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Self Care

Safety/Risk Continuum for Talking to Patients

March 27th, 2021 — Just like with needling, the more invasive/aggressive you are and the more territory you cover in verbal communication, the more risks you’ll encounter. Choose wisely.

Holding Space in Community Acupuncture

February 28th, 2021 — For a community acupuncturist, maintaining a patient base is a lot like being the nucleus at the center of a little electron cloud of patients. This is helpful background for understanding boundaries in the clinic.

If Safety Were a Deck of Cards

April 3rd, 2021 — If safety were a deck of cards -- bear with me for a moment here -- I think it would have four suits: organization, communication, boundaries and self-care. Any safety situation could be analyzed by asking what relationship each suit has to it.

A Queer Perspective on Acupuncture Safety

December 28th, 2020 — I’m going to argue that all of us need to learn how to think and talk about acupuncture safety in the same way that a lot of people in the queer, poly, and kink communities have learned how to think and talk about sex: without shame, without judgement, enthusiastically and in a lot of detail.

Kind of Like a Pit Bull

January 18th, 2021 — A common argument among acupuncturists is that nobody can safely practice acupuncture without at least three years of post graduate training at an accredited acupuncture school. Also, dogs.

"How Bad Is It REALLY to Date a Patient?"

May 26th, 2021 — The practice of acupuncture involves a certain amount of intimacy between humans, in the context of a society that’s just beginning to learn about consent, with capitalism telling us all that there’s never enough of anything good. (Spoiler: it's still a bad idea to date patients.)

Practitioner Persona: Cyborg Edition

May 13th, 2021 — What can be confusing about being a community acupuncturist is how personal and how impersonal you have to be at the very same time. That’s why a cyborg is a helpful metaphor for how to be in the practitioner role: it has both organic and inorganic components and they have to work together seamlessly. Your organic components are about you, your selfhood, while your inorganic components are about your decision to serve your community in a (relatively) selfless way.

On Realistic Expectations

June 23rd, 2021 — Self-care includes self-compassion, which requires either knowing your limits or being willing to get to know them -- and once you meet them, to treat them with respect.

Intro to Self-Care

June 23rd, 2021 — Self-care isn’t just a good thing, it’s a necessary thing for acupuncturists, as foundational as Clean Needle Technique. Just like CNT, self-care needs to be part of an acupuncturist’s routine, not something reserved for special occasions. Here are some suggestions.