Business offers acupuncture in group setting

The Bellingham Business Journal

Ed Layton, a licensed acupuncturist with nine years experience, is expanding his offerings at Layton Health Clinic to include low-cost acupuncture treatments in a group setting. The new branch, called  HamsterPuncture, opens Saturday, June 19 at 1329 King St.

HamsterPuncture will utilize a community-style format that enables patients to receive acupuncture treatments using a sliding payment scale of $15 to $40.

Up to four patients can be in the same room at a time. After the needles are inserted at appropriate acupoints, a patient can relax in a recliner while Layton begins treatment for another patient. Most acupoints are on the extremities, so people get to stay in their street clothes.

“This format makes acupuncture more accessible for people,” Layton said. “It enables patients to receive treatments regularly. I want treatments to be relaxed and informal. The group format can be reassuring for people as it’s very open and convivial.”

HamsterPuncture will make its debut during the Whatcom Family YMCA’s Get Movin’ event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 19 at Civic Field in Bellingham.

“We are going to be giving treatments, explaining acupuncture, and having some fun,” Layton said. “Let’s cross our fingers for a sunny day.”

Layton will continue offering private and comprehensive hour-long acupuncture appointments to patients through Layton Health Clinic.

HamsterPuncture will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Thursdays and 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Appointments may be made online or over the phone. Drop-in patients are welcome as space allows.

For more information, call (360) 734-1659 or visit


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