Welcome! Call me at 417-353-8868 to schedule, or ask any questions you might have about acupuncture. You can also schedule online by clicking the “Book Now” button above.
COVID safety. I got my 2nd Moderna shot April 7th, so I am fully vaccinated, and I hope you are too. I wear a mask during your treatment, and disinfect surfaces and change linens between clients. If you or anybody you’ve been in contact with have had cold, flu, or COVID symptoms recently, please let me know so we can reschedule your appointment.
Nervous about needles? I’m happy to schedule a free 15-minute introductory visit. I’ll show you the needles (they are very tiny), and insert one in your arm so you can experience it before committing to a full treatment. The needles are inserted very gently and shallowly, and most first-timers say something like, “That’s it? I didn’t feel a thing!”
Ancient healing techniques for wellness today. Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years, in China and around the world, to treat physical and mental health issues. Research shows that acupuncture improves most health issues including pain, women’s health issues, anxiety and depression, digestive and autoimmune disorders.
It doesn’t hurt. Most people are surprised to find that acupuncture doesn’t hurt and that it is deeply relaxing. I use the tiniest needles possible with extra gentle Japanese techniques. You may occasionally feel a mild sensation when a needle is inserted, but I believe that acupuncture shouldn’t hurt. Please tell me if a needle ever bothers you so I can adjust or remove it.
Cost and time? Your first visit is $125, subsequent visits are $80. You can pay with cash, check, credit/debit card, and Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts.
Is acupuncture covered by my health insurance? Unfortunately, insurance doesn’t cover acupuncture much in Missouri. If you do have insurance coverage for acupuncture, I can give you an invoice to give to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Directions. I see clients in my home at 1465 East University Street, near Mercy in central Springfield. Driving north on Fremont from the intersection of Fremont and Sunshine, take the first right onto University. Look for a tan house with a turquoise door in the middle of the block on your left. My white Kia Soul will be in the driveway, and you can park in the driveway behind it, or on the street in front of my house. Please text me from your car when you arrive.
What should I know about my first visit? Eat a little something within an hour or two before your appointment. It’s ideal to wear loose clothes that push up easily because we usually do points around your knees and elbows. You’ll fill out a simple one-page form, and we’ll talk about your goals for treatment.
Then you’ll lie down on a comfortable massage table, and I’ll insert the needles, usually on your head, ears, arms, legs, and sometimes on your back and abdomen. You ‘ll mostly not feel the needles at all, but please let me know if you experience any discomfort after I’ve inserted a needle, so I can adjust or remove it. You will have a bell to ring in case you need me at any time when I’m not in the treatment room with you, which is often comforting to people who are new to acupuncture. Most people notice feeling significantly more relaxed within minutes after I start inserting the needles. Then you will have a nice nap for 30 or so minutes.
After your treatment, you will likely feel pleasantly relaxed and calm. My clients often tell me something like, “I feel more like myself after acupuncture.” That makes sense to me, because acupuncture has a truly holistic effect on the body. Acupuncture relaxes our nervous system, and balances our body’s chemistry. When you get acupuncture for one issue, you’ll probably find that other conditions also improve. I suggest to my clients that they pay attention to how they feel after their treatment, particularly in the next 48 hours. Look for what feels better. You’ll probably sleep especially well for at least a few days following a treatment. You may notice that you’re in a better mood than before. You may wake up the next morning feeling better than the day before, whatever your symptoms are.
Because acupuncture is so relaxing, it’s ideal to schedule your treatment so that you can take it easy afterwards, rather than rushing back to a busy day.