Here at Shift, we are dedicated to offering you caring, trauma-sensitive and body-positive health care. Your first appointment involves a thorough intake of your health history, and time to answer any questions you might have. We will then give you an understanding of the causes of your condition(s) from a Chinese medicine perspective, based on tongue and pulse diagnosis and channel palpation. We will always explain our treatment strategy and plan before beginning treatment, including any lifestyle and dietary suggestions. We are happy to look at any lab work, list of medication and supplements, or imaging you may want to bring. Upon request, we can also communicate with your physicians or other therapists for coordinated care.

How to prepare for your first visit:

  • Please arrive fifteen minutes before your appointment to fill out our forms.

  • Wear loose clothing that can roll up to your elbows and knees.

  • Please avoid coming on an empty stomach.

During treatment:

  • This treatment is specially designed for you - feel free to express any sensitivities or concerns you may have. We will adjust the treatment to your needs.

  • Acupuncture is not painful, yet you may experience a diverse range of sensations such as tingling, warmth, relaxation, feelings of well-being, movement, and release.  Sometimes you may not feel any sensation while the treatment is doing its work.

  • If you feel sleepy, allow yourself to rest and take a nap - this aids the homeostatic re-organization in your body that the needles facilitate.

  • If the treatment has done its work and you feel ready to get up, please let us know at any moment.

  • We offer eye pillows, bolsters, blankets, and other adjustments for your comfort.

  • In the group acupuncture setting, there will be other people resting on tables in the same room as you are. You have the room to yourself in private sessions.

  • First appointments range from 60-90 minutes. Follow-up appointments range from 60-75 minutes. This includes intake as well as treatment time.

After the treatment:

  • After a treatment you may feel very relaxed, at ease, rested, quiet, energized, mellow, whole, invigorated, sleepy, or like the treatment is still going on.  You might notice results right away or days after.  Please be gentle with yourself and drink lots of water.

  • Some people notice relief from their condition after the first treatment. For others, several sessions or continual treatments are needed to reach their health goals.

  • Feel free to email us if you have any questions after the treatment.