A kind of zen calm descends, producing a most pleasing sense of relaxation and well-being. The proof is in the picture that accompanies this article. There I was, surrounded by lights, a photographer, a photographer's assistant, a lady who keeps trying to powder my nose, sitting up in the middle of my treatment (which, strictly speaking, you are not supposed to do) - and I couldn't have felt more relaxed. The same can't be said of my acupuncturist, Mami Tsang, who was having kittens. Tsang is actually Japanese (acupuncture is practiced throughout the Orient, in a variety of different styles). I've been to see her four or five times. Every treatment is different, depending on how I look and feel. The insertion of the needle is completely painless - unless she happens to find a sore point, in which case I will feel a mild nerve pain, like a tiny electric shock. She uses different sizes of needles: very fine ones for the face, less so for the body. Often, she will put needles in my feet and calves 'to draw the energy down'.
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