“How are you?” he asked.
“You need to call Paige right now. She’s going to help you.”
Paige! I’m so excited to hear everything you have to say. First things first…what attracted you to practicing acupuncture?
Very cool. What’s your favorite thing about your practice?
Ha! YES. I love that you just referenced Harry Potter. So, how does acupuncture work for healing physical injuries?
TRIPPY. So…you’ve mentioned the power of acupuncture for PMS symptoms and emotional health. Can it really help with that?! Tell me more. :)
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be incredibly effective for OBGYN issues. My first experience with acupuncture was actually for intense PMS and cramping symptoms during my cycle. Once a month I turned into the exorcist crossed with the Apprentice’s Omarosa, could throw down a family sized Coldstone bucket and would cry at the drop of a hat. Shockingly, I spent my early twenties single until I came to acupuncture and realized that not only was this behavior not “normal” for everyone, but also that I could save myself a week per month of crippling pain. After a couple sessions and some herbs that tasted like feet, I felt much better and was able to manage my symptoms while not putting work or life on hold.
Emotionally, acupuncture can work wonders as well. When we go through difficult experiences in our lives, we accumulate emotional stress in our bodies — and even though we may have worked through that situation with time or therapy or a weekend in Vegas, the energetic body may still hold onto that trauma. With acupuncture, we are able to access imbalances in Qi that were caused by trauma and work with the body to restore harmony and help the Qi flow in its natural direction again. This can help to alleviate emotional issues from the past as well as general and recurrent episodes of stress, anxiety, depression and frustration we feel on a daily basis.
DUDE. That is so incredibly legit. What should someone expect at their first acupuncture session?
Your first acupuncture treatment will usually last approximately 75 minutes and starts off with the Acupuncturist asking a series of questions about the your past medical history and current state of health. From there we use some incredibly strange but interesting Traditional Chinese diagnostic methods such as feeling the radial pulse and observing the tongue to get an idea of what is going on inside of you. After that there may be some palpation on different areas of the body depending on your chief complaint, then the patient lies down on a comfortable treatment table and relaxes as the practitioner begins the acupuncture treatment. During the session you may feel warmth, tingling and relaxation as your body gets used to the treatment. Afterwards there is usually a sense of calm and you can return to your regular daily activities feeling about 1000% more awesome than you did when you walked into the office.
Yeah, I can vouch for that. I never thought I’d actually look forward to getting needles. Anything else going on that you’re especially excited to share with us?
Well that’s the coolest thing ever. How can we reach you?
Paige Bourassa MSTOM, L.Ac.
Acupuncture and Whole Body Wellness NYC
289 7th Ave, suite 4
NY NY 10001
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