Ikigai Integrative

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do before my appointment?

The most important thing is to eat and drink before your appointment. Now don’t get it twisted, we don’t want you to feast before your treatment, however, we need you to have something in your body to prevent you from getting dizzy or potentially fainting.

What do I wear to my appointment?

Whatever is comfortable for you is perfectly fine. You only remove what you are comfortable with. However, be aware that therapists will need access to the areas they are asked to treat and if you are wearing restrictive clothing, you may need to remove them so they can treat you. For guys, wearing compression underwear is not suggested in case practitioners need access to your hips and may end up overstretching or tearing your underwear.

Do you treat Children?

At Ikigai Integrative, we do not currently treat anyone under the age of 18.

What is the benefit of regular massage?

The benefits of massage therapy are both psychological as well as physiological. Regular massages can bring a condition from an acute phase into a manageable maintenance treatment through a comprehensive treatment plan. Decreasing pain, increasing circulation, range of motion, emotional well-being, sleep quality are all long term effects and benefits of regular treatments. If there is a specific condition being addressed, the frequency between appointments can be extended due to the treatment of acute pain, loss of range of motion, or other symptoms. Massage is great for athletes who are working on preventing injuries and conditioning their bodies, or for prenatal clientele who are experiencing aches and pains as their bodies adjust. Overall, regular massages help both physical ailments, such as aches and pains, but also emotional issues, such as anxiety, sleeplessness or stress responses through the body. This leads to a better feeling body long term health effects, such as increased productivity at work, decreased chances of depression and anxiety and an increase of general feelings of relaxation and wellbeing.

Can massage therapy help with my headaches?

Massage can decrease the frequency and severity of headaches by decreasing muscular tension through increased circulation and improving postural imbalances. This results in general muscular relaxation and a decrease of tension, as well as improved longevity of effects, such as less severe or frequent headaches and treats the underlying cause, the muscle tension.

I have recently been in a car accident. How can massage therapy address whiplash?

Massage can decrease pain and increase range of motion with injuries such as whiplash or motor vehicle accidents. Many tissues in the body are affected by whiplash, most commonly the muscles of the thorax, abdomen, spine, neck and head. Massage decreases pain, inflammation and edema if present throughout the body. This leads to a faster healing time, increases in circulation, decreases in spasms and return to regular ranges of motion and life activities.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture works by the insertion of sterile needles into biological points falling on acupuncture meridians in the body. This gives the body instructions to recalibrate it’s system holistically. This helps the body to bi-phasically regulate the body, increase immunity and provide neuro-feedback to the body via the nervous system.

What can Acupuncture help with?

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture for being effective in treating over 40 common health disorders including neuropathies, musculoskeletal disorders, mental emotional disorders, gastrointestinal dysfunctions, respiratory conditions, circulatory disorders, and many more. Currently due to the effects of the opioid crisis, acupuncture is being supported as a primary treatment for pain management treatments. For more information, check out the World Health Organization

What Happens During a treatment?

Treatment begins with an intake. This is where your goal for the treatment is discussed and how also how it will be executed. After both the practitioner and client have agreed on the treatment plan, the practitioner will leave the room, allowing the client to disrobe and get comfortable. During the treatment, the practitioner will introduce specific interventions that will help to achieve the desired treatment outcome, such as acupuncture, massage, etc. After the treatment is completed, the practitioner will leave the room and the client can get dressed. If there are any questions or concerns the client can ask. Sometimes after a treatment a client may feel “high” due to the increased circulation. If this occurs the client is welcome to have a seat in the waiting area until they feel functional enough to move on with their day.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Not at all. Acupuncture treatments typically do not hurt however, you may feel a pinching sensation as the needles are inserted, but most people do not feel anything. With the needles in place, you may feel pressure, tingling, aching, or a heavy sensation. This is called “de Qi” and is a desired response and signals the body’s response to treatment. If you experience any pain or discomfort, advise your practitioner immediately, as your needles can be adjusted or removed.

How do I know if it is working?

The best way to tell if a treatment is working is if you feel a change in your body. This could mean feeling better, having less pain and overall a brighter sense of life. However, it is common to feel worse after a treatment as well. Experiencing flu-like symptoms, muscle soreness and fatigue are common side-effects. When the body is trying to recalibrate it may try to detox, resulting in these symptoms. If you are ever concerned about symptoms, do not ever hesitate to reach out to your practitioner.

How often should I come for treatment?

This is completely dependent on what you are coming in for. If you are coming in for musculo-skeletal pain, treatment is usually bi-weekly/weekly until the pain subsides and then maintenance is suggested to prevent the pain from recurring. For mental health complaints, treatment could be dependent when symptoms occur or during peak times of distress. This will be discussed during your follow-up appointment with your practitioner.

How long do treatments take?

