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Keep Acupuncture Affordable! Support POCA!

The future of affordable community acupuncture relies on a steady stream of acupuncturists who can staff our existing clinics and open new ones in underserved areas. Many Rivers will still be here in 20 years only if we can hire new acupuncturists when our current staff eventually needs to retire.

Unfortunately, the cost of acupuncture school has skyrocketed to $100,000 (and this does not include the cost of the undergraduate degree required to enter a Master’s level acupuncture program).

Graduates cannot earn enough as community acupuncturists to pay off their student loans.  Many leave the profession.  Others practice acupuncture only part-time and support themselves with other jobs.

Luckily, we have POCA Tech, an affordable acupuncture school made possible through our co-op, the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA).  POCA Tech costs less than $20,000 for the entire program.

Graduates of POCA Tech are required to work at a community acupuncture clinic or open a new community clinic upon graduation.  Because of the low cost of their acupuncture education, they can afford to do this.

POCA Tech is only 3 years old and still needs a lot of support in order to stay viable.  When you become a member of POCA, your dues help support POCA Tech.  Plus, your dues provide micro-loans to help new community clinics open in underserved areas.

Your membership is the key to keeping community acupuncture clinics open and thriving. Please support POCA and POCA Tech today by becoming a member!

Go to pocacoop.com and become a member today!

Bob Robles, L.Ac. Joins Many Rivers!

Bob Robles

 

We are excited to announce that Bob Robles, L.Ac. will be joining the clinic on February 18, 2017.  Bob will provide acupuncture treatments on Saturdays from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm.

Bob Robles brings a wealth of experience to Many Rivers.  A native of Bristol, Connecticut, Bob attended the New England School of Acupuncture in Massachusetts.  After graduating in 2000 with a concentration in Japanese meridian therapy style acupuncture, he returned to Connecticut  where he has run community acupuncture clinics in Newington, Bristol, and Southington.

I am very happy to be joining the team at Many Rivers,” says Bob.  “Running a clinic as a solo practitioner can be very isolating.  As acupuncturists, our skills are always developing and evolving.  I am looking forward to the collegiality, cooperation, and sharing of skills and ideas that occur in a multiple-practitioner clinic.”

“In addition, community acupuncture’s emphasis is on accessibility.  Many Rivers is the largest community acupuncture clinic in Connecticut, so I know that our patients will be able to get treatments whenever they need them, at a price they can afford.”

Bob has trained in numerous acupuncture styles, and uses his knowledge to choose the best treatment course for each individual.  He has studied Balance Method Acupuncture with Dr. Richard Tan; he practices Korean Hand Therapy, Keiraku Chiryo Meridian Therapy, and Yoshio Manaka-style acupuncture;  and has experience with cranio-sacral bodywork.  “Wanting to bring people to better health is in my blood,” says Bob.  His father and brother became General Surgeons and his mother was a Registered Nurse.

“Bob is one of the most gifted acupuncturists I know,” says Carrie Sawtell, L.Ac.  “He and I worked together in a community clinic in Newington when I had just returned to Connecticut from China.  I was able to see first-hand his amazing clinical skills and wealth of expertise.”

Acupuncture involves more than simply putting needles in the correct places.  “When discussing acupuncture, I usually emphasize the scientific understanding of how it works,” continues Carrie.  “It increases circulation, reduces inflammation, boosts the immune system, and stops pain.  But there is another, more nuanced component of acupuncture – in which acupuncture becomes an art.  Bob’s incredible needling technique combined with his years of clinical knowledge make his treatments into works of art.  Patients feel renewed in ways they never thought possible.”

Bob is a Licensed Acupuncturist and is board-certified in Acupuncture by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

 

Many Rivers is here because of POCA

Written by:  Carrie Sawtell

When I was first dreaming of opening a community acupuncture clinic, I was living in China. Even though I was overseas, POCA (the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture) gave me all of the tools I needed: a complete clinic start-up guide, a business plan, financial spreadsheets, and an online forum on which to ask questions from other community acupuncturists. When I moved back to the States, I took POCA’s weekend course focused on how to open and run a community acupuncture clinic called “Community Acupuncture 101.”

I met Heather Finn online through the POCA website while I was still in China, and we met in person as soon as I moved to Connecticut.  Within a year she had joined the Many Rivers’ team. Mary Cole and I met soon afterwards at a POCA seminar. At that time, she was working with one of my POCA mentors, Andy Wegman, at his Manchester, NH, community acupuncture clinic.  Little did I know that Mary would also be joining us at Many Rivers!

POCA continues to support our clinic every day. We attend POCA seminars with classes that help us market the clinic effectively, work cooperatively with each other and with our patients, and enhance our acupuncture skills.  When we have questions, we have a whole network of other community acupuncturists who gladly answer our questions and offer advice.

Right now, we are looking for another acupuncturist to join our team, so that we can bring back Saturday hours (and possibly expand our hours even more).  Finding a good community acupuncturist is like finding a needle in a haystack. The type of acupuncture we practice (Balance Method Acupuncture) is not taught during the 4-year Master’s degree in most Chinese Medical schools.   So we have to find someone who not only has undergone the additional training necessary to practice this style of acupuncture, but also is committed to the cause of providing affordable and accessible acupuncture to as many people as possible.

