Prior to your first acupuncture appointment you will complete a comprehensive intake form. This form asks about your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. These questions are important because the holistic approach of Oriental medicine takes everything into account. Your current symptoms may not seem related to past health issues, but our bodies are complex landscapes and everything that happens to them leaves its mark.
After reviewing your intake form, we will discuss your condition, and Toni may examine your pulse and tongue, which are two of the basic diagnostic methods of Oriental medicine. More often, Toni will examine your Hara (Japanese KM Style abdominal palpation). This gives an accurate picture of how your body is running right now. Then, any areas of concern will be addressed (i.e. for shoulder pain, we’ll carefully check the shoulder and shoulder girdle, etc.). Any pressure pain in the symptomatic area are cleared as completely as possible during the treatment. The acupuncture points chosen will depend on what we are treating.
Once the needles are inserted, you will lie comfortably for approximately 10-20 minutes with the needles in place. Many people find this part of Acupuncture deeply relaxing because the treatment balances the body- and the body loves to be balanced! It is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time, and in fact it is helpful to let yourself fall asleep- even if only for a few moments. This is like hitting the ‘reset’ button for your body.