July 18, 2016
There are two basic models of running an acupuncture practice, and it can be confusing to differentiate between the two.
When I work with clients individually, they have my undivided attention. I meet with them alone for the hour they are scheduled. We have the privacy to discuss the details of the circumstances of their lives, and to speak in depth about their diet, habits, lifestyle, and relationships.
This added space and time provide us room to come up with individualized coaching and mindfulness tips to empower them and help them maintain their health and well-being between sessions.
Given the privacy of the one-on-one environment, it frees us to use all the acupuncture points on the body, including those on the abdomen and back.
In addition, I offer several types of healing, including Reiki, Angel Readings, and other energy work. Working with someone in a private setting allows me access to my full toolbox to provide them the exact right care they need on a specific day.
Acupuncture performed in a community setting is where several people are treated in one room simultaneously. The consultations I have with each client are short and to-the-point. We generally do not discuss the broader themes in their lives, nor do we get into the nitty-gritty of their diet, work, exercise, and mindfulness practices.
A community setting provides space for many people to be treated and to take their healing journeys together. While each person’s time in the office is still roughly an hour, there is usually much more of that time allotted for the acupuncture needles. This is a great setting for people needing to let go, relax, and just have some down time for themselves.
Community acupuncture treatments are generally much less expensive than individual sessions, so it often affords people a way to have multiple treatments in a week. With community acupuncture, there is greater flexibility in scheduling, and we are almost always able to accommodate walk-ins.
Which is right for me?
There is no straightforward answer to this question. There are pros and cons to both approaches.
With individual acupuncture, you get individualized care, with time to speak what’s on your mind and develop a deeper understanding of what it is you are seeking treatment for.
With community acupuncture, you generally get a chance to be treated more frequently, and have some time where you get to shut down completely, letting life do its thing without you for an hour.
You may find that your answer to the question varies with time. There may be a stretch of time where it is right to have the space to talk and vent and get some reflection back on your symptoms and your life circumstances.
There may be a period of time where you are more interested in getting treated without delving into all the nitty-gritty, and want to be lost in a sea of anonymous healing in a warm, community environment.
It is also common for people to combine the two. Some people will take a full hour dedicated to themselves, going into the ins and outs of their life, and then supplement that with a follow-up community treatment. This provides them the added benefit of multiple treatments, and where I as the practitioner know the basics of their lives and can reinforce what we did in our individual time.
Do you have any other questions? Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.