Acupuncture is a healing method used in many countries for the management or treatment of various diseases. Within the body is a flow of vital energy, called Qi, which runs along meridians or pathways, as well as on the surface of the skin. When this energy becomes disrupted or stagnates it can lead to imbalances in the body and eventually cause illness or disease. Acupuncturists use very thin single-use filiform needles inserted into acupuncture points to correct the flow of energy and meridians. By correcting or redirecting the flow of disrupted energy acupuncture signals the body to begin healing itself.
Because acupuncture needles are filiform, most patients experience little to no discomfort while receiving an acupuncture treatment. Unlike hypodermic needles, which are larger and hollow, acupuncture needles leave a small insertion site thus causing less pain. The level of discomfort also depends on the sensitivity of the patient and may also depend on the patient’s condition. Patients who do experience sensation with insertion report feelings of pinching, heaviness, buzzing, electricity, or tingling at the insertion site which is quickly relieved after manipulation of the needle.
Preparation for Your Acupuncture Treatment:
To prepare for every acupuncture treatment, arrive in comfortable loose-fitting clothing with any questions or concerns you may have for your practitioner. Upon arrival, you will get acquainted with your practitioner and the clinic space. The initial treatment will consist of an interview and short treatment that takes a total of 90 minutes. During the initial treatment and consultation the practitioner will be inquiring about relevant history to your current concern in order to provide the best care for you, as a unique individual.
After the initial consultation we will discuss recommendations for follow-up care as well as services we offer to meet your wellness needs. Upon return, the practitioner will take a shorter intake discussing any changes in primary concern and how you felt in the time between treatments. Your treatment will consist of insertion of acupuncture needles and any other adjunctive therapies appropriate for that day.
After treatment many patients feel immediate results while others may take some time to experience changes. Many patients leave feeling relaxed and some patients may even feel tired as their body works to heal itself.
Following every acupuncture treatment it is recommended to avoid extreme temperatures changes, sexual activity, bathing, and strenuous activity for about 4 hours following treatment. If possible, continue caring for your body by resting and consuming healthy, nourishing foods.
The day following your initial treatment, your practitioner will call you to check in and see how your body responded to the treatment. This is a great time to ask any other questions you may have before your next treatment.
What is Zhēn Jiǔ Yoga?
Zhēn Jiǔ translates to “acupuncture and moxibustion” in Chinese pinyin.
Zhēn Jiǔ Yoga is the union of two healing practices: yoga and the ancient wisdom of Chinese acupuncture. In this 90 minute class, you will be guided through a meditative yoga practice: balancing the body and preparing it to receive acupuncture. As students transition into Savasana, Andrea will begin listening to pulses and then will administer treatment customized to the needs of each participant. Through intention, meditation and movement we create the space to spark healing of mind, body and soul. Join us as we dive blissfully into relaxation and leave feeling balanced and grounded.
What Conditions Can Acupuncture Help?
- Digestive Disorders
- Sleep Disorders and Insomnia
- Mood Imbalances
- Physical Pain (Acute and Chronic)
- Menopausal Symptoms
- Menstrual Cramps
- Weak Immune System
And much more!
Call us today to see if acupuncture can help you.