When we have a headache many of us pop a pill and hope it masks the pain. How often though do you sit and think why you have a headache or any other ailment? Do you mask the pain or look for a cause? I ‘treat’ myself to a sports massage every month, I swapped relaxing pampering massages when Erin was in spica for a sports massage. Yes it can hurt a bit and I’ve never fallen into a peaceful doze like I did in a pampering treatment but the results are longer lasting and make me feel good.
In the past I have also tried reflexology and Dylan even had kinesology as a toddler when his skin and allergies were more severe. They worked for us. Lee is more sceptical being a pure science specialist but even he couldn’t deny Dylan’s skin improving. Therefore when an invite dropped into my inbox asking me if I wanted to try acupuncture in the run up to acupuncture awareness week (2nd – 8th March) which is supported by the British Acupuncture Council I couldn’t resist. I went along to my session with no specific ailment, I explained I ache a bit, feel sluggish in the afternoons and get some joint pain especially in my left knee now I am running again. I know my muscles ache and I have quite abit of tightness in my lower back and shoulders.
After asking me a number of lifestyle and health questions I had a number of needles placed into my back, it wasn’t painful and although I felt a sensation I wouldn’t have called it pain. I then sat with these needles in place whilst we chatted. I found it very therapeutic and actually shared some pretty intense stuff that has affected me now as an adult. That was a bit of a revelation as I hadn’t expected that. I don’t know if that was because my acupuncturist was especially charismatic but I chatted honestly and freely and it was good.
After a while the needles were removed and I laid on the bed on my back and had needles placed deeper into pressure points on my legs. The pressure points were marked out after a series of measurements taken. This was more noticeable and I thought it was amazing that some of the pressure points he gently touched were actually very sensitive prior to the needle. On this application I did feel a mixture between stinging, tingling and a short stab. I didn’t dislike it.
As he worked I thought I had needles in me and it wasn’t until the therapist told me I didn’t that I realised this. I had wanted to grab a picture of me with pins in as proof! Once this part of the treatment was over I felt very calm.
I left and whilst it was an interesting experience I realise that one treatment is not going to make a huge difference to my well being. One really interesting thing I found out is that in traditional Chinese acupuncture you pay for treatments whilst you are well. If you become unwell that is when treatment is free because the assumption is that you do what you can to look after your body and when it fails you is because acupuncture has not worked on the right area and you then pay again once balance (health and vitality) has been restored.
If you are local I cannot recommend Ed Mander enough – for a total newbie to acupuncture he was brilliant and I loved that he didn’t have business cards or wasn’t even sure of his website address as his business comes from word of mouth and recommendations of those he has been treating the past 20 years. This speaks volumes to me, he doesn’t need fancy marketing or social media but I know he would welcome new clients if you want to try it out. For those not local To find out more about traditional acupuncture visit wwwintroducingacupuncture.co.uk.
It was a great to try acupuncture and I look forward to seeing how I feel over the coming days.