Dear Clinic Friends,
After being closed for 2 months, we are (cautiously) excited to announce that we will reopen the clinic on Monday, May 18.
We hope you will come in and resume your treatments. The closing of our clinic for several months was unexpected and we’d love to return to our normal level of providing treatments as soon as possible, while creating a clean, sanitized and relaxing environment for you and our staff.
Many of you purchased 4 for $100 packages that expired March 31, and you did not get a chance to use all of your credits before we closed. The expiration date for these has been extended to June 30, 2020.
We will be selling new 4 for $100 packages from May 18 to June 30. These will expire September 30, 2020. We’d like for you to use all existing credits before you buy a new one.
We ask you to understand that we cannot absolutely guarantee a 100% virus-free space, but with your help, we will do everything we can to ensure your health and safety while visiting the clinic.
We will reopen under the guidance set forth by the Federal Government for Phase 2 re-opening procedures with a few additional requirements. This includes the following provisions and safety measures:
CDC: We will follow CDC guidelines as much as possible.
– Masks or facial coverings are required to enter the clinic.
– Keep 6 feet between you and other patients if possible.
– Stay home if you are sick or have been sick within the last 14 days prior your visit.
– Stay home if you are a high-risk patient or you care for/live with a high risk person.
Entering the clinic: If you approach our lobby from the outside and see another person there, please wait outside until they leave the room (If the weather allows) or maintain 6 feet distance inside.
Payments: We prefer you use contactless pay if you have it. Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Pay, and contactless payment cards are examples of these. If not, you will insert or swipe your credit card yourself.
Personal items: Leave your purses, phones, and other personal items in your car or at home. We want to minimize locker usage since they are a commonly touched surface.
Checking for fever: All patients will have body temperatures checked at the front desk prior to being allowed to enter the treatment room.
Scheduling: For a while, only 5 patients will be allowed in the treatment room at a time instead of the usual 9. Only every other chair will be occupied. There will be no one sitting next to you and you will be at least 6 feet away from others.
Sanitation: We will change the sheets and pillowcases after every person. We will wipe down commonly touched surfaces with disinfectant multiple times throughout the day. Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance, in treatment space and bathrooms.
Air filter: We have a new air filter for the treatment room that removes viruses, bacteria, molds, and allergens from the air.
Blankets: Please bring your own blanket if the AC makes you cold. We do not have enough blankets to wash them after every use.
With these steps in place, we feel we can provide a safe environment for us all.
We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Sincerely, Ashley, Guillaume, Maxine, and Madelyn Acupuncture Together Staff
Let’s clear up some misconceptions about this healing practice.
1. People think acupuncture is too expensive.
It’s true that there are many clinics that charge $75 – $125 for a single acupuncture treatment.
It’s also true that there are places you can be treated for $40 or less. Community acupuncture clinics (like ours) and internship clinics at acupuncture schools usually charge anywhere from $15 – $40 per treatment.
Our rate is $33.00 per treatment. Periodically, we sell packages, ie: 4 for $120 treatment packages offering a 10% discount. This brings down the rate to $30.00 per visit. We are also in the process of developing subscription offers.
2. People think acupuncture is painful.
In general, acupuncture is a mostly comfortable experience. The large majority of people who receive acupuncture do not experience pain. Occasionally, one of the needles might hurt a little, but it can be removed or replaced with one that feels better. No acupuncturist wants their patient to feel discomfort, so tell your acupuncturist if a needle bothers you after the initial insertion.
At Acupuncture Together, we use some of the thinnest acupuncture needles on the market. Most people who visit our clinic do not experience any discomfort when receiving their acupuncture treatments.
