Since very soon I will no longer have workplace benefits, I had a good hard look at what I was giving up. You know that list of “other medical services”. Every year I’ve maxed out massage and psychologist (mental health is important, yo!) but this time when I reviewed the list I realized there was a lot of money left on the table.
And frankly, this is the year I’m giving life a different look. And that means spending a bit more time in “preventative type” therapies that will mean maybe I spend less time in front of the “traditional” type therapy (read: doctor). Which is also good timing as when I moved to Victoria and typed “family doctor Victoria” in the Google search bar, I received a link to the page that listed the doctors currently accepting new patients. 0, Zero, Zilch, None. Right below that page there was also a link to a newspaper article from the summer discussing the chronic shortage of family doctors in Victoria. Good thing I’m healthy!
Anyway, at the top of the list -A is for Acupuncture.
I read a bit about it and thought this would be a good place to start. I filled out the form-said I am interested in this treatment for my extremely sore calves(see previous posts regarding hiking) and general overall well being.
Overall I found the experience to be about what I thought. She tucked me into a warm massage bed and then put needles in my head, shoulders, neck and also my calves. She put the heat lamp on and let me relax. When it was time for the needles to come out, she pulled them out with no fanfare at all. This treatment also included a wee massage in the needled areas.
You know when you get a massage and you have to make a decision on whether you want to get those sore areas massaged? Like your calves and your ass? Because you KNOW, you know it’s going to hurt and you need to decide about the desire for pain. I didn’t think about that when I strolled in there and said, “ya, my calves could use some release.” Well I got that massage and then I also got a lecture about drinking more water and less coffee and some stretching exercises. Clearly she didn’t realize I was there for the quick fix.
So I booked another appointment for next week and will tell her my calves are miraculously healed and let’s do some more of that well being release shit.
And yes, I asked her to take a picture of my needles for my blog. And no, I wasn’t the first one who asked her to do that.