Never having acupuncture done before, my thoughts on it were that I knew it involves a lot of needles and that people said it is really relaxing. With that being said, the time leading up to when Dr. Kime would do it to me, I was very anxious. I was excited to know what it felt like and how I would feel afterwards, but I was nervous about the needles hurting when she put them in. As it turns out, I had nothing to worry about. It exceeded all of my expectations.
The first needle that she put in was in my ear. I felt it, but it didn’t hurt the way that I thought it would. She continued to put the needles in throughout my whole body and I could barely feel it when she did. The two spots that I felt the most were in my right lower leg and my left hand. After a while, I could no longer feel anything in either of the spots because a wave of relaxing and calming sensation took over my body.
Throughout the whole experience, I felt very relaxed. It was almost like a euphoric feeling. My arms is where I felt it the most. My wrists would tingle from time to time, but that was mostly due to me laughing because I could hear my co-worker, Robin, in the room next to me squealing while Dr. Kime was putting the needles in her.
Dr. Kime let me lay there with the needles in for around 30 minutes and I tried to rest the entire time. I was too nervous to fall asleep because I didn’t want to accidentally roll over on the needles, so I simply rested my eyes. After the 30 minutes were up, she came in to take the needles out. This part was much less painful. It didn’t take her long to take them all out and I couldn’t feel a thing while she was doing it. I stretched for a bit once they were all out, and I truly feel more calm and less stressed.
Overall, it made my body feel much better and a lot less tense. It wasn’t what I expected, but I am very happy with how it went and I would love to do it again. I would recommend this to anyone who is in pain or just for anyone who has never tried it before! It is such a good experience and such a good feeling, especially when you are in a calm and comfortable environment!
-Hannah Williams, Acupuncture and Chiropractic Clinic of Iowa