Upon arriving at the clinic, the client will be met by the therapist and taken into a clinic room. There are toys and books for children to use during a session. The therapist will take some notes about the client’s reason for visiting, any medical history which may be of help in understanding the case, and a general discussion on how the client is feeling.
The client then lies (fully clothed) on the treatment table, or sits in a chair if lying is not feasible. If the client is a baby, they are often held by their mum, dad or caregiver during the session. Young children enjoy having books read to them or playing with toys on the floor while being treated. Clients remain clothed but may be asked to remove their shoes or hair accessories such as hair bands.
The therapist will lightly place their hands on the client’s body. The most common places of contact are the head, back, sacrum (base of spine), shoulders and feet. Other parts of the body are contacted if needed. The therapist will tell the client where they would like to make contact and if this is ok.
The therapist will talk to the client about what they feel in the client’s system. Sometimes this is done throughout the session, and sometimes it is as a discussion at the end of the session. Clients are welcome to close their eyes and focus on their own thoughts and sensation within their body, or just simply relax and enjoy the session.
At the end of the session, the therapist will have a discussion with the client. This may include some self-help suggestions, what to expect after the session and if more sessions are recommended.