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Community Acupuncture–The Calmest Revolution Ever Staged

English: Basic Acupuncture.

On Sunday March 18th from 6-8 pm, Edgewater Acupuncture will host the screening of a new documentary by filmmaker Brian Lindstrom at Anne Arundel Community College. The film is: “Community Acupuncture: The Calmest Revolution Ever Staged.”  Lindstrom is well-known for his cinema-verite style, shooting and editing himself.  The film follows six diverse community acupuncture patients and shows the impact of affordable acupuncture on their lives and communities. Lindstrom tells the story of the community acupuncture movement: how a small group of loud-mouthed, over-educated, under-employed activists and a massive group of ordinary people with average incomes revolutionized healthcare services by using large empty rooms, old recliner chairs, and two-cent needles.

Edgewater Acupuncture is a member of the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture, a network of community acupuncture clinics.   Meaghan Massella Walker owns Edgewater Acupuncture on 153 Mayo Road in Edgewater.  Edgewater Acupuncture opened in April of 2010 and has provided over 5,000 acupuncture treatments since then.  Edgewater Acupuncture was voted Capital Readers Choice Best Acupuncture 2011 and Bay Weekly’s Best of the Bay 2011.  Meaghan Massella Walker will be present for a question and answer session following the film.

Community acupuncture is a social justice movement that provides affordable and accessible acupuncture to people of ordinary incomes and creates sustainable living wage jobs for acupuncture practitioners while building community. In 2002, two Portland acupuncturists, Skip Van Meter and Lisa Rohleder, opened Working Class Acupuncture (WCA) with the intention of making acupuncture affordable and accessible. They wanted to treat their friends and neighbors, so they redesigned the conventional acupuncture business model, treating patients in a communal setting in used recliners, and charging a sliding scale of $15-35 per treatment.  Over 200 community acupuncture clinics across North America have replicated WCA’s practice model and offer affordable care to their communities. Reliable and conservative estimates suggest that 500,000 treatments are given annually in community acupuncture clinics.

Doors at AACC, 101 College Parkway, CALT building, West Campus, Rm 107 will open at 6:00 pm on Sunday March 18th, with the screening beginning at 6:30.  Tickets for the documentary are $10 and are redeemable for one free acupuncture session at Edgewater Acupuncture through 3/31/12.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at Edgewater Acupuncture, 153 Mayo Road Ste 5 in Edgewater.  They will also be available at the door at the event.

Edgewater Acupuncture offers treatments on a sliding fee scale of $15 – $35 with a one time $10 paperwork fee for new patients. No income verification is required. To make an appointment, call 443-540-3350 or use our online scheduling system.

To learn more the community acupuncture movement, visit www.pocacoop.com.

When: Sunday, March 18
Doors open at 6.  Screening starts at 6:30.

Where: Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Parkway, Arnold
West Campus, CALT Building, Rm 107
How Much: $10

Tickets are redeemable for one FREE acupuncture treatment at Edgewater Acupuncture thru 3/31/12.  Tickets are on sale now at Edgewater Acupuncture: 153 Mayo Road, Suite 5 Edgewater or by calling 443-540-3350.

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