New Sliding Scale fees for Tuesday and Saturday

by Sean Honea L.Ac

Liberation Acupuncture

Hi RVA,

Starting November 2016, in order to better fullfill our goal of offering people as much acupuncture as they need at a price they can afford we are experimenting with a Sliding Scale: $18-$40 (plus a $15 paperwork fee for new patients) on Tuesdays and Saturdays. No Income Verification Required. Pay what you can Afford. The flat fee rate for Wed, Thur, and Friday remains unchanged for now. If you are an existing patient you are welcome to take advantage of our sliding scales days or remain where you are. Please do whatever is most convenient for your budget and schedule. 

We are doing this because we wish to extend our outreach to the people in the lower-middle and working class. Upper, Upper middle and middle class people, we love you and you are always welcome, but as community clinics all over the country have discovered there is a huge need for affordable healthcare in working class communities. Although $7 may not seem like a lot, it can make a world of difference when you are working two or three jobs trying to make the rent and feed your family.  

We do this in concert with Liberation Acupuncture Theory, the driving force behind the Community Acupuncture Movement.

Liberation Acupuncture is a conceptual framework for acupuncture that affirms that individual health and disease do not exist, and cannot be understood or addressed, apart from social conditions – particularly injustice, inequality, and the pervasive influence of traumatic stress.

Liberation Acupuncture is a praxis that begins with the needs and the perspectives of the oppressed, the exploited, and the excluded. Liberation acupuncture defines what is valuable in acupuncture theory and practice by determining what is useful and valuable to oppressed people.

The Liberation Acupuncture Manifesto

Because acupuncture does not have to be expensive in order to be effective ❧ Because military budgets balloon while healthcare is cut ❧ Because nothing breaks through the isolation of pain, illness and depression like healing in a room with other humans ❧ Because our favourite way to spread the word about how well acupuncture works is to make it available to people ❧ Because we are pleased to challenge the notion of value being attached to price ❧ Because there aren't enough spaces where strangers switch off cell phones and slumber side by side ❧ Because for thousands of years acupuncture has been practiced in groups ❧ Because returning acupuncture to its roots makes us the happiest of humble radicals ❧ Because the vast majority of us love our work so much we couldn't imagine doing anything else –
We are a part of the community acupuncture movement

We do realize are location does not have direct access to Public Transportation and this saddens us. Cutting through trails it's a 30 to 40 minute walk from the nearest Forest Hill Bus Stop, but that's not ideal for people dealing with chronic health concerns. Perhaps in the future carpooling or an uber-share is the answer for those without access to private transportation. However, we have faith that if we hold wide our doors long enough you will finds us when you need us.  

many blessings,

Sean, Erica and Baby.  

 

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