Let’s be honest, you probably take better care of your houseplants than you do of yourself. You wake up, rush to get ready, feed the kids, sit at a desk all day, respond to the never-ending influx of emails, rush home, make dinner, clean the house, zone out on your phone for an hour or so before you crash from exhaustion and then wake up and do it again until its the weekend where you try to fit in your ever-growing to-do list. Our busy lives are completely out of balance.
Where do you have a minute for yourself? If you constantly pour from your empty cup all that will cause is burnout, pain, and illness. Listen to me, YOU NEED TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF YOURSELF. There are 168 hours in a week, how many of those are dedicated to YOU? Just you. If you refill that cup of yours, you will have more to give not only to others but to yourself. We demand so much of our bodies. Think of all the amazing things they do for us every day. We can’t just ignore them and hope that they will keep functioning at their best. It’s impossible. Especially because of the fact that we are all aging by the moment. Why not help our bodies with this inevitable transition?
(Enter acupuncture) Acupuncture is a wonderful way to give yourself a minimum of 1 hour a week of YOU time. During your treatment, you are pinned to the table (not literally but you get my point ;) ) you can’t check your emails, or your boyfriend’s, ex-girlfriend’s Instagram, or try to set up that play-date for your kid with that other kid that smells like bologna (sigh). There is nothing for you to do but receive. At that moment, you just have to lay there and let your body figure out the rest. I know for some of us the idea that needles can be a good thing is hard to process. Acupuncture can be so unbelievably relaxing. People say they feel like they are floating and ask me if they can just lay there all day.
So why do you need acupuncture in your life? In my experience, acupuncture is a 3-for-1 special ( mind, body, and soul). So why wouldn't you add this to your wellness routine? It helps your physical body by increasing circulation (which you need because let’s be honest you only went to the gym once this week) and relieving pain (we all have something to work on). It helps calm your central nervous system and boosts your mood by stimulating your body to produce all the happy hormones (dopamine, serotonin, etc.). Lastly, it helps your energetic body. We are energetic beings, we are like walking batteries people! And our energies get blocked and stuck from being a human in the 21st century. Unprocessed emotions, overindulging in unhealthy foods, or sitting at a desk for umpteen hours a week, all cause stagnation. Acupuncture helps support the free flow of energy, emotions, and blood throughout our bodies. As a society of chronic sitters and phone starers, our bodies are craving care. They really need some support. And acupuncture is a great way to start to bring yourself back into balance.