How deep is the first cut?

Given the lack of replies I get when I normally ask questions in my blogs (post here, Facebook, Twitter, or email to robotunit8@hotmail.com as preferred), I’m probably wasting my time asking another question here, but someone might surprise me, so…?

As most regular readers should know by now, my back/spine is now very painful, and earned me official disabled status. People will also know that I’m crazy enough to try just about anything that might ease some of the pain, beyond short term aid, and I’ve had another new, slightly different idea suggested to me by one of the guys at work.

Forgive the spelling if I get it wrong, as I can only take guidance from Google, and however good it is, I know its not perfect, but its been suggested that I try Cupping (Hijama Cupping) to see if it will ease the issues in my back at all. I have no idea if it will help or not, but I must admit the images of it do intrigue me, but at the same time, make me a little nervous. So yes, what I’m asking is, has anyone had this done to them, is it painful to any great degree, and did it do them any good? Oh fine, I’m assuming from the fact that it was suggested to me, by a Muslim man, that Muslims have no objection to doing this treatment to white, Christian women, lol?

If you’re curious, and want to know what it looks like, then I suggest going to Google, and searching for details. But basically, from what I can see, a series of cups are suctioned on to your back, and the skin is raised by vacuum inside it. Looks weird, but fascinating to me, and if its not too painful, maybe I should give it a go…?

Thing is, there are 2 things, one is called dry cupping, as above, and thats all they do. The actual Hijama one, which I must admit, I would love to do, but at the same time I’m nervous about, has a tiny cut made in the skin, within the vacuum cup, to let the ‘bad blood’ out. Still, at the same time as being nervous about it, there is also a part of me that would love to experience that! Crazy I know, but thats me summed up, crazy!

In truth, knowing me, I suspect I’m going to give it a try at some point, just because I’ll try anything that might ease the pain I suffer with my back, at least once. No, I still havent got to acupuncture at this time, but equally, at some point…Though I have read that would be better for muscular issues, rather than actual spine damage, but I have no idea.

And are there rules, that a non Muslim woman wouldnt know about visiting a Hijama Cupping Centre? Would I be expected to have my hair covered on arrival at least, as a sign of respect? There is a place in Huddersfield I can get this done, and I’m sure there must be places in Bradford too, but I have no idea how good any of them are? I’m suspecting Huddersfield would be wisest the first time, anyway, the nearer to home the better?

So any comments welcome, even if its ‘No, it wouldnt work for you’, or alternatively, ‘Just get it done as soon as possible, woman, and stop fussing’, or anywhere in between!

Video time. A man I knew when a child as Cat Stevens, who is now known as Yusuf Islam. Whichever name you use, the man is one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time, in my opinion. Oh, and given the subject (and yes, my fancying to try wet cupping), a rather apt song title.

A week in the life of…?

Last night, here in the UK, Channel 4 presented, for want of a better term, a documentary about a white woman, with, shall we say, strong views, spending a week as a Muslim. No, I didnt see it, didnt know about it until after the event, and even if I had, I probably would have avoided it, these things tend to be ‘road crash’ TV at the best of times, basically because thats what the TV people want. As it happened, events took over, as it was being filmed in Manchester, just at the time of the Arena bombing. This showed the sad side of too many people towards Muslim people, which presumably came as a surprise to the woman, and the TV company. Unfortunately, it showed what Muslim people have to put up with so often, whereas she only faced it for a few days. So yes, the few terrorists create the wrong image, but I guess thats what they want to do. Of course, as white supremacists have shown, they’re just as bad!

Yes, that program wouldnt get the same effect if I’d been in her place, but of course, in these days, thats not what TV people want!

Me, I wonder what it would be like to spend a week in the life of a chorus line dancer, like my past life self, either now, or in the 1930’s, as she did. Given that one thing Clara Johnson didnt pass on to me was any dancing skills, its never going to happen, but if I did have her talents, would be fascinating to know what life would be like, in either era.

Of course, the other thing that would appeal to me would be a week in the life of a robot. Fine, given that at present, robot technology is not forward enough for that really to happen, I suppose I could do nothing more than a theoretical life as a robot, but that might be quite something. Even more so if it came with a chrome bodysuit!

I know, neither are really going to happen, or not in my lifetime at least. But a week in my life, as a Muslim, well, maybe…?

The video, some vintage Beatles. Seemingly from the later years, judging by their styles. A few famous faces from outside the group here too!