How to prepare for your first visit
Preparing for your acupuncture visit
Wear comfortable loose fitting clothing.
Eat a light meal or snack at least 2 hours before your appointment.
Do not brush or scrape your tongue 24 hours before your appointment (acupuncturists gather a lot of information from observing your tongue).
Avoid wearing perfume or cologne, and avoid using strong scented soap.
Avoid wearing make-up if at all possible. Come as natural as possible!
After your acupuncture treatment
Drink plenty of water.
Avoid strenuous exercise for the rest of the day.
Avoid alcohol for 4-6 hours after your treatment. No alcohol is optimal.
Listen to your body and if you feel tired, rest.
Observe any changes.
Frequently asked questions
What is acupuncture?
How long does it take to notice a change?
Do the needles hurt?
How long do I need to receive treatment?
What's an appointment like?
The intake session includes an in depth health, personal and social history and a general physical exam. Each consecutive session is approximately 1 hour. There is a period of checking in and discussing previous treatment observations and concerns- if any- for the day’s treatment. After this, the patient lies on the treatment table and the practitioner listens to pulses and decides on treatment plan.
Who can receive acupuncture?
How does acupuncture work?
What are Kathy's credentials?
Kathy has been promoting wellness for over 20 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture from Tai Sophia Institute (Maryland University of Integrative Health) in Laurel MD, is licensed in New Hampshire, holds a Diplomate of Acupuncture from the NCCAOM (National Commission on Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, B.A. in Liberal Studies from Vermont College of Norwich University, Nationally Certified Massage Therapist since 1998, and has been self-employed since 1998.