What to expect at the Initial Visit:
Acupuncture has been practiced for 4000+ years and is designed to help your body systems attain balance and help your qi move smoothly. Contemporary acupuncture has elegantly refined this ancient art and applies the insertion of single use needles, as thin as a human hair into specific points along the body. After the insertion of the acupuncture needle you may be able to experience an immediate sense of relaxation or an awareness that constricted muscles or emotions are becoming unblocked.
Chi Nei Tsang harkens from a tradition even older than acupuncture. The ancient Taoist sages realized the importance of oneness with nature, including the nature of self. Attuning oneself with the subtle energies of the body through quiet awareness and breath can promote the body’s inherent ability to heal itself. One’s own psychic healing potential may be accessed in a deep Theta state and in this space both physical and emotional health have greater potential to improve. In this way a Chi Nei Tsang session is like a silent, hands on guided meditation.
On your first visit: You will be asked about your most recent health concerns and your history of wellness. Your questions, concerns and your personal story will be listened to intently in order to develop a Traditional Asian medical diagnosis. A pulse taken from both arms as well as a diagnosis of your tongue will further inform which organ systems or meridians will be most important to balance in your acupuncture treatment. Chi Nei Tsang will be primarily practiced on the abdomen, an area known to be directly related to the mind, emotions and all of the meridians of the body.
Before an Acupuncture and Chi Nei Tsang visit: Please be sure to eat a small amount of food so that you are not hungry or light headed. A large meal or copious consumption of liquid is not recommended either before or after the treatment. Proper hydration is however essential. Please refrain from vigorous exercise before and after the treatment. The sympathetic nervous system or fight or flight mode may not be able to transition smoothly to the relaxed parasympathetic system when we are hungry or have recently participated in intense activities. Alcohol and drug use, unless you are taking prescription medications, is to be avoided before and after acupuncture sessions. Please avoid getting acupuncture when experiencing a hangover as acupuncture will promote homeostasis by intensifying detoxification.
On the therapy table: You will usually receive a 90 minute to 2 hour session at the first visit depending on your individual need based on diagnosis, body type, age and condition. Follow up sessions are one hour to 90 minutes long. Cupping, moxibustion, gua sha, electro-acupuncture, scalp acupuncture and massage may also be applied if necessary and after obtaining your consent.
Acupuncture Visits vary from 45 minutes to 90 minutes and fees range from 100-185. Extra massage, cupping and moxibustion may be added to sessions at a prorated amount when insurance does not cover these services. Some insurance coverage does cover these services. Gua Sha is available at no extra charge. For each appointment there is a 15 minute buffer time added to the service to allow for an extra 15 minutes if we are running behind. The remainder of the treatment time (give or take a few minutes) is devoted to health consultation and time on the table.
Accepting All Forms of Insurance. We do the billing for you.
Please mention it is your birthday week for a $25 reduction of fees. Refer a friend for $25 reduction in fees.
Please honor our 48-hour cancellation policy to free up space for wait-listed patients. Cancellations made less than 48 hours before the scheduled visit for any reason will be charged a $25 cancellation fee. Thank you for understanding that small businesses rely on having office visit times filled.