Thanks to Ensogo for the discounted voucher (599 pesos) to an hour of acupuncture, cupping therapy and massage from Wellness Sanctuary in Lucky Chinatown Mall, Binondo.
First off we were given forms where we wrote our basic information plus complaints. Frankly speaking, I only wanted to try acupuncture for the sheer experience of being stabbed with needles at particular points in my body, not for therapeutic purposes whatsoever (coincidentally though, I had leg cramps and muscle ache from climbing up and down 11 flights of stairs every day). After finishing the form, we were ushered into a room with comfortable chairs, dim lights and soft music. I would have preferred a bed but who am I to complain?
The doctors inserted the sterile needles in areas where we had symptoms (after cleaning the site with alcohol first). All the time, I was thinking of chakra points and Neji’s Byakuugan. Maybe, if the doctor hit a certain area, I’ll be able to use ninjutsu. I imagined myself doing kagebunshin and Rasengan and many other cool techniques.
Three needles were inserted in my ear. Did it hurt? Well, for someone who has had her ear pierced, it was nothing. According to the acupuncturist (?), this will help relieve my stress (whatever the definition of the word in my situation is).
Others went in my hands and arms. The needles were inserted in a circular motion and the doctor kept on asking if I was feeling a tingling sensation. If I answer no, she re-positions the needle until the said sensation is felt. According to Wikipedia, this is the De-qi, a lack of which means inaccuracy in hitting the points and decreased chance of successful treatment.
The needles were very thin there was no sight of blood. After all were inserted, we were left to relax in the room for 30 minutes. During that time, I talked with bebe Dai while drifting on and off to sleep. Again, a bed would have been better.
Ventosa cupping therapy came next. I was excited when I saw the bed.
I was too sleepy and relaxed to document everything. I like this one better than acupuncture because I could feel the sucking power of the cups and it was really soothing. My only comment is the fact that the instruments used weren’t uniform.
Last part of the session was massage (I don’t know what it’s called). The masseuse asked if I wanted regular or hard. Since I heard Dai answer the latter, I opted for it as well. Little did I know that it would test my pain threshold. I could feel the bony elbows and my ticklish backbone was activated. So, I was torn between pain, laughter and pleasure.
It was after we left the clinic (in the escalator, to be exact) when I felt the effect of the acupuncture. The ache in my right arm and shoulder was gone (though my gastrocnemius still hurt). Nice! Plus the massage and cupping therapy revived my dampening Wednesday spirit (I call it the mid-week syndrome!). In Tagalog, the whole experience can be summed up in one word, sarappppppppp!
We grabbed dinner at Sincerity Cafe. Yay for their branch inside the mall!
We had large Sincerity Fried Rice (generous amount of chorizo!), half order of Sincerity Fried Chicken (always delicious! one of the best!) and pork siomai (it was okay. Any kind of siomai, I will eat anyway). Sadly, there was no chili sauce. How can a Chinese restaurant not have chili sauce?