Want to know what to expect ? I’ve got you covered.
Before you arrive.
I recommend eating a light meal or snack before coming to make sure you don’t get hungry (or hangry!) during your appointment. If possible, wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing so you can lay back and relax. If you’re coming from work in your dressy clothes, no worries – I have plenty of sheets and gowns if you need to take off a layer or two to get comfortable.
When you arrive.
My office is a private studio space with high ceilings, natural light, a minimalist environment, and an airy feel in a renovated warehouse building. It’s just you and me, no interruptions. You’ll be offered a place to hang your coat, a cup of water and hot tea, and a comfortable chair. Once you settle in, we’ll go over some paperwork together and get started!
You share your experiences, I ask you a whole slew of questions, and then I poke and prod at you a bit.
After taking care of the initial paperwork, we talk. I invite you to share your experiences, health history, current concerns, and goals. Then I ask you a lot of questions (and I mean it, a lot). Some of those of questions may seem completely unrelated to your main areas of concern, but trust me, it’s all important! This is holistic medicine that takes into account your whole self, and I need to know the ins and outs of your body, mind, and spirit.
After all those questions, I look at your tongue (yep – and please, do not brush it before you come!), feel pulse positions on your wrists, and may ask to examine other areas of your body that are relevant to your areas of concern. For example, if you have shoulder pain and tension, I will ask to see and feel the tissues of your upper, neck, and arms. Observation is a very important part of the process – the body sends very clear messages.
Based on your unique presentation and your preferences, we will work together to determine the best treatment for you. Many treatments are provided to patients while they are fully clothed, with areas of skin exposed by simply adjusting the clothing as needed. If I need to treat an area of your body that cannot be accessed while you are wearing an article of clothing, I will provide you with a gown and sheet, and will step out of the room while you disrobe and get comfortable on the table.
Once you’re settled in on the treatment table, I make sure you’re feeling good and then I start my work, explaining the process as I go.
Time for your needle (or needle-free) nap!
Once the needles are in, it’s time for you to lie back, breath deep, and relax. I may offer guided breathing exercises or visualization to help you get in the zone. Needles are generally left in for 20-30 minutes. I may sit in the room with you, or step out into the hallway. If you need anything mid-treatment, I will be there to assist you.
If you are receiving needle-free treatment modalities, such as laser therapy or tuning forks, energy work, or other forms of body work like cupping or TuiNa, it is a much more hands-on process, and I will likely be in the room with you for most of the treatment.
After the treatment.
Once your treatment is over, I give you time to get off the table at your own pace. We take care of final details, future appointment scheduling, payment, and discuss any further questions you may have. Then you’re off, ready to meet the rest of your day in a blissed-out post-acupuncture state of mind.