Over the years, I’ve learnt and experimented with a variety of acupuncture styles and treatment techniques. This has given me quite a wide range of approaches to select from when giving treatments, but this will give you an idea of what you might expect:
I’ll usually start by releasing tension using tui na massage, cupping and/or gua sha. I don’t use many needles (maybe 2 – 12 per session) – most of the time you won’t feel them at all as they’re inserted but they may feel sore or achy for a short time as they start to work. Sometimes they’ll be around the area that hurts and sometimes they’ll be further away, maybe even on the opposite limb.
Treatment may be strong or very gentle depending on what you need and how physically robust you are, but people generally find treatment to be very relaxing and often even fall asleep.
I may look at your posture and suggest exercises or other lifestyle modifications that can help support your treatment. If I feel like you might benefit from another practitioner’s expertise, I’ll make a recommendation to see them, either alongside your acupuncture treatment or instead.