I am so excited that community acupuncture is BAAACCCCKKK at Sacred! I've been so immersed in acupuncture-world that it always surprises me when people hit me with, "Community acupuncture... What's THAT?" with a horrified look. It's as if the nightmare they envision involves stripping in front of a bunch of people, sharing all the secrets of their health history in a room full of strangers, and then being a attacked by a crazy lady with needles.
Needless to say, nothing could be further from the truth! But I thought I'd take a minute to dispel some of the myths and misconceptions about community acupuncture- and acupuncture in general- that I've heard over the last few weeks.
Myth # 1: Acupuncture is only for pain
This is a biggie that I hear all of the time, followed by the question, "If nothing hurts, why would I
|Acupuncture is not only for pain!|
BUT.... Acupuncture is not just for pain! It is a comprehensive, whole body medicine that can treat mind, body and spirit. It can address reproductive health, digestive complaints, fatigue, auto-immune conditions, anxiety, stress, depression, and so much more. (Click here to see a list of a bizillion conditions that the World Health Org agrees that acupuncture can effectively treat).
And for the more esoteric crew, I also practice a form of acupuncture that draws on its shamanic lineage, and aims to support spiritual growth and personal evolution. So acupuncture can treat pain, but also much, much more.
Myth #2- Everyone will know my 'bidness!
|No one will know your business....|
Now, I value my privacy. So there is no way I would be a part of a healing space that would allow everyone to hear what's going on with you. (In fact, HIPAA regulations require complete patient confidentiality, so that would actually be kind of illegal).
Myth #3- People will SEE my 'bidness!
ummm.... no. For community acupuncture, you actually stay fully dressed for the entire treatment. We only ask that you wear sleeves and pants that that can be rolled up the the knees and elbows, as this is where the most powerful points on the body are found. You can also feel free to change into a tank top or shorts before your appointment.
Myth #4- Needles hurt
One of the beautiful things about community acupuncture is that is was created as a way of making acupuncture more accessible and affordable. It was developed to close the socio-economic gap that plagues the world of holistic wellness. The goal of community acupuncture is to make it so that as many people as possible are able to get acupuncture as often and consistently as possible.
Community acupuncture at Sacred is offered at a sliding scale rate of $35- 55 per treatment. You choose what you want to pay, no questions asked (we have absolutely no interest in what you make or how you spend it, so no pay stubs please!)
Are you worth that kind of investment in your health? Why yes, of course you are!
Myth #6- Community acupuncture is for everyoneThe truth is, community acupuncture is available to everyone, but it's not for everyone. Some of us get really excited about the additional magic that a sense of community adds to a healing space. Others prefer a private treatment so that they can incorporate moxa, flower essence therapy, cupping, bodywork, or other healing modalities. Some prefer community acupuncture because they want to be treated along side of their friends or loved ones, while others want to preserve the only 'alone time' they get all week. Some even come in for a private treatment once or twice a month, and use community acupuncture as their follow-up care between sessions.
Just as acupuncture is a medicine that treats our unique needs, the way we approach our care should reflect our unique preferences and personalities. So if you're not sure where to begin, just reach out and I'm happy to answer your questions! But if you're ready to join in.....
1st Saturday of the Month, 9am- 2pm
197 Clifton Place bet. Franklin & Bedford
By Appointment Only
By Appointment Only