So, I tried Acupuncture
An inside look at Campus Health Services newest program
Afraid of needles, but excited to try something new, I volunteered to try out Campus Health’s newest offering — group acupuncture.
What did I know about it before I did it? To be entirely honest, not much. Everything I knew came directly from that one episode in Parks and Recreation so I was ready to learn more of the history and practice.
Acupuncture 101 — the basics
I met with Stephanie Selman, a Licensed Acupuncturist at Campus Health Services. As she explained, acupuncture is a part of traditional Chinese medicine. She explained in lots more detail, but the one sentence that stuck was this
“Acupuncture is the placement of needles to affect a therapeutic change. This is done by manipulating qi or the energy force that is within us all.
Before we got started, she made sure I was comfortable and answered some of the most frequently asked questions about acupuncture:
Q: What does it treat?
A: Most everything. Some of the most common ailments include headaches, joint pains, digestive upset, stress, anxiety, etc.
Q: Does it hurt?
A: Sometimes it does. However, Stephanie has a light style that is painless about 95% of the time.
Q: How does it work?
A: Using traditional Chinese Medicine, an assessment is made in two areas. The first being the Meridian diagnosis. Meridians are points on a pathway of electrical currents. Acupuncture points are specific locations of higher electrical conductivity. Acupuncture stimulates the movement of the mind as well as the movement blood flow.
After our Q&A session, I felt ready to jump in! Stephanie took a look at my tongue to learn more about my overall health and sleep and decided on a needle for each arm.
Suddenly, there the needles were!
I felt no pinch or prick
Aside from being queued to take a deep breath, I had no idea the needle was inserted. . .
What I did feel was a sense of calm wash over me… well, as calm as one can be when you are being filmed 😉
We then decided to try ear points. There are a myriad of spots in your ear that an acupuncturist can target and these are often felt a bit more than say a point in your arm.
After a deep breath, I did feel a small pinch but nothing too crazy.
Stephanie informed me she targeted the points in the ear for self expression. Expecting it to release some creative energy from me, I instead found myself wanting to cry. Not because of pain, but because it had been awhile since I had a good cry. I was told this is normal and can happen when we bottle up our every day stresses. I decided that night, I would turn on Homeward Bound and let myself have a good cry!
Then, the last and final piece, removal of the needles.
No really, that was it.
She just took them out. I felt it even less than the insertion. Super simple.
All that was left was a tingling sensation of energy balanced with calm, relaxed vibes. I was ready to take on my day!
So would I do acupuncture again?
Absolutely! I am looking forward to scheduling a session and leaving the cameras behind.
Accupuncture at Campus Health Services
Want to try it for yourself? Here’s how:
- Where: Health Promotions Office on the first floor of the HLC
- Time: Tuesdays and Thursday starting at 12pm
- Cost: $15 a session
To make an appointment call 928–523–2131
With a variety of services like massages, counseling, and now acupuncture, Campus Health Services has your back!