I’ve never had a fear of needles. In fact, when I was a kid I always got really excited going to visit the doctor whenever it was time to get a shot. I also quite enjoy donating blood every chance I get, although, that pleasure is derived solely from the goodwill of donating.
Acupuncture though, has never intrigued me in the least bit, and I was surprised when my doctor recommended it, along with physical therapy, to help me with my neck and shoulder. I think my vivid imagination was not keen on the image of multiple needles sticking out of my body.
So, I went in for my first session this morning, and my body and mind seemed to be in disagreement. While my mind was curiously apathetic, my body was slightly nervous as I lay on my side awaiting each minute prick. Although, I suppose that means subconsciously my mind was more nervous than I realized.
The needle pricks along my neck and shoulder, and even the one at the top of my head were virtuously painless. The electrolytes attached to the needles created a strange sensation, but once the infrared light was shined on my back, I was quite comfy. The warmth of the light and the soothing spa music nearly put me to sleep. I probably would have fallen asleep if the specialist and her assistant didn’t keep coming in to check on me.
After twenty-five minutes of laying there in relative peace, they came in to remove the needles and rub a mixture of Chinese herbs on me. This concoction of herbs is the most sensational thing I’ve ever felt on my body. The aroma of it immediately pierces your nostrils like a blend of Tiger Balm and flowers, and it feels like what I imagine the spring Arctic air feels like—cool, fresh, light, and clean. I was told not to wash it off for a couple hours, but I don’t think I want to wash it off at all.
Alas, the magic Chinese art was an overall delightful experience. I think it would be even more wonderful if it were in more of a spa setting, and less of a doctor’s office setting, but either way it is all the same.
I scheduled a few more appointments to go along with my physical therapy, and I think after I take care of my neck/shoulder area, I may consider exploring the many other benefits that acupuncture has to offer.
If you have any issues with allergies, addiction, injuries, PMS, headaches, asthma, stress ,or weight control, just to name a few, I encourage you to check it out.
BIG LOVE & HUGS