A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF OUR DIFFERENT SESSIONS
THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE AND OTHER MASSAGE TECHNIQUES
For your Massage session plan on arriving a few minutes early to be able to relax for a moment while you fill out our Health History Form. (You are also welcome to fill it out at home, there is a link in your appointment confirmation email.)
When it is time to start, your therapist will show you to the treatment room and sit down with you for intake. We plan on this taking about five minutes, however for new clients with more complicated histories, it may take a bit longer. This time is an investment in getting to know you, and we always prioritize understanding your situation, as well as your goals for the session.
Most massage is provided with the client undressed on a massage table, it can be warm if you would like. Your therapist will show you how to get on the table, let you know if you will be starting face up or face down and give you instructions about getting undressed. In general you should get undressed to your level of comfort, leaving on your underwear is perfectly ok, bras tend to get in the way of good back work, and we want you to feel comfortable and able to relax. Your massage therapist will step out of the room while you change and get on the table under the sheets.
When the therapist returns, they will work one area at a time, the rest of your body will be covered by the sheets and blanket for warmth and privacy.
During your session, please let your therapist know if you aren’t comfortable, or is the pressure is too deep, or anything else that is of concern. You are welcome to ask questions.
At the end of the session you will get dressed. Your therapist may step back into the treatment room with you to discuss your session and share feedback. You may develop a treatment plan, or discuss future sessions. Afterwards you will head to our front desk for payment and scheduling forward if you would like.
LYMPH DRAINAGE THERAPY
Do arrive a few minutes early to be able to relax for a moment while you fill out our Health History Form. (You are also welcome to fill it out at home, there is a link in your appointment confirmation email.) Your therapist will then take you to the treatment room and sit down for intake with you. For first sessions this will often take a while, it is important for us to know and understand what is going on for you, as well as your medical history, concerns, and goals. Often intake also includes time for education and explanation of the therapy.
Depending on what your concerns are the session will be provided clothed on the massage table, or undressed under the sheets and blankets on the massage table. Your therapist will let you know their plan and why they are working that way.
The therapy is gentle, rhythmic, and soothing. Most of the work is done skin to skin, although to address some areas more deeply, such as the abdomen, the work is often done over the sheets or clothing. Even when it is “deeper” work, with lymph drainage it is still a very gentle touch.
At the end of the session you will get dressed again, and have time to check in with the therapist about what they noticed, provide feedback and plan forward for future sessions if appropriate. Then you will head to the front desk for payment and scheduling.
YIN AND PRIVATE YOGA
As with all sessions, you will start with an intake form and sit down with your yoga instructor for intake and consultation at the beginning of the session. They want to know what is working or not working for you, your goals and capacity.
Sessions are generally done on the floor on a padded mat with bolsters, pillows, blocks, and straps for your comfort and support as you are getting into different poses.
Wear comfortable clothes that you can move easily in, you are welcome to change when you arrive at Alchemy. If you are comfortable in shorts and a tank top, this will allow for some myofascial work to be integrated into the session.
During the session you will be guided and supported, please share any concerns and feedback at any time. The session could include a variety of poses, breath work, chanting, and meditation.
Afterwards you will have a few minutes to relax and then talk with your instructor about the session. You might be planning forward, getting some feedback and instructions for your home practice, or considering other options in support of your goals. Then you will head to the front desk for payment and scheduling.
When you are receiving a focused reflexology session you will relax on the massage table clothed under warm blankets. You only need to shift your clothes to allow access to your feet, ankles, and calves. Your therapist will warm your feet with hot towels and use some aromatherapy if you would like.
Intake, closure, and after the session is the same as a massage.
As with all sessions at Alchemy, plan on arriving a few minutes early to be able to relax for a moment while you fill out our Health History Form. (You are also welcome to fill it out at home, there is a link in your appointment confirmation email.)
Your therapist will show you to the treatment room when it is time to start the session. They will sit down with you to go over your health history form. We plan on this taking about five minutes, however for new clients with more complicated histories, it will often take longer. There may be time for education and explanation of the therapy. This time is an investment in getting to know you, and we always prioritize understanding your situation, as well as your goals for the session.
CranioSacral Therapy is done with the client clothed and relaxing on a massage table. If you cool off easily, we can cover you with a blanket and turn on the table warmer. Generally your therapist will help you lie down and get comfortable with bolsters and then step out to wash their hands.
The therapist will use a gentle touch to check in with a variety of places on the body and will often then sit and work with specific areas for some time. The touch is steady, gentle, unlike massage it is more likely to be holds than strokes. Your therapist welcomes your feedback and insights during the session, and is happy to answer any questions.
At the end of the session the Therapist will give you a few minutes to gently return to yourself and get up. Often the therapist will return to the treatment room to discuss the session and plan forward. Afterwards you will head out to the front desk for payment and scheduling forward if you would like to.
PEDIATRIC CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY
For school aged kids, it is much the same as the description above.
Babies may spend their session in their parent or caregiver’s arms, with the therapist sitting next to them. Or they may be comfortable and relaxed laying on the massage table. Often young ones will need a break for nursing or a bottle, this time also helps them integrate any changes that may have occurred.
Toddlers and pre-schoolers don’t sit still. We know this and it doesn’t upset your therapist at all, we expect them to move as they need to. It seems a bit magical, and your therapist can work with the child even if they can’t be hands on.
Often it will take a few sessions for kids to come to know and trust the therapist and then then tend to relax a bit more. The truth is the same thing is happening with adults, we are simply acculturated to behave ourselves and lie on the table the way it is expected. Kids don’t do that, it’s ok.
Parents and caregivers are welcome to interact with the therapist and ask questions. We expect them to remain in the treatment room with all children 16 or under. Older teenagers may have sessions on their own, or parents may come along. We also ask parents to understand that we cannot have other children unsupervised in the waiting room, so if siblings are coming along, they will need to be in the treatment room as well.
Tips and tricks for kids – bring their favorite books, a toy, or even an electronic game – it is ok for them to play and be busy in this way. Don’t ask or expect them to “behave” a certain way, often their movements and responses give the therapist a lot of information. Encourage them participate in the intake, goal setting, and feedback if they are old enough to do so.
Sessions with children are generally scheduled for an hour. Sometimes it is clear that the child is done sooner and we will finish the session up early, generally at a half hour or three quarters of an hour and only charge for that amount of time. Children are often able to shift and release more fluidly and quickly than adults.
Sibling sessions can also be scheduled creatively. Often we will work with 2 or 3 siblings who are established clients within one hour and a half session. Discuss these options with your therapist.
And finally, parents, when our kids are having a lot of challenges, there are often pieces that each member of the family is carrying. We have seen real shifts and changes happen for everyone when parents make a priority of receiving work themselves in addition to their kids.