I tried Acupuncture and ended up with an Osteopath too!
New year, new you? Right...Once January hit, so did this overwhelming feeling of having zero motivation despite the fact that I had SO MUCH work to do (work that I love by the way). It wasn't just the post-vacation blues, I was living with a very dark cloud over me and for no good reason. This new state of being brought on waves of anxiety and I was at a loss of what to do. *insert acupuncture* I read up on it and was very intrigued, this is what I found:
- Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world.
- Traditional Chinese medicine hold that there are as many as 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body, which are connected by 20 pathways (12 main, 8 secondary) called meridians.
- These meridians conduct energy, or qi (pronounced "chi"), between the surface of the body and its internal organs. Each point has a different effect on the qi that passes through it.
- Qi is believed to help regulate balance in the body. It is influenced by the opposing forces of yin and yang, which represent positive and negative energy and forces in the universe and human body.
- Acupuncture is believed to keep the balance between yin and yang, thus allowing for the normal flow of qi throughout the body and restoring health to the mind and body.
Cool, right? I then started to research acupuncturists in my area and turns out there was one literally down the street from me (meant to be?).
The only reason why I felt the need to share this story is because there are tangible solutions to feeling anxious, blue, stressed or unmotivated. I honestly feel a positive difference in my life and highly recommend giving it a try!
- Price: approximately $75
- First session will be a little longer as you need to give some background information (aka reasons why you're there)
- It doesn't hurt, it's a light pinch; some areas are more sensitive than others so you simply need to let them know that it's uncomfortable
Week 1 -
I really wanted to work on my anxiety, motivation, stress and sleep (no big deal!). Since it was my first time, she didn't put too many needles and really just wanted to re-balance my system. It's definetely a weird feeling as you lie there with needles in your body staring at the ceiling for 20 minutes, but it kind of forces your to disconnect and relax. I felt lighter as I left her office and within days my mood had lifted and the motivation and excitement quickly came back.
We talked about my diet and a few other things that I could adjust, she also told me to start taking melatonin before bed for the next few weeks (which I did and loved!).
She recommended that I visit an Osteopath after I described this crushing pain I was getting in my chest, as it would be a compliment to what she was doing (balancing my energy, where the Osteopath would work on readjusting my body and clearing the muscle memory of past pains).
Week 2 -
This was a week that I got to see both the Acupuncturist & Osteopath and I couldn't believe that I hadn't done this sooner!
She started off by asking me how I was feeling and we went through my check-list of things that I had mentioned the week before and I'm like "well I don't know if its a coincidence but...I feel amazing". She started laughing, turns out I'm not the only one chalks it up to coincidence but its Acupuncture!
The Acupuncturist focused on my back during this session and let me tell you... WOW. I could actually feel my muscles react to the pressure points and felt them completely relax/release. I suffered from these crazy back pains in my right shoulder and since this session, I haven't had any pain in that area.
The Osteopath essentially went in and fine-tuned all of these little aches and pains that we have all learned to live with and shouldn't. Our body remembers and readjusts itself and overcompensates when what we should be really doing is fixing it. He told me that I had a rib misplaced! How the heck had I been living with a misplaced rib? Once he did his Osteopathic magic, I promise you, I felt LIGHT! That crushing pain in my chest? Gone! A sore right wrist from a car accident 3 years ago? Gone! Burning sensation in my right hip if I sat for too long? Gone!
Week 3 -
After leaving this session, I guess there was a lot of work to be done because I felt COMPLETELY drained. She warned me that it could happen sometimes, since we're dealing with energy and that I need to listen to my body; which I did, I went to bed at 8PM.
The next morning I felt much better and was happy I listened, I clearly needed those extra hours of rest.
Week 4 -
I'm on the right track! Sleep is back to normal (if not better than before). Anxiety and stress levels are much lower. Most importantly, I wake up excited and motivated.
I have decided to continue acupuncture on a monthly basis along with the Osteopath.
What I love about these two practices is that they're non invasive and they both teach me to understand my body a lot more. Being in pain (whether emotional or physical) doesn't need to be your new normal, sometimes there's just a balance that needs to be restored.
If you do decide to try it out, I would love to hear your feedback!