We're excited to welcome a new Acupuncturist to our practice – Gina Dang L.Ac. She's really excited to join our clinic and meet all of our fabulous clients. To encourage folks to get to know her we're offering a $10 SPECIAL for all treatments with Gina until July 15th. Her regular shifts will be Tuesdays 4-7:30pm Saturdays & Sundays 9am-1pm.Her first shifts are Sun 6/23 AM and Tues 6/25 PM, come on in and say "hi"!
Our esteemed Acupuncturist Ryan Luna L.Ac will be departing at the end of May to pursue his dreams in Southern California. We wish him the best on his future endeavors!
After Ryan leaves, starting May 27th our schedule will change a bit until we can hire and train the new Acupuncturist. Thanks for your understanding with our reduced availability. We are hoping to get to have a great new practitioner soon!
The city is taking advantage of the clear skies and planning some work near our office on Willamette St. (23rd to 29th Ave) and 29th Ave (Willamette to Amazon Parkway). Check the current roadwork projects at https://www.eugene-or.gov/1191/Road-Work-Advisories Prepare for delays by giving yourself extra time to get to your appointment. Traffic can be stressful, so leaving a little bit early means you aren’t frazzled when you arrive for your treatment. If Willamette / 29th Ave is congested, use the rear entrance to our parking lot on Oak St. It can be accessed from Amazon Parkway via 27th or from the south via 29th Avenue.
We are excited to welcome an acupuncture student observer- Erin Auer-Sears. She is a student at POCATech, the Community Acupuncture school of the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture. Erin has experience in the healing field as a Massage Therapist and is Certified in Clean Needle Technique, the industry standard for handling acupuncture needles.
She will be observing the workings of the clinic, monitoring client comfort, folding blankets and assisting the acupuncturist by pulling points as needed. She’ll likely be here on weekend shifts, let us know if you have any feedback.
We're excited to welcome a new Acupuncturist to our practice – Mary Thimmesch L.Ac. She's really excited to join our clinic and meet all of our fabulous clients. Her regular shifts will be Monday & Friday evenings 4:00-7:30pm & Saturdays 1-5pm starting next week. Come on in and say "hi"!
We're excited to welcome a new Acupuncturist to our practice - Marco Caturegli L.Ac. He's really excited to join our clinic and meet all of our fabulous clients. His regular shifts will be Saturdays 9am-1pm and Sundays 1-5pm, and he'll be covering some other shifts during the week starting March 1st. Come on in and say "hi"!
Community Acupuncture is all about making alternative healthcare accessible to everybody. Part of that mission is our affordable sliding-scale, but it also involves making our clinic feel welcome to people of all different backgrounds & beliefs. Help us create a Safe Space for everybody to feel welcome here.
The results are in and Acupuncture For The People has won Eugene Weekly's Best of Eugene 2015. Thanks to everyone that voted and the support of our wonderful clients and community that made us Best Alternative Health Care Provider for 3 years in a row!
You can see all the results here: http://www.eugeneweekly.com/20161103/lead-story/best-eugene-readers-poll-2016-2017-0. Our category is toward the end, about 1/2 way down the list.
Since we opened almost 10 years ago, our fees have remained the same. After much deliberation we have decided to raise the top end of our sliding scale to $15-40. This won’t affect you unless you typically pay the highest amount. The sliding scale works on a law of averages, some pay more so that others can pay less and it all averages out. If you have the financial means to contribute above the average, it helps us to provide services to those with lower incomes. Our goal is to make acupuncture accessible to everyone regardless of economic class, thanks for helping us make that possible.
In the fall when the weather starts to get cooler, I notice that I am suddenly drawn back into my kitchen again. Roasting squash, simmering soups, and baking fruit pies is nourishing to both body and soul..... It turns out this is not a coincidence, and fits into the teachings and energetics of chinese medicine very well. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) theory, we refer to the Elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) and we also refer to different organ systems. Each organ system is associated in a yin and yang pair, and each pair belongs to one of the previously listed elements. The seasons also exemplify these five elements. For example, fall belongs to the metal element, and is associated with the yin and yang pair of lung and large intestine.
In the fall we observe in nature a return to the interior, or to the roots. The plants abandon their outward reaching to the sun, shed their leaves, and shift their energy inward in storage for the wintertime. It is also a time for us to mirror nature and to turn our attention inward again, to return to our roots, a time for introspection. As winter is the time for storage, the fall is a good time to decide what is for keeping in storage, and what is ready to be released so it does not take up valuable space. To be in accord with the energetics of the fall season, consider asking yourself some important questions. What do I no longer need that I can let go of? Is there any unresolved grief that I can release? Are there areas of my mental and emotional life that I can allow to die so I may have more room for new life in the spring time? Fall allows this naturally so we can release old thought patterns and negative ideas. When we release and let go, we create space to evolve and move forward.
Earlier I mentioned the Lung and the Large Intestine. In Chinese Medicine Theory, all nature is connected. The lung is associated with the fall season. The lung is responsible for inhalation, or inspiration, which is an inward movement energetically. As we inhale we move introspectively and receive energy from the world around us through our breath. When we exhale, we release that which we no longer need. In the fall, consider doing this simple meditation exercise a few times each morning and evening with these notions in mind. Focus through breathing, returning energy inward to nourish the source, and in turn exhaling to release what is no longer needed.
Contributed by Sarah May L.Ac