Acupuncture (with Joyce Kawalchuk)

what is it like to do acupuncture podcast interview with joyce kawalchuk
That day [when we were learning how to do scalp acupuncture on each other] I think all of us had a bad headache, we were cranky, we were like I don’t want to be touched, please no more needles I’m done with acupuncture.

There are a lot of things in this world that I don’t understand.  I guess that’s why I started this podcast.  You'd think that I would usually be awed and baffled by new technology, but it’s typically stuff that wasn’t made in this millennia that has me looking like that super cute thinking emoji 🤔.  Fax machines? Get outta here.  Radio broadcasting?  Basically witchcraft.  Commercial flight?  You can talk about drag and lift until you’re blue in the face, but I still can’t wrap my head around a 500 passenger plane when I look at one.  And then there are things much, MUCH further back that I still can’t grasp.  Today we learn about a really amazing one of those things, acupuncture.  Acupuncturist Joyce Kawalchuk will educate us about the 2,000-3,000 year old art.

The program [to become an acupuncturist] is anywhere between a 3-4 year program after finishing your undergraduate education. It’s either a masters or doctoral program.
There are different styles of acupuncture that focus on the more emotional or spiritual aspects of the points vs. a purely musculoskeletal approach.

Interview Contents

2:00 - The path to acupuncture.
5:30 - The history and origin of acupuncture.
9:00 - Sensing your own body.
13:30 - Varying results.
14:30 - The varying categories of acupuncture.
16:30 - Tongue and pulse.
18:40 - Acupuncture school.
23:00 - Getting a job after school.
25:00 - Cost of school.
26:00 - Needles.
29:45 - Ears.
35:00 - How long do the benefits last.
36:30 - Students working on eachother.
39:00 - Hitting just the right spot with a needle.
42:30 - Blake’s Gua Sha / Acupuncture story.
46:00 - Getting into balancing practices.
48:00 - Common acupuncture points.
51:00 - Contraindications for acupuncture.
54:00 - Pay.
55:30 - Tips.


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Livin it up!