What To Expect

Your Visit

From the moment you walk in the door, you'll feel at ease. Check in for your appointment at the Front Desk, then have a glass of water or a hot cup of tea, and start feeling delightful!

If it's your first time, turn in the paperwork you filled out in advance from our forms available online - here. Or grab your packet from the front desk to get started. If you are here for acupuncture, make sure you've inquired about possible insurance coverage.

If you've been here before, feel free to peruse the shelves of our somewhat limited but very considered products that we have researched and chosen carefully.

Enjoy your beverage and the ambiance, take in the music, and sit back and relax before your appointment.

After your appointment
Please stop by the front desk after your treatment. Here you'll check out, pay for your treatment or any balances due if you have insurance coverage for acupuncture. You can also schedule your next appointment or create a standing appointment for regular sessions. We pride ourselves on having great front desk staff who can assist with scheduling, any questions or concerns or anything else you may need.

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Initial appointments/evaluations are 90 minutes for adults, and 60 minutes for children.

During the initial session your acupuncturist will observe your pulse and tongue (traditional diagnostic techniques), as well as take a thorough and comprehensive health history, and review primary complaints and concerns.

Follow up sessions are 60 minutes for adults, and 30 minutes for children.

You should wear loose clothing, no perfume or make-up preferable, and have a light snack prior to treatment. (In other words, we don't want you to be hungry during your treatment.)

The treatment- The needles

Acupuncture needles are nothing like hypodermic needles. Hypodermic needles are stiff, thick and hollow because they are designed to pull blood out or force liquid into the body. Acupuncture needles, however, are fine, thin and flexible, often no thicker than a human hair.
Most acupuncture patients who are nervous at first, are surprised when the needles cause little or no sensation and that treatments are quite relaxing. Patients often even fall asleep during treatment.

After your treatment

Your acupuncturists will recommend a treatment plan, and let you know when to reschedule, and how often.

Rates and insurance info

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For initial appointments, we recommend at least a 60 minute session.

During the initial session, your massage therapist will review your health history and any primary complaints and concerns you have.
This is the time to talk about:
  • where does it hurt
  • what areas are bothering you
  • past massage experiences, and preferences you may have
  • any injuries
  • any other questions or concerns
With this information, your practitioner will determine the best modality ( "type of massage") for your session, based on the desired outcome and collective information form your pre-treatment evaluation.

Massage FrederickThe Treatment - the massage

Now you can lay back and relax. Let all your thoughts drift away, and enjoy. Feel free, during the massage to speak up. If an area is more sensitive than you realized, let the practitioner know. If you like even deeper work, let the practitioner know. This is the time for the therapist to become familiar with not only your preferences, but your tolerances too. At HHA we practice, what we call, outcome based massage.

This means, it's not your "typical day at the spa". We hope it's just as relaxing! But the goal here is to make a difference in your condition, whether it's decreased pain or discomfort, increased range of motion, or to ease stress and anxiety.

After your treatment

Your acupuncturists will recommend a treatment plan, and let you know when to reschedule, and how often.


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Initial and follow up sessions are 60 minutes.

During the initial session the Health and Nutrition Coach will review your health history, and ask a number of questions about everything from your diet to your lifestyle to what you're looking to accomplish.

This is the time to talk about:
  • How can I lose weight?
  • How can I get myself and my family to eat healthier?
  • I want to lower my cholesterol without prescription medication.

The treatment - the nutrition session

From here you'll talk in more depth about your goals and your situation. T

Taking a look at the whole picture, thus Holistic Health, the practitioner will make a recommendation for a treatment plan, which will guide you in small steps to a reach a greater goal. Big changes do not require big leaps. Permanent change is more likely to happen gradually than through one big restrictive plan. That's the idea here.


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