Where will my Bodywork Alchemy session be received?

Sessions are received at my Tucson office located at 3333 N Campbell Avenue. My clients enjoy their time with me in Suite 12; which is a warm, comfortable, quiet room with soft, relaxing music to enhance their healing experience.

Do you provide service on a walk in basis?

Sessions are available by appointment only.  Hours of operation are:

Monday-Tuesday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesday-Saturday: Currently unavailable
Sunday: 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm

What is your cancellation policy?

“I do everything possible to provide the very best service to all of my clients. While I would love to heal the world unfortunately there are only so many hours in the day. When a client fails to make their appointment, or cancels at the last minute, it takes away the opportunity for another client to see me.”

  • A twenty-four hour cancellation is required for all appointments.
  • Clients are asked to give cancelation notification by both email and phone.
  • Clients are responsible for full payment in the event that they do not show up for their appointment
  • and/or failure to cancel within the cancellation guidelines.
  • Late arrivals shall receive their service minus the amount of time they arrived late.
  • Twenty minutes late is considered a no show and client is responsible for full payment.
  • Gift certificates and coupons are voided by failure to make your appointment or cancel with sufficient notice.

What level of undress is required when I receive a session?

It is entirely up to each individual to decide how much clothing is appropriate to wear during their bodywork session. Clients are encouraged to undress to their level of comfort. Clients are always properly and comfortably draped with a sheet at all times. Only the area being worked on will be exposed.

Traditionally most massage therapy and bodywork techniques are performed with the client unclothed. This is so the lotions or oil will allow the hands of the massage therapist to glide smoothly over the skin. While it is not necessary to undress completely for a session, it is recommended. Doing so allows your massage therapist to be more effective in their strokes and work on the body.

There are some forms of bodywork however that are received fully clothed such as Reiki and Shiatsu.

Will I have privacy when I disrobe?

Clients are left alone when preparing for their session; with ample time given for undressing, becoming comfortable on the massage table and making sure they are covered. A quiet knock on the door will be heard before I re-enter the room.

Will all parts of my body be massaged?

The desired outcome of your session will be discussed to determine which parts of your body require massage. The client is always in control of their session concerning where and how they are touched.

A typical full body session will address the back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. Hip, gluteal and abdominal massage may also be recommended, dependent on the individual needs and preferences of each individual. Genitals (male or female) or breasts (female), will neither be touched nor exposed.

What will my Bodywork Alchemy Session feel like?

The experience depends on which techniques we decide best fit your goals. During a massage, I may start with slow, broad compressions to say hello to the muscles, and Myofascial Release to stretch and relax the web of fascia that surrounds your body.

If your body feels stressed, your muscles feel rigid, or your limbs have forgotten how to relax, I may use a wave-like system of Rocking the Body to settle down your nervous system.

From there, if we’re doing a more relaxing or maintenance style Swedish massage session, I’ll use broad, flowing strokes with a sensitive-skin friendly massage gel. The gel reduces friction and lets the strokes glide across your skin while hydrating it.

This will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension.

During a deep tissue massage, Swedish techniques may be used before to warm up an area, and afterwards to “make nice” from more intensive work. My deep tissue work can be a deeper pressure, but usually the focus is to get to the deeper layers of muscles, and to the ones who don’t often get attention.

With deeper work, remembering to breathe helps you relax. You may find yourself unconsciously holding your breath when a sensitive area is massaged, but it is best to breathe through it. If at any point in the massage something causes you discomfort, whether physical or emotional, please let me know what I can do to correct the situation immediately.

How long will my Bodywork Alchemy Session Last?

Clients may choose to schedule a 60-minute, 75-minute or a 90-minute appointment. The choice is dependent upon the reason for wanting the massage/bodywork and the present condition of the body.

The 60-minute session is a general session that addresses the entire body to a large extent. Clients may expect relaxation, nurturing, managing stress and maintenance. This is a good choice for people with healthy flexible bodies, are new to bodywork; first time clients as well as those who receive massage on a regular weekly basis.

The 75-minute session is designed to allow time to focus on whichever area of the body requires extra attention while making sure the rest of the body is never neglected. Over time, the extra 15 minutes of nurturing, managing stress and general maintenance often supplies the body with just the right amount of energy, flexibility and relief to reach a higher level of wellness. This in-between session is a great choice for these ready to stretch their experience however not quite ready to commit to the 90-minute session.

The 90-minute session allows ample time to integrate several different modalities into a full-body session; leaving time to focus on problem areas in addition to treating your whole body to a relaxing, nurturing, session. This is the perfect selection for the individual who has current injuries or areas of chronic pain that need attention, who also wishes to address the body as a whole.

How will I feel after my Bodywork Alchemy Session?

The results of a session come in many flavors. How one feels after the massage will vary based on the style of massage used, the length of the session, and the demands placed on the body afterward. Feelings range from being relaxed renewed and centered, to invigorated, excited or experiencing a rush of clarity or new energy and insight, to recognizing your true level of fatigue and wanting only to rest.

The majority people experience a deep sense of relaxation. Others experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people may experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days.

Deep tissue massage may leave the body free from chronic tightness or acute pain patterns, but you may feel a little sore for a day or two afterwards after you've had a lot of deep tissue work done.

After receiving Shiatsu, you may feel deeply calm, yet energized, and more aware of your body’s needs. Occasionally you may experience some cold or flu like symptoms, as the body takes advantage of the improved flow of energy to clean house. If the session was more physical, you may feel some soreness, like you’ve worked out. This tends to pass in a day or two, leaving you feel more vital than before.

How you feel after a Reiki session is as individual as the person receiving Reiki. Most people have a sense of peace and well-being, balanced energy and expanded awareness. Many will find their pain reduced, some may have symptoms of detoxification, while others may experience a healing crisis before they feel better. The loving, intelligent energy of Reiki goes where it is needed whether it is on a mental, emotional, body or spirit level.  Since all are interrelated, all parts benefit.

Are there any medical conditions that would make my Bodywork Alchemy Session Inadvisable?

Yes. Massage Therapy affects the entire body as a system and interacts with conditions and medications in specific ways. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, you fill out an intake form and answer some general health questions. It is very important that you inform me of any health problems or medications you are taking.

If you are under a doctor's care for chronic disease or conditions, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. I have a release form that you can send to your MD in this situation that gets her/his approval on starting a massage therapy treatment plan. It is not often that massage is completely contraindicated for a condition. It is more likely that the massage approach would need to be modified or altered due to information I receive from you.