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Stonington Natural Health Center is located in Suite 103 in the Quiambaug Cove Building, located on the beautiful Quiambaug Cove. This cove is a spectacular place to bird-watch, go for a walk to the sandy islets, or paddle a kayak or boat.

We are located just outside of Mystic, just off Route 1, at the Quiambaug Cove Office Building where we have lots of parking.  Directions to Stonington Natural Health Center at Quiambaug Cove:

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Coming from PROVIDENCE area:

1. Take I-95 S.
2. Take Connecticut EXIT 91, PEQUOT TRAIL / STONINGTON / NO. MAIN STREET / CT-234.
3. Turn left onto TAUGWONK RD.
4. TAUGWONK RD becomes PEQUOT TRAIL/CT-234.
5. Turn LEFT onto NORTH MAIN ST.
6. Turn RIGHT onto STONINGTON WESTERLY RD/US-1.
7. Go 1.5 miles until passing the second cove/QUIAMBAUG COVE.
8. Turn LEFT onto WILCOX RD.
9. Turn RIGHT into parking lot at QUIAMBAUG COVE, 107 WILCOX RD.


Coming from PAWCATUCK, CT:

1. Take US-1 S.
2. After passing Stonington Borough, go approximately 1.5 miles until passing the second cove.
3. Turn LEFT onto WILCOX RD.
4. Turn RIGHT into parking lot, QUIAMBAUG COVE, 107 WILCOX RD.

Coming from WAKEFIELD/CHARLESTOWN area:

1. Take US-1 S.
2. On US-1, after passing Dunn's Corner and then the Westerly State Airport, take a right onto Route 78.
3. At stoplight at end, take a right onto RT 2.
4. Take to I-95 S.
5. Take Connecticut EXIT 91, PEQUOT TRAIL / STONINGTON / NO. MAIN STREET / CT-234.
6. Turn left onto TAUGWONK RD.
7. TAUGWONK RD becomes PEQUOT TRAIL/CT-234.
8. Turn LEFT onto NORTH MAIN ST.
9. Turn RIGHT onto STONINGTON WESTERLY RD/US-1.
10. Go 1.5 miles until passing the second cove/QUIAMBAUG COVE.
11. Turn LEFT onto WILCOX RD.
12. Turn RIGHT into parking lot at QUIAMBAUG COVE, 107 WILCOX RD.


From the South:

1. Take I-95 N.
2. Take the CT-27 S exit - EXIT 90 - toward DOWNTOWN/SEAPORT.
3. Turn RIGHT onto GREENMANVILLE AVE/CT-27. Continue to follow CT-27.
4. After passing Mystic Seaport, CT-27 will end at Route 1.  Turn LEFT onto WILLIAMS AVE / US-1. Continue to follow US-1.
5. Go 1.0 miles, passing the Sea Swirl on your right, and passing Mystic Market and the A & P on your left.
6. You will see a brick building set back behind some trees. At this point, turn RIGHT onto WILCOX RD.  (NOTE:  Wilcox Road is a loop, and this is the second entrance to Wilcox Road.)
7. TURN RIGHT into parking lot at QUIAMBAUG COVE, 107 WILCOX RD.

During the busy season, try this SHORTCUT from the South:

1.  Take I-95 N.
2.  Take the CT-27 S exit - EXIT 90 - toward DOWNTOWN/SEAPORT.
3.  Turn RIGHT onto GREENMANVILLE AVE/CT-27.

4.  Get in the LEFT lane and turn LEFT onto COOGAN BLVD.

5.  Take COOGAN BLVD to the end, and turn RIGHT onto JERRY BROWNE RD.

6.  At second stop sign, Turn SHARP RIGHT onto MISTUXET AVE.

7.  Turn LEFT onto COVE RD.

8.  Cross over ROUTE 1 onto WILCOX RD.

9.  TURN RIGHT into parking lot at QUIAMBAUG COVE, 107 WILCOX RD.

To make an appointment with Megan Marco, please call 860-536-3880 or email info@snhc.com.

Treatments are by appointment, so call soon.  See you on your path to optimal health!

