I had my first Acupuncture session last week and here is my experience. The good, the bad and the ugly.
Okay, it wasn't bad or ugly. But weird!
Acupuncture is an alternative healing technique, that originated in China more than 2,500 years ago. It works with the energy channels in your body known as Meridians in China (or Nadis in India) - read more about these energy channels here. A trained practitioner stimulates these energy channels by inserting a teeny tiny needle into the skin.
First of all, the reason why I had acupuncture was because I have incredibly sore shoulders. I always have but I put it down to stress. But another thing to note is that I have a slipped disc in my neck, which was first discovered when I was 7 years old.
After it was discovered I started going to a chiropractor. That's another story in itself but I will never be going to another one again, the pain was too intense and it never fixed me, if anything it made the situation worse.
I have always had very tight shoulders and lucky for me my mam is a beauty therapist so every so often she will give me a shoulder and neck massage. She gave me one last week after my weekend of yoga teacher training and they were very bad. So she surprised me with sending me to get acupuncture.
I've wanted to get acupuncture for a few months now, but made excuses for myself that I was too busy, but honestly I was scared.
I entered the Chinese clinic and lay face down on the bed. The therapist came in and pressed on my shoulders asking where the pain was. As soon as I told him he already had a needle in me!
It was a weird feeling, I could feel them going in but it wasn't painful. It was like a tiny pinch. One was sore though, but 1 out of 10 isn't bad. I had 4 in my neck and 6 around my shoulders.
The therapist then put a timer on and put a heating light over my shoulders and neck where the needles were. And he left me there for the next half hour.
It was such a strange feeling, I could feel the intense heat and every so often I would feel the spot under one of the needles, but I could only ever feel three needles. I could feel the energy travelling between them.
I didn't really relax because the shopping center was so loud. I am sure if you were somewhere else with some nice lighting and some music you could fall asleep or at least relax.
When the 30 minutes were up the therapist came back into the room and removed all the needles, this was so quick and I couldn't barely feel it.
The days after the treatment my shoulder felt way less tight and they were no longer sore to touch. I will definitely get acupuncture again! But maybe in a more relaxed environment!
I hope you enjoyed this little blog about my Acupuncture experience, you really need to try it yourself and I promise it isn't painful.
Have a wonderful day guys.
Love, Light & Namaste,