Hello and Welcome to Acupuncture Bodywork
First, I would like to thank you for opening your hearts and minds to a unique and ancient healing system. Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine known to mankind and has been practiced in China for thousands of years. Acupuncture works through the meridian energetic system of the body to communicate with the nervous system and all other systems to self-regulate and harmonize imbalances. The body is a powerful energetic system that is capable of healing often without the use of surgery and medications.
Here are a few things you should familiarize yourself with before treatment.
Upon arriving for your first appointment, please remember the following:
- Eat a light meal at least one to two hours before treatment so you will be digested and grounded.
- Please arrive fifteen minutes prior to your first appointment so you have enough time to fill out a health history form, or you can choose to download the form (using the link below) to bring with you filled out before you arrive for treatment. Please fill out all information that pertains to you, so we can paint a clear picture of who you are and what you need from treatment. Acupuncture treats the being as a whole.
- Try to schedule the rest of your day light. Avoid strenuous activities.
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What to expect during treatment?
At the initial evaluation, your acupuncturist will review your intake form and discuss with you any questions or concerns you may have. After this she will examine you through palpation to feel for constrictions or imbalances and ask you for feedback. This will be her ground work in selecting points for treatment. After the needles are in you will be left to relax for about 15-20 minutes. She may also choose to use other techniques depending on your individual need, such as cupping, moxabustion or gua sha.
After the needling phase you will be left on the table to rest for about 20 minutes or so. During this period you may find yourself very relaxed; you may even fall into a deep-REM sleep, or you may just float. Many people find this phase of treatment extremely pleasant as endorphins are released and the stressful world outside fades away, and the inside world opens up. Sometimes emotions, past experiences, creative ideas or desires may surface. These are all good signs of your body reconnecting with your psyche and spirit.
What to expect after treatment?
Generally people feel calm and centered for the rest of the day or for several days after a treatment. You may notice your symptoms have improved within days, or you may notice they seem worse for a few days, and then get better. You may also notice that you sleep very well the night of the treatment. Often other body systems start to regulate themselves as well so you may notice improved digestion, elimination, mood, etc. Frequently people seem to begin to make new connections after a successful treatment, either physically, or mentally, or both. Acupuncture is a ticket to an entirely new way of looking at the body, and to life itself. Welcome aboard, and enjoy the ride.