Recently while explaining Acupuncture and what to expect during a treatment, someone asked me
“Why would you stick a load of needles in your face?”,
This is closely followed by:
“Oh I don't like needles”.
Lets be realistic here, most of us are afraid of needles. We are conditioned to dislike ‘needles’. If you come near me with a syringe, I may pass out. Many of us will have had difficult experiences in childhood with dentists or doctors, which cast long shadows.
Acupuncture needles are different to syringe needles. They are very thin, similar to a strand of hair. Needling depth varies depending on the need or intention, though mostly it is very superficial.
When I mention Cosmetic Acupuncture, the response is more like:
“You haven't got enough needles for me”.
They may even want a treatment, immediately! Where is the needle phobia? Gone. We humans are strange creatures, really. We tell ourselves the most outrageous stories, or we believe the stories other people tell us about ourselves.
These stories help us cope and deal with situations we don't understand or have any reference for. And sometimes too, those stories keep us from making changes.
While it may be easier, to say “ I don't like needles”, next time you could try saying something like,
“I have never experienced Acupuncture.
The needles make me feel fearful.
I don't understand it” .
Or you could simply say
5 Element Acupuncture is a natural approach to health. Cosmetic Acupuncture is a natural approach to ageing. Some points used in treatment, will have different functions and results. For example the points which help lift the eyebrows, can also benefit eye health and sinuses, the points to help sculpt the cheeks and brighten the skin, can also benefit digestive health.
It is natural to be afraid of the unknown or unfamiliar. Trust your instinct. If you are not sure, ask some questions. Always trust your instinct.