- You can expect to be treated with respect.
- You can expect to be treated as an individual.
- You can expect I will answer questions with honesty
- You can expect I will always do my very best to help you
Initial treatments are always a little longer than subsequent treatments because they include a consultation before your treatment. The consultation is your time to tell your story.
To help with diagnosis I also look at the appearance of your tongue (tongue’s give a great clue as to what is happening in the body) and take your pulse which will give me a clear insight into your condition.
After the consultation, your acupuncture treatment will begin. Every effort is made so that you are relaxed and comfortable. Comfort is very important to your treatment so I pay close attention to ensuring you can relax.
Single use, sterile needles are carefully put in the points and I will ask feedback with each point. I want to know what you feel. Some people have no sensation when the needles are placed in, some feel a small pin prick. Every person is individual. However, I do look for you to feel something. That ‘something’ can be a tingling, a warmth, a spreading sensation, an ache, or a heaviness. This is called ‘de qi’ and it is a good indicator that we got it right. Most people are quite surprised at how different acupuncture can feel when you’re ‘Qi’ is moving.
Once the needles are in place, you are left to rest with the needles ‘working’ for 20 – 40 minutes.
During treatment I may use additional modalities such as a heat lamp, gua sha, moxibustion, herbal oil, cupping, or electro-acupuncture. I also have additional training in auricular acupuncture (ear acupuncture) which can be added to treatments for increase effectiveness.
After the needles are removed some people feel extremely relaxed, others feel clear headed. Again, it is very individual. When treating pain it is not uncommon to have an immediate reduction of pain after treatment. However, it takes 72 hours for your ‘Qi’ to cycle the entirety of your body so allow for the possibility of changes during that time.
Nutritional advice is very important to me and extremely helpful in healing and maintaining a state of health. Herbs may be suggested but these are at an extra cost. Whether you choose to take on the dietary advice or take herbs is completely up to you. This is your journey.
Subsequent treatments are up to 60 minutes.