Massage Updates, Holiday Hours and More!

Massage Pilot Program

Little Bird is piloting a new massage therapy program and applications are now live to apply. The pilot will target a specific therapeutic concern over the entirety of the program. It will consist of a 45 minute initial session and five 30 minute follow-up sessions over the course of eight weeks. Each session will be on a sliding scale of $30-$50. If the low end of the scale is cost prohibitive, please still apply and note that at the end of your application. You must be a current Little Bird patient and at least 18 years old to apply. 

Little Bird’s massage therapist, Adrienne Banks, will be running the program and providing the massage. The pilot will start at the beginning of December and applications are due by 11:00pm on Friday, November 22, 2019. You can click here to access the application and learn all of the pilot’s details. New Scale for 60 and 90 minute massages

We have created a sliding scale for our 60 and 90 minute massages. Beginning December 2019, the scale will be as follows:

  • 60 minute: $60-$80
  • 90 minute: $90-$110

Please note that we do not accept gratuity (tips) for massage services just like acupuncture. Here at LBCA we view massage therapy as any other health service you receive. If you would like to further support us and the LBCA community at large, pay more than the minimum on the sliding scale. That helps us continue to provide a sliding scale so others who cannot pay more than the minimum can still receive our services and we are still able to keep the clinic thriving.

December appointments are now available and there are even a few November slots left! To schedule an appointment click here: https://calendly.com/littlebirddc

Holiday Hours

The following is our holiday schedule:

  • Thursday November 28th –  CLOSED
  • Tuesday December 24th – 10am-4pm
  • Wednesday December 25th – CLOSED
  • Tuesday December 31st – 10am-4pm
  • Wednesday January 1st – CLOSED

Acupuncture When Sick?

It’s unfortunately that time of year when we are frequently asked the question, “Can I come in for treatment when I am sick?” While we love to help those suffering from the flu and colds, it is important that we keep the treatment room contagion-free to protect all of our Little Birds. That means if you are in the contagious stage of your illness you will need to stay home. We ask that you wait 24 hours after your fever breaks before coming in for treatment. Also, If you are coughing uncontrollably, vomiting or having diarrhea, please stay home and rest up. If you come in for treatment and are contagious, we regrettably will not bet able to treat you. We will be happy to help you recover once you are no longer contagious!    

Inclement Weather Policy

It’s crazy how the weather has been all over the place and threatening us recently with some wintery mix. Our policy for inclement weather is if the buses and Metro are not running, we will close Little Bird and will call and email everyone with an appointment to notify them of the closure. If you are ever concerned about being late or not making your appointment due to the weather, please give us a call to let us know!

Are you following us on Social Media?  We’re posting on Instagram (@littlebirddc), Twitter (@littlebirddc), Facebook (Little Bird Community Acupuncture).

As always, thanks so much for supporting Little Bird Community Acupuncture

Best Wishes,
Little Bird Staff

Happy Fall Little Birds!

Have you had a chance to meet Adrienne yet?!  She’s the friendly face you’ve seen at the front desk on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  She’s here to support Little Bird in many ways, including massage therapy.  She will start booking massage appointments this month and will pilot a community inspired massage program at the beginning of November.  Please read on to learn all the details!

Meet Adrienne

Adrienne grew up in Richmond, Va, but has since lived in many other cities both domestically and internationally.  She landed in the DC area this September to work at Little Bird and is excited to help support and expand its programming while also providing therapeutic massage.  She has a Master of Public Health in Community Health Sciences and Global Health and is a certified Holistic Health Practitioner and yoga instructor.

Licensed in Washington DC, Adrienne has over 10 years of experience in various massage modalities, and specializes in deep tissue and helping people improve their overall structural alignment. Additionally, as a Holistic Health Practitioner, she finds massage therapy an excellent avenue for processing emotional energy in a healthy way. 
 

