Community Acupuncture (CA) is a national movement to make acupuncture affordable and accessible to everyone.
The community acupuncture business model was created by Lisa Rohleder and Skip Van Meter who practice in Portland, OR. It is based how acupuncture is commonly practiced in Asia; a group of people relaxing together in a room, all being treated by one acupuncturist. There are now community acupuncture-based clinics all over the U.S., opening up acupuncture as a more affordable and accessible treatment option all people.
How is Community Acupuncture different from a private session at Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts?
A community acupuncture space is set up a bit like a lounge/living room - lots of comfy reclining chairs in a space with low lighting and quiet music. When you enter the space choose an empty chair, roll up your shorts and sleeves, recline in your chair, and relax until your practitioner comes to talk with you. Your acupuncturist will discuss what you’d like to work on, place your needles, and let you drift off into needle nap bliss. After 45 minutes your acupuncturist will return to take out your needles and offer you some water. If you feel ready to end your session before 45 minutes is up, simply make eye contact with the acupuncturist and she will get you up and on your way.
How decide between getting Community Acupuncture or booking a private session?
Good question! Some patients will feel more drawn to one style or the other, while some patients may do both. Here’s a few pointers to help you decide.
Community Acupuncture appointments are perfect for...
- Patients who do not want a lengthy intake with their practitioner. CA intakes will get to the heart of the matter quickly, often taking only a few minutes.
- Patients who want to focus on a few issues (i.e. pain and digestion, sleep and stress, allergies and mood, etc.)
- Patients who want to boost the effectiveness of their private treatments by coming more often.
- Patients who feel “alone” in their diagnosis and experience. Community treatments let you see and feel that you are not alone.
- Patients who want to come along with friends and family and be treated at the same time.
Private appointments are perfect if...
- You feel most comfortable discussing your health and/or relaxing in a private, one-on-one environment.
- You are new to our clinic and have a complex health concern you would like to discuss in-depth.
- You would like to pursue herbal therapy along with acupuncture.
- You want to include cupping and/or massage into your visit.
If you are still unsure, feel free to call our clinic and consult with one of our acupuncturists.
Can you treat anything with Community Acupuncture?
Yes! Acupuncture is an incredibly flexible medicine. While it is logical to think that we need to put needles into the area of discomfort, there are many styles of acupuncture (called “distal needle acupuncture”) which directly effect the diseased area without putting needles there. For example, there are points in the hands and legs that work like a charm for back pain, headache, digestive issues, and more.
How does the sliding scale payment work?
The sliding scale at our CA events is $10-$50 a treatment. YOU decide what makes sense for you to pay each time you check-in. We do not verify income or ask any questions about employment, etc. You know your income and budget best, so you decide what makes sense for you to pay. Payment types accepted are: cash, check, or credit card.
When is Community Acupuncture available at Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts?
The last Sunday of every month, our clinic hosts a CA event where 100% of the proceeds gets donated to a cause or charity that aligns with our clinic's values. Some months, we may even have more than one CA event! You can view a list of upcoming fundraising events on our EVENTS page.
How should someone prepare for a Community Acupuncture treatment?
Make sure to wear loose and comfortable clothing to the appointment, so we can access your arms and legs. If you'd like, you could bring an “acupuncture outfit” along with you. For example, loose shorts that can be pushed up to expose your thighs, and a tank top or t-shirt so we can access your entire arm. Just change into your “acupuncture outfit” in the restroom before checking in for your appointment! You will be sharing the healing space with others, so please enter the clinic quietly and respectfully. We will have blankets to make sure you stay warm and cozy while you rest!
Ready to try Community Acupuncture to promote your healing and wellbeing? Schedule an appointment during one of our Community Acupuncture events!