Acupuncture is similar to a reset button for your body to work at its optimum ability. The World Health Organization recognizes that acupuncture is an effective treatment for dozens of conditions and ailments. Along with lifestyle and herbal recommendations, your appointment may include additional therapies such as fire cupping, guasha, moxa, aromatherapy, tui na, and sooji. If you are still unsure about acupuncture, the FAQs may help to relieve you.
If this is your first time getting acupuncture treatments with us, please book the "first time client" option when scheduling and fill out our consent form. You can fill the form out online and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply print and fill it out to bring with you to your first appointment.
acupuncture / first time
50 min 90 min
What to expect
When you arrive, you will be welcomed by the front desk staff at Trim and directed to reishi, located in the back of the Wicker Park Trim Salon.
For your first appointment, plan to arrive 10 minutes early to sign waivers and any other documentation pertaining to your procedure. Wear comfortable fitting clothing that allow the practitioner to place the needles appropriately. After your treatment you may experience light headedness or fatigue, so plan on allowing yourself a few hours of relaxation.
Tips to get the most out of your treatment
- Hydrate yourself with water. Water is the gateway to flushing out toxins released during your treatment and aids in the increased flow of Qi.
- Eat a small meal. Prepare your body to heal by having a light meal that includes protein to allow the Qi to move through your body. Opt for a warm meal versus a raw one.
- Skip extraneous exercise. Your body will be focused on healing after your session and intense workouts require their own time for healing. Instead, opt for light stretching or a less intense yoga session both before and after your treatment.
- Say no to caffeine and alcohol. This doesn't mean a life change, just for the day of your treatment. Caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate and overstimulate your system. Choose a warm water with lemon or an herbal tea as a replacement.
- Allow yourself to unwind. The needles are in place for 25+ minutes to allow the Qi energy to circulate. Your body will naturally want to relax and daydream. Try not to fight this to use that time to plan your week or fixate on a problem you're facing. Instead, focus on your breath and breathe deeply.
- Get warm. Many adverse conditions are your body's response to stagnation and cold constricts the flow and movement of Qi. Take a warm bath, throw on a few extra layers and get cozy.
- Relax and rest. If you have ever been injured, you understand that rest is often the best remedy. Give you and your body the time it needs to heal after your treatment for the most sustained results.