Before your first visit, we ask that you download and complete the patient intake form to bring with you. This essential information guides your treatment plan.
Click here for simple instructions to download your form.
Transforming Touch Intake Form
How to Prepare for Your Visit
Since acupuncture lowers blood sugar levels, please eat and maintain good hydration before your appointment. The tongue coat is an important diagnostic tool in Chinese Medicine. If your dental hygiene protocol includes brushing or scraping the tongue, please refrain from doing so at least 24 hours before your appointment.
Earl uses the thinnest Japanese needles available. They’re called baby needles and are barely visible without magnification. In most cases Earl places needles on the arms and legs. Wearing or bringing shorts or yoga pants and a tank top or loose tee-shirt are the most comfortable clothing choices for ease of treatment. You are welcome to change clothes after arriving at the office. You will be lying on your back, covered with a blanket, on a padded therapy table which is heated (or not heated, if you prefer) to your comfort level.
Important – About Allergies
Please let us know in advance if you have allergies. We attempt to maintain an environment that is as allergy free as possible. Because of this please do not use scented products such as perfumes, lotions, colognes, hairspray, antiperspirant, essential oils, etc., before appointments.
We begin your visit by carefully reviewing your New Patient Form with you. We will then perform a Chinese medical evaluation and a structural and energetic evaluation. From this information we will create acupuncture and body work protocols specific to your situation. We continue to support your treatment using techniques from over a dozen different forms of therapeutic body work. At the end of each treatment we perform a second set evaluations.
After Your Treatment
We recommend taking a slow, gentle walk for 5 to 10 minutes after your appointment and before driving, to help your body integrate the changes from your treatment. Increase your intake of water to maintain good hydration especially for the first 24 hours after your appointment. Because caffeine, alcohol, soda and energizing sports beverages cause dehydration, if possible, limit your intake of these items for the first 24 hours after your appointment.
Most patients become very relaxed during their sessions and may find that they become sleepy earlier than usual that evening. Plan for a relaxing evening and go to bed earlier than normal if you are tired.
You may benefit from a 20 minute detox bath during the evening after your session.
We recommend this simple detox recipe:
½ cup Pure Sea Salt (no additives)
½ cup Baking Soda
½ cup Epsom Salt
Relaxing essential oil of your choice (optional)