Snap, Crackle, and Poke

So, the next part of my June resolution was… well, to be honest, I don’t know what it’s actually called. Someone said Acupressure, someone else said it’s Shiatsu, and when I look it up now, the wise old internet says they are basically one in the same. So let’s just say shiatsu. To describe it, it was like chiropractics mixed with a bit of massage and uses the points of acupuncture too. It’s very interesting to have done! A friend of mine knows a man (his name is Jesoul, but I’m not 100% sure if I’m spelling that right) who was a monk who moved to Canada and brought his shiatsu skills to us in the west. I felt very similar to how I felt after getting chiropractics. I maybe should have tried to get them each done further apart, but regardless, it felt great. Lots of cracks and pops and relief. Since I’d never had traditional acupuncture before, I wasn’t able to compare shiatsu to it. I would highly recommend getting this type of treatment done, as it’s a more whole body treatment than anything else I’ve done. Jesoul was able to tell me things about my body and what he was feeling that I wasn’t even aware of.
About 4 or 5 days later, I had my first experience with acupuncture, done by my chiropractor. However, I wasn’t aware until I was there that she doesn’t practice “traditionally”. She said that when you learn acupuncture, it’s the whole shebang, but in her practice, she wanted to focus on using her skills more for relaxing muscles, which aides in her chiropractic work. At the time, I had some issues with my left shoulder from a vaccination that was stuck in too close to my tendon. She focused the needles on this area, and around my neck which was quite tight as well. The needles don’t really hurt, just a tiny poke when they go in. I could feel almost a slight burning sensation, but again, nothing that I would label as painful. Afterwards, she did some adjustments, and it felt like it was easier for her to do with the muscles looser. She said that getting different modalities really helps the other modalities to work better, but they need to be done together to be the most effective. This did feel like the most beneficial treatment I’ve had, and it make sense.
Speaking from the present which is now almost a year later, I’ve had traditional acupuncture, and it’s quite interesting and different. I was going for a specific condition though, and found that I wasn’t getting results. I wouldn’t write it off though, but I would probably use acupuncture for muscle relaxation as opposed to a specific medical condition. I’m still always open to trying things though!


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