News Update, January 16th, 2022:
I will be maintaining my existing hours of operation Thursdays-Saturdays. All existing appointments after February 15th will be at this new location. At this time, I will continue to use my existing booking system. In the near future, I will integrate into Chiani’s system and will have a full reception team to assist patients. Some other perks you may enjoy include:
-accessibility for those with mobility issues
-plenty of parking
-a calming atmosphere and ability to darken the space
If this move makes treatments inaccessible to you or if you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
But wait! What does this mean for Japan?
Japan’s borders are still closed at this point. There is a small chance I will be told I can proceed with the necessary steps to acquire my student visa before class in early April but I feel this is unlikely. I made the decision to jump on this new opportunity because Japan seems less likely every day and I wanted to ensure the best treatment space possible for all of you. Maybe in 2023!
News Update, December 6th, 2021:
Firstly, as we prepare to move on to 2022, I want to sincerely thank you all for your continued trust in me as a health care provider. Living and working in Shawnigan over this last year has been a pleasure and that is all thanks to each of you.
As some of you know, planting roots here was not always my plan. In March 2020 I was entirely prepared to move abroad to Japan for an academic year on full scholarship. However, 3 days before boarding my flight, Canada called for all citizens to return home.
A few weeks ago, I received word that this opportunity was available again and that I was to arrive in Japan by March 12th, 2022. However, on December 2nd Japan closed its boarders to foreign nationals for one month due to the new Omicron variant.
If you are left wondering “Does this mean she is leaving or not?”, you are not alone! Unfortunately, I am in a state of limbo with regards to whether my study abroad trip will happen. As such, I have decided to continue to book patients in from March onward with the knowledge that these appointments may be subject to cancelation if Japan allows foreign students once again. It is my hope I will have a more definitive answer for you all by the new year, but as we have all grown to know, covid can change our plans at any time.
If I do experience this study-abroad trip, it will begin in March 2022 and will likely end by August 2022. There is a very small chance it may extend longer, but this is unlikely. Upon returning home, I will be returning to my massage practice.
For now, let’s continue to book as usual from March onwards. In addition to booking with me, I suggest you make appointments with other RMTs starting in March 2022 as a back-up plan to ensure your health care needs are met. Below is a list of other RMTs in the area of whom I believe are accepting new patients.
Thank you all for your continued support and your flexibility with this news. If you have any questions or if you require help finding appointments, please contact me. I would also like to remind you all that I have an ongoing waitlist and that I have last minute cancelations almost every week. If you would like to be added to this, you can do so yourself through my booking site or you can ask me about it.
Here are a few RMTs I found in the area that you may wish to book with as a back-up for March 2022:
Thank you for your time and have a great day,
Alex Mayr, RMT, BHSc.