I’ve been trying to tag my posts so you can find the things you are looking for easier. What I haven’t really done that well is explain what some of the tags mean. I tried something today that I thought would fall under my “armchair travels” label but thought that a lot of you, who are newer readers, may not know what the heck I was talking about. So to explain – a long time ago I posted about how my parents were experiencing some of the benefits of travel by learning about foods, languages and customs of other places while never leaving their hometown. I have also been doing this in between trips myself, like the cooking class a couple of weeks ago.
Yesterday I had the opportunity, and incidentally after hearing a lot about China recently (and how you need to go there), to try acupuncture. There was a free stress relief clinic being put on by a friend who runs a counseling practice in my town. Some trainers were visiting to do a certification course on how to perform a special ear acupuncture. Traditionally the method is for treating different kinds of addicts of substances (like heroin or alcohol) or psychiatric patients – of which I am neither – but it is also beneficial for managing stress and general pain, as well as a host of other ailments. I figured I would try it out, why not, right?
|They said the pain would be a 3 out of 10. I think that was fairly accurate – they are small needles, but they’re still made of steel. No one yelled out who was having it done so you can gauge it from there.|
They left the needles in for 30-45 minutes and turned the lights off so we could relax. I am pretty sure I fell asleep. Then last night, I slept for nine hours like a rock. I had very weird dreams – which is fairly normal – but I got up when my alarm went off (without any snoozes)!! I would definitely do it again. Thanks for checking in!
P.S. I am hopefully going to China in 2013 as part of the end of my MBA program, so there will be more on that.