Usually I go to a clinic to receive acupuncture, but regular visits can get a little pricey. I heard about community acupuncture where more than one person is treated in a big room with dividers, but I was a little hesitant to try it. Finally I gave in and gave it a go earlier this week. And I'm so glad I did. I went to City Acupuncture on Fulton St. in NYC.
The space was welcoming and clean and the staff was friendly and helpful. I immediately felt at home. I assumed that you would be looking at other clients while getting treated, but the tables and chairs are arranged with screens, so I wasn't even sure how many other people were in the room. Before arriving, I filled out a complete intake form and after I was taken to my table, Catherine, my acupuncturist, asked some questions and examined my tongue and pulse. We decided that she would treat my back for stress - my muscles were tight and achy. The acupuncture was great. I zoned out like I rarely had before. Catherine asked if I wanted a little cupping done too. I agreed and she put plastic versions of the cups up and down my back. I left feeling relaxed and happy. The cost for this great treatment: $25-$50 depending on your ability - no questions asked. This is definitely the most sustainable acupuncture I've come across and something I'll definitely do again.
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