Community Style Acupuncture
Community style acupuncture is the practice of treating patients together in a large room. This differs from traditional acupuncture where treatment is administered in a private room setting. It makes treatment more accessible and affordable. This means more frequent treatments may be possible for quicker, more pronounced results. Community style acupuncture makes it easy for friends and family members to come in for treatment together, and many patients find the collective energetics in a group setting comforting. People who are fearful or not quite sure about acupuncture needles and those who have experienced certain traumas find that being treated with others helps to alleviate some of those anxieties.
Because we are treating you in a large room alongside other people, you will be treated while reclining in a comfortable lounge chair. You will remain fully clothed and our Licensed Acupuncturists will only insert needles in places we can easily access––your ears, arms, hands, lower legs, feet, head and/or neck. While there will be other people in the room with you, the chairs are spaced out and you won’t hear much noise or talking from treatments happening around you. There is soft music to create a relaxing, soothing environment.
At your first visit, the receptionist will have you fill out paperwork to give the Acupuncturists information to tailor the treatment to you individually. Not all conditions are created equal; for instance a headache for one person may be treated with different acupuncture points than a headache for another person. That is where the Acupuncturist’s expertise comes in to create a TCM diagnosis from the information you have given us.
You will then be brought to the community acupuncture room to relax in a chair of your choice. In a few moments the Acupuncturists will say hello, she may ask a few clarification questions, and then will insert the appropriate acupuncture points. She will make sure you are feeling comfortable and relaxed and then allow you to rest with the needles for the amount of time you decide. This resting time can be 15 minutes up to 45 minutes, it is up to you. For your first couple visits the Acupuncturists can check in after a few minutes to see how you are doing especially if you are nervous at all. This time to rest provides your body ample opportunity to take in the suggestions of qi movement that are presented with the needles. People find it very relaxing and many even fall asleep. When you are ready to have your needles removed, simply signal the Acupuncturist with a wave or smile and she will complete the session.
The Licensed Acupuncturist will suggest how often you should return for follow-up treatments. Typically someone may be seen 1-2x per week for the first few weeks to make long lasting change. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine is therapy that creates better harmony in your body, mind, and spirit so that symptoms don’t return. Treatments have cumulative results. Just as health problems develop over time, it takes time for the body to heal itself. Once you are noticing substantial change on a daily basis, treatments can then be spread out to every couple weeks, once per month, or even more time as needed to maintain optimal health. If a current health concern is more complicated, the Acupuncturist may discuss private sessions for you. This allows more complex treatment style and other Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities like TuiNa, Cupping, and Moxibustion to be used. Once specific complexities are addressed, you can return to community style acupuncture for wellness and maintenance session.
Seasons of Balance does not bill insurance, however, an itemized superbill may be provided upon request for personal submission by the patient to his/her insurance.
Amount due when paid at time of service (TOS)
$30 per patient*
*The TOS discount is applied when patients pay in full for services rendered at the conclusion of their scheduled appointment. Please contact us at 715-220-6574 to review our standard fee schedule.