First Session - your diagnosis and first treatment
Most first appointments involve a detailed look at your pulses, tongue and medical history, so they take about an hour and a half. You'll also have an initial treatment during this first session.
Acupuncture honestly doesn't hurt; nearly everyone enjoys treatment and looks forward to coming. My treatment room is clean, comfortable and relaxing; I don't wear a white coat and often enjoy a chat or a joke if it's appropriate. Many people tell me that they feel it's OK to discuss anything (which they can!) without judgement and the complete assurance that everything is held in the strictest confidence. I'm always happy to explain what I'm doing and why.
You're welcome to bring a friend or family member with you providing they are over 16. I don't treat children under 12 years, but acupuncture works incredibly well for older children- they love it! All children under 16 are required to be accompanied by their parent or guardian.
Just so you know...there is a toilet!
A Typical Treatment
Normal treatments last about an hour. We start by having a quick update to see how you're getting on, I'll check your pulses and explain what I'm planning to focus on that day.
Once needles are in, I'll check you're warm and comfortable then you relax back and enjoy the lovely sensations of deep relaxation acupuncture provides. We check you're feeling good to go, then you pay and, if you wish, book your next appointment.
To reassure you I always explain where I'd like to treat beforehand and never spring any surprises - remember its YOUR body so, if there's anywhere you prefer me to avoid, it's absolutely fine to say so.
I might suggest other techniques such as moxibustion, tui na, guasha or cupping if I think they'd help.