About Our Education Program


Part of the mission of Mystic River Acupuncture is education, with classes for the general public, certification courses for practitioners, presentations for groups of medical professionals and guest teaching at colleges and universities.

Workshops designed for practitioners focus on training in practical skills and adjunct therapies immediately applicable to their existing practices. Classes for the general public range from free presentations to day-long workshops. Presentations for Professional Medical associations cover topics such as Acupuncture and Cancer, Integration of Acupuncture into Pain Management, Chinese Herbs To Enhance Healing. 

Popular classes include Your Holistic Medicine Cabinet, Moxibustion In The Home, The Jungle of Alternative Medicine: How to Choose, Exploring Community Acupuncture, and Cupping Therapy For Bodyworkers.


Our Events

Mystic River Acupuncture enjoys being part of Southeastern Connecticut's community. You may find us at a farmers market or health fair,  giving a presentation for the public at a library, or participating in a community fundraising function. If you see our booth, come say hi! Sometimes we open our clinic for an open house or holiday event. Like us on Facebook to hear about upcoming events.

Upcoming Classes & Events:


May 15-16, 2020

Intro To Cupping For Bodyworkers - Cupping 1 & 2

Learn the art of cupping therapy and integrate it into your practice! 


Intro To Cupping For Bodyworkers is a 2-day 12 NCBTMB credit class for licensed professionals. Safety and care of cups, application and removal of cups, basic cupping techniques, and sliding cupping are covered. You will be able to apply your new skills immediately. 

Day One covers cupping safety and care of pump style vacuum cups. Cupping will be demonstrated with plenty of time for practice.

Day Two continues with the use of silicone cups and sliding cupping technique. Sliding cupping will be demonstrated with plenty of time for practice.


Open to Licensed Practitioners

Call  (860) 448-6766 or Register online.

Instructors: Kathleen T. Poole, L.Ac. and Marie Healy, L.Ac., LMT

NCBTMB: 12 credit hours

Fee: $350early bird/$390 after April 1, 2020

Location: TBA in Groton-Norwich area


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SUPPLIES ARE NOT INCLUDED. You may purchase a set of pump cups ahead of time f or from us (if available) at the class. 


May 17, 2020

Advanced Cupping Techniques

Take what you've learned a step further and cup like a pro!


Advanced Cupping Technique 6 NCMTMB (pending) will explore advanced techniques in both sliding and standing cups. 

We'll introduce the 'dough technique for cupping over knees and other boney surfaces that make it difficult to retain suction. Seated cupping and facilitated stretch techniques for the neck are covered, as well as deltoid and pectoral cupping as it relates to the neck. Time permitting, we will also discuss treatment of sinus congestion with facial cupping. 

In this class we will also use acu pints to open channels and enhance circulation in areas being cured. 


Prerequisite: Intro To Cupping 

If you've taken Intro classes somewhere else, please call before registering. 

Call  (860) 448-6766 or Register online.

Instructors: Marie Healy, L.Ac., LMT and Kathleen T. Poole, L.Ac. 

NCBTMB: 6 credit hours

Fee: $175 early bird/$195 after April 1, 2020

Location: TBA in Groton-Norwich area

More Info and refund policy



SUPPLIES ARE NOT INCLUDED. You may purchase a set of pump cups ahead of time f or from us (if available) at the class. 

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Community Acupuncture Clinic

​This is a sliding scale clinic for anyone who needs it. If you prefer a quick treatment, need acupuncture focused on a specific area, or prefer something easier on your wallet, community acupuncture may be what you need. Community Clinic is held twice a week. The fee is a sliding scale from $35 to $60 (initial visit $65). 

Patients do not need to undress. After removing shoes and socks, you'll relax in a reclining position for treatment. Wear loose clothing that can be rolled up to elbows and knees, and loose collared shirts for these sessions.

Senior Day / $65 FOR 65!

Senior Day is held twice a month on second and fourth Mondays. Medicare does not cover acupuncture. Senior Day is our way of making acupuncture available to Medicare recipients at a reduced price. Many issues related to aging, such as arthritis, aches and pains, sleep issues, and low energy, can be helped by acupuncture. Build up your immune system before visiting the grandchildren or maintain your good health with regular acupuncture sessions. 

Some of our senior day patients combine acupuncture with a 30 or 60 minute therapeutic massage after their treatment. 

Second & Fourth Mondays / 2xs Monthly

Veterans Administration Commuity Care (VACCN)

In an effort to serve those who have served our country, we are in network with the VACCN administered through United Health Care. VACCN is a benefit that allows veterans to seek care outside of the Veteran's Administration if the wait to be seen at the VA clinic is long or when the clinic is far from their home. Contact your VA Administration or VA doctor to request acupuncture through VACCN and specify that you want to come to Mystic River Acupuncture. Feel free to call our office if you need more information.

$50 Facial Rejuvenation Add-On

Facia Rejuvenation Acupuncture, sometimes called 'face lift acupuncture', is in the news. Celebrities and movie stars have chosen acupuncture to keep themselves looking young. (See our Specialty Acupuncture page to learn more about Facial Rejuvenation.) While it's not really a face lift, the tiny needles relax your facial muscles, ease wrinkles, and give you a vibrant healthy look.

If you don't have time for a facial rejuvenation series, try a mini treatment with your regular acupuncture for only $50. Please let us know when you schedule to allow enough time for both services.


From time to time we run specials offering services or products at reduced rates. We use Specials to introduce you to new techniques or to help you deal with seasonal problems. 

Examples of Specials we've run are Cupping Specials, Moxa Boosts, Acupuncture-Massage Combos, Stress Reduction Acupuncture, Travel and Back-To-School Herb Kits. Like us on Facebook and check our home page regularly for the latest Special.

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Mystic River Acupuncture

167 Broad Street

Groton, CT 06355

Excellence in Chinese Medicine Since 1989
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