Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Thoughts From The Acupuncture Table

Does anyone else have a difficult time quieting their mind during acupuncture appointments? Let me take you through my thoughts today...

Did she put one in the top of my head this time? [Feels head.]

Yep.

I just love these heated beds.

Are the beds heated at my massage place?

Ahhh, a massage, I should call and see if they can get me in this weekend.

Should I spend that money? We seem to be spending a lot this month; new carpet in that one room, concert tickets, vacation, Tony's speeding ticket.

Shit, if I get a massage Tony will want one too. That will be $150 before tip.

You know really this acupuncture lady isn't that expensive. It's cheaper than a massage, especially once you consider tip.

Oh my God. Am I supposed to be tipping the acupuncture lady? I never thought of that.

Surely I'm not supposed to tip her. Isn't she supposed to be like a doctor. You don't tip a doctor.

Crap, she's probably out there right now talking to her receptionist about how I'm the lady that never tips.

I need to blog about this and ask if I'm supposed to tip the acupuncture lady.

Did she put one between my eyes this time? [Feels nose.]

Yep.

OK, focus on your breathing now...

24 comments:

Katie said...

Haha! As soon as you said tip the acu lady- I thought, crap! I didn't know that! I don't... I wonder if anybody does, too.

As for quieting my brain- when I can't, I just repeat three words over and over: hope, faith, and courage. That seems to keep the mundane thoughts at bay for me.

Just me said...

I have a hard time quieting my brain ALL THE TIME. Those needles must do something for me, though, because eventually I find that I have fallen asleep. (Well, I find that when I am woken up by the acupuncturist's return).

And I've been to 2 different acupuncture practices and I've never tipped either of them...

Cassandra said...

I almost always fall asleep, so my brain seems to quiet pretty quickly on the table.

Don't tip. It's like a doctor.

Mad Hatter said...

I love this! It's so true! For what it's worth, I don't think you're supposed to tip for acu, but it did make me stop and think for a minute (that said, if I get pregnant, she's getting a really big tip!!!)...To try to stop my mind from wandering, I just focus on the needles and do a body wave meditation where I gradually relax my body from head to toe...I have an appointment tomorrow, so I will be thinking of you!

Eileen said...

Negative for me too. I never tip the acupuncturist. But he definitely will get a nice gift in the event I get pregnant this cycle. And I too always had a problem relaxing on the table so recently I started bringing my iPod with me. It has really helped me to quiet my mind. I even fall asleep sometimes now. I highly recommend trying it!

roadrise said...

I find the same thing - my mind is all over the place, but then at the end somehow I still feel relaxed and like I might have slept. Weird.

I had the same question about tipping both for acupuncture and the fertility massages (heaven) I get at the same place. Since I spent one entire acupuncture session obsessing about it, I decided to bite the bullet and ask the receptionist.

She told me that no - people don't tip for acupuncture because it is a medical service and while a few people tip for the fertility massages most don't as that's also considered to be therapy. Hope that helps!

-Callie

Shinejil said...

Maybe you could tell your acu-lady your thoughts are racing (that kind of thing is medically significant in Chinese medicine). There may be other points that will relax you more. There was one point I called "the crack point" because it made me so blissfully relaxed and out of it.

I wouldn't tip.

areyoukiddingme said...

All that's missing is "what's for dinner?"

Erica said...

For the first several sessions I had, my mind raced just like that. I actually found that I couldn't keep my thoughts on any one topic for more than a couple of seconds. I told my voodoo hero and he taught me some breathing and relaxation tips. Sometimes they helped, sometimes not so much. Once I truly began to relax, the thoughts slowed and eventually I started drifting off to sleep - not kidding.

Good luck! And no, you DON'T tip the voodoo docs. Although I did get mine Jonas Brothers' tix for him and his daughter along with a thank you card - once he helped get me knocked up, that is.

c by the sea said...

as soon as i read this i thought..shit and i supposed to tip the acu lady? i'm glad the general concensus is no!

i usually fall asleep and have to pretend like i'm awake when she comes back in and the sound of the door wakes me up.

olive said...

Great post!! I had the exact same problem in most of the sessions, but I was able to relax/sleep in a few. I quit acupuncture a while ago due to the $$$. But I would like to be back whenever I can, especially after my loss -- I miscarried on Tuesday (my first, after 1 year of TTC) and I'm devastated.
Thanks for your post, this is my first time commenting but I follow your blog for a while and it's been helping me in my journey.

Jendeis said...

Whoa, are you supposed to tip the acupuncture lady? I haven't been. Oh well.

When my mind starts racing, I try to close my ears (like what happens when you yawn) and listen to my breathing. It sounds like the ocean and I fall asleep. Should not have done this at work...zzz...

Betty Rubble said...

I don't know, I've never had accupuncture...

But your story was funny ;)

Lorza said...

Not a clue about the tipping, but it seems the general consenus is no. I can't help you with the mind racing. I do the same thing. My body doesn't keep up with it though. :)

IF Optimist, then... said...

BWAAAAA HA HA HA (snort). Your brain is like mine. I hope that you at least relax when you get a massage. You need a mental margarita sometimes.

Bluebird said...

Love this! I imagine I'd be the exact same way.

womb for improvement said...

Oh yeah, my mind is all over the place during acupuncture. But when the guy asks if I managed to relax I always nod brightly and leave quickly (without tipping).

Bon said...

That's why I stopped going to acupuncture. It was more stressful than it should have been. Mine was $75 a time and I was stressed about the needles (which didn't hurt much, just scared me every time).

strongblonde said...

lol!! i did the same thing.

1. i'm jealous that you have heated beds!
2. i started laughing when i read the thing about tipping the acupuncture lady. i had NEVER thought of that...yikes :)

twoweekwait said...

LOL that's hilarious. I wanted a heated bed!

PJ said...

I love you when you make me laugh. :)

Yea, I haven't had acupuncture but I did have a massage and I get pedicures about twice a year. I am all stiff and cannot shut my brain off. With the massage, it's omg someone is touching my frumpy body! Poor them! And with the pedicure, I feel sorry that they have to touch my feet.


Yea, I maybe have body image issues. :)

Seriously, you are one of my fave blogs.

Chelsea Lietz said...

Oh man, I've totally been there! And now I'm wondering if you are supposed to tip.. surely not! I hope not!
But the worst? One session I REALLY needed to fart... but since my mind was racing, I lost track of time. I didn't know if the acupunturist was about to walk back in and be accosted by a stink cloud. So I held it... for 45 minutes. That was not a relaxing session.

gracieinbrooklyn said...

Heated beds? Sounds nice...

My first session I was very relaxed and somewhat focused, but since then my mind goes at a million miles an hour. Wondering if coming straight from work is partially to blame.

I hadn't considered tipping - but seems like consensus is no.

Gabby said...

this post was fabulous! i just went back to acupuncture in preparation for my FET.. if AF would ever come...

love the thoughts racing.. me = same thing.

no tipping here either.

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