There is an incredible amount of tension in my right shoulder caused by the desk I sit at during work. This L-shaped monstrosity, that is built into the wall, makes me contort my body into unnatural positions and has done so for the last 366 days (my one year anniversary at this job was yesterday). I decided to see if acupuncture would help, along with curing my other maladies: anxiety, constipation, extreme weight gain and difficulty concentrating.

Obviously, I saw my $25 LivingSocial deal as a panacea.

At first, during the appointment,  I was chastised for talking too loudly. I didn’t know that behind the rice paper screens, other patients were already in treatment. (It was 8:15 in the morning.) After my consult and acupuncture treatment, JoseLo discussed a treatment for my shoulder that involved running a thick, credit card sized piece of plastic over my muscles to force them to lay straight. He asked if I was ready to try that today. I said sure!

My right shoulder area now looks like someone scrubbed it with 220 grit sandpaper. I can’t shower for 24 hours or put heat/cold on the surface of my skin there. JoseLo snapped some shots with his iPad mini, so be glad they aren’t posted here.

I’m going back on Friday to try cupping for that area. Just like Gwyneth Paltrow!

I might post photos of that, since Gwynnie saw nothing wrong with it.

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