Welcome to my practice. I'm glad you've for chosen to take steps to improve your health, and look forward to being your partner in that effort. The following should answers some of your questions about my practice.
What Can I Expect?
I imagine you would like to know what to expect in terms of how much relief and healing will happen for you. Acupuncture has been shown to be very effective for a wide range of problems. The healing process happens differently for each individual, however. There are no guarantees with acupuncture or with any other healing method. It is my experience that within the first three treatments we will both have a sense of whether you are getting a good response.
How Often Should I Come?
Each treatment builds on the previous one. I recommend that new clients schedule weekly treatments for the first 4-8 weeks. Once your energy is balanced and holding from one week to the next, sessions can then be extended to every other week and gradually further apart until you are coming only monthly or seasonally for maintenance. Please bring your calendar to the first treatment so that we can schedule your first series of appointments.
Your First Visit
Your first visit is a time for me to understand your reasons for seeking treatment and to assess your current condition. We will begin with an in-depth interview covering all aspects of your life and history so that I can get the connections. The first visit will also include a physical examination and energy assessment. Please do not wear make-up or any scented products to this appointment. Plan two hours for this appointment. Even though this is a double session, I only charge the amount of a single session, $115. I do require that it is paid in advance however, and the fee is non-refundable unless the appointment is rescheduled or cancelled with 48 hours notice.
Subsequent sessions will begin with a time for you to communicate your concerns and progress. I will check your pulses to assess your energy flow that day. Each treatment will consist of 4 to 8 points that support our overall treatment goals. The changes that you feel during a treatment can be subtle or profound. These sessions will take about an1 hour, the fee is $115.
On the Day of Treatment
It is best to avoid excesses on the day of treatment in order to get the maximum benefit. It is best not to eat a heavy meal just before or after a treatment, or arrive too hungry. If possible, avoid caffeine, alcohol, very hot or cold bathing, extreme exercise, etc. You may want some time to relax afterwards or to have an early bedtime that night.
Tools and Techniques
Acupuncture involves the use of tiny needles inserted just below the surface of the skin. The needles are very thin, barely more than the width of a human hair. When the needle is inserted a very slight prick may be felt; when the needle contacts the energy, the sensation may vary from a pull to a buzz or small ache. These sensations are very brief. The needles are made of surgical stainless steel, are pre-sterilized and disposed of after each use. I also often use Moxa, an herb (Atemesia Vulgaris) used to warm acupuncture points by, placing a small lit cone on the skin to be removed when you feel warmth.
With Zero-Balancing, I use finger pressure and gentle traction on areas of tension in the bones, joints and soft tissue to create points of balance around which the body can relax and reorganize. Zero Balancing can help relieve body aches and pain, release restriction in movement, and provide lasting relief from emotional distress. A Zero Balancing session leaves you with a wonderful feeling of inner harmony and integration. I often add a few minutes of Zero Balancing at the end of a regular acupuncture session. You can also schedule extra time with your session to allow for a longer, more in-depth Zero Balancing ( or schedule Zero Balancing by itself.
Medical Treatment and Medications
If you are currently taking any medication, continue taking it exactly as you have been. Acupuncture is meant to work with the other care that you may be receiving. If and when it is appropriate, you can discuss reducing your medication with your physician and follow their guidance in doing so. If you have a medical emergency, please contact your personal physician or an emergency care facility. I would like to be informed of your condition and to be told of your instructions you are given by your doctor.
My policies about payment are as follows: I expect payment at the time service is rendered. I accept cash and checks and most credit cards, including HSA and Flex Spending cards. I have a 24 hour cancellation policy. Please let me know if you need to change your appointment at least 24 hours in advance. Unless you are in an emergency situation, you will be charged $55 for appointments that you do not keep.
At times during our work together I may ask you to check in with me or you may have a response that you would like to talk with me about. Please feel free to call me at 215.360.2515 any time you would like. If you leave a message, I will return it within a day. Texting me at the same number is a good way to rearrange appointment times when needed. You may also communicate with me by email at Doren@DorenDay.com