Acupuncture in the time of COVID-19…
It’s been a funny old year hasn’t it?
The toll of the pandemic has affected us all in different ways, and as we begin to try and make sense of life and strive towards a sense of normality, it presents an opportunity for us to reflect on our old patterns of behaviour and rethink our priorities and how we do things…
Self care has been a big issue for all of us as we’ve struggled through several lockdowns, and for many people there has been a focus on exercise, being in nature, managing stress and looking after our mental health.
At Empower acupuncture, I’ve had to find new ways of working too, and as we come out of lockdown, hopefully for the last time, I am shifting the focus of the practice towards general wellbeing and resilience with a trial of a new treatment process. That means less of an emphasis on treating individual conditions and instead promoting a healthy mind and body overall.
So why the change? Well, in the intro to one of the most important texts on Chinese Medicine, the Huang Di Nei Jing, it says:
“In the past, people practiced the Tao the Way of Life. They understood the principle of balance, of yin and yang…with exercise combining stretching, massaging and breathing to promote energy flow, and meditation to help maintain and harmonise themselves with the universe. They ate a balanced diet at regular times, arose and retired at regular hours, avoided overstressing their bodies and minds and refrained from overindulgence of all kinds. They maintained wellbeing of body and mind”*
Funnily enough, these are all things that we seem to have forgotten as we dash around living our modern lives, and I feel are even more important now as we try to return to normal.
So inspired to promote a return to a more natural way of life, I will be running fortnightly sessions that focus on managing stress, promoting relaxation and self-healing alongside maintaining good sleep and healthy digestion.
Here are some other key changes:
In the post-Covid climate where it is still necessary to be safe and limit personal contact, instead of full 1:1 sessions I will be treating patients in short bursts across different rooms to minimise contact with each patient.
I realise that the pandemic has also taken its toll financially for many people, so I will also be operating a sliding scale for payment for a limited time – the cost of a session will be whatever you feel you can pay between £30 and £50.
*Maoshing Ni, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine: A New Translation of the Neijing Suwen, Shambhala; Revised ed. edition (10 May 1995)