Massage with Adrienne

There are two ways to receive massage therapy from Adrienne:

  1.  You can book either a 60 minute for $60 or 90 minutes for $90 massage.  Days and times vary, so please click on our massage therapy scheduler to book an appointment on a day and time that works for you.  Note, it is easier to schedule on your phone if you download and use the Calendly App.
  2.  At the beginning of November 2019 we will be starting a 6 week pilot program with a group of people for a sliding scale massage format.  The pilot will provide us feedback and help us implement a larger scale community inspired massage program.  Our goal for massage (like for acupuncture) is to make it affordable and accessible.  Be on the lookout for an email to learn more about the pilot program and how to apply.
     

Have You Met Jamee Yet?!

We wanted to remind you that we now have another Acupuncturist!  Jamee is currently poking on Mondays and every other Saturday along with a few other days depending on the month.  You can work with both Jamee and Sara interchangeably!  They share charts so you don’t have to worry about repeating yourself.

As always, thanks so much for supporting Little Bird Community Acupuncture

(Adrienne-left, Jamee-right)

Best Wishes,
Little Bird Staff

We’re Soooooo Excited!

We have two new additions to the Little Bird team!  First, we have hired an awesome acupuncturist, Jamee Pineda. Second, you will initially see the friendly Adrienne Banks covering the front desk, but she will soon be expanding her role to offering massage and so much more.  Please read on to learn about our amazing new team members.

Welcome Jamee!
You know we’ve been trying to find another acupuncturist for a while, and it turns out that good things really do come to those who wait!  Jamee received a Master in Science and Oriental Medicine from Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine.  After years of practicing in Seattle, he relocated to Washington, DC in 2018.  Jamee lists bringing creativity to medicine and meeting people where they are as two of his favorite aspects of this work. 

Jamee is a queer, trans, genderqueer, nonbinary, Filipinx transplant originally from the West Coast.  When Jamee thinks of holistic medicine, he includes the context of a person’s social, professional, physical, and spiritual experiences.  He believes treatments are a joint endeavor between a patient and a practitioner. Jamee has a special affinity for working with patients from communities of color and/or LGBTQIA communities.  It is important for him to create safer healing spaces for folks surviving the effects of structural oppression in its many forms.  His goal is to meet people where they are and work with them on their journey towards wellness and ease.

Please show Jamee a warm Little Bird welcome!  Book now for one of his shifts or give us a call at 202-328-1804 to schedule an appointment.  He will be poking for us every other Saturday starting September 7th from 10am-3pm and every Monday 3pm-8pm, starting September 9th. 

Please note there will be some exceptions to his schedule at the end of September due to his vacation.  Sara will cover the Monday shift on September, 30th and we won’t be open Monday, the 23rd.  Jamee will pick up an extra Saturday shift in October.  

Welcome Adrienne!
You will see Adrienne covering the desk on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays starting this month!  She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Holistic Health Practitioner certification from Body Mind College.  Adrienne will soon be offering affordable massage as well as other holistic health services.  Keep a look out for our next newsletter to learn more about her and how she will be serving the Little Bird community!

As always, thanks so much for supporting Little Bird Community Acupuncture

Farewell Julie, and Happy Holidays!

December News
Thanks to all who participated in our November food drive! We will be calling all of the raffle winners by the end of the week!  Read on for news about our December specials and upcoming changes at LBCA!

The Ever So Sweet 5 For $75 Acu Pass Special!
We are so grateful for all of you for being a part of the Little Bird community and we are happy to announce that we will be offering our Acu Pass special again this holiday season! Treat yourselves and your loved ones!  For one week we will be offering Acu Passes of 5 treatments for $75.  That breaks down to $15 per treatment.  Yay!  The passes will be on sale from Monday, December 5th through Sunday, December 11th only.  (Limit of 2 passes per patient.  Passes are only available for purchase in person.  No cards will be taken over the phone.  Acu Passes do not expire.)

Holiday Gifts: LBCA Merchandise Sale!
These are super fun gift ideas and they are all on sale for the month of December!

  • T-shirts: $15 (on sale from $20)
  • Sweatshirts: $30 (on sale from $40)
  • Hand-Screened Tote-Bags: $15 (on sale from $20)

And, of course, the best gift of all is acupuncture!  Give the gift of a cozy acunap to your loved ones! Gift certificates available for both new and returning patients!  

