Sat, Feb 25, 2023 at Sunalta Community Hall (with Health Collective YYC)
Time: 11 AM - 4 PM (time slots)
Treatment Length: 30-45 minutes
Fee: Pay what you want (suggested $10)
Location: Sunalta Community Hall - 1627 10 Ave SW Calgary
Registration: Drop-in or sign-up online to reserve your spot
** This Health Collective YYC event includes many other free or low-cost services and classes like low-impact fitness and nutrition on a budget - see more here.
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 quiet, relaxed, and supportive. This is an easy and low cost way to experience acupuncture, whether it's your first or 100th time.
What does it do?
5 needles are placed on each ear following the NADA protocol - a set of points that promotes overall relaxation and balance. It's also used around the world to treat stress, anxiety, PTSD, and addictions. You will likely feel a sense of relaxation and bliss right away, and this effect may continue for a few hours (or even days) after you leave.
What should I expect in the treatment?
You'll sit upright in a chair and get comfortable. Needles will be placed in both ears and you'll relax with them in for 30-45 minutes. Since the needles are only in your ears, you can move around in your seat, but avoid standing up until the end of the treatment. The acupuncturist and volunteers will be nearby in case you need assistance while you sit.
What do I bring or need to prepare?
-You may wish to have a light snack or meal before you come and bring a waterbottle to stay hydrated.
-Ear pod headphones are optional (but not headphones that cover your ears) - if you prefer to listen to your own music or a podcast.
How will it feel? What if I'm scared of needles?
Some people feel a slight pinching or poking sensation as the needle goes in (that usually fades quickly), some feel a warmth or pulsing sensation in the ear, and others don't feel them at all!
If you don't want needles, a needle-free option is available called ear seeds. These are small beads that are stuck on to acupuncture points with medical tape. It creates a similar effect, and you can leave them on for 5-7 days - and peel them off when they're done!
Can anyone get acupuncture?
Yes, everyone is welcome! (Ages 12 and up). You'll complete a brief intake form before you arrive so we know what treatment is right for you.