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Down to Earth Acupuncture

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

Please note, the office is moving to 100 Grove St., Suite 212, Worcester MA 01605. There will be several changes during this time and this website may not be up-to-date. We will be updating the website as soon as possible. Please contact us for the most current information. The online scheduler is current.

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

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

  • Moving in December (10/19/2022)

    Down the Earth will be moving to 100 Grove St and sharing space with Licensed Acupuncturists Clovis Padilha Jr and Claudia Caldas at Quality Community Acupuncture.

    My last day at the current office will be Saturday, November 19. I will be starting in the new office on December 5. My new schedule will be Mondays from 9:30am-1:30pm and Thursdays from 2pm-6pm. This schedule may expand a bit in the future. I encourage you to schedule with the other practitioners if their shifts are a better fit for you.

    I will continue to teach Somatics classes, both online and (hopefully) in person. By reducing my acupuncture shifts, I will also be able to provide more convenient times for Somatics classes. If you have not tried a class yet, you are missing out!

    More details will follow, but here’s some important information you should know:

    Scheduling for the new space is not live yet. I will be working on this in the coming month. If you have an appointment scheduled with me for December (or beyond), it will likely need to be changed.

    The sliding scale is slightly different. All practitioners working out of QCA use a sliding scale of $30-$60. The first visit is $50 (though I probably will not be taking new patients for the first several months).

    If you have any remaining prepaid packages, they will be converted to the new sliding scale, depending on how much you paid for the package and how many treatments you have already used. For example, if you bought a sale package of 5 treatments for $85, you paid $17 per treatment. If you have 2 treatments left on that package, that would be $34, which would equal one treatment at the new space. If you bought 10 treatments for $250, you paid $25 per treatment. If you have 5 treatments left on the package that would be $125, which would equal 4 treatments at the new sliding scale. This may be a bit confusing as I transition over and I ask for your patience. I have been very generous so far with honoring older packages bought at lower prices, to the point of taking a loss, and I hope you can appreciate that I can no longer afford to do so.

    The QCA office uses treatment tables instead of recliners. There are pillows and bolsters available for your comfort. The clinic is Bring Your Own Blanket.

    There is parking! No need to worry about parking on Grove Street, there is a designated lot available for you. I will cover this in my next email.

    Stay tuned for the next newsletter, which will have more specifics about the new space. Also, keep your eyes out for an announcement about an office moving sale, which will have lots of great furniture (recliners, office chairs, file cabinets, and more!) at low prices.

    Above all, thank you for your support over the years. I have loved my last 9 years working out of the Stafford St office, and I am very excited for the next stage. Any questions, feel free to let me know.

  • 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: https://downtoearthacupuncture.as.me/

  • 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: https://downtoearthacupuncture.as.me/?appointmentType=31238010

    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.

Office Hours

Monday
9:30pm – 1:30pm
Thursday
2:00pm – 6:00pm

By Appointment Only.
Hours subject to change
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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.
S.P.

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 !
C.M.

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