I got some offline flak for my last post. I know, I know, when it comes down to it, I still missed my long run. But for reals my body thanked me or I thanked my body, or both. Sleep is good.
Also in the realm of self care, I saw my Physical therapist yesterday. I started seeing him several months ago for a terrible shoulder injury. One of the things I love about him, is the way he fuses eastern medicine with more traditionally western medicines. He's studying acupuncture and so yesterday he gave me these things called Ear Seeds.
Each ear seed is a tiny black bead sitting in a little square of tape. After referring to an "ear map" he placed them on different acupuncture points of my ear. Each point corresponds to different parts of the body. You press on the little bead throughout the day and it is meant to stimulate energy associated with that body part. Some folks use it to treat addiction. And in my case, he placed the seeds at points associated with my shoulder, my knee, my heart and lungs, etc. They aren't needles and don't pierce the skin. When I press on the seed it feels painful, the way it might feel to press on a bruise or a tender muscle.
When I was looking around for pics of the ear map, I found this one of Matt Damon with ear seeds. And if Matt Damon uses them... haha
Do any of you use acupuncture?
Info about ear seeds found here. Ear map found here. Pic of Matt Damon with Ear seeds found here.