Community Acupuncture

FAQs and Upcoming Sessions
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Upcoming Sessions

 

Wed, Feb 23, 2022 at Spectrum

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM (rolling start times every 15 minutes)

Session Length: 30-45 minutes

Fee: $15

Location: #602 - 5920 1A Street SW, Calgary (Sloane Square - Atrium)

Registration: Sign-up online or call 403-453-1990

**Sign up with a friend and receive $5 off with code: COMMUNITY

FAQs

What is Community Acupuncture?

 

Community Acupuncture is a more affordable and accessible way to experience acupuncture. Rather than private rooms, participants will be seated in one larger room. The atmosphere is relaxed, and participants benefit from the soothing effect of the group experience.

 

If you've always wanted to try acupuncture but were hesitant, this is a supportive and easy way to give it a try! Dr. Alex works from a trauma-informed perspective, and will be available to answer any questions you have about acupuncture as we go. Everyone welcome.

What does it do?

 

We typically place 5 needles on each ear following the NADA protocol - a set of points that promotes overall relaxation and balance, and is also used to treat stress, anxiety, PTSD, addictions and detoxification. You will likely feel a sense of relaxation right away when you get the needles, and this effect may stay with you for the next few hours. Regular treatments can increase and prolong these benefits.

What should I expect in the treatment?

 

You will select a start time when you register. Upon arrival, we'll get you signed in and you can take a seat and get comfortable. Dr. Alex will go around to new arrivals to check in and apply the needles to your ears. You'll stay seated with the needles in for 30-45 minutes, while enjoying their calming effects.

 

Once the needles are removed, you get up slowly and can take this relaxation with you as you go about your day.

What do I bring or need to prepare?

Before you come:

-Fill out the intake form and Covid screening form (in your email confirmation) to help keep everyone safe and healthy!

-Eat a meal or snack before you arrive

Items to bring: 

-Clean face mask that covers your nose and mouth (required)

-Layers to keep a comfortable temperature (blankets and pillows are provided for extra comfort)

-Waterbottle - recommended to stay hydrated before and after treatment

-Headphones (optional) if you wish to listen to your own music or a podcast

How will it feel? What if I'm scared of needles?

 

The needles are very tiny and gentle. Some people feel a slight pinching sensation as they go in (that disappears quickly), others don't feel them go in at all!

 

Dr. Alex will always check in before we start to make sure you feel comfortable. You can ask as many questions as you like, and you're free to change your mind at any time.

 

Don't want needles at all?:

We'll have ear seeds available as an alternative. These are small beads applied to the skin at the acupuncture points with medical adhesive tape. This creates a similar effect to the needles, and these can be left on for 2-3 days after you leave.

 

This is a no judgement zone - the priority is your safety and comfort.

Can anyone get acupuncture?

 

Yes, everyone is welcome! You'll complete a brief intake form before you arrive so Dr. Alex knows what treatment is right for you.