Sounds a bit odd, yes? Well, I'd have to agree with you there, but that's exactly what he did to me. He expressed my energy.
I have a pinched nerve in my neck, and while I'm a pain in the ... most of the time, it's really my neck that bothers me personally. I have been seeing a chiropractor for some months now and while its really helped me tremendously and the pain is much less intense now, its still there with me most days in the form of a tiny little nag in my neck, reminding me always that I shouldn't be slinging my bag over my shoulder in that way, or be letting myself get so cross with all the slow drivers out there on the roads (because it makes me tense up), or be outside doing cartwheels on the front lawn (kidding), but you get the point. It hurts!
So, a couple of weeks ago, while in the chiropractic neighborhood, I stopped in to see if I could get an adjustment only to find out my chiropractor wasn't in, but Clayton was. Clayton practices acupuncture, so I found out, and asked me if I knew what meridian lines were? I did happen to know (thanks to all those quantum physics books I read some years back, that are now collecting dust on the bookshelf). He then asked me where my pain was and I told him that it was in my neck, on the left hand side. "Have a seat," he told me, and when I did he took my right ankle into his hands and began performing a series of little concentrated pushes, using just his fingers tips, all around the area. Ouch! It was painful, really painful, I had to hold my breath a couple of times due to all the pain he was inflicting. But the odd thing was, once he'd finished torturing me, my neck felt a little better. Hmm... I made an appointment to come back and see him, and that was that.
Of course I missed the appointment I made, not just the first one but the second one as well. I know, terrible of me, I really do have a bad habit of over scheduling myself, but did finally make it in yesterday afternoon and am glad I did.
Clayton was very down to earth and friendly (which is a good thing, considering he was the one holding all the needles), and he made me feel very comfortable by cracking a few acupuncture jokes with me right off the bat, one of which included a hammer he pulled out from one of his drawers (I fell out laughing), but afterwards felt relaxed and ready to be pricked. (With his needles! Gosh... Some of you have your minds in the gutter...)
It didn't hurt. But it wasn't exactly comfortable either, I'm not going to lie. It felt like a bit of an aching going on in the places where he positioned the needles, to be honest, but again, it wasn't actually painful. He used a total of five needles for our first visit and left them in my ankle for around an hour. After a short time had passed, I did notice and feel some tingling going on around the area, but Clayton assured me this was normal and, in fact, said it was good because it meant that they were working to express my energy in a positive, healing way. I liked the sound of that. He showed me where all the meridian lines were at in my body and explained to me that, once there is a blockage in any part of them, there will eventually be pain and/or dis-ease to come afterwards (so some believe). It was interesting and I found myself opening to the idea of it more than I thought I might.
When all was said and done, I had zero pain in my neck, but noticed a twitch going on in my left hand thumb. Hmm... Maybe he expressed a little too much of my energy? It went away after awhile, and eventually the pain in my neck did come back (about 2 hours later), but I admit I am intrigued by the process and by all those meridian (energy) lines running throughout my body and, of course, by how those five tiny needles took away all my pain for a couple of hours. I'm definitely going back to have more of my energy expressed. I think there just might be something to this.