This is dependent on what you would like addressed during your treatment. If you would like to focus on a primary area such back, neck and shoulders, a 90-minute appointment would be sufficient. On the other hand, if you are having a difficult day and need some time to unwind, a 60 minute appointment would be adequate in providing you with the space to relax.

Should you rest after Acupuncture?

After your acupuncture treatment, you may begin to feel more energetic. However, it is not recommended to do too much after a session. Instead, take it easy and rest to enhance the restoration process and allow the healing to continue in your body for hours after the acupuncture treatment is over. Taking a nap, drinking lots of water, eating anti-inflammatory foods, and meditation can all be helpful in maximizing the effects of acupuncture. You should also avoid any beverages that contain alcohol or caffeine, as this dehydrates the body, making it more difficult for the body to metabolize metabolic waste.

Can you drive after Acupuncture?

Each individual will have varying experiences after their Acupuncture, but typically a feeling of calmness (acu-high) can be sustained. As a result, you may feel tired or sleepy. so if you are sensitive to this feeling, then it may not be a good idea to drive after a session. However, others feel more energetic, which can make it safer to drive home yourself.
For the first session, you may not know how your body will react. Therefore, it is advised that if you are concerned about your driving capability to have someone drive you there and back for the first treatment. This will allow you to self-assess whether you are able to drive yourself post-treatment for following appointments.

Can Acupuncture be done daily?

Acupuncture may be advised for daily treatments if the symptoms require a frequent number of treatments, but the typical amount of sessions is once or twice a week. The side effects of having Acupuncture every day could be a feeling of soreness, bruising, inflammation, nausea or even vomiting. These side effects are rare but can happen in the event that you receive daily acupuncture treatments for a sustained duration of time. So, it is recommended to follow the directions of the acupuncturist and not overdo the amount that you need.

Should you drink water after Acupuncture?

Absolutely, it is recommended to drink lots of water after an acupuncture session because toxins are released so that your body can rid itself of them. Water acts as a medium to help flush out these harmful toxins and keep your body feeling better, along with keeping you properly hydrated. This is also the reason why you should be avoiding alcohol and caffeine since they are both diuretics and limit your hydration. If you drink caffeine or alcohol after a session, the toxins may not exit your system and result in problems worsening.

Is Acupuncture covered by insurance?

Acupuncturists are considered primary health providers, so yes, depending on your individual third-party insurance coverage. Most insurance plans will cover the cost of the treatments although they may require a physician’s prescription.
Please note that although many insurance plans cover acupuncture care, our clinic makes no representation that yours does. Insurance plans vary greatly in terms of patient eligibility, provider eligibility and percentage of coverage for acupuncture care.Due to the variance from one insurance plan to the next, we require that you, the client, take responsibility for confirming eligibility and for the payment of any product or service fees not eligible for coverage. It is your responsibility to research possibilities of any further reimbursement from your insurance company for any services or amounts denied.

What should you avoid before Acupuncture?

There are a number of things that you should avoid before your appointment. It is important to eat and drink water at least two hours before your appointment, and avoid caffeine and alcohol. These stimulants and diuretics can make you wired and make it difficult to relax. Also, if you come in for a session on an empty stomach, you could end up feeling a bit lightheaded or nauseous afterward, so make sure to eat enough beforehand.

What should you avoid after Acupuncture?

After you have finished your appointment, you should avoid caffeine and alcohol, just like before the appointment. These limit your body’s ability to eliminate metabolic wastes that are released from the Acupuncture treatment and can cause further problems. If you are affected by drowsiness, you may want to have someone drive you home afterwards. This may not affect everyone, but if you are usually sensitive to medications that make you tired, then you want to have someone to drop you off and pick you up.

What is Coaching?

Fundamentally, it’s a purposeful, exploratory conversation that inspires you to create the life you want. It’s a collaboration where we work together to identify what is and isn’t working. With this information we can develop a strategy to elicit action and achieve results. The intention is to bridge where you are currently and where you want to be.

What does the coach do?

A coach helps you to clearly identify and articulate your health concerns and provide support to work through them. They help you build a reality that reflects your values, utilizes your strengths and integrates other resources in your life. Coaches are a supportive, empathetic and nonjudgmental tool that will help provide a new perspective to support you in finding your purpose and living it out.

What is the difference between a coach and self-help book?

Working with a coach is specific, with the entire focus on your current situation. They are here to support you and offer an unbiased and objective perspective. A wellness coach can help uncover your specific limiting beliefs, and therefore your patterns and habits. Further your individual experiences will inform the conversation and direct the path you will take to achieve your purpose. You will feel more clear and confident with the support, and the results are more efficient and effective. It’s tailored, responsive and goal driven.

How is coaching different from therapy?

Coaching is not therapy because it isn’t designed to address the psychological dysfunction or past issues, but instead focuses on the future. Although a wellness approach to coaching may elicit emotional issues, the primary focus is to help you understand yourself, your blocks and to identify tools so you can move forward with better beliefs and coping strategies.