Self Empowerment via Community Acupuncture

Community acupuncture, what an amazing thing!  Affordable, just about anybody can come for treatment.  Efffective, because you can now afford to get more of what you need.  Natural and side-effects free, it has a wide and beneficial effect on the whole body.

It’s also very awkward.

Yes, awkward.  From the moment you come in for your treatment, you are faced with awkward choices.

“What do you mean, *I* get to choose how much to pay??”  Yes, because we charge on a sliding scale, you really do get to choose how much you pay for your treatment.  How awkward is that?

“What do you mean, ‘tell *you* when I’m ready to get up’?” Yes, because we have many chairs, you get to rest as long as you like, from 20 short minutes to an hour or more if you feel like it.  There’s no rush, take all the time you need.

Community acupuncture is awkward because unlike just about every other mode of healing, from hospital visits to chiropractors to physiotherapists to private acupuncture practices, it’s about empowering *you* to make decisions about your health. 

What’s it worth to you, and how much can you comfortably afford?  You have the power to decide, and to protect your pocketbook while at the same time getting the care you deserve. 

How long should a treatment last? It’s up to you to listen to your body and make the call when you’re feeling ready.

It’s awkward, but also very exciting, to  know that we are here to help you in your process, not to impose our process on you. How awkward is that?

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