I recently had a patient share with me that, when she tells friend how relaxing her pain clinic treatments are, they often respond with exclamations of surprise. As a person with a 15 year relationship to the medicine, I have forgotten my first impressions of “going for acupuncture”. This discussion was a good reminder, as it brought to mind my first visit to the naturopath for acupuncture in the early 90’s. I distinctly recall being nervous about the potential pain, and skeptical of the outcome. An acupuncture treatment at People’s isn’t like a trip to the doctor for a yearly physical exam, and in fact, has the potential to be a rich
, indulgent experience, much like taking a hot bath, or eating dessert at a fine restaurant.
At People’s Integrative Medicine, your acupuncture visit will feel more like a pampering treatment at a spa than a visit to the minor emergency for bronchitis. There are no fluorescent lights, photos of horrible rashes, or cold metallic chairs. All of our treatment rooms are dim, warm, cozy, and full of original art and blankets. Our community room is a healing haven tucked in the back of the clinic, with heated beds, eye pillows, bolsters, and- most importantly, a staff of experienced professionals to attend to your healing needs.
After acupuncture, many people report a deep, peaceful relaxation. Several of my clients tell me that they get their best quality sleep during their acupuncture sessions. I have also had it said that acupuncture is a sort of disciplined meditation, that one can’t get anywhere else. After all, you have tiny needles setting the healing tone, moving qi, and inducing a nurturing release of tense tissues. Your phone won’t ring, the dogs won’t scratch at the door, there are no crying babies or dirty dishes in the periphery. Just you, your cozy bed, and time to focus on yourself and your healing.
The need for a meditative practice is obvious to us in the industrialized world. A trip to the clinic for acupuncture is an invitation to unwind, surrender, and restore balance. This alone is well worth a weekly trip to the community acupuncture room at People’s. If you know you need some time to de-stress, and have a hard time making it to the meditation pillow, allow us to help you tap into your happy place.
You don’t need to be sick to receive treatment. And, your treatment will help keep you healthy! And if you are suffering from pain or illness, then the relaxation is simply an added benefit.
Lishanna Tryllium, L.Ac., DMQ, Community Practitioner at People’s