Also known as International Workers Day, May Day is acknowledged worldwide as a commemoration of the social and economic achievements of the international labor movement. POCA Community Acupuncture clinics like Boston Acupuncture Project are social businesses dedicated to affordable healthcare.
UPDATE, 4/30/19: it is likely that no more appointments are available when you click the link. You can still stop by the day of, to see if we can squeeze you in – just in case someone does not show up to claim their spot. But we can’t guarantee this will happen. Thank you for your interest and understanding!
Walk-ins are always welcome as long as there is space – just wait for someone to greet you before going in past the waiting area.
Remember that acupuncture appointments through the end of May are 25% off for all POCA members. Find out more and join POCA at pocacoop.com/join-page
The People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA) is a multi-stakeholder cooperative working to make acupuncture available to as many people as possible. POCA members are acupuncturists, clinics, and – the largest membership group – patients/community members!
POCA members believe everybody should have access to the many benefits of community acupuncture. For that to happen, we need more acuPUNCturists (a.k.a. ‘punks’) in more places! That means a community acupuncture clinic in every town, everywhere.
Boston Acupuncture Project, a clinic member of POCA, regularly provides acupuncture treatment for everybody on a sliding scale of $20-$40. With over 150 Community Acupuncture clinics across North America, thousands of individuals are expected to receive free services on May 1st.
In May, Boston Acupuncture Project participates in POCA’s Membership Drive. We wish everybody, everywhere who had an ache or a pain had a local acupuncture clinic to turn to, so we’re making that happen – and you can join us. This year’s theme is “More Punks in More Places”.
A POCA membership is an opportunity for you to help others receive care, while also benefiting yourself. By paying once-a-year dues on a sliding scale from $25-$100, you directly support the creation of new community acupuncture clinics, and the graduation of more acu-punks from POCA Tech, so more people can get more acupuncture.
Just like our acupuncture treatments, POCA membership is the same no matter what you pay on the $25-$100 sliding scale. We appreciate any contribution you can make. To sign up for a membership go to: https://www.pocacoop.com/join-page
A POCA membership can pay for itself in a few treatments, because perks include a free treatment on your birthday, 3 “free first treatment” coupons to share with loved ones, and having all new patient paperwork fees waived at any POCA Clinic (click for a map)!
Our new patient paperwork fee of $10 is always waived for all POCA members, but in May 2019, POCA members get 25% off all month long. That means you can pay just $15 for any acupuncture visitwhen you show your POCA membership card.
As POCA members we are creating jobs, creating community, and creating a healthier future for everyone. We hope you will join us. If you have any questions please check out POCA’s mission and vision at https://www.pocacoop.com/our-mission-and-vision, or ask your acupuncturist how much POCA means to them!
Have you had a good experience at Boston Acupuncture Project? Would you like to help more people find out about Boston Acupuncture Project, and the benefits of acupuncture? One of the best ways to spread the word – and help us out – is to review BAP online!
When you sit down to write a review, here are some questions you can think about:
What got you to try acupuncture at Boston Acupuncture Project?
How did you feel when you started coming to acupuncture?
How did you feel after getting a few treatments?
What was the main benefit you experienced from getting acupuncture at Boston Acupuncture Project?
Who do you think should come here to get acupuncture?
What would you say to someone who is hesitating about coming to Boston Acupuncture Project?
Another way you can think about writing a review is:
“I started getting acupuncture because [your health concern]. After [a number of] treatments, [here is what changed.]”
For example, you might name an activity that you stopped doing but could start again after getting acupuncture, like a hobby. You can also talk about more basic things that acupuncture helps you with, like taking a walk without pain, or sleeping through the night.
Most people come here because someone in their life told them to come get acupuncture with us. But an online review is the next best thing. You can find Boston Acupuncture Project on any of the following sites: NextDoor Yelp Facebook Google
Thanks for reading and thinking about writing a good review!
Often acupuncture works best when you get a lot of treatments in a short period of time. Usually we recommend the minimum number of treatments that we think you will need, based on clinical experience – but sometimes even that amount of treatments seems like a LOT.
For example, quitting smoking – a popular new year’s resolution – often works best with acupuncture when you can come in several times every week for a few weeks!
