Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years, in China and around the world, to treat physical and emotional health issues. Research shows that acupuncture improves pain, anxiety and depression, digestive, autoimmune and women’s health issues.
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 that I can adjust or remove it.
Cost and time? The first treatment is $85 and usually takes an hour and a half. Subsequent visits are $65 and run around an hour. You can pay with cash, check, credit/debit card and Flexible Spending Account. While insurance doesn’t cover acupuncture much in Missouri, if you have a plan that does cover acupuncture, I can give you an invoice to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Directions: My office is in Corporate Village, on Republic Road just west of Campbell. After you turn into Corporate Village, go to the south side of the 2nd building (Building A) on your left, and the 1st office in that building (A100 above the door). The sign beside the door reads Evolve Wellness Studio.
What should I know about my first visit? Eat a little something an hour or two before your appointment. It’s best to wear stretchy clothes that roll up easily, because I usually want to do points around your knees and elbows. You’ll fill out some simple paperwork, then we’ll talk about your goals for treatment. 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/or belly. You probably won’t feel the needles at all, but please let me know if you experience any discomfort. You may also need to remove or pull up your shirt so that I can put needles and cups on your back.
Most people feel noticeably more relaxed within minutes after I begin inserting the needles. Once the needles are in, you will have a nice nap for about 30 minutes. The relaxation that acupuncture induces enhances intuition and insight, so I encourage my clients to think of a question or positive intention for their treatment. It can be as simple as: “I am at peace. I am healing.” Research shows that having a conscious positive intention enhances any treatment. It’s best if you can schedule your treatment so that you can relax afterwards, rather than rushing back to a busy day.