Now that you’ve decided to schedule an appointment with TCM Wellness Services, you might be wondering what to expect at your first session. Here is what you can expect for your typical first appointment:


While we can sometimes squeeze a patient in as a walk-in, it is always better to schedule an appointment first. Either call us or schedule your initial appointment online.

To accommodate today’s busy lifestyle we do often have same day appointments available. However, to ensure that we are able to accommodate your preferred appointment times, we ask that you schedule with as much advance notice as possible. All appointments are based on a first-come, first-serve basis and are subject to availability.

On Your First Visit

When you arrive for your first appointment, we will ask you for your patient intake form. If you haven’t already filled one up, please arrive at least 15 minutes early so you can have time to fill them up. For your convenience you can find the relevant forms here as computer fillable PDFs. Just fill in the forms, print out a copy, and bring it with you during your first appointment.

Plan between 1½ to 2 hours for your first visit. Please come in loose comfortable clothing that can be rolled up to your elbows and knees, or bring something to change into. For your convenience, a shower is available for you to use before your treatment. Please arrive 30 minutes early if you plan to use the shower before your service.

Do eat something beforehand. It’s a good idea to not get treatment on an empty stomach, so please eat a little something ahead of your appointment.

Parking can be a challenge during peak hours. Please allow extra time to get to your appointment if you are driving. You can also call ahead so that we can accommodate your vehicle in our driveway.

Initial Consultation

For acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine treatments, the therapist will ask you certain questions about your health history, medications that you are taking, diet, and issues you have been experiencing with your recent health. Your pulse will be taken along several meridian lines on your arm and your tongue will be examined. The therapist will consider all of this information and determine the best course of action for your unique situation. Your treatment plan may include acupuncture, traditional Chinese herbal medicine and/or other treatment methods. If a treatment is prescribed, your first session will be at this appointment.

For Reiki treatments, the therapist will first ask you if you have any specific needs. The therapist will then explain the treatment process. Be sure to let the therapist know if you have a health condition that might impact your lying flat on your back or front or if you have any areas that are sensitive to touch.

During The Treatment

Wear loose and comfortable clothing.

For acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine treatments most patients will remain fully clothed during treatment. Some treatments; like Gua Sha and Ba Guan; requires modest removal of clothing, sheets will be used to drape the body.

For Reiki treatments, patients will remained fully clothed during treatment. Reiki is offered through light, non-invasive touch with the therapist’s hands placed and held on a series of locations on the head and front and back of the torso. In most cases, no direct contact is involved.

After The Treatment

When your treatment is completed, you will return to the front desk area to pay and check-out. If herbs are part of your treatment plan, they will be prepared and waiting for you. You will be given instructions on how to take your herbs, it is important to follow all the dosing instructions.

To be effective, A few consecutive treatment sessions may be needed to resolve your issue. The therapist will recommend a treatment schedule that is right for you. You may book your next appointment before you leave; many patients bring their calendar with them and schedule a block of appointments at one time.

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