3. People don’t know what acupuncture can help them with.
The quick answer is almost anything! The most common reasons people get acupuncture at Acupuncture Together are:
Allergies Anxiety Arthritis Asthma Bell’s palsy Chemo side effects Depression Digestive problems Eczema Fatigue Fertility High blood pressure Hives Hot flashes IBS Injuries Insomnia Jet lag Knee pain Migraines Neck pain Plantar fasciitis PMS Rashes Stress Sugar addiction Surgical recovery Tendonitis Tennis elbow TMJ
If you are interested, give acupuncture a try! It doesn’t have to be expensive, it probably won’t hurt, and it will most likely help you feel better.
More and more, people are discovering the power of acupuncture for healing both mind and body.
Every cell of your body has an energy or life force to it that has its own natural, healthy vibration. Sometimes our vibrations get out-of-whack, causing dis-harmony or dis-ease. This can affect us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Acupuncture is regarded as energy/vibrational medicine because energy is moved. Blockages are released and a balanced free flow of life energy is restored.
In the early years of my acupuncture practice, I found I did not feel good about treating patients one at a time in a room by themselves and charging $75 per treatment. It seemed most of my patients could not afford to come as often as they needed to get better and stay better. Something about that just did not feel right to me. I learned about the community acupuncture business model and changed my business structure.
I offer 45 minute personalized acupuncture sessions in a peaceful community room. These sessions help to bring the energy of your being into a more harmonious, balanced vibration. Because multiple people are having their treatments at one time, I am able to keep the rate low – at $28.00 per session.
I’ve been providing acupuncture treatments this way since 2010. I am continuously amazed at the affects that acupuncture has on the people that visit the clinic. The power of stillness, a peaceful environment, and tiny needles inserted into certain energy points on the body help quiet mental chatter. People sleep better. Pain dissipates. Allergies and sinuses improve. Skin looks better. People are in better moods and have mental clarity and more energy.
I enjoy being in a peaceful room full of relaxed people. I like knowing they will feel better when they leave and that the skills I have as an acupuncturist help facilitate this.
Weekly acupuncture sessions will improve your life. You will have more energy, sleep better, handle stress better, and be in a better mood. You will feel better physically. You will just feel better!
Community acupuncture means providing acupuncture treatments in a group setting at a low cost. Acupuncture works better when treatments are provided frequently enough to make a real change. The group setting allows us to charge a lower rate, and makes it affordable for most people to get the number of treatments they need to feel better.
Since the 1970’s, acupuncture in the U.S. has been mostly practiced one on one. The patient is probably lying on a massage table in a room by themselves. This way of giving and receiving acupuncture makes it costly. Patients may pay $65 – $125 per session.
In the early 2000’s, an acupuncturist in Portland, Oregon begin treating people (neighbors and friends) at the same time in her living room while they sat in chairs. If acupuncture usually costs $100 per treatment, why not charge $25 each and have 4 treatments going at once, all in the same room? This morphed into her and her partner renting a space and opening a clinic specifically to practice acupuncture in a group setting.
Acupuncturists around the country began hearing about this way of running an acupuncture clinic and started copying the model. Now there are around 200 community acupuncture clinics in the U.S., and some in other countries too.
At Acupuncture Together, we have nine comfortable recliners in our group treatment room. There will be up to eight other people quietly receiving their treatment in the room with you. While the acupuncture needles are in place, there is nothing to do but breathe and relax. A group treatment room is supportive of this. Although there are others in the room, it is very quiet. Patients do not talk to each other. People’s eyes are closed. Everyone is in their own peaceful, relaxed world. Often, people fall asleep.
Patients remain clothed while they relax in comfortable recliners. Treating patients this way has many benefits beyond being affordable. The group treatment room creates a collective healing energy that enhances the power of each individual’s treatment. Many people find it comforting to have others around them rather than being isolated in a private room. And, it allows families and friends to get treatments together.
We are part of a growing movement of community acupuncture clinics around the country that are practicing this business model.
If you would like to find a community acupuncture clinic in another city for your family or friends, search for “your city community acupuncture” in a web browser. Any clinics in that area should come up in the search results.