I’ve never had this thing called a “day job” before, nor have I ever done so much desk-warming. My 8-hour days consist of far-too-many hours of sitting at my desk “lesson planning” (AKA chatting with friends and reading about N Korea threatening us on the news). And when you have terrible posture like I, apparently do, you would be in need of some kind of relief as well.
My co-teacher suggested I get an acupuncture (go to an Acupuncture? Get acupunctured?) with her. I wasn’t real keen on the whole sticking-needles-in-my-body concept but I figured why not give it a try. And it’s only about 7,000 won (AKA $7.. well less now that the Korean Won is going down. Thanks for that, N Korea.)
So we show up, the doctor asks me a bunch of questions, and then brings us into these little curtain-walled rooms. I lay down and he does a quick massage to see where it hurts and then starts nailing the needles in (at least that’s what it sounded like he was doing). A few of them hurt a little bit but it was definitely less painful than getting blood drawn or even getting shots. He put a heating lamp over my back, warned me not to move, and then let me hang out for maybe 10 minutes.
After almost dozing off (I was surprised at how relaxing it was), this lady comes back, takes the needles out and puts these strange little suction cup things on my back. This was definitely not at all pleasant but after the initial shock (I had no idea what was about to happen), it didn’t feel so bad. They left these on – later I learned that this part is called “acupressure” (which leaves these lovely red marks because of how tightly they’re suctioned on) – for another 10 minutes or so and then put these electric/vibrating things on (shown below. I hope you appreciate all the technical jargon – clearly I know nothing about medicine or the equipment they use). These were also slightly unpleasant at first and felt like the “pins & needles” feeling you get when a limb falls asleep.
Afterwards, my back felt extremely light – or weight-less, you could say. (But that could’ve been due to the little vibrating thingys.) Regardless, the whole $7 experience was extremely relaxing and I’m definitely going again!
About Acupunctures: (Of course, I didn’t actually research anything about acupunctures until after the session.) Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice that is now used world-wide. There are different theories about how it works (pressure points/nervous system/etc) but I, personally, like how the Chinese explain it. Chinese philosophy describes how the body holds two opposing forces: yin & yang. When they are in balance, the body is healthy. So if the balance is off, the body is sick or something is wrong. There is energy in your body that flows around but sometimes gets blocked, causing your body to be unbalanced. Acupuncture helps cure the body by puncturing the blockages with needles, thus creating balance once again.
Acupuncture is also known to help people sleep better, have more energy & clarity, digest food better and overall ease stress. So for $7 a session – I’m down like James Brown.