Well, in my last post about a week ago, I proclaimed that I would do my full practice with all the twosies all week long. Unfortunately, I ran into a few hitches in my plan. First, I ran into Ladies’ Holiday–duh, I should have seen that coming–it’s like clockwork. Second, however, I ran into a truly unforeseeable hitch–a mysterious yet seemingly benign neurological disease that is as of yet unnamed. Really. It’s quite strange–I’ve been getting waves of intense vertigo with no accompanying symptoms, besides feelings of fatigue. I’ll just be minding my own business–sitting in my office, for example, or buying groceries–and all the sudden it feels like the room is spinning and shaking. It feels a bit like being drunk, only without the associated pleasantness. Sometimes it lasts all day.
(Not so good these days.)
So. . . in lieu of my usual health care strategy–waiting ’til it goes away, which didn’t work this time–I actually sought a bit of professional help. The only professional help I can afford, that is–community acupuncture. Having never received acupuncture before, I went in not expecting much. Not expecting anything really, because although I have some faith in the principles of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, I’ve heard that it sometimes takes multiple treatments before any noticeable effects take place. Turns out, it was AMAZING. The acupuncturist set me up in this big cozy reclining chair and stuck me full of needles (ok, just 9 total) and left me to marinate in the needley goodness. For the first 20 minutes or so, I just felt like I was rocking in a boat–I was feeling especially dizzy that day–but then it just stopped. Just like that, the waters calmed. I slowly began feeling more energetic and more clear-headed than I had been in days. The acupuncturist came and de-needled me, I put on my coat and scarf, put my $25 into the pay-box, and I walked away feeling fantastic. The clarity only lasted about 24 hours, but it was a great relief. Thank you, CommuniChi! I’ll be going back this week.
I’ve been doing some old-ladyish yin yoga at home, but this morning I finally felt able to return to yoga and do my twosies. I tried to generally take it easy and be careful about my neck, a possible misalignment of which I suspect may be the source of my vertigo problems. So far so good.