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Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture & Rei Ki




What is Acupunture?

Acupuncture is a treatment where very thin needles are applied to specific places on the body called "acupuncture points".  Stimulation of those points affect the body and mind in a therapeutic manner.  Amazingly, these places are not limited “to where it hurts”.


What does acupuncture feel like?

    Needle insertion- When the needles are insered there are generally up to two sensations.  The first sensation occurs when the needle passes through the skin. There is usually no sensation but may feel like a mild pinch. The second sensation is when the needle reaches the proper location.  Tingling, lightness and heaviness are fairly common but others feel nothing.

During Treatment- while the needles are retained patients usually feel very relaxed and even fall asleep.  At Iron Dog Energetics sleeping during treatment is considered a compliment.


How long does acupuncture treatment last?         

The duration of treatment ranges from 1/2 hour to 1 hour typically.  The effects of treament typically last 1-3 days but often up to a week.  

     The effects are generally cumlative and more pronounced with frequent treatment. Treatments range from weekly to daily.


What should I wear for acupuncture?

Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.  Optimally, a tank-top and loose pants.  The most commonly used acupuncture points are below the elbows and knees followed by neck, abdomen and back.  Treatment gowns are not used nor provided. Our motto is "keep your clothes on".

Image from the Book of Kells




What is Rei Ki?

     Rei Ki is a Japanese based form of energy healing developed by Mikiao Usui during 1922.  Rei Ki treatment is a process where Rei Ki energy passes through the Rei Ki practitioner to the patient.

     Rei Ki is not imposed upon the patient; that the patient is free to "reject" it any time.

     Today, there are many systems of Rei Ki based on the original Usui Rei Ki.  There is Karuna rei ki, Rainbow rei k and Kundalini rei ki to name a few.

What is a Rei Ki treatment like?

     The Rei Ki practitioner's hands are placed gently on or above the patient's body at a variety of locations for a several seconds to minutes at a time.  The client feels very relaxed, reduction of pain is possible as well as falling asleep.


How long does a session last?                                       

     Sessions are booked by the 1/2 or full hour.

     The, Rei Ki "hands-on" treatment time may vary according to how the session evolves. Sometimes the client chooses to discuss their life concerns before the "hands-on" time thus shortening their Rei Ki experience.  Others clients choose to discuss their life concerns during the treatment time. Still, other clients simply choose to spend the entirety of the time experiencing Rei Ki energy in peaceful silence.


What should I wear for Rei Ki?

Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.


How often should I receive Rei Ki?

As often as you feel necessary.  This is because there are no side effects. Severe conditions would benefit from more frequent treatments than less.

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Auricular Acupuncture

Detox/stop smoking, pain reduction relaxation combination above.




Many acupuncture needles fit into the hole of a syringe





Acupuncture needles




Rei Ki

Often for relaxation but also for pain reduction and mental clarity.





Chakras while in meditative posture