5111 Central Ave.

St. Petersburg, FL 33710

Welcome to Sanctuary Community Acupuncture

Please take a minute to read this introduction to our clinic and to our community.
We are delighted that you are interested in joining us

What is different about this clinic?

We treat in a community setting –
Most acupuncturists in this country treat patients on tables in individual rooms. This is not traditional in Asia, where acupuncture usually occurs in a community setting. In our clinic we primarily use recliners 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; and a collective energetic field becomes established which actually makes individual treatments more powerful. 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 SCA allows patients to keep their needles in for the “right” amount of time, which varies from patient to patient. Most people learn after a few treatments when they feel “done”; this can take from twenty minutes to an hour.  Many people fall asleep, and wake feeling refreshed.
We have a sliding scale –

$15 to $35 per treatment (plus a one-time initial intake paperwork fee of $10)
In order to make acupuncture affordable and still make a living ourselves we streamline our treatments and see multiple patients in an hour. We have a thorough intake form and we use pulse and tongue diagnosis to decide how to treat you. This is exactly how acupuncture is practiced traditionally in Asia, many patients per hour and very little talking. Please see the enclosed form that explains our sliding scale. Because we have a sliding scale, we cannot do insurance billing during community acupuncture clinic hours (that’s the insurance companies’ rule). If you have insurance that covers acupuncture, we’ll be happy to give you a payment receipt, and you can submit it; that’s OK with the insurance companies.

Our Commitment to You
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 others for costly, high-tech interventions. We will provide a safe environment with skilled practitioners.

What We Need From You

Responsibility –
We do not provide Western medicine.  Acupuncture and Western medicine complement each other wonderfully, but neither is a substitute for the other. If you think you have a problem such as a serious infection, a malignant growth, or an injury that won’t heal, or if you want someone to go over the details of your medical history from a Western medical perspective, you need to see an appropriate Western medical provider ( MD, or DO). We can provide referrals. We can provide complimentary care for conditions that require a doctor’s attention, for instance, we treat patients for the side effects of chemotherapy. But we need you to take responsibility for your own health.
We do not receive grants, state or federal money, or insurance reimbursement.
Flexibility –
 The community setting requires some flexibility from you. For instance, many patients have a favorite recliner. When we are busy, someone may be sitting in yours. Similarly, we have a few patients who snore. Other patients who dislike snoring bring earplugs to their treatments. We are grateful for this.  Some of our patients even bring favorite pillows or blankets from home with them, because they prefer theirs to ours. That’s fine with us. Basically, we need you to participate in making yourself comfortable in the community room before we arrive to treat you. In terms of how long you want to stay  tell us, when you check in, if you need to leave at a certain time  We’ll make sure you’re out on time. In general, if you feel done, open your eyes and let us know. If your eyes are closed, we will think you’re asleep and we won’t wake you up.
Community Mindedness –

The soothing atmosphere in our clinic exists because all of our patients create it by relaxing together. We appreciate everyone’s presence  This kind of collective stillness is a rare and precious thing in our rushed and busy society. Maintaining this reservoir of calm requires that no one talk very much in the clinic space. If you would like to speak to a practitioner one-on-one at any length, please let us know. If you want to have a substantial conversation, we will probably need to schedule that separately and might need to do it by phone. If you have questions about acupuncture and how it works – please ask at the desk for the materials we have on that subject. Unfortunately, we can’t explain what every point does, or how acupuncture works, while we are treating you. These are very large topics  If you have questions, we would like to offer you suggestions for reading material and/or invite you to a monthly Question and Answer gathering. Part of our success is that our patients learn the “routine” and take on a lot of responsibility for the appointments. Re-scheduling and making payment happens at the front desk BEFORE each treatment, so you can relax and enjoy treatment. Please take all personal belongings, (bags, shoes, etc.) with you back into the treatment room. And of course, please turn off your cell phone.
Commitment –

  Acupuncture is a PROCESS. It is very rare for any acupuncturist to be able to resolve a problem with one treatment. In China, a typical treatment protocol for a chronic condition could be acupuncture every other day for three months  Most of our patients don’t need that much acupuncture, but virtually every patient requires a course of treatment, rather than a single treatment, in order to get what they want from acupuncture.
  All of our satisfied patients basically made a commitment to a course of treatment.
On your first visit, your acupuncturist will suggest a course of treatment, which can be anything from “we’d like to see you once a week for six weeks” to “we’d really like to see you every day for the next four days.” This suggestion is based on our experience with treating different kinds of conditions. If you don’t come in often enough or long enough, acupuncture probably won’t work for you. The purpose of our sliding scale is to help you make that commitment. If you have questions about how long it will take to see results, please ask us, or if you think you need to adjust your treatment plan, please let us know. We need you to commit to the process of treatment in order to get good results.

And, last, but not least….enjoy the space. We do, and hope that Sanctuary Community Acupuncture can be an important part of your community.

Thank you,

Sanctuary Community Acupuncture Staff
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