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PossAbility Acupunture - Bridgeport West

One or Two 75-Minute Full-Body Microsystem Massages at PossAbility Acupuncture (Up to 57% Off)

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  • Expires May 15th, 2013.
  • Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Appointment required. 24hr cancellation notice required.

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Commonly Asked Questions

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is Tina a registered massage therapist ?

Ana G.  asked on  Nov 16, 2012

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Hi there! This is Tina. The above answer is correct. If you are wondering about your insurance coverage, for my services you will have to have Acupuncture or TCM under your coverage. Best be would be to check with your provider. Be well, Tina Barnes D.Ac, PSW

Tina M B.  from  Merchant  replied on  Nov 18, 2012

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Tina is not a registered massage therapist, but she is a certified Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine practitioner. Part of her training is in body work and massages as well. I hope this helps, Alexandru!

Phillip K.  from  Groupon  replied on  Nov 16, 2012

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Hi Tina, this is Janet M. again. I thank you for your prompt response. I really want to clarify my points a little - at no point did I say you were claiming to be an RMT or "Massage Therapist". I have no problem with you using the term therapist; acupuncturists are highly trained and respected members of the health care community, in my opinion. However you do use the term "Massage Therapy" twice in your ad; once on the "intro" page and then in the very FIRST sentence of your full descriptor page. This term is as protected under law as "Massage Therapist"; one does not mean any "less" than the other, so by using the term Massage Therapy I feel you are strongly implying that you are a Massage Therapist. Do you see my point? Your Groupon rep should be familiar with the law as it pertains to such matters, and not only should alter/correct your ad immediately, but I think should also be contacting all those who purchased the Groupon to clarify the designations of the practitioner. I would not dream of claiming that I did acupuncture when I am not trained to do so. We work with people who are very physically and emotionally vulnerable at times, and we need to take full responsibility for helping them to make the most informed choice possible for their health care. Thank you for listening and being open to the discussion. Respectfully yours, Janet.

Janet M.  asked on  Nov 19, 2012

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Hey there. I have contacted my Groupon rep to see about changes in the wording, I have left it in their hands. However, i don't think contacting everyone is necesarry. I am in contact with the buyers when they call to make the appointment and it is part of my practice to go over who i am, what i do and answer potential questions. The truth is, they ARE comming for a type of massage treatment, a massage that i have been certified and insured to perform under my desigantion. I am not claiming to do something that i have not been trained to do. It states in the add that i am an acupuncturist under the business description and also states that "acupuressure techniques" are used. I am not sure where the huge deception is. (other than the 'massage therapy' wording specifically, which is being reviewed) I have been in correspondence with people who have bought and they are wondering if i am an RMT to see if they can claim this type of treatment under their massage insurance. (the answer if you read bellow is NO, it must go through as acupuncture.) Im am hoping that these discussions will help to clear that up for people. You are most certainly right about the nature of our clientelle in health care. I am particularly sensitive to this as i also work with special needs individuals, 12 years and counting. I would never do anything to decive people and ONLY perform techniques that i am educated in. You can rest assured that my clients are always given all the information necesarry before i even begin treatment. No exceptions. It is important to me as well to have full integrity in my practice. Thank you for your concern. My Groupon rep suggested that if you have further concerns of this matter to please contact them directly instead of using this platform. They would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Tina M B.  from  Merchant  replied on  Nov 19, 2012

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Hi Tina I have been going to a massage therapist for many years. Has not improved my condition at all. Radiation treatments after breast cancer has destroyed the lymphnodes to my arm. My arm is quite swollen and there is little blood flow. Would your treatments be any benefit to me. Thanks Heidi

 asked on  Nov 19, 2012

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Hi Heidi!! Kudos to you for making it this far through your treatment!! Sounds intense. This particular "microsystems massage" might not be for you then, but acupuncture has a pretty good track record at increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation. Feel free to come in with this Groupon, I am happy to tailor the treatment to whatever your situation may require. Take care, Tina

Tina M B.  from  Merchant  replied on  Nov 19, 2012

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So if Tina is not a Registered Massage Therapist, why are the words "Massage Therapy" included in 2 separate parts of the Groupon description? In case you are not aware, "Massage Therapy" is a protected term that can only be used by Registered Massage Therapists, not acupuncturists, chiropractors, aromatherapists, doctors, or anyone who is not registered with the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. Please do not use terms that are protected by law if the "therapist" (in this case, she should be called the acupuncturist) is not a RMT. This is at the very least false advertising, and at worst is an actual criminal offense. Please do your research before posting your offers; Massage Therapy is a health care profession; we complete a very specific and thorough education, are required to be registered with the College, must complete Continuing Education every year, must carry liability insurance, are covered by many health insurance plans, etc. To have others just claim they do "massage therapy" is insulting, incorrect, and as it turns out, illegal. Thank you.

Janet M.  asked on  Nov 19, 2012

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Greetings Janet! Thank you for your imput. You are correct, "massage therapy" is certainly protected term and it is mentioned once at the top of the page. However, using the term "therapist' in general to decribe any practitioner is not as there are many deferent types of therapist out there. Part of my Chinese Medicine training included various types of massage like Tui Na and this Microsystems Massage. I am fully trained, qualified and insured to perform these types of massage as a therapist of my designation. it is misleading for certain to lead the add with the term "massage therapy" as the opening term and i will contact my Groupon rep to have that changed, thank you for pointing it out. However, it doesn't mention anywhere that i am a "massage therapist." Just refers to me as an acupuncturist and/or therapist which is completely legal and acurate. I appologize if you felt insulted by this, I hope this helps to clear up any misunderstanding.

Tina M B.  from  Merchant  replied on  Nov 19, 2012

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Is this treatment covered on my group insurance plan? Either through RMT or other designation?

Todd S.  asked on  Nov 16, 2012

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Hello there! This is Tina from PossAbility Acupuncture. You would have to have Acupuncture or TCM covered under your insurance plan for these services. It would be best to check with them directly if you're not sure. Be well, Tina Barnes D.Ac, PSW

Tina M B.  from  Merchant  replied on  Nov 18, 2012

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Groupon does not accept insurance. However, the business can provide a receipt for the service if you wish to make a claim. To find out if the service is covered, please contact your insurance company.

tony R.  from  Groupon  replied on  Nov 17, 2012

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is this a massage or accupressure or accupuncture being offered or a combination?

Barb B.  asked on  Nov 16, 2012

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Hi there! This is Tina, I am the practitioner at PossAbility Acupuncture. The above answer is correct, however treatments can be altered to suit a persons need, so acupuncture could absolutely be a part of the treatment if an individual would choose so. Take care! Tina D.Ac, PSW

Tina M B.  from  Merchant  replied on  Nov 18, 2012

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According to their website, "This massage is an extension of the facelift massage and includes an acupressure/reflexology massage of your face, scalp, hands and feet. Not only will you fall into a state of absolute relaxation, but you will be activating the natural healing processes of your entire body."

tony R.  from  Groupon  replied on  Nov 17, 2012

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is Tina a registered massage therapist ?

Ana G.  asked on  Nov 16, 2012

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Hi there! This is Tina. The above answer is correct. If you are wondering about your insurance coverage, for my services you will have to have Acupuncture or TCM under your coverage. Best be would be to check with your provider. Be well, Tina Barnes D.Ac, PSW

Tina M B.  from  Merchant  replied on  Nov 18, 2012

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Tina is not a registered massage therapist, but she is a certified Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine practitioner. Part of her training is in body work and massages as well. I hope this helps, Alexandru!

Phillip K.  from  Groupon  replied on  Nov 16, 2012

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