Even the first session of acupuncture can be relaxing

When people come for acupuncture for the first time, they are often surprised at how relaxed they feel when they are having treatment.

“I feel like that feeling that you get when you have been on holiday for a few days, you know that really settled feeling..” was one of the comments that I had after the person had got off the couch.

Spacey is the word that gets frequently used, I say to people in advance that you might feel a little spacey after treatment and they should take it gently just afterwards.

It is surprising how just a few tiny needles can transform someone who has raced into the treatment room after meetings, school drop offs or a commute from London and then a few minutes after the needles are in I can hear their breathing change and sometimes the sounds of a gentle snore.

Perhaps it’s no surprise, we all rush around trying to cram as much as possible into our day. Often oblivious to the fact that our bodies might benefit from a bit of a recharge. One of the benefits of the first acupuncture consultation is the opportunity to discuss and reflect on lifestyle habits that may be contributing to the problem. Chinese Medicine looks at patterns and takes into consideration the whole person.  Acupuncture is one part of the treatment, but dietary and lifestyle advice are also included in the consultation.

Susannah Fone, Acupuncturist