Monthly Archives: August 2015


Since 2007, we have given around 40,000 acupuncture treatments.  Of those, many have been people who were brand new to acupuncture.  As much as Acupuncture is becoming more common-place within our culture, it is a practice that still remains a mystery to many, and in some cases, something that people are still fearful of. So if you have never tried acupuncture before but are curious to try or know more, here are a few answers to questions you might have.

What’s it good for?

Acupuncture stimulates your body’s personal healing response, so in that sense it can be helpful for any healing.  In our clinic we see a wide, wide variety of health concerns: Pain (all kinds), Digestive Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Illness, Common Colds, Allergies, Women’s Health, Cancer… the list goes on and on.  At the same time you don’t need to have anything wrong to benefit from a treatment.  A session is like having a supported meditation, where your body is able to rest, relax, and recharge.

Does it hurt?

This is the most common question we get! Given that most needles people have been exposed to are devices that are withdrawing fluids or putting something into our bodies it is no wonder we feel this way. But Acupuncture needles are really more like noodles in comparison to a hypodermic needle. These hair-thin devices subtly stimulate the body’s healing response, creating subtle sensations that most do not experience in any way as pain. Most people feel deeply relaxed from the experience.  Many even fall asleep during treatment.

What does it cost?

In our community clinic treatments are on a sliding scale from $20-40 — you decide.  There is an additional one-time new patient fee of $10.  Treatment time varies from 30-90 minutes or more.  In our clinic, you pay for a treatment, as opposed to our time, so you are able to receive treatment based on your need as opposed to the schedule of the acupuncturist.

When can I try it?

Our clinic operates 6 days a week, from 9am to 6 pm (9am to 5pm on Saturday; the clinic is closed on Sunday).

Still have more questions?

Feel free to call us or drop by.  We are more than happy to answer any other questions you might have.


Healing — Physically, Emotionally, Mentally

The truth is that you don’t need to have anything wrong to benefit from a yoga class or an acupuncture treatment.  Our bodies naturally move toward healing.  The process of healing operates best however, when we are able to put ourselves into a calm, still, restful place.  More and more of our lives these days are spent in sympathetic nervous system mode — flight or fight, which means that our body/mind/spirit healing is frequently struggling to keep up.  Spending an hour in one of our comfy recliners, or on a yoga mat, inducing deep rest, helps your body to heal, recover, recharge, and renew!


A Day To Remember

Today is the 70th anniversary of the world’s first nuclear attack. The day a nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan killing 140,000 people, more than half in an instant. Because I am originally from the United States it is an anniversary that I have been keenly aware of since my mid-twenties when I used to stand in silent vigil outside my local post office every year to remember. Considering that there are still more than 15,000 nuclear weapons ready and waiting, it is vital that we remember this day, as well as the subsequent bombing of Nagasaki which took place a few days later, important we remember and commit to the elimination of all nuclear weapons forever. Say a prayer for peace today. — Michael