What is Community
Community acupuncture is a form of acupuncture practiced widely to provide acupuncture treatments to a greater number of people, aiming for accessibility as its driving force. Pricing is on a sliding fee scale of $20 - $40. All treatments are done in a communal space, alongside other people who are also receiving acupuncture. A zero gravity chair is provided for you to rest in while the needles are at work. A quick intake is done in a hushed voice, followed by needle placement. While you sit with needles, other patients can also be treated without losing the essential attentiveness of your acupuncturist (you can always say: “hey, I’m feeling a little cold”, or “my neck feels awkward” or “I think I’m done”, etc). Point selection is based in many layers of theory that accesses your entire body through various points on your arms, legs, head, and sometimes your upper chest or belly, depending on comfort levels. Some people fall asleep as that is nature of this relaxing medicine. Usually almost everyone feels “done” in around 30 minutes. That is also the time frame when your acupuncturist will check on you to find out how you are doing. When you are done, the needles are removed and you are on your way, fully relaxed, maybe even a little blissful. There are some who would say that healing in a communal space is more powerful than healing done in isolation, and there are some who need the safety of being all alone in a room for treatment. Every person gets to decide what works best for them, because all health care is important and valuable.
Sliding fee scale:
Initial consult and treatment $30-$50
Follow up treatments $20-$40
Meet Amber Moore
Our community Acupuncturist
Amber moved to Minnesota with her daughter in 2011 from a communal homesteading/wildcrafting/Forest Service employee lifestyle in the Pacific Northwest’s mountains to pursue a post graduate education in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). After graduating with a Master’s degree in TCM from the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Roseville, working through her NCCAOM board exams, and receiving licensure from the Minnesota State Medical Board, she has been happy to find herself providing acupuncture in collaborative, creative healthcare environments, and being part of a movement of people seeking to make a supportive and meaningful community around healing.
Amber discovered the community acupuncture movement during her second year of schooling, and began a 5-year volunteer relationship at her local community acupuncture clinic, Southpoint Community Acupuncture in South Minneapolis, with Jessica Hansen, L.Ac. While she was pursuing her studies, she spent her two years of clinical internships caring for hundreds of patients, including at Everyday Miracles, a community acupuncture clinic arranged to provide acupuncture to financially challenged women in North Minneapolis. She is passionate about the Community Acupuncture movement’s ability to grow healthy accessible spaces, and working to organically cultivate healthcare options outside of the current dominant system. She believes in both the incredible power of the Traditional Chinese Medicine field as well as the power each person holds within to find their own path towards wholeness. She hopes to be a supportive force in that unique path each person takes to healing, growing and learning alongside her clients. She honors and respects people from all backgrounds, and works towards bridging any cultural gaps that inevitably arise within a healthy community.