"We are trained in this society to reject anything that we do not understand. Elevate your mind."

Your First Visit

The cost for your first appointment is $125 and will take an hour and a half to two hours. I have found that once we start talking, an hour can fly by in what seems like fifteen minutes. The getting to know you / "consultation" part of the appointment is essential to eastern medicine and imperative for me to treat you most effectively and is not something that should feel rushed. I am going to be treating YOU, not your condition per say, so I need to know as much about you as possible. It is equally as important that you feel comfortable with me. Try to be prepared with any questions you may have, or even writing them down as they come up prior to arriving at my office.

After the consultation and I've inserted the needles, it is time for you to relax. You will rest with the needles for 25 - 40 minutes; it will vary treatment to treatment. It is quite common for people to fall asleep, and just as common that they say it's the most relaxed they've been in a long time. I think what is most important is that you have no expectations, but prepare to give yourself the best chance to allow your body to relax and let go into the effects of the needles. Avoid caffeine for 4-5 hours before your appointment, or all day if possible! Bring or wear comfortable clothing / clothing that allows me access to the area(s) you want to be treated. Do your best to arrive hydrated and neither hungry nor full; they both can diminish the effects of your treatment. Specifically, being hungry and/or dehydrated can make you uncomfortably hyper sensitive to the sensation of the needles. Be sure to go to the bathroom before your appointment, a full bladder will not make it easy to relax!

There are restrooms located down the hallway from my office on the ground floor, which require a key that hangs from a hook in my waiting area. There are also restrooms that do not require a key on the 2nd and 3rd floors, just off the elevators.

Parking is easiest, and ample, on the back side of the building, behind Margarita's Restaurant. The back entrance to the building enters onto the ground floor, just down the hallway from my office (the front entrance is on the 1st floor).

Your return visits will vary, typically from 60-75 minutes. Before each treatment we'll discuss any updates since your previous visit; changes in mood, life(style)changes, physical and mental health changes, shifts in your emotional state; everything is relevant. Taking notes between appointments; any effects you notice, questions that come up, or possibly things you meant to mention the last time I saw you; is extremely helpful to me ... and ultimately, to you. By writing things down as they come up you will be much less likely to forget, especially if that thing you noticed is no longer happening by the time I see you again. Just like in your intake, everything is relevant, even if it doesn't seem like it is to you. Everything you share will help to guide your next treatment, and in the bigger picture, allow me to formulate the most accurate diagnosis, to continue to give you the most effective treatments.

© 2017 Kristen Boze, Puravidaacupunctureandyoga.com


Your First Visit - Pura Vida Acupuncture and Yoga in Portland, Maine

Kristen Boze offers Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Yoga in Portland, Maine

Pura Vida Acupuncture and Yoga offers safe, effective Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Yoga in Portland, Maine

"Music puts wings on the human spirit."                      - Frank Sinatra

I have been in love with music for as long as I can remember.  It brings me great joy, that through and acupuncture and yoga; I am able to utilize my love of music as a way to connect with my patients and students. 

Music is incredible in it's ability to awaken the senses, inspire the soul and quiet the mind.  It's a common opinion that music is distracting in a yoga practice, and while I  appreciate and understand the value of silence; I also find music to be incredibly therapeutic.  The problem I find, is that silence, in a yoga practice, can be incredibly loud.  In the vast space that silence creates, our minds wander wildly, leaving very few moments to be spent in the present.  Music holds your attention, which allows for a cerebral experience of the present moment; one that has the ability to affect real and lasting change.  It is this kind of experience that ultimately leads to healing of physical, mental and emotional dis-ease. The immense capacity of our minds is a blessing and a curse.  They hold so much about the past and the future, distracting us away from the moment that truly matters.

Our senses connect us to the outside world, and when combined with a practice of mindfulness, they provide a bridge between our mind and physical body. Understanding how the stimuli of the world around us affects shifts in the energy within us, is a powerful way to learn about ourselves. That kind of understanding is the only way to truly be able to take control of your health ... your life.

Music, unique in it's ability to create a cathartic release, can bring about a shift in emotional energy unlike any yoga class or acupuncture needle.  The ability to let go, to emote, to be vulnerable, to release the emotions you have been holding onto; is essential to the ability to heal physically. Both acupuncture and a yoga work to unblock stuck energy. Music can encourage the physical purging of the energy that is released. Holding onto emotional pain will  keep you sick, and releasing it assists in your ability to heal. It all comes back to energy.  Where it is stuck, we need to move it, and what doesn't serve you, needs to be released. We are energy, music is energy.  I believe that music is medicine.

© 2017 Kristen Boze, Puravidaacupunctureandyoga.com