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Down to Earth Acupuncture

Down to Earth Acupuncture is a Community Acupuncture practice in Worcester, MA.

Our mission is to make acupuncture affordable so that more people can experience its many health benefits.

New patient appointments cost $45. Follow-up visits are charged on a sliding scale of $25-$45 per treatment. You decide how much you can afford to pay within this range; we will never ask for income verification, and the amount you pay will not influence the care you receive.

Our treatments are tailored to each individual and take place in a group, with patients relaxing in recliner chairs. This community setting is similar to the way acupuncture traditionally is practiced in China.

Find out how acupuncture can help you. Contact us with any questions or schedule an appointment by calling our office or using the online system. You can learn more about Community Acupuncture or even become a member of our cooperative at the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA).

At Down to Earth Acupuncture we treat a wide variety of conditions and a diverse group of patients. We welcome people of all races, national origins, ages, religions, abilities or disabilities, shapes and sizes, incomes, marital statuses, sexual orientations, sexes, and gender identities.


Latest News from the Office

  • Why Take Somatics Classes? (4/6/2022)

    Many of you know that I have been an Essential Somatics Movement Teacher in Training (ESMTT) since September.  I admit that even the name is a mouthful, and I know that most people don’t have prior familiarity with Somatic movement.  

    So, why should you be interested in Somatic movement? 

    You should try Somatics classes if you want:
    – A reduction in pain and chronic muscle tension
    – Improved range of motion and more ease in your daily activities
    – Better balance and coordination
    – A relaxing, meditative experience rooted in mindful movement
    – A system that allows YOU to be the expert on your own body and be in control of your health
    – The ability to improve function as you age

    Somatic movements are very gentle and can be modified for *anyone.*

    Sign up here:

  • Is Your Pain Caused by Aging? (3/7/2022)

    It’s something I hear many times a day at work. When people talk about their pain or limited range of motion, they often attribute it to the aging process. We are conditioned in our society to think that growing older inevitably brings more pain and discomfort.

    While there is a certain amount of wear and tear on our bodies as we get older, this does not automatically mean that we should expect to be in pain for the rest of our lives. Even when we have structural issues like arthritis or herniated discs, it is often the surrounding musculature that is causing the pain, not the bones themselves.

    It can be helpful to think of moving our bodies as a skill that can be learned. Just like playing an instrument, learning a new language, or picking up a craft, we can improve the skill of movement with practice. In fact, most of us knew how to move freely as children, but due to repeated bad habits, accidents, and injuries, our body may have forgotten this freedom (in Somatics we call this “sensory-motor amnesia”).

    Somatic movement lessons can help you re-learn how to balance the muscles of the body, allowing for a freer range of movement and less pain. No matter what shape your body is in, there is always room for improvement.

    If you have ever attributed your pain to “getting old,” I challenge you to see how good you can feel after trying Somatic movement lessons.

    And to make it easier for you, I am offering a free 45-minute “Somatics for the Aging Body” class on Monday, March 21 at 5:30pm. You can take this class from the comfort of your home via Zoom. All you need is space to lie down on the floor and a webcam to show your movements.

    Sign up for the class here:

    There is no age limit as to who can sign up for the class. Some of us feel old at 30, others feel young at 80! However, there are a limited number of spaces available, so sign up soon!

    If you are not comfortable lying down on the floor, check out our seated classes at DTE.

  • Somatic January Classes Open for Enrollment (12/28/2021)

    Thanks to everyone who took our survey!  Group somatics classes for January are open for enrollment!  

    To get a sneak peek at some of the movements that we will do in class, watch this video here (you do not need a Facebook account to watch this video):

    Zoom classes will be Wednesdays 8:30-9:30am (starting 1/5/22)

    In-person classes will be Tuesdays 1-2pm (starting 1/11/22) and every other Saturday from 8:30-9:30am (starting 1/15/21)

    Zoom classes require the space and ability to lie down flat and a webcam to show your movements.

