Upon entering our office, our receptionist will welcome you as a member of our family and provide you with the necessary paperwork we will need you to fill out prior to your visit. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition.
Meet Your Practitioner
You will then be introduced to your practitioner and taken to a treatment room. Your acupuncturist may check your tongue, looking at the colour, shape, cracks and coating and take your wrist pulse to determine the quality, strength and rhythm to assist with your treatment outcome. You will be asked to remove your shoes and any jewelry and make yourself comfortable on the treatment table on either your side or back.
Insertion of Needles
Next your acupuncturist will begin treatment. The sensations caused by the needles vary. You may experience a vague numbness, heaviness, tingling or dull ache after insertion. Or sometimes pain or a sensation of energy spreading and moving around the needle. This is called “Qi sensation”. All these reactions are normal. The depth of insertion varies from person to person. Your practitioner may leave you to rest with needles inserted for a short period in the treatment room.
After the Session
You may feel energized or may experience a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.
Depending on the severity and duration of your complaint, the treatment plans could vary from three to eight treatments as a standard for one complaint. Monthly self-care treatments are recommended. Acupuncture is a great 30-minute add-on to Shiatsu massage, Jin Shin Jyutsu or reflexology.
How Should I Prepare?
Wear loose comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points. If you are required to remove a piece of clothing for easier access, you will be draped with a blanket or towel.
- Ensure your stomach is not too full or empty before a treatment.
- Refrain from overexertion, working out, and alcohol for up to six hours after your session.
- Drink plenty of water and rest after each session.
- Between visits, make note of any changes that may have occurred.
After the initial intake of a full health history, you will be lying on a sheet covered massage table on your back, fully clothed with shoes and socks removed, draped with a blanket. Before the session starts your feet will be assessed and cleaned with a hand-crafted anti bacterial, anti viral spray. At the end of your session your feet and lower legs will be massaged with a hand-crafted foot butter.
Contemporary Cupping Session
After the initial intake of a full health history, you will be lying on a sheet covered massage table either on your back or front and partially clothed, depending on what areas are to be massage cupped, and with shoes and jewelry removed, covered with a blanket or towel.
Jin Shin Jyutsu Therapy
After the initial intake of a full health history, you will be lying on a sheet covered massage table on your back, fully clothed with shoes and jewelry removed, covered with a blanket. No creams or oils are used, only a light hand/fingertip pressure is applied to certain safety energy locks (SEL’s) throughout your body.
Namikoshi Shiatsu Massage Therapy
After the initial intake of a full health history the finger pressure (Shiatsu) treatment will be performed on a low massage table draped with sheets and a blanket. The entire body will be massaged, including the head and face. You will be lying either on your side, front and/or back.
As there are no oils or cream involved, you may remain fully clothed, shoes and jewelry removed, or be under the sheets/blanket as you would for a regular massage. If remaining clothed, wear loose comfortable clothing.