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Watsonville: 831-728-2222

About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the insertion of micro-fine needles into points along pathways on the surface of the body called meridians. These points and meridians have a direct relationship with internal organ systems and specific areas of the body. Stimulation of acupuncture points with needles has the effect of moving Qi (vital energy), promoting blood circulation and stimulating the body’s natural healing mechanisms. From a biomedical perspective, acupuncture appears to activate your body’s nervous system and circulatory system, which regulate the production, secretion and transportation of various molecules, including endorphins, neurotransmitters and hormones. By regulating physiological functions, a state of homeostasis is restored within the body. Our clinic uses sterilized, single-use, stainless steel needles that are so thin the diameter is often compared to that of a human hair. Insertion is relatively painless and most patients describe the needling sensation as one of warmth, dullness, pressure, heaviness or tingling.

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Community Acupuncture

Flux Acupuncture Lounge is part of a growing movement of community clinics that strive to establish greater access to acupuncture by removing the barrier of high cost. Throughout its long history, acupuncture has traditionally been an accessible, affordable, community-based medicine. As it moved further into the mainstream of the United States, however, it has become prohibitively expensive for most patients.


Fortunately, acupuncture does not have to be expensive to be effective! Our clinic maintains affordable rates by treating multiple patients together in a serene and comfortable setting. Appointment times are staggered throughout the hour, enabling us to provide personalized care to each patient.


Acupuncture is most effective when it is received frequently and regularly! It has a cumulative effect in the body, and multiple treatments are typically needed to make progress on most types of health problems. Frequent treatment yields faster and greater therapeutic results, and the purpose of our sliding scale is to make consistent, successful treatment affordable. When cost is not a barrier, patients can receive the treatment they need to truly feel better.



In community practice, patients are treated in comfortable recliner chairs along with other people in a relaxing, open space. Treatment protocols emphasize powerful acupuncture points below the elbows and knees, as well as on the head and ears, so you remain fully clothed during treatment. Loose fitting clothing is recommended so you can easily roll up shirt sleeves and pant legs. Patients are encouraged to relax with their needles as long as they feel necessary, and while this typically ranges between 30-60 minutes, you get to choose what’s right for you.


Treating patients in a group setting offers several benefits. First of all, many people discover that being in a room full of peacefully relaxing people is very comforting, especially when new to acupuncture. Additionally, family and friends can enjoy be treated together, offering support to one another and strengthening social bonds. Finally, the collective energy generated by several people resting and healing together can be a profound element to one’s personal experience.


When acupuncture is made accessible to everyone, it really can be part of the solution to our healthcare crisis. Please visit our community clinic today and become part of our healthcare revolution!

Chinese Medicine

The concept of Qi is what makes Chinese Medicine distinct. Qi (pronounced chee) is roughly translated as “vital life force” or “energy.” Whether you accept the notion of Qi or prefer to think about the electrical impulses inherent in our nervous system, it doesn’t really matter—either way, it’s difficult to deny the fact that humans are energetic beings. Our physical, emotional and spiritual bodies abound with electromagnetic and subtle energies that form the very foundation of our health. When our energy system is strong, abundant and flowing smoothly, we experience health and vitality. In contrast, when our energy system becomes weakened, deficient or blocked, we experience pain, illness and disease.


Chinese Medicine uses a holistic approach to diagnose energy imbalances and identify their root cause. Acupuncture and other therapies are then utilized to facilitate and strengthen your body’s innate healing mechanisms. Because treatment is focused on alleviating the root cause of your imbalance, you experience more profound, lasting health, as opposed to a mere masking of your symptoms.

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Health Benefits

  • Relief and resolution of acute and chronic pain
  • Reduction or elimination of chronic illness
  • Alleviation of physical and emotional symptoms Associated with stress
  • Strengthened immunity
  • Regulated hormones
  • Enhanced metabolism
  • Increased energy
  • Improved athletic performance
  • More restful sleep patterns
  • Profound relaxation
  • Improved digestion and proper elimination
  • Less cravings, habitual behaviors, and addictive tendencies
  • Emotional balance, increased joy and motivation
  • Increased mental clarity and memory
  • Increased libido and sexual functioning
  • And many more!

Conditions Treated

Acupuncture activates and strengthens your body’s natural healing mechanisms, so it can alleviate, improve or stop the progression of many different health conditions. Keep in mind that acupuncture has a cumulative effect in the body, so most people will require a series of treatments to achieve the best therapeutic benefit. Our sliding scale exists to keep your treatment plan affordable.


The conditions we treat are neurological, respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and psycho-emotional in nature. We also treat Women's health issues, and other conditions that relate to the human body.

What Our Patients Say

My weekly vacation / retreat / health gift to myself. It’s affordable, the “punks” listen and help. The space is calming, clean and quiet. My health is consistently better since I’ve been going weekly. The on-line scheduling is easy to use. Thank You Thank You Thank You.  ~ M.D.

I love Flux!  Such a beautiful and relaxing space. I had been struggling with various stomach/digestion issues for years, I tried almost everything. After some acupuncture sessions with Debbie, I finally feel better! She is very caring and compassionate, and even gave me a recipe for ginger tea.   ~M.V.

I think Flux is great, it allows people to get the treatment they need without adding the stress of high medical bills.  If you are familiar with acupuncture then you know that getting regular preventative treatments (when you are well) is considered the norm, vs the western mindset of only going to health practitioners for a “magic bullet” cure or for sickcare.

Flux is the perfect place to go for this, as often as you feel you need it.  Even if it were just for the oft-over trivialized reason “just to relax;” that could be reaping some of the deepest and greatest benefits cumulatively to your health over the years (stress-related diseases being the number one killer currently in the US).

Flux is clean, the space lovely and inviting and most importantly the Acupuncturist I saw (Caitlin) was so dextrous and gentle with the needles, and perfect with placement that they soon began to work their magic even though I came in as tightly wound as a spring.  ~ S.R.

Santa Cruz

1010 Fair Ave. Ste. D

Santa Cruz, CA 95060



6 Blanca Lane

Watsonville, CA 95076


About Acupuncture
About Acupuncture
About Acupuncture