You take your car in for regular oil changes and tune ups. What about your body – do you take yourself in for regular tune ups? It’s kind of ironic that most of us do a better job of making sure our cars will last for the long run than our bodies.
Getting acupuncture when you are in pain, or sick, or having any kind of health issue is great. Discomfort is what motivates most people to seek treatment.
However, if you only get treatment when something is wrong, then you are missing out on some of the greatest benefits of Chinese Medicine: prevention and wellness.
After getting out of discomfort, you can use the medicine to stay healthy, and to explore your capacity for creating wellness and vitality. Over the past 20 years, I have worked with many, many people who, in their 50s, 60s and 70s and beyond, are able to say “I feel better now than I did twenty years ago!” as a result of exploring this aspect of Chinese Medicine. They prove the saying “It’s all downhill from here” wrong!
My favorite intakes are when someone comes in and says “I don’t have anything to complain about.” To this, I say “Great! We can focus on keeping you feeling good, and on seeing if you can feel even better.”
What does preventative/wellness care look like? True to Chinese Medicine, that depends on the needs of the individual, but typically means after the initial course of weekly treatments, you find a rhythm that allows your body to continue to maintain the improvements you have experienced while continuing to strengthen your core resiliency. This might mean treatments every 3, 4 or 6 weeks. Minimally, it means a treatment at the turn of each season.
Your body will thank you for its regularly scheduled “tune-ups.”