In the past few months, over 150 community members received free holistic healing thanks to the Small Steps Healing Project, part of We Got Us. Boston Acupuncture Project had the opportunity to contribute to this work.
What is We Got Us? From their website: “The We Got Us Empowerment Project is a Boston-based collective of Black community members, health professional students, and allies dedicated to empowering our communities with education about medical racism, COVID-19, and the vaccine. We also seek to promote public health and to influence policy in order to help keep our communities safe and healthy.”
The Small Steps Healing Project, a community-based collaborative, aims to “increase access to acupuncture and holistic healing for the historically marginalized populations in Boston and beyond.” Harvard medical student Eana Meng named the project after Dr. Tolbert Small, physician to the Black Panthers and one of the first American doctors to practice acupuncture.
Eana and other Small Steps Healing Project volunteers organized eight pop up clinics around Boston, providing acupuncture, reiki, sound healing, and more – all free for the community.
Learning and Celebrating
This past Saturday, October 22, 2022, Eana arranged for Dr. Small to fly out and speak in Dorchester. We learned more about Dr. Small’s trail-blazing life and work as a Black physician and activist. It was wonderful to be there and an honor to meet Dr. Small.
Healers from around Boston
Check out the work of some of the other healers participating in the Small Steps Healing Project:
To see details and register: 1. Visit https://www.4cornersyogawellness.com/yoga 2. Select the date of the class on the scheduler at the top of the page 3. Click the green “book” button next to the class name.
Boston Acupuncture Project announces our first-ever class series, bringing QiGong and TaiChi (aka Taiji) taught by instructor Paula Reardon-Webster to Hyde Park. This 6-week series is appropriate for both new and experienced practitioners. Classes are Thursday evenings, 6:00-7:00pm, beginning September 19, 2019 at Boston Acupuncture Project’s Hyde Park location (74 Fairmount Ave).
QiGong and TaiJi cultivate health, strength, and energy
Qigong integrates physical postures, breathing techniques, meditation and focused intentions, also incorporating Taiji form (Chen Style) movement in this evidence-based program. These static & moving postures strengthen the lower body, improve functional balance, and provide many other holistic benefits.
Paula Reardon-Webster is an Evidence Based Qigong & Taiji Instructor, T.A. for the Center for Taiji Studies, M.A. Mindfulness Studies Lesley University, RYT200 yoga and Yin Yoga instructor. For more about Paula’s offerings and background, please visit her website: https://www.thenowpoint.com/
Don’t Wait – Register Now
Space is very limited! You are welcome to attend the first class if you are not sure about signing up for the 6-week series. Cost is only $100 for the entire series.
Click the Register Now button below, scroll down to the calendar, click Sept. 19, then select “recurring” to sign up for all 6 weeks: Sept. 19, Sept. 26, Oct. 10, 17, 24, and Nov. 7.
(The scheduler will tell you you’re signing up for 8 weeks – that’s because we are skipping 2 weeks. Just sign up for all 8 weeks – you will see that 2 are crossed out – and select “pay later.” Then click the payment button below or come into the clinic to pay $100 for all 6 weeks.)
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!
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!
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 https://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: https://bostonacupunctureproject.org/schedule/