I had been running low on sleep when I came back to see my acupuncturist. Charlotte did tell me to ‘have fun’ over the weekend, but she probably didn’t mean to have four hours of sleep on Friday, Sunday, and Monday nights!. Consequently everything felt ‘off’. I need more sleep than that! I also had done a lot of driving back and forth to Richmond, and I had spent time with my friends, and the missing of them was fierce at the beginning of the week.
Last week Charlotte treated me with what she called her “Chesapeake Bay” treatment, to make the energy clean and sparkling. The points she treated were on the back, probably AE although there is really no way for me to know. This time, Charlotte treated me with one point, probably LI-3, “Supreme Rushing”, on both feet. She said it would help me sleep. Oh my gosh, did I sleep! I couldn’t stay awake that evening (Tuesday) and then Wednesday it was very hard to get up for Officials (the last day of our fascinating three-day intensive). I feel much better now, and of course I’ve been sleeping more, but I imagine that isn’t all of it.
She was concerned about my resting pulse rate (over 80 when I had been resting 20 minutes; I think this was due to lack of sleep). She advised me to avoid alcohol and caffeine for now (and I had overdone the caffeine when I was home on Sat & Sun). I’ve managed this easily so far.
Charlotte wants me to ‘just be a patient’ for her treatments, instead of being analytical and an acupuncture student. I could not resist checking with some of the senior students (Greg, who is a year ahead of me, and Niall, who is two years ahead). Charlotte would prefer I not worry about these details just now, and that I focus on being a patient. However, I am in the middle of learning this stuff and it is fascinating! I’m impatient to know more, and more.
The question I have is whether my CF is wood. I love the concept of Constitutional Type, and when I read about ‘wood’, I didn’t think it sounded at all like me. Sure, I tend to get indecisive under stress (I avoid an issue, like a ostrich putting his head in the sand). Sometimes I’m bossy, although since I grew up doing that to my sister, I have been very cognizant of this tendency and practiced being consultative. And look at my impatience to know more, and more. That’s probably wood. I can wait until I really learn about CF but I’m paying attention to wood as I learn, just in case. (I really thought after Officials that I was ‘earth’ instead of wood.)
I feel really great after all this and am looking forward to the next treatment. I’d love to have my upper back and shoulders ‘open up’ again, since my neck muscles are very tight. Hmm. Next time, perhaps?