So I Tried Acupuncture

Location: Family Wellness & Acupuncture (website here)
Address: 1501 Superior Avenue, Suite 300 Newport Beach, CA 92663
Discovered Through: Invitation

I’m kind of a stressed out/anxious person in general. You can imagine, then, that when I got the invitation to try acupuncture I was a little freaked out by the whole idea of it. I’m not a fan of needles, so imagining getting pricked willingly throughout my body scared me a ton. It actually was a very interesting experience. Keep reading to learn more!

1The process started with a LOT of paperwork. They wanted all kinds of information on my health (even down to what my relatives have). Sharon was the very nice woman that helped me throughout the whole process, and she took me to a room where we went over all the answers. I am relatively healthy, and haven’t had any serious injuries, so we decided that the best thing to focus on would be my stress levels. There was an option to do an acupuncture facial, but I was far too chicken to get needles in my face.

2There was a total of 8 needles put in my body: one at the top of my head, one on my forehead, two in my arms, two in my legs, one in both hands, and one in both feet. When Shannon put the needles in, she did it in a swift motion where it felt like she accidentally bumped into me. I honestly could hardly feel the needles. She then dimmed the lights, put on relaxing instrumentals, and left me in the room for fifteen minutes. I’m not sure how many of you are yogis, but savasana is the hardest pose for me. Laying down completely still and clearing your mind is nearly impossible for me. We do this pose for about 2 minutes, and it’s quite a rough 2 minutes.

4It was no problem during acupuncture. They leave the needles in for a total of fifteen minutes. I was met with complete relaxation. Sharon explained to me before hand that acupuncture releases serotonin in your body, similar to after a great workout or when you eat chocolate. I felt very zen after the whole process, and the removal of the needles was even less painful than when she put them in. She did not run electrical currents through mine, but she let me know that if people go in for pain, that is when they will use the electricity. I was very curious about payments. Sharon let me know that most PPO insurance will cover acupuncture. Otherwise, a first appointment runs for about $95, and any additional would be $85. Sharon also let me know they do cupping and acupuncture to help support fertility. All in all I thought it was a really cool experience. I’d be interested to know the results for anyone that is going through chronic pain. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me! Or if you try it yourself, I’d love to hear your appointment went! That’s all for today’s Things-To-Do Thursday!

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