If you have already scheduled your first appointment, awesome. You will soon receive a welcome email from me with additional info along with your New Client paperwork which you'll fill out online.
If you have yet to schedule, please click here or call/email me
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What should I know before my first treatment?
I strive to be available to clients and to provide meaningful care. In respect for this intention and in consideration of others who also need appointments, the following cancellation policy has been put in place: Cancellation Policy. Please familiarize yourself with this policy before your first visit.
For your first treatment, be sure you filled out your New Client paperwork, wear loose, comfortable clothing and eat something at least one hour before. All treatments are 60 min, including your first one.
The first half of your session, we will chat about what brought you in. We will then come up with a plan and decide what therapies will benefit you for that day (acupuncture, Chinese medicine, somatic/embodiment practices, breathwork, ancestral connection).
You will either be lying on a comfy massage table or sitting on a chair, with relaxing nature sounds (or in silence-you choose), and dim or no lighting.
We will end the session discussing next steps for you and the healing journey you are on. I often offer tools to assist your journey (books, videos, journaling, etc).
Please reach out with any additional questions. I look forward to seeing you!
I am a cash-based practice and do not take insurance. "Why don't you take insurance?" is a common question, and I love answering it. A quick google search of "why don't you take insurance?" will pull up plenty helpful articles that will give you an idea of where I'm coming from (most regarding talk therapy-however still relevant to my practice)
In a nutshell, here's why:
First and foremost, when you operate with sliding fees, there's no need! When each client pays the highest possible amount they are able, everyone wins. Folks who can pay my full rate do so and therefor supplement for those who can't. BOOM. It's also part of healing when we all do what we can, as a community.
Chances are, they won't cover it: Most of my services aren't covered by insurance (breathwork, for example). Currently, insurance companies only cover acupuncture, and only for the treatment of pain.
I believe in affordable and fare health care for all: The only model I've found that facilitates and nurtures this, so far, is sliding scale and some types of community funds. I'm not against insurance-I use it when sliding scale isn't an option like most western medical situations (MD, hospital, prescriptions, etc). However I do believe the system is due for a review and overhaul.
I enjoy treating the way I want to treat: Insurance companies process claims and have the ability to deny your claim, based on their understanding of acupuncture. I'm not a fan of altering my treatments based off someone else's model of care.
Money: Often times, the reimbursement rates don't provide a living wage (my full rate might get $20-$50 from insurance companies). Many practitioners who take insurance often work hard to fill their schedule to offset the low reimbursement rates and are left burnt out.
Time and energy: I am a one-person practice and the time and energy it takes to submit to insurance is a lot. A 1 hour session can equate to 1+ hours of paperwork/phone calls/emails/waiting on the phone.
I DO accept Health Savings Accounts (HSA), offer packages at reduced price and provide sliding-fee and scholarships.
Questions about pricing? Email me at email@example.com
The breathwork I practice is an active, 3-part breath, in and out through the mouth (i's the opposite of a meditative breath done in yoga). This 3-part breath is meant to get your energy flowing and get you feeling so you can (afterwards) relax, be at peace and have more clarity. I describe it as cardio for your soul.
When doing breathwork, the stuck energy in your body starts to move. It's common to feel resistance, tingling in your hands, become lightheaded, cry, etc. It's helpful to remember you are always in control. You can chose to intensify or lessen any sensation that comes up. For me, it often becomes a lesson in titration (choosing to dig deep and feel, then resting, then dig again, then rest).
Acupuncture is a system of complementary medicine that involves inserting fine needles in the body, used to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Originating in ancient China, acupuncture is now widely practiced in the West.
The needles stimulate nerves in the body to turn on it's own healing system. The body is gently guided towards balance and homeostasis which can result in alleviation of stressors commonly found in our bodies.
You may have some subtle sensations during your treatment (heavy, floating, buzzing, mosquito-bite feeling) but pain isn't typically one of them. The needles are about twice the thickness of a human hair and are solid.
Chinese Medicine is a thousands of years old medicine based out of China. It's rooted deeply in qi/energy of the body and uses certain tools to help balance that qi. Common tools I use in clinic include:
Chinese medicine treats lots of things! My niche is the emotional and spiritual world, although I do take on other clients on a case by case basis. Here is a list of common reasons people seek out my care, related to chinese medicine:
Somatic means "relating to the body, especially as distinct from the mind". Embodiment means being fully present in your lived experience. These therapies are used to help your body safely identify and release trauma, old patterns and stagnation. They assist the person in remembering how to be and stay grounded in an efforts to continue to live from that place. There are several types of therapies. Of them all, I tend to use body scans, guided meditation, ancestral healing, spirit guides, the chakra system and reiki. Sessions are generally spent on the table, eyes closed or taking a soft gaze, as you are guided through visualizations and tuning into subtle sensations in your energy field and physical body.
Reiki is a hands-on energy therapy used to tap into qi or universal energy. To perform reiki in a clinical setting, you receive training from a reiki master and are initiated into the medicine. It has a long history dating back to biblical times and is used for any imbalance in the body (physical, emotional, spiritual). If you are curious, it's probably for you! Sessions are spent on the table, eyes closed or taking a soft gaze, as I lay my hands on your body at different chakras (head, throat, abdomen, hips). It can be done in conversation or complete silence.