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Re-Opening Date

Back! June 23, 2020…but wait!

We are changing our online scheduling system from Mind Body to Jane; appointment online scheduling starts June 19. Once we have integrated the system into our website www.oneworldacupuncture.com, you will be the first to know.
Due to the activities of Covid 19 and mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Health Services, we are all required to wear masks and practice appropriate social distancing. At O.W.A. social distancing means reducing the number of folks being treated.

New hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
10 am – 1 pm AND 3 pm – 6 pm.

For us to let patients in, while keeping Covid 19 out,
I promise to make the process as safe yet practical as possible.
I apologize for delaying my opening, it is due to circumstances beyond my control. Just know that I am so looking forward to seeing all of you, even if it’s “half mask”. Check our website for the most up-to-date information.
Here is a brief list of what changes you can expect:

  1. Masks are required for anyone coming to the clinic.
  2. Our health update discussion will be via your mobile phone just prior to your appointment.
  3. Hand washing upon entering the clinic.
  4. Acupuncture in an outdoor tent on the back patio as an option!
  5. No more than 4 patients, well spaced, in any treatment area at a time.
  6. Telehealth appointments for herbal/lifestyle consult will begin July 7 for $50. If this is an option you want to explore, send me an email at info@1worldacu.com.
  7. Simple head treatments will be available in your car! (crazy talk!) Simple yet effective designed for those who are not quite ready to commit to coming into the clinic. Same prices apply.
  8. New pricing: while we continue to accept AcuNap Packs already paid for, we are discontinuing all pre-payment packs. Regular visits are $30, new patient visits, $45. Priority booking for patients in consistent treatment before the clinic closed due to pandemic through the month of July.

    Acupuncture is still the same! Nothing different. Quiet, peaceful healing…

What and When at OWA

Hello Everyone!
Just another day in the life of a pandemic. Thank you all for your outpouring of kindness through phone calls, notes and emails. It meant so much to me that you would reach out. Some people have called me during my Monday hours 10 am – 2 pm just to see how I’m doing and chat for a few minutes. It’s so nice to hear from you!

Here is my most realistic plan for reopening the clinic:
We will most likely reopen sometime between June 8 and June 15. This has changed to 6/23

I am busy putting together an office safety strategy that encompasses personal protective gear and methods of sanitizing that considers these ideas: safe for anyone who comes in; cost effective; considerate of personal contact with and between patients; waste reduction minded; and as easy to implement as possible. Like social distancing, I consider this something we can all do together.
One thing glaringly obvious is that the clinic will have to cut down the numbers of patients being seen hourly. At first we will be opened for limited hours as it will take some folks time to feel comfortable going to an office. And it will take the office some time to get used to implementing this level of change in office policies.

Today I started imagining the space and it was the first time I actually was feeling hopeful that I could safely make the change. As someone who wants to obey the rules even as i question them, I felt a little overwhelmed by all the masks and sanitizing. Is this what I want my life to be?
But then I think of you and I realize that my time of feeling sorry for myself for not having a perfect life and a perfect situation is over. None of us (well most of us anyway) want to live this way but it is what we need to do for now.

Many of us are either in a risk category that is unacceptable or, we are caring for someone at high risk or we work somewhere that is at high personal safety risk. We don’t know how long we will have to be extra careful as there are many unknowns but I hope to consider myself in the “part of the solution” camp. The solution for me for the near future is deferring to those who have expertise in communicable diseases and allowing them to keep as many people safe as possible given the number of people infected in Massachusetts and given the patient population in which I serve.
For the moment I will rely upon the Governor’s office and Mass DPW to provide guidance on what the best course of action should be for when and how to safely re-open. I feel firsthand the financial effects of this pandemic and sympathize with those who are really struggling to keep from financial ruin and keep their businesses afloat. The statistics of loss in both cases is staggering.
I also agree that the health effects of stress and poverty will create a strain on people’s patience and health with not being able to work. I do not envy policy makers and politicians who have to weigh one side of the coin against the other. Many of them will suffer the consequence of their decisions. It is humbling to watch this all unfold and to think about how opaque the path to righteousness can be.

Unless you ask me something specifically I may not get back to you right away. But do know that I am thinking about all of you everyday and I hope that you are all doing okay. If any of you have experienced first hand the devastation of Corona virus via you, your friends or family, do not hesitate to reach out. Some of you may be experiencing non corona virus issues that are adversely affecting your life and if there is any way I can help, let me know.

Love and Peace to all of you,
Tess
Telehealth and other health ideas are coming to this acupuncture clinic so keep a watch out for my next newsletters.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Free Day

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Free Day
The Mayor of Leominster has kindly consented to come and “cut the ribbon” for our not so new, but new to the Mayor Leominster business.

pic-blog2Date: Friday, December 12, 2014
Time: Ribbon cutting at 3:00 pm, Free Acupuncture Treatments 3:30 pm-5:30 pm
Where: Here at One World Acupuncture, 98 Adams Street, Suite 104, Leominster

It will be nice and simple affair with some holiday snacks, beverages, and some nice music for everyone to enjoy. So come and join us for any part of this celebration. We have so much to celebrate and so much for us to feel grateful about celebrating.

Yes, the new website, new logo and new(er) office in an awesome building are really things to celebrate. But we mostly celebrate our fantastic patients without whom we would not be here. It is from you we learn about how to be in a community, how to appreciate the delicate balance between sickness and health, where to buy great shoes, where to eat, where to learn about all modes of treatments, where to hear funny, sad, or happy stories about each of you. Mostly we have learned how to be humbled by your resilience in the face of pain and we are awed by how much you give to your families, to your friends, and to your community at large in spite of your health limitations.

Our patients volunteer in homeless shelters, food banks, church fundraisers, community orchards, community gardens and fundraises for diseases like cancer, diabetes and dystonia. The work you do and who you are matters to us and we are using this Free Day as a way to thank you for all that you do and all that you give.

Look forward to celebrating with us!
Tess, Jane and Lisa

Welcome to Our New Image Here at One World Acupuncture!

Welcome to our new image here at One World Acupuncture! As you can see, we dropped the word “community” In our business name and logo. We still give acupuncture treatments in the same large room; nothing about that has changed. We updated the look and “feel” of our website and logo in more dark and earthy tones. The name got dropped because a manageable logo was difficult to create with 4 words. Since many of you called us “One World Acupuncture” anyway, it just seemed right to allow “mob rule.” Gotta go where the people go sometimes.

Checking the website for any schedule changes due to weather or vacations (we do take them every now and again) is now possible. If we run any treatment specials, we will let everyone know on the website. You can continue to be able to make appointments online. Hopefully accessing our website from smart phones will be much better but I will let you all be my eyes on smart phones. If you smart phone users do not find the website to be easy to navigate, let me know what you find problematic and will try to fix it. In fact, you can lodge your concerns in response to this blog.

Oh and about this blog. We’ve committed to post something relevant, useful or at least entertaining, twice a week. So this is the first blog which answers all the purposes for having a blog; relevancy; usefulness and at least somewhat entertaining. We nailed it; just ask us!

Let us know what you’re thinking about all these changes. We appreciate and continue to rely on your support of One World Acupuncture. What you think is a big deal to us. Your opinions matter to us. You are our peeps. (If my son read this he would say, “Don’t ever use the word peeps again Mama).