Hi Folks! At One Heart Community Acupuncture we’re having a benefit for Natural Doctors International this Saturday, June 9th, from 10 to 6. I’m donating my acupuncture services (and my friend Jonathan his Reiki from 1 to 3 pm).
For your donation of at least $5 you can get an acupuncture treatment in the community style and/or some Reiki. Or you can just have some tea and chat 🙂 Your donation is tax-deductible if you pay by check and make it out to Natural Doctors International.
If you’re not able to come yourself you might know someone who’d be interested, so I’d be very grateful if you’d please pass the word on!
Hope to see you there!
What is Community Acupuncture?
Community acupuncture is acupuncture done in a group setting, as opposed to private acupuncture where you work one-on-one with a practitioner.
Why Community Acupuncture?
One reason we do community acupuncture is because there’s something about being treated in a group that is especially healing. Even though everyone is calm and quiet there’s a group dynamic that happens when everyone is in the same place, all with the intention of healing, that amplifies the effects of treatment for everyone. This is especially noticeable when a family or a group of friends comes in to have treatment together.
Also important is the fact that community acupuncture makes treatments affordable. More often than not, it takes several acupuncture treatments to make a significant change in a patient’s main complaint. When the cost is $65 per treatment or more, it can be difficult for many people – especially in this economy – to afford to come for treatment enough times to be fully healed of their condition. With our flexible sliding scale fee, we hope to make acupuncture affordable to most people in our community while also making it possible for our practitioners to make a living.
How it Works
First, you make an appointment like you would at any other acupuncture clinic. You can make an appointment online here: Click here for an appointment!, or give us a call at (206) 659-9598. You are also welcome to walk in whenever we’re open and we can most likely fit you in.
On your first visit to the office, you’ll fill out some paperwork, including brief medical history, informed consent, and so on. Next, go ahead and pay for your treatment with either check or cash and drop it into the lockbox on the desk (if paying with cash, please write your name on one of the provided post-its with the amount you’re paying and drop that into the lockbox also).
We have a sliding scale fee: pay $15 to $40, you decide how much you can afford within that range (and there’s no need to show us any financial information). On your first office visit, there’s an additional $10 fee since we allot more time for your session, so your first visit will cost between $25-$50 (again, you decide how much you’ll pay within that range). We do not accept insurance, but we can provide you with a receipt that you can submit to your insurance company.
Your practitioner will then go over with you what you’d like treatment for, and may ask some more questions for clarification and to help diagnose your condition according to Chinese medicine; he or she may also take your pulse, look at your tongue, or palpate your abdomen for the same reason.
You can then follow your practitioner into the main treatment room. Other patients may already be in the room, resting quietly, so we try not to talk loudly at this point. Please turn off your cell phone if you haven’t already! Choose any empty chair you like; we have comfortable, reclining chairs similar to zero-gravity style ones that you can really stretch out in. We also have a massage table if you’d prefer that.
Your practitioner will then treat you with the style of acupuncture they are most expert in or that they think will be most effective for you. The points that we use are mostly on the elbows down (including the hands), and on the knees down to the feet; depending on the style of acupuncture, we may also use points on the abdomen, on the neck or shoulder, and the outer ear. No disrobing is needed, but it helps if you wear clothing that is loose enough to allow access to those areas, like sweats for example. Avoid wearing things like tight pants, or stockings, or dresses. After your practitioner works on you, he or she will leave you to rest while going to attend to the next patient.
You can then rest for an hour or more, and – once your practitioner takes out any needles – leave feeling relaxed and refreshed! If you need to leave by a particular time, please let your practitioner know; otherwise, you can feel free to rest until we run out of chairs – which takes at least an hour, usually longer. You can schedule your next appointment here at the office with us, or online at home.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at OHCA!
Any questions or comments? We’d love to hear from you!