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One year

September 10, 2012 Comments off

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Over a year has passed since my last post and the thing that has motivated me to blog again is a change I might make a year from now.

I’ve looked at Capilano Universitie’s Textile Arts programs several times over the years since I’ve been back in the working world full time. Each time I just feel I’m not ready to do the student life again.

But this last week has me looking at it again for a bunch of reasons. It feels like the timing might be right or it might be in 12 months.

So in the next week or so I will be building a list of 10 potential portfolio items to work on between now and the portfolio deadline in April 2013. They can be of any media but need too represent my point of view. They also get discussed at in-person interviews the following month.

That’s my plan at least.

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How I feel acupuncture

June 3, 2011 Comments off

I haven’t talked to many people in detail about how acupuncture feels so I’m not sure if the feelings are uniquely mine, or pretty universal. Either way, here’s my experience of it.

The needles going in. They start on the head, then down one side of the body and up the other. Each needle goes in quickly. Some I barely feel, others leave a pinching sensation for a few minutes.

Certain points will be located by some light finger pressure, and sometimes I’ll feel the needle move slightly once it’s in. It never really feels like an actual needle prick though.

Sometimes, when they are trying to get some quick results (like soothe a headache) They will apply pressure to several spots and ask me to say when it’s tender as well. When I feel tenderness a needle goes in that spot. I don’t always feel complete relief instantly, but usually feel some relief pretty quickly.

Then they make sure you’re comfortable, offer you a blanket and leave you to relax. I close my eyes and try to focus on the soft music playing, until I fall asleep. I’d say I fall asleep about half the time. If I feel sensations from any of the needle points, or pain points, I focus on them. I breathe into them and try to breathe them back out.

I feel my sessions that have the most impact when I get this pulsing feeling happening. It’s like I can feel the blood flowing through me in a very circular way. Sometimes it’s a full body feeling, and other times is concentrated on one side of my body, or one area. It could definitely be described as feeling the energy moving and activated.

Eventually, when I’m ready, the needles come out with a minimum of feeling. Afterwards the feelings range from tired, to energetic, to other-worldly. I always feel good and relaxed though.

So there’s my raves for acupuncture. I love it and will probably go once or twice a month even when I’m symptom-free just because it makes me feel good.

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