What is Community Acupuncture?
Ocean Acupuncture provides high quality acupuncture treatment at affordable rates in a supportive community setting. We practice a style of acupuncture which mostly uses “distal” points in the hands, feet, ear 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 problem, however some conditions improve faster with multiple treatments each week. We want to make it possible for you to receive acupuncture regularly enough and long enough to get better and stay better! We want to give you the tools to take care of your own health so that you will not need to rely on corporations like Big Insurance or Big Pharmaceuticals for costly, high-tech interventions. We will provide a safe environment with professional, compassionate and well trained practitioners.
What’s the atmosphere like?
Ocean Acupuncture was created and designed with the vision of providing a zen-like sanctuary to heal, feel inner peace and escape from the busy life that often leads to our chronic conditions. In our clinic we primarily use recliners, plus massage tables for back treatments, in a large, quiet, soothing space. Treating patients in a community setting has many benefits:
- it’s easy for friends and family members to come in for treatment together
- many patients find it comforting to be a part of a community
- the power of intention and healing is very powerful when done in a group
I’m afraid of needles! Are their other options?
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 we practice at CBCA allows patients to keep their needles in as long as they want, and the “right” amount of time varies from patient to patient. Most people learn after a few treatments when they feel “done”; this can take from twenty minutes to a couple of hours! Many people fall asleep, and wake feeling refreshed.
I have back pain, how are you going to treat me if I’m sitting in a recliner?
Acupuncture meridian theory gives us the ability to access the entire body, including the back, using points in the extremities, hands, feet, scalp and ear. You will most likely be treated by placing tiny needles in your hands and/or ears.
$25 Acupuncture Treatment*(45-60 min.)
One-time $10 Administrative fee on your Initial Visit (waived with new patient specials & packages).
*There are additional modalities that may be appropriate for your condition and may be added to your treatment plan for additional costs. Please visit our Service page for more information. Your Licensed Acupuncturist will cover these options on your Initial Visit if they are appropriate for you.
We want you to come in often enough to really get better and stay better! We understand that everyone’s situation is different, and our primary goal is to make acupuncture available to you as often as you need it.
No one will be refused based on finances. Please discuss your situation with our Clinical Director, Marc Jantzi, if you have financial questions.
How can you afford to charge $25/treatment?
It’s all economics — Supply and Demand. We provide a lower cost model by returning to a more traditional approach to acupuncture and community treatment. Instead of spending 15-20 minutes discussing your condition or updates, we spend a few minutes catching up and rely on our traditional diagnostic tools of pulse, tongue, channel diagnosis to decide how to treat you. Don’t worry, you’re not a number to us. We will spend 5-10 minutes discussing anything new, how you’re responding and making sure you feel comfortable before each treatment.
Do you accept insurance?
Due to our already reduced pricing, we do not bill insurance. If you have insurance that covers acupuncture, or FSA or HSA accounts, we’ll be happy to give you a payment receipt of your visits and purchases for you to submit.
- There is no appointment needed for Acupuncture, therefore there is no cancellation policy.
- Massage is by appointment, we request 24 hour notice for cancellations and have a $25 charge for late cancellations and no show's.
What do I need for my Initial Visit?
Your Initial Visit may take a little longer than follow-up sessions due to your one-on-one meeting with a Licensed Acupuncturist to discuss your medical needs, health and wellness goals and to go over your recommended treatment plan. Please allow for 75 minutes for your first visit which includes your first acupuncture treatment.
- Wear comfortable clothes that can be moved to access hands to elbows and feet to knees.
- Bring a translator (friend or family) if you believe there will be a communication barrier. Acupuncturist, Marc Jantzi speaks Spanish fluently, please refer to his schedule.
- Optional: Water & healthy snack for after your treatment. Some people are very hungry after a treatment. To keep our costs down, we do not provide snacks at the clinic.
What do I need for follow-up visits?
A Licensed Acupuncturist will review any changes in your condition and get your treatment started right away. Allow 45-60 minutes for follow-up visits. No appointment is needed, just walk in during our open business hours.
- Wear comfortable clothing that can expose your elbows and knees.