Farewell to Julie!
We are sad to say that Julie will be moving on from Little Bird at the end of the month.  Her partner has taken a new job and they will be relocating to Colorado.  Her last day at LBCA will be Friday, December 23.  She has so loved being a part of the LBCA community and she is so grateful for all of you!  Please come in during the next month for a treatment and to say goodbye!  

As a result of Julie’s departure, we will be closing several shifts.  Please know that we have been searching for a new acupuncturist, and the job posting is up on our website at http://www.littlebirddc.com/jobs/.   Please pass on the word to your networks!  We hope to fill the position quickly and bring back our full weekly schedule!  

New Schedule as of December 26*
Mondays: CLOSED
Tuesdays:  3-8pm
Wednesdays: 9AM-1PM and 3PM-7PM
Thursdays: 3-8PM
Fridays: CLOSED
Saturdays: 9:30AM-2:30PM
Sundays: 11AM-3PM

 Make An Appointment Here
*Please be aware that shifts may book quickly with the reduced schedule.  If we are fully booked and you are unable to reserve a spot online, please call us and we will do our best to squeeze you in!

Holiday Hours
Please note that we will be closed on Sunday, December 25 and Sunday, January 1.   Wishing you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Thanks so much for supporting Little Bird Community Acupuncture! 
Little Bird Staff

A Little TLC for Election Month & Thanksgiving

November News
Happy November!  We hope you had a safe and fun Halloween!  Read on to learn about our Election Special, acupuncture for stress-relief, self-care tips and herbal tea recipies, LBCA’s sick policy, our annual non-perishable food drive, and Thanksgiving week scheduling! 

Election TLC: The Day-After Special!
This election season has been extra stressful for all of us, and we at LBCA have decided to offer a special day of healing after the election ends.  We are offering $15 treatments all day Wednesday, November 9.  Come take advantage of this opportunity to heal in community and rest your weary heads and hearts!
Schedule Now!

Take Care of Yo-Self!  Acupuncture, Stress Relief, & Health-Boosting Teas
Our #1 recommendation for stress-relief is acupuncture, of course!  And why does it work so well?  Acupuncture slows the body’s production of stress hormones, down-regulates the “fight or flight” sympathetic nervous system response, and up-regulates the “rest and digest” parasympathetic nervous system response.  By soothing the nervous system, acupuncture can be a life-changer when used regularly, because it will help your body reset to a “new normal” of calm and relaxation. Think you could use a nervous system reset? Weekly treatments are a good place to start.
Schedule A Treatment

Self-Care Beyond Acupuncture: For those of you looking for extra ways to take care of yourself at work and at home, below are some great resources with tips on being good to yourself and recipes for healing teas.

  • Morning Rituals:  Morning rituals in 23 minutes per day for physical, emotional, and mental well-being!  Ritual #1? Start each morning by writing down 3 things you are grateful for.  This ritual is a method of training your brain to scan for positives instead of negatives, and can have a huge impact on your outlook.   
    For the Other Rituals, Read the Full Article Here

  • Mindfulness in the Workplace:   How to take breaks, however small, in which you focus on your physical experience, not your thinking mind.  Whether you take 30 seconds to breathe mindfully or take advantage of a 15-minute break to go for a walk, the key is to tune in with your body, notice sights and sounds, & be present with your surroundings.   
    Read the Full Article Here

  • 4 Herbal Teas for Autumn & Winter:  In this article you will find recipes for an adaptogen chai, a nourishing tonic blend, an uplifting tea, and a tea for nipping colds in the bud.    
    Get the Recipes!

  • Immune Boosting Chai:  Rooibos chai with immune tonics for the season.   
    Get the Recipe!

