Wellness WTHN: Acupuncture Experience

I recently attended a wellness event where I first discovered WTHN, a new acupuncture spot in Flatiron that caters to your needs. I’ve always steered clear of acupuncture because of my fear of needles, but I decided to give it a shot and the result was almost immediate.

WTHN entrance area located in Flatiron for acupuncture
Source: WTHN

My first experience with acupuncture was considered a “mini-session” and it was done at the wellness event. I indicated to the acupuncturist that I had chronic neck pain. Three needles placed in my right hand and suddenly my neck pain disappeared without a trace. I was really shocked, amazed, and sold. From there I knew I had to go back and give the whole thing a shot.

WTHN interior, lined with wellness products. Located in Flatiron for acupuncture
Source: WTHN

I scheduled my appointment online easily. On a Friday after work, I arrived for my appointment and was greeted by a friendly receptionist who checked me in and offered tea or water. She showed me the space, which was decorated with plants and good vibes. The entrance had different wellness products spread around for purchase. I followed her to the locker area where I would be able to store my things. She showed me the vanity lined with products to use to freshen up after a session, handed me my tea, and left me to soak everything in. I sat in the waiting area where wellness books laid everywhere. My favorite one was A Sloth’s Guide To Mindfulness by Ton Mak.

WTHN waiting area, located in Flatiron for acupuncture
Source: WTHN

I was soon greeted by my acupuncturist, Karen, who walked me into a closed curtain room and talked to me about my issues. I’ve been having chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain and have not find anything that helped. I’ve tried massages, seeing a chiropractor, and physical therapy – none of which had lasting effects.

WTHN rooms, located in Flatiron for acupuncture.
Source: WTHN

After getting a sense of my concerns and how to tackle them, she asked to check my tongue (which I thought was weird) but apparently, she can tell that I was having some indigestion. Once we were set, I undressed leaving my undergarments and laid face down on the heated bed underneath a blanket.

Karen, knowing it was my first time, took gentle care to explain to me exactly what she was doing and kept checking in that I was comfortable. She placed needles along my spine and some others in particular points in my legs, arm, and neck. The needles really didn’t feel like much. Some spots were more tender than others, but overall no discomfort! After needle placement, she put noise cancelling headphones on my ears and left the room for me to enjoy a guided meditation and sound therapy.

I was so comfortable and zen that I drifted to sleep and completely forgot I had needles all over my body.

Karen came back and slowly removed the needles one-by-one. Interestingly enough, some needles were harder to retrieve than others (we joked that they didn’t want to leave). After the session, I was so relaxed and pain-free that I went back to the waiting area to sip some more tea. On the table, there was a sample of Tiger Nuts which I decided to spontaneously try. I fell in love with them and they are, to date, my favorite healthy snack.

I highly recommend you visit WTHN if you’re in NY. First session was $65. I was sold after day one, so I signed up for the WTHNsinder membership that offers sessions at $75 each with complimentary cupping and LED therapy. Otherwise, regular sessions after the first are $85 a pop.

Disclaimer: This post was in no way sponsored by WTHN or anyone. I just wanted to share my overall experience with you! I have no photos of my session because I really wanted to immerse myself in the experience and not have “blogger/instagrammer” mode on at all.

with love jenn hanft

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  • Candace
    January 15, 2019

    Thank you for sharing this. I’ve always been curious about acupuncture but not brave enough to try it lol


    • Jenn Hanft
      January 22, 2019

      I think you should definitely give it a go πŸ™‚

  • Sharon Wu
    January 15, 2019

    We’ve talked about this before so you know how deathly afraid I am of needles, so I truly commend you for overcoming your fear for needles to give acupuncture a try! I’m surprised that the needles didn’t really feel like much :O More importantly though, I’m really happy to hear that it’s helped relieve your discomfort and give you a sense of zen. The interior of WTHN also looks relaxing! I have to encourage David to give acupuncture a try again to see if it will alleviate his lower back pain. Hopefully the results are as great on him as they have been for you. By the way, what’s the cupping & LED therapy like? I’ve always been curious as to how that works! xo, sharon

    • Jenn Hanft
      January 22, 2019

      Yes!!!! It’s funny that I’m afraid of needles but I’m willing to do piercings, tattoos, and now acupuncture LOL. I’m hoping that the acupuncture will help for David :). I’ve done the cupping before and it feels like some pressure around the cup they place, but it seems to release tension built up underneath. I haven’t noticed a huge difference yet, aside from visible marks :P. Planning to try the LED therapy soon! Will share with you on that πŸ˜‰

  • Kileen
    January 16, 2019

    I’ve heard so many amazing things about acupuncture! Definitely need to try it for myself, glad you had such a great experience!

    cute & little

  • Nicole
    January 16, 2019

    Wow, pain free after one visit! Sign me up too!!

  • Deborah
    January 16, 2019

    When I was a kid my mom took me to an acupuncturist after I sprained my ankle. He stuck a few needles into both ankles and told me I should be okay in a few days. I ended up having to go to an actual hospital. Since then, I decided acupuncture isn’t for me. I think it could work for simple things like back pain, but maybe not for sprains.

    • Jenn Hanft
      January 22, 2019

      Yeah I’m not so sure about a sprain, as that’s more of a serious condition. I think acupuncture is great for de-stressing, muscle pain relief, indigestion, and insomnia.

  • Gita
    January 26, 2019

    This is the prettiest acupuncture space I’ve ever seen. How many sessions have you done?

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