Community Acupuncture

Community Acupuncture, balance

Community acupuncture takes place in a healing group setting. Patients sit together in comfortable reclining chairs and benefit from the healing energy from one another. This approach is similar to how acupuncture is practiced in China. One of the largest benefits of a community setting is that it is possible for friends and family members to receive treatment together and many find it comforting as the collective energetic field (group chi) nurtures the entire group.

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine have many benefits. In the United States, only a small percentage of the population will ever have the chance to experience acupuncture. Most acupuncture sessions cost between $65 and $175 per treatment. The practitioners tend to spend a long time talking with each patient, going over medical records, asking many questions, and at most can see two patients per hour.

With community acupuncture – streamlined intakes allow us to see multiple patients per hour. Instead of asking lots of questions, we are more problem focused and rely on our diagnostic skills to treat you. This is exactly how acupuncture is traditionally practiced in Asia – many patients per hour and very little talking.

Research in the United States (as well as thousands of years of tradition in Asia) has shown that acupuncture is most effective when it is done frequently and regularly – one treatment per week is the absolute minimum required to make progress on any kind of health issue, and unfortunately, many people cannot afford this. Community acupuncture makes frequent treatments more accessible. It is a great option for anyone seeking help with pain, insomnia, allergies, digestive issues, depression and anxiety.

What to Expect

In the first visit, we will spend up to 15 minutes in consultation. During this time, we will review your main health concerns. Typically there are between ten to fifteen targeted questions asked to help understand the underlying patterns. I’ll then examine your tongue and pulses to assist in choosing our final points. Yep, sounds weird, but the tongue is an important window into the internal patterns in the body- hot, cold, excess, deficient, dry, damp, etc. Once the needles are in, you’ll rest for 25-45 minutes depending on the treatment goals and your comfort level.



Tips for an enjoyable community acupuncture experience:

  • Arrive 5-10 minutes early to your first visit to fill out paperwork and sign the consent form.
  • Dress comfortably. Wear shorts or loose pants that can be rolled up to the knee, T-shirt or loose sweater. Most of the points used will be on wrists/hands, ankles/feet, ears/head. Sometimes it is beneficial to use points on the shoulders, elbows and knees, so make sure you are dressed to access these areas.
  • If you tend to run cold, be sure to bring a sweater. We try to keep the temperature comfortable for everyone.
  • Please refrain from wearing perfumes, body lotions, colognes, or any other form of fragrance. Treatments are performed in an open area and a scent that may smell nice to you may trigger a headache, migraine or allergies in someone else.
  • Drink plenty of water in the day before your treatment and make sure you have eaten that day
  • If you have music or a meditation you’d like to listen to, please bring your own device and headphones. We will have spa-like music playing.
  • Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome as long as you arrive 30 minutes before closure (6:30pm until further notice).
  • Contact The Motive for scheduling



Dr. Katie Rose provides community acupuncture on Wednesdays 5-7 pm at The Motive Physical Therapy Specialists in Oro Valley, AZ. Treatment cost is $40. Packages available.