Sick Policy: Can I come in for treatment when I’m sick?
While we love to help those suffering from the flu and colds boost their immunity and get better quickly,  it is important that we keep the community room contagion-free to protect all of our Little Birds!  That means if you are in the contagious stage of your illness, you will need to stay home.  We ask that you wait 24 hours after your fever breaks before coming in for a treatment. Also, if you are coughing uncontrollably, vomiting, or having diarrhea, please stay home and rest up.  If you come in for treatment and are contagious, we unfortunately will not be able to treat you.  We will be happy to help you recover when you are no longer contagious with those wintertime germmies and bugs!

Community Giving: LBCA Food Drive 
As a means of giving back to our larger community, we will once again be hosting a food drive to benefit Bread for the City!  For the entire month of November, Little Bird will be collecting healthful, non-perishable food items for the Bread for the City food program.  Please make sure to follow Bread for the City’s guidelines when selecting food to bring in.

With every item donated you will not only be helping someone in need, but you can also enter a raffle to win one of five prizes from Little Bird!  One item equals one entry.  Prizes are the following:

  • 1 Acu Pass good for 5 FREE returning patient treatments
  • 1 Acu Pass good for 1 FREE returning patient treatment
  • 3 Acu Passes each good for 1 FREE New Patient treatment (a great gift for a friend or loved one)

We will contact the raffle winners on Thursday, December 1st!

Holiday Hours
We will be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 for the holiday, but we will be open Saturday and Sunday so you can get in a nice post-Thanksgiving acunap!   Shortened weeks fill up quickly, so make sure to reserve your spot in advance.  
Make An Appointment Here

Thanks so much for supporting Little Bird Community Acupuncture!  We hope you have a beautiful month and a great Thanksgiving holiday!
Little Bird Staff

October News & New Sunday Hours!

Umbrella season is upon us!  We’ve got some great tips for how to stay healthy during this transition to cooler, rainier weather, and we’ve also got some new weekend hours for you to take advantage of!  Read on for details!

New Sunday Hours!  (And Other Schedule Changes)
Starting Sunday, October 9, LBCA will be offering treatments from 11am-3pm every Sunday.  We get a lot of requests for Sunday appointments, and we hope you will take advantage of the new hours!  

Starting this month we are also making a few other schedule tweaks, including closing some of our morning shifts.  We will be closed Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings, but we will also be extending our Monday evening appointments by an extra hour.  Please check the column to the right for a full list of our current hours going forward.

Staying Healthy During Cold & Flu Season
Regular acupuncture appointments are a key aspect of keeping your immune system tuned up during the fall, but there are other things you can do on your own to keep yourself healthy!  Here is a great article by acupuncturist Jacqueline Gabardy that details some important fall and winter self-care habits you can develop.

One of the easiest to implement?  Wear socks and scarves to keep your neck and feet warm! And her #1 tip? Bone Broth! She even includes her favorite recipe.

Last But Not Least, Happy Halloween!

Thanks so much for supporting Little Bird Community Acupuncture!  Wishing you a healthy, happy October!

Little Bird Staff

September News!

It’s back-to-school season already!  Welcome back, students and teachers!  Read on to find out about free treatments, our 2-for-1 September special, tips for students (or anyone who is stressed and spends too much time sitting), new staff at Little Bird, and upcoming schedule changes!  

Free Treatments!
Do you have friends and family who could benefit from acupuncture?  Grab some referral cards from our front desk staff to give out, and your friends will get their first treatment absolutely FREE!  These referral cards expire at the end of September, so don’t delay!  

New patients can schedule their appointment and download new patient forms here.

2 For 1 Wednesdays – Bring a Buddy!
For the whole month of September, we will be offering 2 treatments for the price of 1 every Wednesday.  Bring a friend or family member to take advantage of this deal!  When you sign up with a buddy, you will pay a total of $20* for both treatments!  Make sure that you sign up both people’s names in our scheduling system and please sign up for back-to-back times: for example, schedule one person up at 11:00 and the other at 11:10.  Schedule Now!  

(*Please Note: New patients will still be charged an additional $10 paperwork fee for their first appointment.)

New Front Desk Staff
Please welcome our new front desk staff!   You have likely already met Emily and Jacey, who have been on board for a while now, and please also give a warm welcome to Caitie, who started just this week!   We are very sad to say goodbye to Melissa, but very excited for her new adventures.  She will be moving to Mexico for her dream job doing conservation work.  Congratulations and best wishes, Melissa!

