Community Acupuncture: Tiny Little Needles, Great Big Relief
$20 -$40 sliding scale
143 Main Street – Rear Building
Last treatments given one hour before close. Center may close early if no clients present within 60 minutes of closing time.
Community Acupuncture is a movement designed to increase accessibility to acupuncture in the Western World. Acupuncture was brought to the United States from China where it was generally provided in a group setting like community acupuncture now provides. This kept the cost down and allowed more people to receive treatment on a regular basis in order to improve a wide range of common health problems.
In the United States, Acupuncture has been more of a luxury item than a staple of everyday living. It is typically performed in an individual setting and costs anywhere from $60 to $300 per session. At this price, only the more wealthy among us are able to receive the regular, ongoing treatments that create effective change.
We believe that the group modality makes more than just economic sense. Groups are a very powerful and motivating force for change. Think about the last time you were swept up in the energy of a crowd at a concert or even an exercise class. Healing energy spreads throughout a group in much the same way.
Why should you do acupuncture? Acupuncture is effective at treating a variety of physical and emotional disturbances. It is safe and effective, with few if any side effects. The medical world does not quite understand why Acupuncture works but the clinical trials show that is does work. Much like any treatment, it is not generally a one time cure all. Going to acupuncture once is like taking a vitamin once and giving up when you don’t see any immediate results. It is part of a healthy lifestyle.
The World Health Organization has listed an extensive number of disorders for which acupuncture shows clinically proven results:
- Neck, knee, back and facial/jaw pain
- Gastrointestinal problems
Acupuncture is effective for all ages from puberty on. Please bring your teenagers along. With the consent of a parent they are able to receive Acupuncture as well. One day we hope to have a supervised childrens waiting room but we are not there yet so we suggest all younger children stay at home.
This is the easy part. Just show up during the open hours. We are located right at the top of the steps. Just go straight into the kitchen and sign in on the sign in sheet with your first name and last initial.
- Fill out the short New Client paperwork, or if this is not your first session, fill out the daily check in sheet.
- Put cash or check in one of the envelopes provided. You will not be asked a thing about your financial situation. It is up to you to decide where you fit on the sliding scale and pay according to your ability.
- Hand the envelope and paperwork to the Acupuncturist when your name is called. Feel free to ask any questions before you enter the treatment room.
When you enter the treatment room please speak quietly to respect the healing space of other community members. Your Acupuncturist will direct you to an open seat. Get comfy. Rearrange the pillows, remove your shoes and relax.
Your Acupuncturist will place needles in points on your head, arms, legs, hands and feet depending on their assessment of your individual needs. The needles are hair thin and rarely even create a drop of blood. You may feel a tingling or pinching sensation or even a deep movement of energies. If you are ever uncomfortable after the points initially go in, let your Acupuncturist know. Your body is always the most knowledgeable guide.
Once the needles are placed you are encouraged to close your eyes and relax. Eventually you should notice a shift where your mind begins to quiet. Treatments can take anywhere from 20-60 minutes depending on the individual. Over time you will begin to recognize the time when you feel refreshed and ready to have the points removed. Simply clear your throat and the Acupuncturist will come and remove the needles.
Your Acupuncturist will prompt you to make one quick mark on the paperwork you filled out earlier. This is simply a rating from 1-10 of how you feel at the completion of treatment. This creates an awareness both for you and your Acupuncturist of how well treatment is working for you on any given day.
You are done. Take a deep breath, head back out into your day and we will see you again soon. If you enjoyed the experience, tell a friend and help us spread the word about the healing powers of acupuncture.