Community acupuncture opening
May 1 in Osoyoos

Registered Acupuncturist Laurel Irons at her Community Acupuncture location in Keremeos. Amanda Jerowski photo

Denise Blashko

Osoyoos will see a new kind of community May 1 — one that involves acupuncture.

“Community Acupuncture is at the heart of my business model so I am happy to have found a suitable location right on Main Street in Osoyoos that will allow me to see multiple patients at a time in a collective healing setting,” explains Laurel Irons, a Registered Acupuncturist and owner of Okanagan-Similkameen Community Acupuncture.

She plans to open for business at 8521 Main Street.

Community acupuncture involves multiple people receiving acupuncture at the same time and paying on a sliding scale basis. This ranges from $20 – 50 per session with a one-time fee of $10 for paperwork.

Patients can pay what they can afford and never have to prove income levels.

Treatments take place in a relaxed setting while the patient is fully clothed and because more people can be seen simultaneously, costs less. This increased affordability means that people of all income levels can access treatment and allow for more frequent visits resulting in better, longer lasting results.

Needle free modalities such as cupping, acu-taping, and electro-stim are also available for those people not comfortable with — or not ready to try — needles.

Although the community concept is new to Osoyoos, Laurel has been around our region for awhile.  “I have had my Community acupuncture business operating in Keremeos for about four years now,” says Laurel. “I have also operated out of South Okanagan Physiotherapy and Active Wellness Centres in Osoyoos and Oliver for four years but only seeing individual patients one at a time for treatment.”

Laurel is also a Clinical Herbalist and will be featuring her product line Amphoterica Botanicals at this new location as well.

To introduce herself and her business to the community, she is hosting a Free Acupuncture May Day, which is a Community Acupuncture Tradition. The event will be held on May 1 and will start at 10 a.m. and go to 6 p.m.

Laurel invites everyone to drop in and see the space and find out more about Community Acupuncture, herbals for healthy living or to try a free acupuncture session.

For more information about this event see the OsoyoosToday Out N About page.


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