Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Sarana 2009 Monthly visit chart - click on the picture to see it bigger.

We wish you a happy and healthy 2010!

1. Thanks for a great year!
Our community keeps growing. In 2009, our first full calendar year of business, we gave 4,452 acupuncture treatments and 230 massage sessions. See the picture above for a monthly visit chart. We are deeply grateful for all your support. Because of your referrals, we will be able to continue adding practitioners and expanding our business hours in 2010 -- Stay tuned for new schedules this spring.

2. January "Two for One" Acupuncture Special!
Acupuncture works best if it is received regularly and frequently. To encourage everyone to get more acupuncture, for the month of January 2010, every new acupuncture client will receive a free second acupuncture session to be used within two weeks of the first one. Invite your friends and family to come in and try it! Appointments can be scheduled online or by calling the clinic.

3. We need your help!
Action alert: the national regulatory agencies of the acupuncture world are trying to make becoming an acupuncturist more expensive and more difficult. They have proposed changing the educational requirement for licensure from a master's level to a doctorate degree. This would mean that fewer people could afford either to become acupuncturists or to open affordable, sliding scale, community clinics -- which is the opposite of what we want!

We are asking you to visit and sign our petitions that say "NO" to more expensive and longer acupuncture education. Look for the petition in Sarana's reception area or ask the receptionist when you come in.

If you cannot come by in person, please consider sending an email letter of opposition to the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine: (Please include as a CC or BCC recipient if you do this.) A sample letter to copy is here.
The deadline for comments is on 1/15/10, so please do not delay!

4. Reception volunteers still needed

Have you ever thought of volunteering at our front desk? Our reception volunteers receive free acupuncture in exchange for their work.
We are currently looking for reception help for full or half shifts on:
Tuesdays 9:15 am - 1:15 pm
Thursdays 2:45 - 5 pm
Fridays 3:45 - 8 pm.
If you are interested in joining our crew, let us know!

Warmly and gratefully,

the folks at Sarana Community Acupuncture

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