1532 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

www.southphillyacu.com
info@southphillyacu.com
215.279.3932

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.

I just had my 1st experience with acupuncture. The entire area in the building is light-filled, soft, smells wonderful, and is conducive to falling asleep or meditating. I saw Susanna for my session. She was very warm, open and listened to all my issues, of which there were many. I was primarily there for sharp, searing pain across the top of my back. I also had consistent muscle spams in my left thigh for years, but that was secondary to the back pain. Susanna was so wonderful and full of compassion in her personal interaction. She also teaches as she treats, something I like. I also must speak highly of the ladies at the front desk, Sue & Sara. Both lovely women, with the required talents to be at that desk. Both are very welcoming, full of life and light, yet calm and soothing. Oh, and the music is great too! I booked my 2nd session with Susanna before I left. The day after my 1st session I noticed: Muscle spasm gone in left thigh, I did not have to take allergy meds I’ve needed for the last 3 weeks. Also, my searing upper back pain has become an aching across my back, I’ll take it! I have measurable improvement in the back which includes being able to rotate my neck gently & get some cracks. Can’t wait till my next appointment!
— Stacey M.