Healing with Acupuncture in Peace Dale

A personal experience with community acupuncture and a one-time-only opportunity for newbies.

It’s 2012, and I’m plagued by headaches. My back is tense from holding the whole world on my shoulders, and it’s been a long time since I’ve felt better.

I walk into Spring Lotus Healing Arts, the private practice of acupuncturist and herbalist Nancy Graham, having never tried this kind of treatment. Lying down on the table, I count how many needles she pricks into my body while we converse about things going on in my life. The first needles go into my thighs and I slightly jolt. Wow, there are such things are pressure points. She tells me that acupuncture can treat pain from afar; the needles on my feet make more sense now.

I can feel the activation from my thighs to my upper back and the pain and tension is gone. I don’t feel sore from the twenty-five points she selected, and I’m surprised by how calm I feel. Acupuncture is known to treat pain in backs, necks and knees, but it also aides in stress relief, insomnia, irregular or painful periods, anxiety and depression.

I regularly visit Spring Lotus for the next year, until later switching to Graham’s affordable community acupuncture clinic, which opened March of 2013. All In Community Acupuncture, with partner Patricia Gilmartin, began inside the Lafayette Mill in North Kingstown. By setting community treatments at $25, the team is dedicated to treating groups of up to ten community members at one time, and at a much lower cost.

“After twenty-five years, I got tired of doing the same thing the same way,” says Graham. “For twenty-five bucks, I can fix you.”

This month, All In Community Acupuncture moves its location to 43 Railroad St., Peace Dale (the former train station). At the grand opening reception and open house this Saturday, October 11, Graham will offer a mini-treatment of five needles for $5 for those who are curious about acupuncture.

Graham put fresh paint onto the old station’s high ceiling walls and a sense of invitation and wellness streams through the open but cozy space. In both rooms, ten recliners are set up in large circles. The space is modeled after the traditional group treatments Graham learned in China in the 1980s. Graham says she enjoys the energy of a healing field with patients in comfortable reclining chairs. She likes that families come together and sit side by side while being treated.

Her Spring Lotus practice will remain open, as she says some of her patients prefer one-on-one sessions, which offer additional attention (counseling, herbs, other healing techniques) for around $80 a session.

Graham is not anti-Western medicine, but she thinks it has lost touch with its primary role: To provide a functioning community and to relieve suffering. For Graham, community acupuncture is a form of healthcare reform.

Open House details: Oct. 11. 1–4 p.m. All In Community Acupuncture, 43 Railroad St., Peace Dale, allinacupuncture.com.

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