People experience acupuncture differently. Performed by a well-trained practitioner, acupuncture is rarely described as painful and the pins can quickly be adjusted if the patient does feel discomfort. Once the pins are inserted they may be manipulated to obtain a mild “Qi” sensation. This sensation is often described as warm, heavy, or achey. The pins remain in place for 15-45 minutes depending on the type of treatment, and always in concert with the patient’s comfort level. A patient is generally very relaxed during this resting phase of treatment, many often fall asleep.