When you come for an appointment you will provide your health history and your current symptoms. Sarah will also ask you what is going well in your life, because – rather than focusing on the symptom – an acupuncturist looks at where you are thriving and seeks to expand that to other areas of your life, bringing you greater ease and joy.
At the beginning of each session, you’ll sit and talk with Sarah, and she’ll listen carefully to your concerns and design a treatment just for you. You’ll remain clothed or draped with sheets or blankets at all times, so you’ll always be covered and comfortable. As soon as you get on the table, Sarah will feel your pulses on the inside of your wrists. This kind of pulse-taking is not counting the number of beats, like a western medical doctor. Sarah will be feeling very carefully for six different pulses on each hand, which gives her an idea of the state of each of the 12 main meridians. She will then choose a series of points that will best provide you with what you are seeking. She’ll serenely place the needles in your body (usually only a few needles during each treatment) at precise locations; then you may relax or sleep on the table for 15 -20 minutes. When the time is right, she’ll gently remove the needles. Many people find acupuncture deeply peaceful and leave energized and relaxed at the same time.