What is different about the CommuniChi clinic?
A Community Setting
Most US acupuncturists treat patients on tables in individual cubicles. This is not traditional in Asia, where acupuncture usually occurs in a community setting. At CommuniChi, recliners are situated in a cozy, quiet, soothing space.
Treating patients in a community setting has many benefits: it’s easy for friends and family members to receive treatment together and many find it comforting as the collective energetic field (group chi) nurtures the entire group.
In some styles of acupuncture, the needles are removed after only a few minutes or after a half hour at most. The style of acupuncture practiced at CommuniChi allows you to receive treatment for as long as you want. Most people learn to sense when the treatment is complete. This can vary from 20 minutes to an hour or more. Many people fall asleep, and wake feeling refreshed.
I use a sliding scale
Most US acupuncturists see one or two patients per hour and may charge as much as $250 per treatment. They tend to spend a long time talking with each patient, going over medical records, asking many questions. While I am happy to answer questions, offering my thoughts on a broad range of mind-body wellness, 5 minutes is usually enough conversation time for me to design an acupuncture treatment which will enable you to walk out feeling better than when you came in.
In order to make acupuncture affordable for you and still make a living, I streamline my treatments and see multiple patients per hour. Instead of asking lots of questions, my nearly two decades of practice has given me the insight to quickly design an effective treatment. This is exactly how acupuncture is traditionally practiced in Asia — many patients per hour and very little talking. High quality acupuncture in a community atmosphere at affordable rates ($20 minimum)…that’s the essence of CommuniChi. I practice a blend of acupuncture styles, mostly relying upon distal points in the hands, feet and head to treat problems anywhere in the body.
Research in the United States (as well as thousands of years of tradition in Asia) has shown that acupuncture is most effective when it is done frequently and regularly. Once a week is usually the minimum required to make progress on any kind of health issue. The purpose of the sliding scale is to separate the issues of money and treatment; we want you to come in often enough to really get better and stay better!