Mandy Bishop and Mandala Massage – Reset for the summer
If you’ve been following along on the blog (and we hope you have been!), you’ll see a similar refrain from our downtown business owners: shut down and reset. In some cases, we’ve seen businesses rebuild, and even reimagine how they do business in this new time. It’s a testament to our downtown business community; their resilience is inspiring!
In this installment of the blog, we catch up with Mandy Bishop of Mandala Massage to learn about her services and business mantra, and to hear about Mandala Massage’s own COVID-19 reset.
Mandy’s educational foundation in kinesiology led her to massage therapy in Vancouver, where she earned her diploma and worked for several years in resort towns out west. She opened Mandala Massage in 2016 after deciding to return home to the Queen City.
It wasn’t long before Mandy found the Neil Professional Building downtown, and knew it was the ideal place to relocate her practice.
“I saw an opportunity to be in the same space as other medical professionals, and I knew that this would be a perfect fit for me,” Mandy said.
Mandala Massage is a clinically focussed practice, serving clients with acute and chronic pain management, manual lymphatic drainage for swelling and edema, and working to rehabilitate injuries. Mandy specializes in rapid neurofascial reset – a manipulation that can be done fully clothed, without oils, and with results that reset the body by neurologically coaching it to heal itself.
Mandy tracked COVID-related news as it made its way to Regina. She made the hard decision to close her practice early.
“I just didn’t want to risk the health of my clients,” she said. “It was the most responsible thing to do.”
Today, Mandala Massage is leaner – Mandy is running her entire operation; she is working, while answering phones, taking payment, and resetting her space between clients with a 30-minute COVID-19 cleaning procedure. While Mandala Massage often served up to 11 clients, today there are between four or five.
“We were very busy in May when we were able to reopen,” Mandy said. “With so many people working from home, clients came back for therapy to relieve pain and stress.”