Toronto Family Acupuncture

JoAnn L Alafriz, R.Ac


Who can receive Acupuncture or Shiatsu?

Each treatment is specific and geared towards the individual. It can be performed on children, seniors and adults.

Can I receive Acupuncture or Shiatsu if I am pregnant?

Shiatsu is generally safe and appropriate if pregnant. Treatment of the abdomen is avoided. Low back pain, edema or fatigue can be treated effectively with shiatsu. A sense of calm and relief is felt after treatment. Consult with your MD, if unsure.

Acupuncture can be performed during pregnancy with great care. However, there are points that should be avoided or used with extreme caution. Many factors need to be considered before treatment. Acupuncture is generally safer during the third trimester. Always consult with your MD prior to Acupuncture.

What should I wear during Acupuncture or Shiatsu treatment?

Loose comfortable clothing is best for Shiatsu. You may need to be draped for Acupuncture.

How will I feel after the Acupuncture or Shiatsu session?

You may feel relaxed or energized. Flexibility is increased and pains lessened. The experience varies for each person. Your therapist will discuss this with you prior to treatment.

How often should I receive Acupuncture or Shiatsu treatments?

Frequency varies; it depends on the condition being treated. Generally, 3–6 treatments are needed for acute conditions. Chronic conditions may need more.

Regular treatments are good for “tune-ups”. Day to day stress builds and treatments can be used as preventative measure.

Does Shiatsu Hurt?

No, Shiatsu is not a painful treatment. I ensure your comfort throughout the treatment. Pressure is geared towards the individual. Clients feel relaxed, calm and grounded after shiatsu.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Acupuncture should not hurt. There is minimal discomfort as the needles used are thin and hair-like. However, a feeling of heaviness, mild throbbing or itchiness may be experienced. You should remain comfortable throughout the treatment.

What is Clean Needle Technique (CNT)?

CNT ensures that proper guidelines in hand sanitation; insertion, removal and disposal of needles are followed. All needles are single-use and pre-sterilized. This minimizes the risk of infection to both patient and therapist.

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