As a holistic system of medicine, acupuncture is well-rooted in the belief that the mind and the body are inseparably linked. The mind not only includes functions like memory and cognition but also the ability to sleep and feel emotions. When one considers that Chinese medicine sees long-lasting or intense emotions as a cause of disease, it’s worth finding ways to move through emotions in a healthy way.
Beyond the needles
As a former student and naturally curious person, I know it’s easy to ponder questions like “Why is my acupuncturist placing a needle in that spot?” or “I wonder what that point is for?” In my role as acupuncturist and educator, I am happy to explain my rationale in treatment AND I encourage my clients to approach each acupuncture session as an opportunity for mindfulness and relaxation.
Ways to get more out of your acupuncture treatment session
Often, clients put their intentions on what they hope to manifest in their lives. Some employ visualization techniques to concentrate qi in specific energy centers of the body, such as the space in lower abdomen below the navel. Some simply meditate on their breath. Many clients literally become so relaxed that they fall asleep to the sound of music. It’s a completely personal choice.
“When we calm the body, the mind can expand without limit.” — Kenneth Cohen, The Way of Qigong: The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing