FAQs at Amala
Appointments + Scheduling
Q: Do you only see female clients?
A: Yes. We did not start out serving only the female population, however, over time, we have felt a need and a desire, a push and a pull you may say, to focus solely on the mind, body + spirit wellness of women.
Q: Do we take walk-ins?
A: We schedule by appointment only. We tend to stay booked and busy, both inside and outside of the office, so it is rare that we have an opening for walk-ins. However, if we happen to be available and can get you in, we will be happy to!
Q: How far in advance do I need to book?
A: One to two weeks out is best, more is good too, and less can be iffy. Our availability varies week to week and day to day.
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: We ask that you give 24-48 hours notice when at all possible, so we may have some time to get someone else in, who may be in need of an appointment. As of now, we do not charge for missed appointments. We understand that life happens, extenuating circumstances arise, and sometimes people just forget. We just ask that you do your best to be mindful that our business is our livelihood, seeing clients is how we make a living and provide for our families, and that you remember the door swings both ways-- meaning, when life happens to us or we have an extenuating circumstance that you can be understanding as well.
Q: Do I need to arrive early for my appointment?
A: No, on time is good. If your appointment is for an hour, I block off an hour and a half for you. My next client will be scheduled at the end of that hour and a half. If your service is an hour and a half, I will block off two hours for your appointment. This will allow time to use the restroom, time for us to discuss any issues or concerns, and time to get you checked out after your service.
Q: Do I have to fully undress for my massage?
A: No. Absolutely not. But you can if you'd like. Some people do and some don't. You will be covered with a sheet and a blanket during your massage. It's about your comfort and preference. The area that is being worked on will be the only area uncovered, then it will be recovered. If shorts, pants or underpants are left on, they are used to tuck in the sheet or drape on the low back area.
If you are unable to undress or are receiving Lymphatic Massage only, we can work with you clothed, the experience will be a little different of course, and contact with the skin directly can be more effective, especially when doing lymphatic massage, but we will do our best to accommodate everyone and their individual needs, when and how we can. If you are unable to undress, wearing slightly loose, to lightly fitted comfortable cotton clothing would be best.
Q: Do I need to dress a certain way for my appointment?
A: No, unless you are coming for Yoga Trapeze Training, then you will want to wear comfortable, breathable clothing-- yoga pants, comfy capri pants, sweatpants or athletic pants, and a t-shirt or tank top, and sports bra for the ladies. Also, please don't wear perfume or jewelry to your training. The synthetic fragrances can be irritating to some and they can also be transferred onto the Yoga Trapeze fabric. The jewelry could get caught and cause harm to you or damage to the fabric. (We are not currently offering Yoga Trapeze Training, so you will not see it in our menu of services, but it may be back, so we felt it best to leave the information here. JSYK ;)
Q: What age range do you serve?
A: Maturity and ability to relax and take treatments seriously are important. With some services, like Yoga Trapeze and Esthetics, safety, ability to follow directions, and skin sensitivity are factors. So, for Yoga Trapeze and Esthetics, we say 12-15 years old and up. And for Therapeutic Massage, Lymphatic drainage, and Healing Touch, we can work with any age-- However, times may need to be lessened or customized for children and the elderly.
Q: Do I need to silence my cell phone?
A: Yes, please! Do Not Disturb is the best, or you can leave it in your vehicle. We are here to help you and other clients relax and unwind, and cell phones going off, ringing or vibrating during treatments, do not promote stillness, relaxation, or the temporary escape you and other clients deserve.
Q: Is it okay to bring my child/children to my appointment?
A: It depends. We are doing our best to provide a quiet, tranquil, relaxing space, for you and other clients alike. So, if your child/children are old enough and mature enough to sit quietly, wait patiently, and be unattended for the duration of your appointment, then sure, we have a waiting area where they can sit comfortably while you relax, otherwise, we ask that you please make other arrangements for them.
Q: Why do I need to drink water after my treatment?
A: First of all, we all need to consume half of our body weight in ounces of pure, clean water, minimum, daily, for our bodies to have enough hydration to function properly and optimally. Our entire bodies are made up of cells-- each organ and structure are either a hard or soft tissue, made up of cells, with lymphatic fluid and blood circulating throughout. All of these need proper hydration to function adequately and move properly.
After a massage, and stimulating your bodies natural healing, detoxification, and relaxation responses, extra water is recommended to help hydrate and so assist your bodies natural processes and responses. Any time your body is faced with stressors, whether they be physical (exertion/exercise) or emotional in nature, it is recommended to up your water intake a bit, because you are either losing more water through sweat, creating more heat, or your body is just working harder, and so using up more of its water supply. If you're interested in reading a little, and learning about the importance of water in your life, I recommend the book Water The Ultimate Cure by Steve Meyerowitz, with Introduction by F. Batmanghelidj, MD.
Side note: I am always working on keeping my water intake where it needs to be. It can be tough, but we can do it!