Alma Acupuncture in Fishtown offers acupuncture and massage



Alma Acupuncture also offers cupping, Gua sha, cosmetic acupuncture and a variety of massages.

Alma Acupuncture is a women-owned clinic in the heart of Fishtown, founded by Bec Jimenez and Franchesca Isaac. / Photographs courtesy of Alma Acupunture.

When it comes to relieving chronic pain, stress, or insomnia, many people turn to the age-old practice of acupuncture. The super-thin needles (which most say don’t hurt at all!) are meant to stimulate different areas of the body to maintain a strong, free flow of energy, according to traditional Chinese medicine.

Joining Philadelphia’s abundant acupuncture scene is Alma Acupuncture, a new center in Fishtown and the merger of local practitioners Franchesca Isaac and Bec Jimenez. Alma is housed in the former Vitality Meditation space, which closed in early March (we miss you!) and where Isaac used to provide healing.

At Alma, you can opt for traditional acupuncture with the painless micro-needles or receive adjunctive treatments including cupping, Gua sha and moxibustion – the burning of mugwort herb to aid healing . Each of these services are included in your acupuncture session, but you can book cupping and Gua sha as standalone services.

Cosmetic acupuncture is also on their list of acu treatments. The holistic service begins with body acupuncture before moving on to facial acu (goodbye, Botox!) and a facial massage. Bonus: It incorporates skincare products from the Philadelphia-based small-batch brand, Beauty sabbaticalwhich means you are supporting two local women-owned businesses.

In addition to acupuncture, Alma has an on-site massage therapist, Kayla Allen, to provide a kind of one-stop-shop for pain relief. To work these knots, you have options: Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports, Prenatal, Reflexology, Acupressure, and Myofascial Therapy.

Isaac and Jimenez explain their goals in establishing the Alma Acupuncture Center around a desire to provide care to residents of Fishtown and surrounding neighborhoods, especially residents of color. “We hope to reach Black and Latino/Latina people who might be hesitant to try these services,” Isaac says. Jimenez adds that it’s important “to be treated by someone who looks like you, especially when Western medical institutions might have let you down. We hope the effects of our services will spill over into people’s daily lives and help people defend themselves outside of Alma.

Alma Acupuncture is open seven days a week and is located at 1856 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown. You can make an appointment here.


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