Self-Care Sunday: The Skinny on Acupuncture

June 24, 2018

 

If you've read my blog in the past you know that I am no stranger to self-care and will indulge in pretty much any massage, gold leaf face mask and bubble bath within a 10 mile radius but I wanted to share a new experience with you. 

 

I've had so many issues with my feet and working through all my Achilles pain so I thought: I'm desperate, I'll try anything to feel better and like my old self. My life coach, Aimee Jordan recommended a local Acupuncturist so I gave it a whirl. 

 

First, I did a little research. I thought if I'm going to have multiple needles sticking out of my head I might as well know a little more about it. 

According to Dr. Google, "Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of "yin" and "yang" of the life force known as "qi," pronounced "chi." Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the forces.

 

Qi is said to flow through meridians, or pathways, in the human body.

 

These meridiens and energy flows are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body.Inserting needles into these points with appropriate combinations is said to bring the energy flow back into proper balance." (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/156488.php) 

 

Ok, well I can get on board with that. I do reiki on the reg so I'm all down with the woo-woo. So I showed up to this cute little shop in the trendy part of the west side with very little expectation. Karen, my practitioner, explained the procedure and asked me a lot of questions about my lifestyle and any pain I'd been experiencing. So I politely answered that although I'm active and high energy, I'm obsessed with cupcakes and Air-Skechers caused me to have the WORST Achilles pain I've ever had in my life. 

 

In true, holistic fashion she was understanding and calm and even partially laughed at my self-deprecating jokes. 

 

I then laid face up on this table similar to a massage table. She tapped my forehead a couple times before using a teeny hammer to drive the small needles into my skin. I think she did around 15 all over my body starting from my face to my ears to my stomach and all the way down to my feet. 

 

I hate needles but I honestly closed my eyes and let her prick away. It hurt for a millisecond and then the pain from the needle went away. Then she said I'll be back to check on you later. 

 

So at first I laid there making my grocery list in my mind and deciding if I was going to get Chipotle or sushi for lunch before my mind finally started settling. I became really calm and very relaxed. My friends have deemed me 'The Expert Napper' but this was different. The only way I could describe it was feeling like warm water was waving over my body. I honestly have no idea if that was supposed to happen but I thought I'd share. 

 

She came in after about 30 minutes and I was in my warm, mental chrysalis. She took out all the needles and I got up and got dressed. Like I said earlier, I had ZERO expectations for this working. 

 

I was so busy not paying attention to my body that by the time I walked to my car, I hadn't event realized that I felt NO PAIN. 

 

For the past 2 years I've braced my foot every time it's touched the ground becausepain had become my lifestyle co-pilot

 

Since my session 2 weeks ago I've felt twinges of pain but nothing like what it was before I saw Karen. I don't know if this is coincidence or if my meridians are screaming "Halleluah" but I am very excited to go back. 

 

Karen mentioned that typical clients see the best results within 3 sessions so I have my 2nd one this weekend and hope to report back to you on any changes that I've noticed about pain and over all well being from my acupuncture treatments. 

 

Comment below on your experiences with accupuncture or any questions! 

 

 

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