Our First Session
Our first session will include a consultation and first acupuncture session and will take approximately 60 minutes. The consultation will consist of a medical and social history, a short Chinese physical exam, and a discussion of your goals for treatment and life. Then, we will get started on a journey to better, more vibrant health.
I use sterile, disposable, single use, stainless steel, hair-thin needles. I maintain a clean, friendly environment for my patients. I provide counseling based in the ancient wisdom of observing the natural movements of life. It is my goal to partner with you in this learning and healing experience. Whether it is physical pain, mental or emotional pain, chronic or acute illnesses, or even life stages or situations — a stressful job, a difficult transition, relationship troubles, a traumatic event, or simply not knowing what path to follow, I look forward to working with you. It is my hope to provide a bridge towards more strength, wisdom, and peace in yourself.
Most people experience no discomfort or a mild sensation as the needles are inserted. Sometimes there is a dull ache, or a slight tingling sensation. Following the treatment it is common to feel calm and relaxed, focused and energized, or more grounded and centered. I recommend wearing or bringing loose and comfortable clothing to your sessions.
The effects of treatment are cumulative. One treatment builds on the next and informs the progression of treatment. Just as it takes time to build muscle, it takes time and commitment to redevelop healthy energetic patterns in the body. As this happens, the positive effects of treatments will last longer. I generally recommend that new clients come once a week for 6-8 sessions to get the best results.
For Best Results
-Drink plenty of water after treatments, preferably at room temperature. Acupuncture can be -strongly detoxifying and the body needs adequate fluids to flush those toxins out and re-hydrate the tissues.
-Avoid very cold beverages for 4 hours after a treatment
-Abstain from alcohol for 24 hours before and after a session
-Avoid consuming caffeine prior to treatment
-It is ideal to schedule sessions so that you have some time to relax or do something enjoyable following the treatment. This isn’t always possible in our daily schedules but it is advised not to engage in strenuous physical activity soon after a treatment.
-Any drugs other than those prescribed by your physician can interfere with the effectiveness of treatment.
-Avoid eating very heavy meals directly afterwards