While looking for a cheap massage on Groupon a couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon a combination acupuncture/massage deal at Madison’s Family Wellness. It seemed like a fun new experience to try so I booked the package.
I wasn’t able to set up an appointment right away – the business was quite busy and I had a vacation scheduled – so I planned a few weeks out. I was definitely happy to see it on my schedule after returning from a vacation that was the opposite of relaxing.
When I arrived at the location I was super nervous. I didn’t have time to research acupuncture so I didn’t know what to expect. I was frantically texting friend Alyssa trying to get more information because she is my go to on all things holistic. She suggested telling them about all of my aches, pains, and woes because they have different ways to managing different things.
I arrived about 15 minutes early, so I spent the extra time looking at a magazine. When the person arrived, he took me into a private room right away and had me start filling out a form detailing my ailments. I didn’t know for sure what to write, so I filled out the basic information and waited for him to come back. He said that it was totally fine that I hadn’t written much down and started asking me questions. I spent about five minutes detailing my ails to him.
My list of ailments included: Allergies, anxiety, depression, stress, hormonal issues, neck pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain. I mean, there are probably more things I could complain about.
After we finished talking about the problems, he had me lay down on the bed with my ankles exposed. He used an alcohol swab to clean the areas where the needles would go and then quickly put the needles where they needed to be. They were in several places on my face, my hands, and on my ankles (although I didn’t see these ones.)
I moved a little bit to take a selfie (probably not recommended, but hey) and then settled in to a slightly panicked rest for a half hour.
When the half hour was over he came in and plucked out the needles. He asked if my sinuses felt more clear, and I lied and said yes because I felt bad saying no.
I flipped over and he did a 20 minute tui na massage, which was actually really incredible.
When the appointment was over, he recommended coming back 6-12 times for follow up appointments to help with the different concerns and said that the appointments would be about $40 each. I highly doubt that I will be returning for the acupuncture, but the massage was quite nice and relaxing and I would be willing to consider throwing down for that in the future. While I’m not particularly interested in spending a significant amount of money on acupuncture, I would recommend this location to anyone who might be.
So there you go, my first (and only?) acupuncture visit! Do you have any questions?
If you’re interested in acupuncture here in Madison, here is a link to the Groupon I purchased. If you want an appointment with them let me know before you buy the Groupon, I’ll call and see if I can get you a better deal over the phone.