Sure. Sometimes I do. But it can be a rather awkward and uncomfortable affair … First, the only points I can really needle properly are the ones on my legs. As well as the ones on my left arm (I’m right-handed). And that is rather limiting. Using moxa is tricky, finding time to have a proper treatment is not easy (hence my “mobile acupuncture practice” idea) … What is one to do?
Just by complete coincidence, I saw a Facebook post from my lovely acupuncture college ICOM about a couple of appointments in their student clinic being unfilled … That was not an opportunity to be missed! Having been through ICOM’s thorough training program myself, I knew I’d be in safe hands – ICOM students are very knowledgeable, trained to the highest standards and are supervised by excellent and very experienced practitioners. Perfect! I called first thing in the morning and drove to the clinic.
Just as I do with my patients, the acupuncture student palpated my tummy. It rumbled, just as many other people’s tummies do when I palpate them, and I found myself apologising for it – JUST as every one of my patients does! (and, ladies – you really don’t need to apologise for unshaven legs – newsflash: we all have leg hair! )
At that point my back was beginning to really get uncomfortable – somewhere on the left, between the spine and the shoulder blade the pain was getting so intense, even breathing was painful. The lovely student was as attentive as ever – immediately she suggested I turned over onto my front and began the treatment.
This is my favourite part of acupuncture treatments – the serene feeling after the needles have been taken out. Getting up from the couch I felt “grounded” for lack of a better word. The mind was clear, there were no thoughts buzzing annoyingly in my head, the body was calm and the agitation I’d felt for days prior to the treatment has completely dissipated. And my back? The pain level was half of that I felt before the acupuncture session, I could breathe freely, I could turn and bend easily and without grimacing. As the day went on the pain gradually subsided even more and the very next morning I was completely pain-free.
So on my second day off, I was able to enjoy my free time – pain-free, calm and very happy!
If you are reading this – thank you, Selena! I’m really looking forward to my next treatment!