All New Patients are treated to a detailed orientationon the first visit, but to get you started, here are the basics:
Prior to your appointment.
New Patient paperwork. If you make your first appointment online, you can fill out most of the required paperwork as part of the online sign-up process. If you make your first appointment in person or over the phone, we can send you a link to the paperwork via email, or have you fill it out when you arrive. It can get pretty hectic at the front desk on a busy day, so we appreciate your help in keeping the process streamlined.
Arrive early. Your first visit will include a detailed orientation, so we ask that you arrive before your scheduled appointment time. You should budget 90 minutes total for the first appointment and about 40-60 minutes for follow-up visits depending on your preference and schedule.
Wear or bring loose clothing. You’ll need to wear clothing that allows access to your arms and legs below the elbow and knee. Some patients like to bring a t-shirt or a pair of shorts to change into, while others prefer to just roll up their sleeves and pant legs. Please do whatever will be most comfortable for you.
Scent Free Space. Please do not wear any perfume, cologne or scented lotions. Many of our patients are sensitive to smells.
Nourishment. Please eat a little something beforehand. Acupuncture is not recommended on an empty stomach.
Parking. Leave some extra time if you need to park a car. We have free street parking for 2 hours, a nearby pay lot, and if you buy something, you can park at the PCC garage on Evanston for 90 minutes. There are also several bus lines that run near our location.
Bussing. Bus Routes 5, 28, 31, 32, 40, & 62 stop within 3-5 blocks of the clinic.
During your appointment.
Quiet. The clinic is a community healing space. Please walk mindfully through the space, speak in whispers and refrain from conversation with other patients.
Ear Plugs & Headphones. The treatment room has soft, soothing music playing, but you may bring earplugs or headphones if you prefer. If you bring your own music, please choose relaxing music or guided meditation to listen to.
After your appointment.
Drink Water. It’s always a good idea to replenish your body’s fluids after an acupuncture session.
Ease up on Exercise. Don't plan to engage in any strenuous activity after receiving acupuncture. Gentle exercise, such as tai chi, gentle yoga or walking, is best.
Payments & Cancellations
Payment. Your first visit is $35. After that it’s $20 - $40. You decide what you can afford - no questions asked. We accept cash, check, and credit/debit cards. While we do not bill insurance directly, we will provide receipts so that you can submit for reimbursement. We find that for most people, our fee scale is similar to their co-payments. Most flex-spend and health savings accounts include acupuncture as an eligible expense as well.
Running late or need to cancel. If you are going to be late, we ask that if possible you call us with your ETA, so that we can be ready to adjust our schedule. We're usually able to adjust the schedule and still get you in, but it is possible that we will need to reschedule your appointment. We charge a cancellation fee of $15 for missed appointments and for those cancelled with less than 24 hours' notice.
Missed appointments and last minute cancellations disrupt both the clinic and other patients. The acupuncturist doesn't get paid for that time, other patients in need are unable to schedule, and on busy days, we may even have turned people away who were in need of treatment because we expected you to be there. Thank you in advance for helping us keep things running smoothly and productively!
418 N. 35th Street, Seattle, WA 98103