During your first consultation I need to ask you a range of questions concerning your current health and medical history. Then I will examine you through palpation of the abdomen, meridians and pulse to feel for constrictions or imbalances and may ask you for feedback. This will be the groundwork in selecting the appropriate treatment for you and we can discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
“Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle that they need to overcome. Since the present moment is Life itself, it is an insane way to live.”
If acupuncture is appropriate, non-intrusive needling techniqes are performed at carefully selected locations. I will also incorporate additional techniques depending on your individual needs, such as moxibustion (warming herbs), shiatsu, cupping etc.
How many treatments
For most people 4-6 weekly treatments is recommended but this can vary depending on how long you have had your complaint combined with your current state of health. A recently strained ankle may only require one or two treatments whilst a long-standing, chronic illness may require treatment for at least several months to achieve good results. As your condition improves, the sessions can be spaced out. Every person is unique and some respond well to the first treatment whilst others may not see results for a number of sessions. Acupuncture has an accumulative effect, similar to the way exercise and a good diet can improve your health over a period of time.
Some points to remember
- Eat a light meal at least one to two hours before treatment so you will have energy available for the treatment and be grounded
- Try to avoid strenuous activities for the remainder of the day.
- Avoid having a bath within 2 hours before or after a treatment.