This afternoon I walked into an acupuncture clinic and was greeted by a very tall and slender Caucasian man. He has a head full of wavy brown hair and looked like he should be working in computers instead of practicing Chinese medicine. He moved so gracefully and spoke so calmly it was a but unnerving at first.
After discussing my life and the reasons why I was willing to get pricked with a bunch of tiny needles he had me lie face down on a massage table. The first pin was placed in my right ankle. It didn't feel like much ... a little tap. Next one was in my other ankle ... same feeling. Then a couple more in my hands. He put a bunch along the back of my neck and a few at the top of my head. It wasn't until he put one in my elbow and calf that I actually felt the pins.
The sensation is indescribable. I could feel my nerves respond to the needle as he twisted them. A warm sensation under my skin seemed to spread slowly to the surrounding areas relaxing me. When he left the room I actually began to fall asleep. I jolted just as I began to fall into a REM cycle and all of the needles quivered quickly reminding me that they were sticking in me!
Removing the tiny needles happened so quickly that I barely felt anything. The doctor told me to take my time getting up and after I did I wished I had taken his warning more seriously. My head was dizzy and I felt like I was moving through water. The neck pain and slight headache I had when I walked into the clinic was gone and I was incredibly relaxed and happy. Whatever that man did seems to have made a difference in just one session! I go back on Wednesday hoping that I will feel even better for BlogHer. Now if only I can find a way to get a photo of me looking like a pin cushion!