I'm not one of those people who doesn't take medication. I'm on a first-name basis with my Costco-sized bottle of Excedrin, waited in line for three hours to get the girls their H1N1 vaccines, firmly believe in taking anti-depressants as necessary, and absolutely under no circumstances would endure an all natural labor and delivery. Here in the PacNW, a lot of people are all about the all-natural healing/pain remedies, and I can respect that. I say, whatever floats your boat. As for me, my boat would sink in a dramatic show of fire and screaming were it not for Excedrin and epidurals to help me manage pain.
I write all this to preface a new experience for me that's a little bit out of my regular routine.
Last Friday, my mil and I visited a healing center in Portland. In fact, we visited this healing center. We went to hear about an amazing skin care product, as well as have our feet treated to a bit of reflexology.
Anytime I get the chance to have someone rub my feet, I'm all on board. Even if it means going somewhere that has a more existential approach to life than I do. If a very nice existentialist wants to rub my feet, give me jugs of healing water, and provide some emotional therapy and a hug, I will not stop them. No sirree, I won't.
My assessment of reflexology and visiting GroundSpring Healing Center? It was a treat. A seriously lovely treat. Joanna was the therapist who spent some time with me, offering me gentle advice about how to deal with emotions, pinpointing areas on my feet that indicated some health concerns. I talked with her about my migraines, and she suggested acupuncture.
There's plenty of Eastern medical practices I wouldn't try, but acupuncture seems to have earned some credibility among traditionalists. I decided that I'd be willing to give it a shot. So next Wednesday I'm going in and, in fact, paying for someone to insert lots of tiny needles all over my face. Since I don't mind needles, I'm not the least bit nervous. Excited, actually.
If it doesn't work, I'm out $20. If it does work, my kidneys will thank me.
Either way, it'll be an interesting experience. I'll keep you posted.