    In-person classes take place at DTE and are seated classes.  Seated classes are especially geared toward people who can’t lie flat on the floor; however, they have benefits for everyone.

    Space is limited, especially for in-person classes, so sign up in advance for your classes here

    Zoom classes:

    In-person seated classes:

    All group classes are being offered for an introductory price of $5 per class.  You can try your first group class for free by using this code: SOMATICS5.  The code is good once per person and expires March 31, 2022.  The code can be used for $5 off of a 1-to-1 somatics session (currently priced at $25) instead.

    1-to-1 sessions are still being finalized.  If you have not already let me know that you are interested in working 1-to-1, please reply to this email with your contact information.  1-to-1 sessions will mostly be done remotely via Zoom.

    Please note: if you need to cancel a group or 1-to-1 session, I will do credits or refunds up to 48-hours prior.  No refunds/credits with less than 48-hours’ notice.  If you need a refund you must contact me directly; cancelling a session online will not automatically refund you.  If I have to cancel an in-person class due to weather or illness I will try my best to offer it as a Zoom class instead.  If you are not comfortable taking a Zoom class I will credit your account.

    This schedule is still a work in progress.  If you have any comments or suggestions, please let me know.  I appreciate your patience as I start my first month of student teaching!

Office Hours

2:30pm – 6:00pm
2:30pm – 6:00pm
9:30am – 1:00pm
9:30am – 1:00pm
By Appointment Only.
Hours subject to change

Emily is friendly and professional. First and foremost, she listens and remembers. The treatments themselves are almost completely painless and during them I find myself more relaxed and breathing more deeply than I thought possible. Since beginning treatments with Emily, the frequency and severity of my migraines has lessened to the point that I’ve been able to resume more normal activities and she has completely eliminated the accompanying facial pain, which had previously been a daily problem. Overall I have more energy and look forward to the sessions and the relief and sense of well-being that I leave the office with.

I suffered a low back strain and tried for three days to manage the pain and muscle spasms on my own. After just one acupuncture treatment with Emily, my pain was dramatically reduced and my mobility was restored by 80 percent. As a health care professional of 19 years and a business owner, I have experienced a good deal of physical ailments ranging from the common cold to whiplash, as well as stress, anxiety and insomnia. Over the years I have depended on acupuncture as a consistently effective treatment that leaves me feeling relaxed, pain-free and energized.T.S.

I had experienced chronic pain for almost a year when I began acupuncture therapy with Emily. After just a few visits, my pain became more manageable and I found myself becoming more active again. I am now able to go up to a week at a time without any pain. With each visit to Emily, I continue to improve.M.S.

Emily is amazing and has a terrific ‘bedside manner.’ I always feel relaxed and refreshed after my treatments.S.M.

Emily took the time to listen to me and was very caring. She was very thorough in her diagnosis and helped with the digestion problems I’d been having.J.B.

In the summer of ’07, I began to experience severe pain, weakness and numbness in my right hand and forearm. My doctor recommended surgery. I decided to try acupuncture since I wanted to avoid surgery. After 4 or 5 acupuncture treatments with Emily, there was significant improvement in my arm. The pain and numbness decreased and the strength returned. I most highly recommend acupuncture therapy!M.I.

Emily’s sessions have allowed me to approach work and life with renewed energy and vitality.L.K.

After trying so many medical and alternative options I feel acupuncture finally eliminated my migraines. Thank you Emily! I continue to get a treatment anytime I have a cold, allergies, or pains and I think it always helps.A.C.

In an effort to reduce daily stress, I have tried many different modalities…..and acupuncture works the best! I am able to have sessions regularly and as a result I feel very calm and centered on both emotional and physical levels. Emily is extremely knowledgeable. She has a kind, gentle, healing touch and she is an amazing gift to us all! Thank you, Emily for making community acupuncture accessible and affordable for everyone in the Worcester area !

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