Traumatic Stress of Just Living in Today

by Sean Honea L.Ac

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Providing a reliable and affordable means to treat the toxic stress of life in order to empower people to live the life they want / desire is what community acupuncture is all about... Why is this important for people? Check out some excerpts from Dr. Laura Kerr's Blog post: Capitalism exploits the body’s response to traumatic stress.

  • "Capitalism’s capricious economic cycles also contribute to stress. The body responds to threats with agitated alertness, especially when there is a coinciding belief that taking action is necessary to avoid being hurt. In trauma lingo, we refer to this as a state of hypervigilance, or the need to continually scan the environment for the possibility that past threats will reemerge and once again endanger one’s survival. ..."
  • "In his book On Deep History and the Brain, Daniel Lord Smail makes a connection between global capitalism, social hierarchies, and the body’s reaction to threats. Smail argues capitalism exploits the body’s survival responses (i.e., freeze, fight, flight, and submission) by creating the conditions of psychological domination as well as providing relief from the feelings of powerlessness that capitalism and social hierarchies engender. According to Smail, capitalism generates stress through its unpredictability and hierarchical power structures, but it also alleviates stress by producing an economy organized around the production and circulation of addictive substances and practices."

 

  • "Today, the use of addictive substances and activities to regulate stress is so common it is difficult to demarcate between what counts as recreational use of substances and what constitutes lifestyle maintenance. Addictions are a widespread way of managing feelings of agitation and overwhelm, which for many are habitual responses to the pressure of trying to make a living in the current global economy. Typically when we anticipate danger, the body either becomes so activated that it enters a state of extreme agitation (referred to as “hyperarousal”) or it moves towards a state of shut down in response to feeling profoundly overwhelmed (called “hypoarousal”). Addictive substances and activities are now everyday methods for escaping such states — a role religion historically served, especially in the preindustrial world."

Why do I believe in Community aka Affordable acupuncture? Because, not everyone can afford therapy, has good health insurance which pays for mental health care, and can afford spa treatments, nor can they rely on substances decade after decade...the body wears out. Your coping / surviving skills need to upgrade over time. Is affordable acupuncture the answer? For some it may well be, and perhaps for others it's just one small step in the right direction.

in unity,

Sean

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15 Minute Appointment Intervals

by Sean Honea L.Ac

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15 Minute Appointment Intervals

For the last several months, Sean has been booking Returning appointments every 10 minutes and New Patients every 20 minutes, while Erica has booked Returns every 15 minutes and New Patients every 30 minutes.

Starting in late June, Sean will book both Returning treatments every 15 minutes and New Patients every 30 minutes. This change is made in order to simplify booking appointments on the online scheduler and to allow more flexibility of care. For example, Sean may choose to offer more Medical Qigong (energy work), take home acupressure exercises, or acu-seed placements in addition in his regular needling. Determination of these additional services will be made on a case by case basis and as time allows. Our fees remain unchanged, so feel free to keep paying "what you can afford" on the sliding scale.

in unity,

Sean

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New Patient Fee Discount changes from Tues to Thurs in July

by Sean Honea L.Ac

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New Patient Fee Discount changes from Tues to Thurs in July

Why the fuss? Because we waive the $15 new patient one day per week. Tuesday has had the honor for several months now. And with summer well under way, it's time to let another day have a try. So if you had any friends or family that was looking to take advantage of that particular day, please let them know it's switching to Thursday in July.

New Thursday Hours

In order to better serve those with more traditional work schedules, we are implementing a another change to Thursday. SCA is now open from 3-7 pm, starting June 15th. We hope this change will better accommodate the after 5 pm crowd. Appointments preferred especially in our last hour.

in unity,

Sean

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New Book About Community Acupuncture: Acupuncture Points are Holes

by Sean Honea L.Ac

Acupuncture Points Are Holes

Community Acupuncture has its roots in the auricular NADA Detox Protocol, commonly used in Public Health Clinics across the country since the 1980s. Since NADA was performed largely in Non-profit or state-sponsored settings, group treatments evolved as the norm with treatments being subsidized by the state or donors.

After working in both private practice and NADA Detox clinics, Lisa Rohleder, the co-founder of the Community Acupuncture model concluded that if acupuncture were food service, then people could only choose between soup kitchens and 5 star-restaurants. Where were the Pho and Chinese restaurants for the working and lower middle class she wondered? Thus Community Acupuncture was born. She has co-written several books such as, Acupuncture is Like Noodles (2009), The Remedy: Integrating Acupuncture into American Health Care (2011), Fractal: About Community Acupuncture (2009).

Her latest book Acupuncture Points Are Holes: a Case Study in Social Entrepreneurship takes a more personal turn, offering insights into her background growing up working class in Baltimore, MD; her formative internship with the Jesuits in Portland, OR during the AIDS crisis; and the fallout of remembrance of childhood sexual abuse; a close friendship lost in the Pan Am Flight 830 bombing; mystical reflections on God, Prayer, Meditation and Catholic Activism; and how it all lead her to boot strap the Community Acupuncture Model and then wider movement as a form as self preservation and living therapy. I have no doubt it will make a great movie some day. Dorothy Day would be proud.

Hooray, Hooray! SCA is one year old today!

by Sean Honea L.Ac

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A year has come and gone, and Southside Community Acupuncture turns 1 year old today! Erica and I are so grateful to you our community for supporting us, as we continue to support you with affordable and accessible acupuncture.  

According to the New York Times, private acupuncture treatments "run about $65 to $120," and [m]ost ailments require at least three treatments, while some chronic issues like arthritis might require biweekly or monthly sessions...". This last year, Erica and I offered 605 affordable community or group acupuncture treatments. We helped people with everything from knee pain to fertility, from nightmares to the common cold. We keep our scale low at $20 to $50, so you can get the help you need when you need it.  

We would like to thank you for welcoming us as a new family to Richmond as well. We look forward to serving you as both our practice and family continues to grow in the years to come.  

POCA May Membership Drive

by Sean Honea L.Ac

POCA May Membership Drive

Support the movement of affordable, accessible, acupuncture care: Join POCA!

May is POCA's semi-annual membership drive. Join POCA this month and show us your membership card to enjoy promotional pricing ($15-$50, sliding scale) throughout May.

Already a member? Bring your membership card in for discount visits.

What's POCA?

POCA is a multi-stake co-operative supporting healthcare by, of, and for the people. Patients, practitioners, students, clinics, and allied organizations join POCA to increase access to affordable acupuncture.

Read more about it in Enfranchised by Rachel Hess

Did you know POCA has started a school? POCA Tech is POCA's affordable alternative to a (very) costly acupuncture education, focusing on community acupuncture.

POCA Member Benefits

  • Free birthday treatment each year.
  • 3 free first treatments for friends & family.
  • No new-patient fees at POCA member clinics throughout the U.S.
  • Access to online forums to connect with other patients and clinics.
  • Volunteer opportunities in local clinics and within our movement.

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Qigong Lessons Wed-Sat

by Sean Honea L.Ac

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Did you know SCA offers Qigong Lessons?

* Like the idea of Acupuncture, but looking for another way to de-stress, improve movement and or manage pain?
* Are you an energy worker or into other sensitive skills and looking for a daily practice to ground and enhance your abilities.
* Just curious about another aspect of Chinese Medicine?

Then Qigong might be for you. Sean only teaches 3 people at a time and by appointment only: Wed - Sat, 1 hr before the clinic opens. Someone just booked in this Sat at 9 am, any takers for the second slot?

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