What is community acupuncture?
Community acupuncture is an opportunity for people to receive quality acupuncture at an affordable rate. We treat people in a group setting in a large quite soothing room in recliner chairs. The community setting allows friends and families to experience healing together and creates a powerful collective healing influence for all who are present in the room. This is similar to how patients are treated in China, the birthplace of acupuncture.
How does it work?
Acupuncture needles are inserted in the arms below the elbows, legs below the knees, head, neck and ears. We use your arms and legs because you are in a group setting, you do not undress at any point throughout your treatment, and there are more nerve endings in your arms and legs. The acupuncture needles stimulate the nerve endings and release endorphins which help to active the parasympathetic nervous system to allow for rest, relaxation, healing, and pain relief. Once the acupuncture needles are placed you rest comfortable in a recliner chair for as long as you need, this might be 20 minutes or 45 minutes or an hour. The average person rests about an hour.
What is a sliding scale fee and why do we use it?
To reduce our costs we have streamlined our acupuncture treatments to treat several people in an hour. The sliding scale fee allows you to determine what you will pay per treatment. We do not ask about your income, what you pay within the $20-$40 sliding scale fee is entirely up to you. Acupuncture works best when patients receive treatments based on how often they need it rather than how often they can afford it.
How is community acupuncture different from private acupuncture?
Private acupuncture sessions are done in individual cubicles or rooms, last between 45 and 60 minutes, and cost between $60 to $200.