Five Element Inspired Acupuncture
For thousands of years, great sages have been observing the fundamental elements of matter and energy and how they come together to create all of nature. When these fundamental building blocks come together in harmony, we experience health, happiness, and tranquility. When there is an imbalance, we experience illness, unrest or delayed healing. It is by diagnosing and treating the fundamental cause of this imbalance that healing occurs.
Popularized in the West by Professor J.R.Worsley, Five Element Acupuncture, provides a elegant method of diagnosing and treating the fundamental cause of disharmony which is unique to each and every one of us. When the cause is treated, the symptoms of the imbalance diminish or disappear. With this renewed strength and balance we can live a healthy, peaceful and happy life. J.R. Worsley is widely credited with acknowledging the central role of the spirit in illness and imbalance that at first may appear purely physical.
“If the body is sick the mind worries and the spirit grieves; if the mind is sick the body and the spirit will suffer from its confusion; if the spirit is sick there will be no will to care for the body or mind.” J.R. Worsley
What to expect:
Your first visit lasts about two hours and begins with a caring dialog about where you’ve been and where you are now in your Body, Mind and Heart. This is followed by a non-invasive physical examination where we will listen to your pulses and apply gentle pressure to certain places on your body to check for any sensitivity and to notice natural temperature variations. We may also check your blood pressure. You will leave your first appointment feeling seen and heard, and your practitioner will leave this appointment with a thorough understanding of who you are as a person, not simply as a set of signs and symptoms. In most cases, we will do your first acupuncture treatment during this first visit as well.
After your first visit, you will come weekly for your acupuncture treatments. Weekly treatments often last for 4-6 weeks, but may take more time for serious or long standing concerns. Each treatment will last about an hour, and we will spend most of the hour in the room with you. We will be listening to you and observing the changes in you that we are noticing as treatment progresses. During the course of the hour, we will be fine-tuning our treatment plan to respond in the moment to these subtle changes. With this type of treatment, it is rare that anyone needs to be treated more often that once a week. We will also use this time together to more clearly examine areas where you may be ready to make some changes outside of acupuncture treatment that will help you to excel far beyond what you initially expected.
As treatment progresses, you will notice the improvement you feel from acupuncture lasting for longer periods of time. This is your body’s natural healing taking charge. When your body responds by maintaining the improvement for about a week, we will start to gradually schedule your treatments with more and more time in between until we arrive at the interval that feels like the appropriate level of support for you as an individual.
Deciding an appropriate maintenance schedule is highly individual, but monthly treatments or less frequent are not uncommon. Many people find that once they start to feel like themselves again, they realize there is so much more to gain from treatment than what originally brought them in. People who maintain the pillars of the NICER method at home often need less acupuncture to maintain their benefits. While your individual needs may vary, we find that people do better and save time and money over the long run if they maintain their investment in health, as opposed to starting over when a new health challenge occurs. This is not unlike the wisdom of having preventative oil changes as compared to buying a new engine a few years in the future. While preventative treatments is ideal, we understand that it is not always possible for everyone to continue getting regular acupuncture treatments once their immediate health concern is resolved. We are happy to support you in the way that best fits your individual needs.