So, in order to help support your new year’s resolutions, we’re offering a special all month of Unlimited Acupuncture Treatments. This package is good for 30 days from the date of purchase. Feel free to ask after your first treatment if this option could be right for you. Fine print is below!
Yes, we get the message – you want to give your loved ones the gift of an acupuncture treatment! We now have gift certificates available for easy purchase online. Anything you see in the Boston Acupuncture Project online store that says Gift, and any Special Offer Package, will have a gift certificate you can print out. You can also scroll down here to see our special packages.
If you need us to give you a physical gift certificate, just stop by when we’re open. This week, we are here Thursday, Dec. 20, 9:00am-2:00pm and Saturday, Dec. 22, 10:00am-3:00pm. Happy holidays!
City Life/Vida Urbana is a grassroots community organization committed to fighting for racial, social, and economic justice and gender equality by building working class power through direct action, coalition building, education and advocacy. Through organizing poor and working class people of diverse races and nationalities, City Life/Vida Urbana promotes individual empowerment, develops community leaders, and builds collective power to effect systemic change and transform society.
For over 45 years, City Life/Vida Urbana has organized communities against the forces that fuel displacement in our city. Read more on their website: http://www.clvu.org
Support housing justice while getting acupuncture by coming in on Monday, December 10. We encourage appointments, but walk-ins are very welcome, schedule permitting. Book online at http://bostonacupunctureproject.org/schedule/ or call us to claim your spot!
Hyde Park warmly welcomed Boston Acupuncture Project to 74 Fairmount Avenue with a bustling Grand Opening Free Day on Small Business Saturday, November 24, 2018. Neighbors, friends, and family enjoyed snacks, socializing, and tours of the space in addition to free sample acupuncture treatments.
Directors Shoba Narayana and Angie Wolfrum greeted visitors and organized the waiting list while Director LaTeisha “Tj” Johnson – expecting her Masters in Acupuncture degree in May of 2019 – helped pull needles from guests after their free treatments. Licensed acupuncturists Oren “Ren” Pilinger (executive director of Boston Acupuncture Project) and Steve Kingsbury (Board of Directors chair) gave 39 free sample acupuncture treatments in just under 4 hours.
When it came time to cut the cake, organizers realized there was no knife. Mrs. Pilinger, visiting from Florida on the occasion of the Grand Opening, went across the street and asked for a knife from Fairmount Grille. Owner Christopher Rassias lent a knife along with his skills and expertise to cut the cake.
Tj and Ren cut the ribbon, held by Steve and Shoba, to signal the official opening of the Boston Acupuncture Project’s first clinic. This is the first community acupuncture clinic in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Boston. Oren “Ren” Pilinger is seeing clients 5 days per week including Saturdays. Walk-ins are welcome and appointments are encouraged! Book online anytime at: http://bostonacupunctureproject.org/schedule/
The Boston Acupuncture Project is seriously looking for a space in which to open! This could be commercial space for lease, including a retail storefront, or a space within another organization that we could sublet long-term. We have been working with excellent brokers, but are hoping for a non-traditional solution or partnership.
Space needs: one large room that can be blocked off from the outside, just so you won’t see everyone in it immediately after walking in – sort of like a yoga studio – but that can be dedicated to being a community acupuncture clinic 90-100% of the time!
Neighborhoods: Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury, Hyde Park
The space must be:
+ accessible via public transit
+ wheelchair-accessible (including bathroom)
+ able to fit at least 6 reclining chairs (~700 sq ft) and potentially up to ~2000 sq ft
+ free of mold or chemical smells
+ rent $2400/month max, including NNN (depending somewhat on size, since the more chairs can fit, the more rent we could pay)
+ near some longer term parking for cars
Even better if it has:
+ room for 8-20 chairs (~900-1500 sq ft)
+ small office and/or waiting room separate from main treatment room
+ no build-out required
+ laundry in building
+ rapid transit access
+ dedicated parking
+ laundry in building (or very close by)
+ sink in room
+ natural light
+ quieter location
+ gross lease, no NNN
+ owned by a community organization with a vested interest in our mission