I offer Community Acupuncture in large, peaceful open spaces, like yoga studios, open office settings, or meditation areas, with the hope that it will be accessible and welcoming to all.
Acupuncture should be available to everyone.
Making it affordable, comfortable, convenient and simple are ways to make that happen.
WHAT IS IT?
Acupuncture is a 4,000 year old system of medicine used to treat illness, relieve pain and stress, support well being and bring emotional balance.
The Ancient Chinese mapped the flow of Qi or vital energy through our bodies along specific pathways called meridians. When our Qi is full and flowing, we experience health. When our Qi is obstructed or imbalanced, illness and pain can occur. The symptoms we experience are signals that we need to take measures to restore balance. Adjusting energy flow by stimulating particular points along the acupuncture meridians does just that.
Community acupuncture is offered in a group setting, rather than one-on-one.
Points are selected from the energetic gateways on the limbs, head and ears, enabling patients to remain fully clothed during treatment. You lie comfortably relaxed on your yoga mat with any needed props, anywhere from 40-60 minutes. This is the way that acupuncture is traditionally done in Asia. Community-style clinics run on a sliding scale, making them more affordable and allowing people to get the number of treatments needed in a shorter period of time.
A group setting has benefits beyond just affordability. As with any kind of intentional group endeavor—such as meditation or prayer, for example—when you do something with other people it raises the energy field for everyone. The same is true with acupuncture: receiving treatment in a room with others raises the Qi dynamic and healing is enhanced, with friends and family able to come together in a shared, restorative experience.
Does acupuncture hurt?
If you’re worried about acupuncture being like getting a shot from the doctor’s office,
have no fear! Getting acupuncture is nothing like that (even I dislike getting shots!). Acupuncture needles are hair-thin and are inserted into the skin so quickly that most people don’t even notice the needle going in. Some people are more sensitive than
others and may feel the needles, but it is rarely painful. It is normal to feel sensations around the needles such as heaviness, tingling, numbness, warmth or movement.
Once the needles are in, the most common sensation people feel is relaxation, so even
if you’re nervous about receiving acupuncture, it doesn’t take long for nerves to give way to enjoyment.
Is acupuncture safe?
All acupuncture needles are sterile and single-use. I have gone through 4 years of
Master’s level schooling, including extensive clinical training and a course in clean needle technique and am well versed in administering acupuncture safely. We NEVER reuse needles. Sterile needles get placed at specific points along the body, the needles are removed from the body when treatment is done and placed directly into an approved biomedical waste sharps container. That’s it. There is little to no risk of infection when the needles are sterile and you are with a fully trained, certified and licensed acupuncturist.
Every once in a while, a small bruise may appear around the site of an acupuncture needle, but this is always temporary and goes away within a few days. When compared to the huge list of side effects for surgical procedures and pharmaceutical drugs, acupuncture is extremely low risk.
What can acupuncture treat?
Studies have shown that acupuncture is successful at lowering cortisol levels (stress hormones) and boosting endorphins (the feel good hormones of the body), which means less stress and more feeling good! But that’s only part of the awesomeness…
According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture is effective for treating over 40 common disorders. Below is a list of common ailments that acupuncture can successfully treat:
- Acid reflux
- Acne and skin problems
- Addiction issues
- Arthritis (osteo and rheumatoid)
- Back pain
- Bell’s palsy
- Carpel tunnel syndrome
- Chemotherapy-related symptoms
- Chronic fatigue
- Common cold/ flu
- Emotional issues
- High blood pressure
- Hip pain
- Joint pain
- Knee pain
- Low energy
- Low immunity
- Low libido and/or ED
- Menopausal symptoms
- Menstrual issues
- Neck pain
- Nerve pain
- Night sweats
- Shoulder pain
- Sinus issues
- Stroke effects
- Urinary disorders