Tuesday, July 15, 2014

First Acupuncture Treatment


I had my first acupuncture treatment today.  I was a little bit nervous going in since I have never had acupuncture before.  My practitioner was nice enough to give me a practice needle last week at my consultation, but that was one needle and there are going to be several.

I first sat down with my practitioner and we talked about how I was feeling.  She also looked at my tongue.  Based on my condition that day plus our overall goal of increasing my fertility she decided on which points she was going to "attack".

The first needle was on top of my head, which sent a tingle down the back of my neck - not bad, but in a nice relaxing way.  She then put a few needles in each ear.  I could feel the stress flowing out of my neck and shoulders gradually with each needle.  She then put a needle in each wrist, above my knees, my shins and my heels.  By the time she got to my legs I was so relaxed that I felt like I almost couldn't talk anymore.  She assured me that was normal for a lot of hear patients.

She then put a warming light over my belly and a heater by my feet.  She darkened the room and left me to chill out to some Enya for about 25 minutes.  It was FANTASTIC, I almost can't remember the last time I felt that relaxed.  She came back in and slowly removed the needles in the order that she had put them in and gave me a couple of minutes to come back to reality.  I did, but still a little foggy.  She suggested not really doing much tonight and just planning on a relaxing night after my treatments.  I was really glad that I booked my treatments at the end of the day.

As I was leaving I remembered the last time I felt this relaxed.  It was the same feeling I would get after a really hard yoga session and spending the full 5 minutes at the end relaxing.  This was awesome.  I have already decided that after India I am going to continue coming in once a month or so for regular treatments :)

2 comments:

  1. I'm glad you had a lovely experience during your first acupuncture treatment. It's a great medicinal practice that has a lot of therapeutic assets. Not a lot of people appreciate its distinction from typically-known practices, so it's nice to see you being so comfortable with it. I hope the next visit will be as nice as that one. All the best to you! :)

    Javier Carol @ US Health Works

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  2. Very interesting to hear this perspective. I have thought about acupuncture over the years but have always been a little too nervous to go through with it. I think it is something about the needles that never quite sat right with me. I have heard great things from family and friends, though. After reading this I might just get it.

    Hannah Holland @ Berkeley Community ACU

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