What to expect

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Gentle Healing

I have been told I am the most gentle acupuncturist around. Healing does not have to be about pain; we have enough trauma and abuse in the world already.

First Appointment

Your first appointment will be about one and a half hours long. We will review the intake form you filled out, and I will ask you in-depth questions about your body, your daily habits, your psycho-emotional states, and your cycle (if relevant).

I will feel your pulse and observe your tongue. These two tools allow me to witness how energy and fluids are moving through your body and check for where the imbalance may be.

You will then receive acupuncture, where you will rest and let your body find its pleasure point, endorphin release, and from then on have a reference for feeling good. Cecilia Garcia said we needed to recall a pleasant moment or smell the pleasant aromas of California Sagebrush to give ourselves a springboard for healing.

You will rest for 20-30 minutes with the needles. After I have removed the needles, I may offer you some food suggestions and recipes that I feel will be supportive to your healing. I may make you an herbal formula as well. In addition to needles, you may receive gua sha, moxa, and/or cupping.

Follow Up Appointments

We will continue treatment once a week or every other week depending on the situation. I am available by email for questions that may come up in your healing process. Please dress in loose fitting clothes and eat before your appointment.