The good news is that POCA has started its own community acupuncture school, POCA Tech.  In a few years, we will have graduates ready and able to work in community acupuncture clinics across the country.

The annual dues paid by POCA members directly support all of POCA’s amazing programs: the POCA Tech school, the POCA continuing education seminars for community acupuncturists, the POCA online forums and wikis, and the micro-loan program that assists new clinics who are just starting out but need the funds to get their clinics open.

Our dream is for a community acupuncture clinic in every town, big and small.  So that anyone who is in pain, or depressed, or just needs a quiet hour surrounded by caring people, can have a clinic near them.

POCA can help make that dream a reality.  Click here to become a member today!

 

$10 Acupuncture for Teachers in February 2016

Teacher Special in February

We are offering $10 acupuncture treatments for teachers during February 2016.  New and returning patients who are teachers are welcome to take advantage of this special.

“Teachers can benefit greatly from acupuncture,” says Many Rivers owner and acupuncturist Carrie Sawtell, L.Ac.  “My mother was an elementary school teacher for over 30 years and I have seen first-hand how hard of a job it can be both physically and mentally.”

Acupuncture can help teachers in a number of ways.  It can boost the immune system to help ward off the colds and flus that children bring to school.  Many of our regular patients are amazed that their co-workers keep getting sick while they remain healthy.

Acupuncture also eases aches and pains.  Teachers stand on their feet all day.  They can have problems with headaches, or pain in their neck and shoulders, or back and feet, all of which respond well to consistent acupuncture treatments.

Acupuncture also is a quick and effective stress reliever.  Researchers are studying how acupuncture releases oxytocin, which is an important hormone in the parasympathetic nervous system.   This is our “rest and relaxation” nervous system, as opposed to the “fight or flight” response of the sympathetic nervous system.  The feeling of relaxation occurs almost instantly once the tiny acupuncture needles are inserted.

Teachers from all grade levels and working in any local school district or college are eligible for the discounted rate throughout the month of February.  Book your appointment today!

Free Acupuncture Day: Friday, October 2, 2015

free acupuncture day

Friday, October 2

4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Free acupuncture for all new patients!  Call (860) 683-0011 to schedule.

We will be collecting food to support the Windsor Food Bank at our Free Acupuncture Day.  Food items such as pasta and sauce, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly,  cereal, and canned goods are greatly appreciated.

 

Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergies

Acupuncture for seasonal allergies

It’s time for a seasonal allergy tune-up!  Did you know that acupuncture can help relieve itchy eyes, sinus congestion, runny nose, clogged ears, and sinus headaches?  Check out this article by NPR about acupuncture for allergies.

If you’re new to acupuncture, we recommend coming twice per week for the first two weeks of treatment, then continuing once per week through allergy season.  (A pre-season boost one month before your allergy symptoms start is also a great idea – so plan ahead for springtime next year.)

5th Annual Food Drive

Food Drive September 14 - 20, 2015

We will be collecting food for the Windsor Food Bank from September 14 – 20.  Non perishable food items such as pasta and sauce, macaroni and cheese, canned tuna and chicken, and cereal are greatly appreciated.

Senior Special in August 2015

Senior Special in August

We are offering our annual Senior Special this August:  Seniors age 62 and above can receive acupuncture for only $10 per treatment, every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm throughout August.

New and returning patients are welcome to participate in this special.  Seniors can call (860) 683-0011 to schedule their $10 appointments, or use our convenient online schedule.

We are offering our Senior Special in the summer this year to help seniors stay active and healthy during the wonderful summer weather.  This past winter was long and hard.  Now that the weather is better, people are returning to their favorite outdoor pastimes.  But golfing, gardening, and exercising can cause unwanted aches and pains.  Acupuncture can reduce the discomfort so that seniors can have fun all summer long.

Whether it’s golfer’s elbow, runner’s knee, frozen shoulder or plantar fasciitis, chances are that acupuncture can help!

Free Acupuncture on Sunday, July 12, 2015

FREE ACUPUNCTURE

Our next Free Acupuncture Day will be Sunday, July 12 from 2 pm – 6 pm.  Free acupuncture will be provided for all new patients.  Please tell your friends and family!  Our Free Days are an easy way for newbies to try acupuncture for the first time in a caring and calm environment.  To schedule, please call (860) 683-0011.

Expanded Evening Hours

Expanded Evening Hours at Many Rivers starting July 2015

We are excited to announce that Mary Cole will be adding evening hours starting on July 14, 2015.  Mary will offer appointments from 3 – 6 pm on Tuesdays. In addition, Carrie Sawtell will continue to offer Tuesday evening appointments from 2:30 – 7 pm.

Many of our patients have been asking for more evening appointment times, in order to fit in a treatment after work or before their evening yoga class.  Our new clinic with its larger treatment space will make it possible to have two acupunks working at the same time.  Mary and Carrie are looking forward to working together to make your Tuesday evenings a relaxing and healing experience.

Many Rivers Community Acupuncture, LLC

775 Bloomfield Ave.
Windsor, CT 06095
(860) 683-0011 manyriversacupuncture.com

APPOINTMENT TIMES

8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Monday - Saturday

2:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday - Thursday


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