Last week I was able to try something new and very interesting. Something that had always been in the back of my mind to try, but I never quite had the willpower (or extra cash). However, an opportunity arose for me to have a free session of acupuncture. Nervous, yet excited I walked into the office with my several page health history questionnaire all filled out. The first time is a longer session, beginning with time with your acupuncture practitioner to go over your health issues and history to determine where the needles should go and what they need to focus on.
I learned that we have many meridians and energy points running through our body. When this energy is blocked, illness or pain happens. All of this goes with very ancient Chinese Medicine, but is still very valuable today.
After speaking with Julie, my acupuncture practitioner, I changed into a hospital type gown and laid down on a table. The needles were very thin and very small, even smaller and thinner than I had imagined. She inserted a needle in my left/right foot, left/right leg near my knee, one in my stomach, one on my left/right hand, one on my left/right ear and one on the top of my head. Some I couldn’t feel at all during insertion, a few felt like a less painful version of a shot and the one in my right hand felt a bit heavy. She said tingling and a heavy sensation were to be expected.
Then…relaxation. They leave you in a room to relax for about 30 minutes. You might say, how can you relax with needles sticking out of you for that long?! Honestly, after a few minutes I didn’t feel them at all. I closed my eyes and tried to fall asleep. Time flew and before I knew it, she was back and quickly took out the needles. No harm, no foul. For the rest of the day, I felt relaxed and well. While I understand that just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, acupuncture won’t cure everything in one session either. You have to keep at it. While I am not sure I will keep going regularly, it was a great experience. I think it would be beneficial and relaxing even to those scared of needles.
What do you think? Have you or will you ever try acupuncture?
To learn more about acupuncture, visit Acupuncture Healthcare Associates of Michigan.
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