety to my practice.