Last week's new experience ...


Over the last month I have been getting a weekly massage to try and release the tension in my neck and shoulders.  The tension usually starts to build up when I do a lot of running and apparently being a woman predisposes me to holding my stress and tension in my back, shoulders and neck.  If I let it go too long I usually end up with that uncomfortable feeling in my shoulders that I just can't stretch out .. and then comes a few headaches! 

When I had my massage last week the therapist asked me had I tried acupuncture before. Who me?!  I have been known to have to lie down to have an injection .. you know, with a needle ... and a blood test!  I don't really like that feeling when the room goes a bit fuzzy and your head starts to spin. Nope, I don't do needles.

This is not me but I'm sure there were this many needles!

But, being the brave, challenge taker that I am I decided that I would give the acupuncture a go.  Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to ensure the free flow of the body's energy in order to bring the body into it's natural balance according to .  Yes, it is entirely possible that my body is not in balance!  Maybe even my mind but let's leave that alone!
I must say, the whole event was pretty painless and yes, I did feel every little needle prick as they were gently implanted into my skin.  See, I admitted that they tried to be gentle!
As I have quite an intense dislike for needles I tried to focus on the relaxing part of the process.   Lots of inhaling and exhaling and trying to allow myself to relax.
When I asked the acupuncturist if it was normal that I felt like there was electricity running through my legs and that I felt I couldn't keep them still, he was very reassuring .. this is normal. It is my body's energy ( Qi ) being allowed to flow freely through my body with no blockages ( tension ).  Feels pretty weird actually, like you are not in control .. and I like being in control, especially of my own body!

After the whole process, my arms and legs felt so heavy that I had to sit down in the waiting area for a while! Again, this is apparently normal! 
I know that hundreds of people swear by acupuncture, but what did I think of the whole experience? I definitely do think that it released some of the tension in my neck and shoulders. I will no doubt require a few more needle sessions as I am now starting to feel some of the niggles start again.

Will I willingly go back again and have the needles stuck in me? Yes, I think that I will. I'm all for giving it a fair chance seeing as though it's been around for thousands of years and as I said heaps of people swear by this practice! Am I looking forward to it .. not really. I think I will try to sleep this time!

Would I recommend it? Personal preference really, whatever floats your boat. It certainly won't hurt ( apart from a few pin pricks ) to try something a bit different if you feel that you need to try something else to get results.
What about you?  Have you tried acupuncture?  Are you a devoted fan or are you just not ready to be pinned like a voodoo doll?
Just in case you are wondering, I visit the fabulous people at Go2 Human Performance. I have been going here for years now and they are a great team!

*This is not a sponsored post. I just find these guys are really helpful and I have also recommended them to my clients.


Deb said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I've had dry needling done at the physio - it's different I think as it hurts... a needle is stuck in really deep and stays there until your muscle grabs it.

I like the idea of accupuncture but haven't tried it. (I've tried cupping - but don't think that did anything for me!)


Liz N said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I've had mixed results with acupuncture. Sometimes fantastic relief, other times, fantastic pain.
I'm going to aim for a sugar free Sept with you - except for 3 days - my birthday, hub's birthday and little Lucy's birthday :) Gotta have a slice of cake on those days!

Vicki said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Deb Not sure I like the idea of the dry needling Deb ..

Vicki said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Liz N Liz, I'm hoping it will continue to work for me if I'm on a roll!
So glad you are going to give sugar free a go .. leave passes granted for birthdays!

Mike said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I've known many people with very bad health problems benefit from acupuncture. If it works for you then why not do it?

Vicki said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Mike Agree Mike!