Letting the Needles do the Work

I had a boutique Japanese acupuncture practice in Columbia Missouri for six years where I saw one patient at a time.  I used to talk to my patients quite a lot, listen to them, give them advice when they asked for it, and they would occasionally invite me to a party or become a friend.  This was all well and good, but sometimes I would wonder why I often felt so drained at the end of the day.  I found that I needed quite a lot of down time to be alone to recover my energy on the weekend to get ready for the next week.  I would take walks, read novels and watch movies.  How hard could it be, I asked myself, to see patients and treat them with acupuncture and moxa?  It shouldn’t be that hard, I thought, besides most of my patients are nice and I like listening to them.

When I read The Remedy it dawned on me that there was another way to do acupuncture.  I realized that it was the intense listening-sometimes for the entire appointment-that was making me tired.  Even if we were having a nice conversation or just talking about current events listening takes energy, more than I thought.  By combining the quick diagnosis of the Balance Method with group acupuncture most of that talking becomes superfluous and unnecessary.  These days all I need to know is where the pain is or what the problem is, I put the appropriate needles in, and let the needles do the healing all by themself.

I am happy to announce that I am no longer exhausted at the end of the week and I am doing things to take care of myself, such as lifting weights three times a week, to make sure that I continue to feel so energized.  I am excited to announce that I now have two wonderful new massage therapists working in my office.  To welcome and support them in starting their practices we will be having an open house on Saturday September 6th from 9am-3pm with free acupuncture and mini massage treatments.  I have appreciated recent blog postings on the Free Fridays concept, I am learning about marketing little by little! 

Author: thomasriordan

<p> Tom Riordan has been involved with Eastern philosophy and healing arts since 1990. After earning a B.A. in History at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, he spent four years working at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. In addition to daily hatha yoga and meditation practice there, Tom completed the Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training the Kripalu Bodywork Training. </p> <p> Tom is a graduate of The New England School of Acupuncture, in Newton, MA, the oldest accredited acupuncture school in the United States. He maintained a private practice for several years in Columbia, Missouri. He was the first person to be licensed to practice acupuncture in that city. He became very active in the State acupuncture association by serving as secretary for two years and treasurer for one year. Tom is certified by the National Council for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and he is licensed to practice in Massachusetts. </p> <p> He currently practices in Medford, MA where he has maintained a community acupuncture clinic since 2007. </p>

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  1. I agree!

    I’ve had the same experience. I don’t have the extensive Japanese acupuncture training that you do, but I have (and still do) incorporate it into my treatment protocols. From what I’ve been told by others, there are Japanese acupuncturists who see many patients daily in a group setting. That’s certainly not the norm in the U.S.

    Over the years, I found that first office calls especially felt draining. My intakes (FOC and follow-up) are now considerably shorter, on average. My momentum feels much more sustainable this way.