Frequently Asked Questions

What does your work with groups look like? 
Alejandra teaches classes and workshops in the healing, fitness and creative arts. She works with colleagues in various fields to facilitate processes like retreats, events, and longer-term processes with groups and organizations. She excels at helping teams deepen their relationships. 
 
What is United Bodyworkers and Artists studio? 
UBA Studio is a movement building practice space that centers the body and somatic intelligence. Alejandra (Tobar Alatriz), Sun Yung Shin, and Sara Wernick Schonwald (and others) ground their private practices in this space. United Bodyworkers and Artists studio is located on University Avenue, right off of hwy 280. 2486 University Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55114. 
 

Q: What is Global Somatics Process?

GSP is a theory and praxis. It is an understanding that health exists and that we can support its vitality with our full body intelligence. GSP helps individuals to activate channels between the physical body and energy field. This is helpful for self-realization, authentic healing and conscious evolution.
 
Suzanne River developed this process by weaving many somatic modalities with the art/discipline of relationship. The Global Somatics™ Process encourages the happiness and wholeness of the Natural Body. Read more.
 
Alejandra works in this lineage with a healing and environmental justice lens.
 

Q: What can I expect in a private bodywork session?

The first visit always includes an intake conversation before we do any hands-on work. We talk about what feels relevant and supportive for and about your health. We cover communication and consent. Unless indicated otherwise, the first session is on a massage table. Often, we begin working in the myofascial (muscles and fascia/ connective tissue) system, which more closely resembles a massage. It is often the case that neck, shoulders, and back could use support with relieving tension.  
 
 

Q: What is the difference between a session on a table or a mat?

Though there are always modifications that can be done to meet the needs of a client, there are some patterns that have emerged.

Sessions can lean more towards 1) fitness and movement repatterning work or more towards 2) healing therapy. 

Fitness and movement sessions involve core-strengthening, myo-fascial movement and work with small equipment like pilates reformer, chair, kettlebells, and more. 

Sessions on a mat tend to happen with the client dressed in loose and comfortable clothing, lying on a mat that is on the floor. Depending on temperature needs, blankets are available. 

Sessions that happen on a massage table tend to happen with the client minimally clothed, lying down, between the sheets. A bodywork session is an intimate experience and one doesn’t need to feel vulnerable and exposed.  With draping, I use the sheets to keep you covered while we’re working together.

 

Q: How do your sliding scale rates work?

Sliding scales are flexible ways of holding a fee. One starting place is income level/ organizational budgets. For individual bodywork sessions, a suggested scale can be found here. Thanks to community organizing by practitioners of the People’s Movement Center, subsidized sessions are available through the People’s Fund. The Fund will reopen early 2020. Please contact with questions or to set something up. 

The sliding scale for individuals is meant to help in making health care more affordable and accessible. Those who can pay at the higher end of the scale help to offset the cost of those who need to pay towards the lower end. The hope is that cashflow averages out to be at least market-rate level fees. 

With groups and organizations, a sliding scale is an intentional effort to distribute resources equitably between organizations I work with. This allows Alejandra to serve and support leaders and groups doing strategic movement-building work at little to no cost to them. This is one way for me to acknowledge historical oppression and participate in solidarity economies.

Q: Why don’t you accept tips?

Tips can be a lovely way to express gratitude within our system of capitalism. However, since (Tobar Alatriz) uses a sliding scale that asks an individual to pay as high as they feel comfortable, there is no need to add the expectation of another fee. Similarly to going to the doctor’s, no tip is expected. Bodywork sessions do carry a sales tax and the cost (7.625%) is carried forward to client. 

Other ways to express gratitude and support include:

  • continuing to book appointments
  • refer me/ us to others
  • write/ share a testimonials
  • paying as high as is comfortably possible within the scale, even if it fluctuates