This week was the start of my 8-week wellness journey at PALM Health. A couple of weeks ago, I had an acupuncture assessment in which energy production of several acupuncture points on the body were assessed. From these measurements, the energy produced by the different organ and body systems is determined. Deficiencies or excesses of energy affect the functioning of our bodies from our overall energy, cognition and emotions to our digestion, the absence or presence of physical symptoms, and likeliness of future disease risk. Meridian balance among these systems is thought to be the key to vitality and longevity. The findings from this assessment are used in biofeedback rebalance sessions, acupuncture treatments, and nutrition among other therapies.
“The body is to nature as a violin is to an orchestra. The strings are to a violin as the organs are to the body. For the orchestra to play in harmony all the instruments must be tuned to each other. If a single instrument is out of tune, the whole sound is dissonance rather than harmony”– Beinfield & Korngold
This week on Thursday I had my first consultation with the chiropractor for acupuncture treatment. After the doctor asked questions about my medical history and goals for the treatments, he reviewed the acupuncture assessment with me, explained why I am feeling the way I am, and how the symptoms are linked to the organ systems. He could also see from one of the charts on the assessment that I was waking up several times in the middle of the night. There were three points on this graph that showed an excess of energy at certain hours of the night meaning that the body is not in a state of rest at these times.
Next, the doctor performed an assessment where he had me hold up my arm or leg while he pushed it down and he could move it effortlessly. The doctor asked me to push on the roof of my mouth with my thumb and then he couldn’t move it as easily! This was so weird!
The remainder of the appointment was an acupuncture treatment. The doctor also put tiny magnets on various points on my feet that stay on for a few days until they fall off. The whole consultation was very informative and fascinating. I was blown away and I can’t wait for the next one!
I also participated in a neuroplasticity class and a body meditation class this week. In neuroplasticity, the instructor gave each of the students a small ball and we tossed the ball in our hands with a specific rhythm. She then added our feet and coordinated the foot pattern it with the hands. It was a lot harder than it sounds but really fun! Body meditation was not a still meditation, rather a movement-based meditation linking breath with motion. Both of these classes are always different so I am looking forward to trying them again!
The program gets going full speed next week. Up next: my first experience with whole body cryotherapy.