Back to School: Tips for Students (And Everyone Else!)

  1. Stress Reduction: These simple stress reduction tips are great for everyone.  Even if you are pressed for time, you can do #1, 2, & 3 without even getting up out of your chair!  
    Read here.
  2. Sitting too much? Whether you are sitting and studying or working a desk job, you are probably spending long hours sitting.  Unfortunately, even if you exercise, too much sitting time is bad. So what can you do?  Stand up regularly!  
    Read more here

September Schedule Changes
Due to the Labor Day Holiday and staff vacation, the following days will have reduced hours as follows:

  • Monday, Sept. 5: CLOSED
  • Monday, Sept. 19:  CLOSED
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20:  Open 9AM-1PM; 4-8PM 
  • Wednesday, Sept. 21:  Open 3-8:30PM
  • Thursday, Sept. 22:  Open 3-8PM 
  • Friday, Sept. 23: Open 9AM-12PM 

Please book early, as our shorter weeks fill up quickly. You can click here to schedule now!

Happy September, everyone!
Little Bird Staff

Summer Self-Care + August Specials!

August News!
Summer is in full swing, and man it’s hot out there!  We’re grateful for AC, but we are seeing a lot of people coming in with colds as a result!  Below we share tips not just for surviving the heat (and AC) but also for coping with the emotional roller-coaster this summer has brought for many of us.  Secondly, read on to learn about our August FLASH SPECIALS and schedule changes!

Self-Care Tips for Stress & Summertime
If you are wilting in the heat or suffering stress and anxiety provoked by current events, you are not alone.  This has been a rough summer for lots of folks.  Here are 3 resources to turn to for help navigating these hot days and difficult times.

1) Basic Mammal Maintenance, Or How to Be Nice To Yourself: If self-care was not modeled for you as a child, this is a good read of gentle, basic ways to be good to yourself.

2) 12 Summer Self-Care Tips From Acupuncturists: Everything from cooling down with watermelon to protecting yourself from getting chilled by AC!

3) 4 Self-Care Resources for Days When the World Is Terrible: Healing from trauma, specifically addressing people of color 

Also, don’t be afraid to lean on us for support.  Sometimes people shyly ask, “Do you think it would be ok if I come in more than than once a week?” The answer is: “Of course!” When you are going through a rough time, scheduling 2 or more acupuncture treatments in a week can be a lovely way to get support and to restore your physical and emotional well-being.  Schedule Here

August Flash Specials
Have you liked us on Facebook?  If not, now is the time!  We will be posting day-of Flash Specials for $15 treatments on our Facebook page during the month of August.  Check our page daily to catch a special, and mention it to our front desk staff to receive your discount!  

August Schedule Changes
Due to staff vacation, the following days will have reduced hours as follows:

  • Monday, Aug. 22:  Open 9AM-12PM 
  • Tuesday, Aug 23:  Open 3-8PM 
  • Wednesday, Aug. 24:  Open 3-8:30PM
  • Thursday, Aug. 25:  Open 3-8PM 
  • Friday, Aug. 26: Open 9AM-12PM 

Please book early, as our shorter weeks fill up quickly. You can click here to schedule now!

Happy August, and enjoy that watermelon!

Best,
Little Bird Staff

July News and $15 Treatment Tuesdays!

July News!
Thanks so much to all of you who participated in the birthday raffle.  We will be donating $77.00 to PocaTech! (Raffle winners will be notified directly.) Please read on to learn about $15 Treatment Tuesdays, July schedule changes, FREE new patient cards for your friends and family, and acupuncture for emotional release.

Summer Steal: $15 Treatment Tuesdays
Every Tuesday in July we will be offering $15 treatments all day long!  Schedule Now to take advantage of this hot deal!

We Heart Referrals!
Do you have friends, family, or clients who you think would benefit from acupuncture?  Please send them our way!  At your next appointment you can ask our front desk for free new patient vouchers to hand out.  Your friend will get their first visit completely free, and you will get our undying gratitude! Thanks for helping us spread the word about Little Bird Community Acupuncture!

