One of the components that sets my acupuncture practice apart is that I spend time with my patients. This might seem like a given, but most one-on-one (non-community) acupuncturists treat at least two and possibly three (or more!) people per hour.
The fact that I schedule only one person per hour means that that person has my undivided attention, and we have time to really peel back the layers and rediscover a deeper level of healing.
This also means that I can tailor each patient’s treatment time to their own individual preferences and needs. I’ve structured my schedule so that that one person I’ve committed to for the next hour is my only orbit and my sole concern for that period of time. I never need to rush out of the room to anyone or anything else.
This unhurried time alone can be surprising and deeply healing for people who’ve been encountering healthcare that is crammed into 10 or 15 billable minutes and filled with typing physicians straining into a computer screen. I take all of my treatment notes by hand so that we can remain connected while you share.
I have patients that talk for almost 30 minutes and prefer shorter needling time, because the talking and me reflecting back helps them to heal. I have patients who talk for 10 or 15 minutes then like to sink in to the experience of having that time to heal.
I have patients who love it when I stay in the room for the entire hour, and I have patients who prefer that I give them some time alone to reconnect and plug back in.
All of us have different rhythms. And by providing a flexible and generous space in which people have the time to uncover what’s really holding them back, so that they can then begin to reconcile that experience, I offer an opportunity for deep recovery and rest.
This singularity of focus is often missing in our healthcare culture and our culture in general. One of acupuncture’s benefits is that it helps people learn to connect with themselves. For some, this is a natural and joyful process, and, for others, resting has to be relearned and eased into.
Acupuncture’s most basic power is that it helps you get back to your baseline. Even if you don’t remember what it feels like to be rested, alert, and at ease, I promise you that your body does. By recovering this physiological baseline, the mind and the emotions have a place to sink into. The more ease we can create through the body, the more rested and steady the mind will be.
And the more we can be honest and uncover some of those emotions that feel buried or stuck, the better your body will feel. I know this from the inside-out, as a patient of acupuncture (since 2005) and as a practitioner (since 2014).
If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed or frayed by your health, your emotions, or even by life’s many demands, consider giving acupuncture a try. Most people find some shift or relief in just one session, so you don’t have to intend to come long-term to find some benefit for your spirit or your physical form.
If you’re not sure that acupuncture is a good fit for you, I’m always happy to talk. My website has a lot more information, and I also offer free 15 minute consults by phone so that you can ask any questions you might have.
Reach out today to setup a time to talk. I will ask you to review briefly why you’re coming in, then I will give you an idea of how I might help you.