 
     
   Your First Appointment  
 

For your first appointment, please print your forms ahead of time and fill them out OR arrive 30 minutes before your appointment time to be able to fill out your paperwork and enjoy a full treatment.  If you think you will be late, please call to let us know.  It is preferable that you arrive late rather than miss your appointment altogether.

Eat a snack or meal within three hours before your appointment so that you have glucose in your body.  If you smoke, give at least 30 minutes between your last cigarette and your appointment.

 
     
   FAQs  

Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture with Megan Marco

Q. I have a lot of questions - can I ask them?

A. YES!  Your active participation is directly related to your success.

Q. How often should I come to see you?

A. It depends on what we are treating. If you consider that most health problems don't happen overnight, it makes sense that treatment may take some time. In general, ten treatments are necessary to see significant long-lasting changes. We encourage you to schedule appointments in advance so that you get the times and days that work for you.  Our appointment book goes out three months to enable you to get your favorite appointment times.

Q. Do I ever need to see you more than once a week?

A. With each treatment, you will see improvement. Acupuncture works cumulatively. Therefore, if you group the treatments close together, you will see changes more quickly. In some situations I would recommend treatments over consecutive days to help relieve pain or to strengthen your immune system. You will achieve greater effectiveness from your treatments if you group them close together. We are lubricating the pathways so that your body can chose these pathways on its own.  For more information, check out: http://www.beyondwellbeing.com/prognosis


Q. Are results permanent?

A. A large part of that depends on you. Acupuncture sends signals to your body of what it needs to do to heal. Other criteria that we will look at are: Are you following your prescribed treatment protocol? What is your lifestyle like? Are you resting?  Are you reinjuring yourself?   Have you modified your activities and your work environment to be ergonomically correct? Between treatments, are you stretching to continue the positive effects of the treatment? Are you drinking enough water after your treatment?  Are you following the Chinese energetic nutritional advice given to you? Would Chinese herbs help you on your path to optimal health? These are all areas that we will discuss throughout your treatments. We are aiming for permanent relief and optimal health with natural, holistic Oriental Medicine. Once you're feeling better, it is very helpful to come in for occasional tune-ups.

Q. Does acupuncture hurt?

A. If you ask my son, he will tell you, "No, Acupuncture does not hurt."  Most of the time you won't feel anything at all. Occasionally you may feel a quick pinch. Once the needle is in, you may experience warmth, tingling, or a zing, which indicates that the point is active. This is good as it indicates that the point is working, we are increasing blood flow and circulation, and we are in the right spots. For the most part, you will barely be aware that the point has been placed.

Q. What are points?

A. Acupuncturists often use the word point instead of needle because they are so thin--as thin as a hair.  We avoid the word needle because of its association with the needle or syringe used for getting shots. It is unfortunate that Acupuncture needles were ever named needles as they are so much thinner than syringes or even sewing needles.  Did you know that Acupuncture needles are so tiny that eight Acupuncture needles can fit into the hole of a syringe?  Here at SNHC all of our points/needles are sterile and disposable. 

The word point is also used in reference to the spots along the energy channels on the body--these are the points that influence positive change and healthy re-patterning of your body.

Q. Will I experience sensations once the points are in?

A. Sometimes you won't feel anything at all.  Often you will feel a calming energy as the endorphin production increases from the Acupuncture.  Sometimes you may feel a "zing," warmth, tingling, or even numbness indicate that we found the right spot. When you feel any of these, just say "got it!" and then we'll know that we "got the qi." These areas are where there is a blockage in your system. By freeing up the blockages, the energy can move through your body. When you think of your body as having a series of rivers and the blockages as dams, then when we insert a needle into a blockage it is like opening these dams to get the river flowing again. Or if you think of these pathways as being pipes with clogs in them, the Acupuncture needles act like energetic drain-o. During treatments, I may ask you to take a deep breath. Breathing helps to ease any discomfort or nervousness plus and to bring lots of oxygen into your body to help with healing.

Q. If it is uncomfortable after you put the points in do I tell you?

A. Yes! If it ever feels uncomfortable it means that the Acupuncture point needs to be slightly adjusted, and then it will be comfortable again. Also, let me know if you would like anything else adjusted for your comfort -- the temperature of the room, the volume of the music, if you would like a sip of water, the position of a pillow, anything affecting your ability to relax.