July Schedule Changes
Due to the 4th of July holiday and staff vacation time, we will have the following changes in our schedule:

  • Monday, July 4th: CLOSED
  • Tuesday, July 19th Hours: 9am-1pm (closed in the evening)
  • Wednesday, July 20th Hours: 3pm-8:30pm (closed in the morning)
  • Thursday, July 21st Hours: 3pm-8pm (closed in early afternoon)
  • Friday, July 22nd Hours: 9am-1pm (closed in the evening)

Please book early, as our shorter weeks fill up quickly. You can click here to schedule now!

Crying & Community Acupuncture: Tears in the Treatment Room
In this lovely post by Guelph Community Acupuncture, they discuss the subject of crying and why it is totally ok and even encouraged to let your tears flow during your treatment in the community room. “Acupuncture can stir up strong emotions, [and it] can be an especially emotional experience if we’ve been ‘holding it together.’ For many of us, acupuncture time is when we get to relax and stop pretending that we’re fine.”

The article also describes how tears can be beneficial not just emotionally, but also physiologically.  Given that emotional tears contain stress hormones like ACTH, they explain that one theory about why we cry suggests that “we evolved to shed tears as a mechanism to literally wash stress away.”  

We think that acupuncture alone already does a pretty good job of washing stress away, but if you need a good cry, don’t be shy!  Read the full article here!

Happy 4th of July!  We hope you have a great weekend! 

Best,
Little Bird Staff

June Treats for Little Bird’s Birthday!

Happy 6th Birthday!

It’s been another wonderful year at Little Bird! Thanks to all you Little Birds who have been a part of our community and who help make Little Bird Community Acupuncture such an amazing place! We hope to celebrate our birthday with as many of you as possible and we have all sorts of goodies to share. Please read on to learn about our birthday treats!

Birthday Party!!!
We are celebrating Little Bird’s 6th birthday on Wednesday, June 1st! As a special birthday delight, all acupuncture appointments that day are FREE.  Appointments go quickly, but please feel free to check for last minute cancellations if you aren’t able to snag a spot. And whether you have an appointment or not, we would love to have you stop by and celebrate with us.  We will have yummy treats and other goodies (AcuPass special, a raffle, and other birthday goodies) as part of the birthday fun!

5 for $75 AcuPass Special
We will once again have our sweet little AcuPass birthday deal. Our birthday bash will kick off a 5 for $75 AcuPass Special! That breaks down to $15 per treatment! The passes will be on sale from Wednesday, June 1st through Tuesday, June 7th only. (Limit two passes per patient. Passes are only available for purchase in person. No cards will be taken over the phone. AcuPasses do not expire.)

Birthday Shirt Clearance Sale!
As a special birthday treat, for the entire month of June we will be selling our LBCA t-shirts for $10. There are lots of great colors to choose from!

Raffle to Benefit POCA Tech!
We will kick off a month-long sale of raffle tickets benefiting POCA Tech at our birthday bash! There are lots of very cool prizes listed below:

  • 1 Acu Pass good for 5 FREE returning patient treatments
  • 2 Acu Passes each good for 1 FREE returning patient treatment
  • 3 Acu Passes each good for 1 FREE New Patient treatment (a great gift for a friend or loved one)
  • 1 copy of Why Did You Put That Needle There? the beloved patient guide to acupuncture
  • 1 Little Bird Community Acupuncture T-Shirt

You can enter the raffle throughout the month of June. Tickets are $1 and can be purchased at the front desk. You can buy as many tickets as your heart desires. Winners will be chosen Friday, July 1st.

Welcome Ruby, Our New Office Greeter!
Ruby, our new office greeter, is a trained service dog who is very sweet and friendly. We love having her here! You are welcome to pet her and interact with her. She loves her Little Bird friends! 

Thanks again for creating another incredible year here at Little Bird. We are so grateful to have you in our community and we look forward to another wonderful year together!

Best,
Little Bird Staff