If you are a new client, please print off the HWP Clinic New Client Forms and fill out the client information intake sheet. Review and sign the disclosure and consent form. Bring these forms with you to your first appointment.
For more information on what to expect from your session, review the Client Session Guide, and feel free to contact the office prior to your appointment if you have any questions.
Client Session Guide
In preparing for your session at the Healing Warriors Program clinic we ask that you think about what you would like to accomplish, establishing a goal for your session. Determining a goal for your session sets a focus and direction. This can be a simple statement such as, “My goal is relief from shoulder pain.” Establishing a goal for ourselves enables us to monitor our own progress.
What to Expect
Wear loose comfortable clothing as you will be lying on a treatment table with pillows and blankets during your session. You will be asked to remove your shoes. You may even fall asleep. The practitioner will wake you when the session is over. The lighting in the room will be dimmed and soft music will be made available.
During the Session
If this is your first session, your practitioner will spend a few minutes doing an intake and reviewing your health history. Please be sure to have your completed paperwork at the time of your appointment or arrive 30 minutes early to fill it out. Allow 60 minutes for sessions.
Practitioners may ask you to lie on your back, stomach, or side depending on your particular needs and the treatment being administered.
The acupuncturist will usually begin by taking your pulses and checking your tongue. This provides information about the body’s general resources and health, and assists the practitioner in determining a treatment plan. Treatment usually consists of selecting a specific set of acupuncture points and sequencing. Acupuncturists might request that a specific item of clothing be pulled back or removed. For example, if working on the shoulder, some of the outer wear may need to be removed. If working on the knee, the pant leg may need to be rolled up or removed.
Acupuncturists will insert fine filiform needles superficially at the specific points. The needles are sterile, used once and then disposed of according to state and federal health guidelines. The needles usually remain in the body for a specified period dependent on the condition and the client. The client rests during this time and often falls asleep. Once the acupuncturist determines that the treatment is complete, the needles are removed and the client is asked to take their time getting up.
Acupuncture needles are very fine. On average, approximately 30 acupuncture needles fit into a standard hypodermic needle. This is why patients often say they don’t even feel them.
The CranioSacral practitioner begins by gently touching various parts of the body to assess and monitor the rhythm of the fluid moving around the spine and central nervous system. The practitioner uses their hands to sense the pulse of the fluids to assess areas of weakness or blockage and uses subtle movement and energy to shift the appropriate areas. Often the practitioner will use very light movement to shift constricted areas.
The Healing Touch practitioner will begin the session by assessing the body’s flow of energy. This provides information about areas of blockage or low vitality that might require attention. This also assists the practitioner in creating a treatment plan to support the body’s natural self-healing process.
The practitioner will place their hands lightly on designated areas of the body in a specific sequence. Often the client experiences a sense of deep relaxation or a sense of movement, and often falls asleep. This is common and expected and simply reflects the level of relaxation of the body. After the session, the practitioner will slowly assist the client in waking. The practitioner instructs the client to take their time sitting up and will bring them water.
Belleruth Naparstek’s Guided Imagery is used during the Healing Touch Sleep and PTSD series sessions and as indicated by Acupunture and CST practitioners. Naparstek’s work with the DOD has demonstrated effects for Post Traumatic Stress and Resiliency. More information, please reference: www.healthjourneys.com/Main/Home/What-Is-Guided-Imagery/
It is common to notice changes within 24- 48 hours of a session. As with most integrative care, you might experience feeling renewed, inspired or possibly more emotional, hungry or tired than usual. This is the body’s method of processing and clearing. We recommend taking some time for quiet or stillness if possible. Take a short walk outside and breathe with mental focus. This will support the treatment and help refresh and restore.
Remember also that your body may want more sleep and will need more water. We also recommend taking a salt bath or using salt in the shower after a session to help with integration and to support the body.
Some people find it helpful to write at this time and clients have reported enhanced creativity and problem-solving at work post session. Often the deep relaxation results in ideas and thoughts bubbling up to the surface after a session, and it can be helpful to keep a small journal to capture this information. If you’ve never had an integrative care session before, you may want to plan a little extra downtime for yourself.
If you have any questions, please call the office at 970-776-VETS(8387).