Q. Do I have to get undressed?

A. Usually socks, shoes and jewelry are the only things that needs to be removed. It is most helpful for you to wear loose clothing so that we can get to your knees, elbows, and shoulders. To get to hard to reach areas and during the tui na therapeutic massage, you may need to remove certain articles of clothing, however, we always use proper draping techniques to ensure each person's privacy and comfort.

Q. What are the pros and cons of Acupuncture treatments?

A. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can help you to feel good and be healthy. AOM can help you to live a longer, healthier, and happier life.  Acupuncture can also help the body to get rid of toxins.  A con is that you may find that you feel a little worse for the wear before you feel better or you may experience a temporary bruise or some local soreness.  For toxins, which have been sitting in your muscles and fat, to leave your body, it is especially important for you to drink water to flush out these toxins.

Q. Does drinking water really help?

A. Yes, water helps your body cleanse itself of the toxins that were released during your treatment and is essential for your body's healing. It is good to drink water the day of your treatment and the day afterwards.  If you notice a dull headache or feeling achy, it just means that you need to drink more water.  For the most comfort, please make sure to use the bathroom before your treatment.

Q. What if I have to miss or change an appointment?

A. Please call Stonington Natural Health Center at

860.536.3880 if you need to change or cancel an appointment or if you are going to be late for your appointment. If no one is there to answer, please leave a message. Your cooperation on this is vitally important to our mutual success. If you cancel with less than 24 hours, you are responsible for the full payment of your appointment.  Many patients will substitute a friend or family member to have them take their appointment time.  If it is their first appointment, please let them know about the $50 first appointment intake fee. We appreciate your help with this.

Q. I am having trouble finding times that work for me.

A. Please ask to have your name put on the waiting list. When an appointment opens or if we figure out a way to shift the schedule, then we will contact you as soon as possible to get you in for your appointment.

Q. I am coming in for treatments.  Do you offer any discounts?

A.  We have been offering Acupuncture Memberships now for ten years.  Patients love the great savings. 

  • Membership of Seven -- buy six, get one free
  • Membershp of Twelve -- buy ten, get two free
  • Membership of Twenty-two -- buy 18, get four free! 

Memberships can be shared with one friend or family member, and are wonderful to help the whole family stay healthy.  In order for us to offer memberships, memberships are NOT refundable.  We recommend memberships once you know that you are going to be coming in regularly.  Note:  if you already have a Membership and are sharing with a new patient, please let them know about their $50 first appointment intake fee.

Q. What forms of payment do you take and do you take insurance?

A.  Payment is required at the time of service in the forms of either cash, check with credit card to guaranty, or credit card.  If a check is returned, a fee of $25 will be applied to your account.  We do not bill insurance companies.  We will be happy to provide you with the documentation that you may need to submit for reimbursement.

Q. I am not sure what I should call Megan Marco.  What should I call her?

A.  Our primary concerns are (1) that you get better and (2) that you are very comfortable coming here.  With that in mind, Megan Marco says to call her what comes most naturally to you.  Whether you call her Dr. Marco, Dr. Megan, Meg or Megan, all she asks is that you don't call her late for dinner!  (We had to throw that old joke in there...)  She often addresses patients by their first names, and please let her know if there is a different name, a nickname, or a formal name that you would prefer to be called.

     
   Links and Other Resources  
 

Stonington Natural Health Center  www.snhc.com

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine  www.ocom.edu

Informative articles   www.acufinder.com

www.acupuncturetoday.com

 
     
 

Herbal Dispensary, Hong Kong, October 24, 2008

Photo by Megan Marco

 

 
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We are always happy to hear from you. Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions about our services.


Stonington Natural Health Center   860-536-3880

email: info@meganmarco.com

Testimonials:  We would love to hear your success stories with Megan Marco, Acupuncture, and Oriental Medicine.  Please send or email us your testimonial and get 10% off your next appointment.  An easy way to write a testimonial is to include (1) what were your symptoms and why did you seek Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine care, (2)  describe the treatments given to you by Megan Marco and how many, and (3) how are you feeling now?  Then email this to info@meganmarco.com.  Thank you!

 

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