Community clinics include, but are not limited to: Acupuncture, Western and Eastern Herbal Medicine, Registered Massage Therapy, Naturopathy, Cupping and Tuina massage.
What are Community Clinics?
Community Acupuncture and Community Clinics take place in a group setting seated in chairs or recliners. It’s a bit like going to a yoga class, everyone does their own thing and most people come on their own. All you need to bring is yourself in comfortable clothing
Community Acupuncture is a nation-wide movement to help make healing more affordable and accessible to people. Acupuncture treatments are done in a group setting and fees are based on a sliding scale of what the individual can afford. We’ve added many additional modalities as we feel accessible health care of ALL kinds are essential to the well-being of our community.
Treatments in a group can be a powerful social experience. There’s no talking or sharing amongst each other patients, but it reminds us that we are not along and that we are part of a community – Which is a huge part of healing.
What can you treat with it?
Community clinics are good for the same things regular treatments are for. You can use it for:
How does it work? What should I expect a treatment to look like?
People are not chatting during the treatment, rather it is a calm, quiet and respectful space where everybody does their own thing. Some people bring their iPods and listen to music, while some bring eye covers; others prefer to sit serenely. Some people come together, but most just come on their own.
Treatments are done on reclining chairs instead of tables and because most points used are below the elbow and knees, all you need to wear is loose, comfortable clothing.
On your initial visit your practitioner will take a little longer with you. The intake should only last about 15 minutes and in that time the practitioner will check in on how you’re feeling, what’s new/different, if you’ve been in before and how the previous treatment was for you.
Then you just take off your shoes and socks, roll up your pants and shirt sleeves, and lie back and relax!
The practitioner will always keep an eye on you and you can just make eye contact if you need something. When you’re done, the acupuncturist will come over and remove your needles. Take your time getting up and then you’re done – relaxed, restored and recharged!
What is the cost?
Initial Consult: $15 (for Acupuncture and Naturopathy)
Sliding scale of affordable rates: $30-60
Why a sliding scale?
Acupuncture works best when it is done regularly. For some people, this is not in their budget. By offering a sliding fee scale people are able to still access effective quality care without worrying about if they’re able to afford it or not. It also allows people are able to get consistent care which help ensures results. You decide in the scale what you can afford that day. There is no need to prove income or anything like that, you know what you can afford and you pay that. Simple. Affordable. Effective.