The needles are as fine as the hair on your head and are tapped through a plastic tube for painless insertion. The acupuncture point is a few millimetres below the surface of the skin. When reached, there is a momentary dull ache or cramping sensation. Points in areas that don’t have much fat or muscle tend to feel more like a quick small sting. Most people find the feeling unusual rather than painful. Once the sensation is felt the needle is immediately removed. Each point will be activated and then the needle removed one at a time which is a Japanese needle technique unique to Classical Five-Element acupuncture.
For those who have a true needle phobia, the typical comment is ‘Is that it?’ The thought of needles is far worse than the actual application.
Most people find the treatment very relaxing and leave feeling that way.