Friday, October 23, 2009
Acupuncture is one of the main forms of therapy in traditional Chinese medicine and has been practiced for at least 2,500 years. Certain points on the body are stimulated by the insertion of fine needles.
It is thought to restore health by removing energy imbalances and blockages in the body.
Yesterday, I decided to go for some acupuncture followed by a deep tissue massage.
I did not think to much about the process until I was lying on the table,face down and she put the first needle into my body. I believe the needles first went inbetween my toes and fingers. One was to increase the blood flow,one was for the heart and sad feelings. I assume she figured I was depressed as I could not train. The one's that went into my glute and hamstring were deep and took my breathe away as the needles hit the nerves. She would make comments like good and great every time my body shook and I screamed. She finally left the room and I lay there, needles all over wandering how I got myself into this. It is definitely not the most comfortable experience but I am always up for trying things to help my body. A friend of mine had heard me yelling from the next room and called me a wimp. After about 20 minutes she came back into the room and slowly removed the needles....that was a little uncomfortable too.
But by the end of the deep tissue massage which was well needed I had forgotten the discomfort I had felt earlier.
I was told not to do any working after, so despite it being a gorgeous 70 degree day I stuck to the no workout rule and just went in the steam room and later took a epsom salt bath to get rid of the toxins. I also tried to hydrate well.
Today, I have to say my hamstring felt remarkably looser. My shoulder still hurts but that may need a few more sessions. So I will go again next week.
For now I look forward to a relaxing but busy weekend in NYC with my daughter Sydney. We are having a girls weekend as Hank and Tanner are heading to a football game.