Susanna's hours at SPCA:
Fridays: 2:30 pm - 7 pm
Saturdays: 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
See the FAQs for information regarding the differences between private and community-style treatments.
What is Community Acupuncture?
Community acupuncture is describes a model where multiple patients are treated at the same time, in the same room. This keeps the fees affordable to enable you to get frequent treatments without cost becoming a deterrent. At SPCA, sliding-scale fees range from $35-$50 per treatment, based upon your income level and ability to pay.
Why Get COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is most effective when treatments are regular and frequent. Healing is a process, and it takes time and repetition to resolve many health concerns. Getting acupuncture 2-3 times per week for 2-3 weeks is recommended in order to jumpstart the healing process and see optimal results. After this initial series of treatments, you should feel significant improvement, and can space out your treatments to weekly or bi-weekly. The community acupuncture model is a great way for many to afford the series of treatments.
There are also benefits to healing in a shared environment, such as the collective healing effect, which is described by some patients as allowing them to sink into a deep state of relaxation.
What is a community acupuncture treatment like?
When you come in for treatment at SPCA, up to three other patients will already be in the room resting. Conversations are held in low voices when discussing your health concerns and goals for treatment. Soothing music plays in the background to keep the environment quiet and peaceful. Patients remain clothed during treatment, with pants rolled up to the knee.
Community acupuncture appointments are booked in 15 minute increments, which encompasses the time that Susanna spends talking with you, putting your needles in, and performing any other modalities. After that, you have an additional 30-40 minutes to relax with the needles in your body. All in, the treatment takes up to an hour.