What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Many of my first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won't. During the treatment I place the hair- thin needles gently where I think they will be most effective. I use Japanese needles that are extremely smooth and comfortable, and my gentle technique is generally painless. During the session you may fall into a dreamlike state or sleep. Most patients find acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed, both mentally and physically.

Acupuncture treatment creates deep relaxation in both mind and body.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more than one treatment is usually necessary. I normally suggest trying three sessions before deciding whether acupuncture is helping you with the particular concern you wish to address. People often find it helps them in ways they weren't expecting. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition.

Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may be scheduled on an as-needed basis.When working deeply with long held mind body patterns timing and frequency are more important. I always advise what would be best for each person's unique circumstances. I want you to look forward to your acupuncture sessions and always try to make it a relaxing and enjoyable time away from the stress of daily living. I have many patients who use the treatments as an ongoing part of their personal care routine and as a preventative medicine.

Your first visit.

Sonoma County Acupuncturist
Katherine Pearce, L.Ac.
(707) 481-1635


Offices in Santa Rosa & Forestville

With awareness in the mind and relaxation in the body comes the untangling of stress and unhealthy patterns of thought and action leading to aliveness, health, creativity, and a developing sense of meaning and growth. Many people experience a deepening of relationships with others and themselves.