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Why is MAS now a non-profit?

MAS has always existed for one purpose only: to provide acupuncture to as many people as possible while supporting sustainable jobs for its workers.
In other words, MAS has been provided for by staff and patients.

The decision to change the legal structure of the business from a for-profit to a non-profit was based on several different factors. As it turns out, all of them in the interest of providing MAS an opportunity to continue to do its work for decades to come, while not relying on a particular person or persons to make this possible, legally speaking.

The goal of the organization has been to serve the public by providing acupuncture services and not endeavoring to amass an excess of money. MAS blossomed as a for-profit social businesses. Over the past few years, it's become clear this social business will be better served in the long run if recognized as a 501(c)3 non-profit by the IRS. This allows for the varied expertise and capital of many parties to continue to push MAS forward in its mission.

Simply put, MAS has grown too big to rest on one owner's shoulders.

It now rightfully belongs to all of us – patients, staff and the public in general.


So let's make a few things clear. Here is what won't be changing:

- The sliding-scale. $15-$35. The basic math stays the same – we charge as little as we can, haven't raised prices in 10+ years, and have no plans to do so.

- The Staff, front desk and acu-punks. We will all continue to be here, happy to be working!

- The overarching mission of MAS: ongoing work to expand availability of acupuncture in Manchester & Nashua-area communities by increasing clinic hours and bringing on additional qualified, passionate acupuncturists.

- Membership and affiliation with POCA (The People's Organization of Community Acupuncture)

Here's what will be changing:

- MAS is now overseen by a terrific, thoughtful and wonderful Board of Directors, made up of MAS patients and staff.

- Former owner Andy Wegman now works as the Executive Director, continuing to manage day-to-day operations as well as continuing with full-time acupuncture at MAS.

- We can now accept donations in cash or kind, that are entirely tax-deductable. Donations are welcome throughout the year. On the donation front, you will see and hear much more about our upcoming efforts to secure a permanent home under our control, for MAS Manchester - and with your help!

- We can begin endeavoring to pursue outside funding for the purpose of opening up the availability of acupuncture to people who wouldn't otherwise have the chance to use it.  An example of this is our recent partnership with the VA in Manchester.

On behalf of the entire MAS Staff & Board of Directors, Thank You for your trust in us and thank you for your business. We look forward to being here with you for a long, long time to come.


Andy Wegman, Executive Director @ MAS

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MAS 10th anniversary party


Manchester Acupuncture Studio was established in 2007 in the millyard of Manchester, NH. It’s hard to believe ten years have gone by already, but here we are, ten years in and 200,000+ acupuncture treatments later! We have certainly grown from our start in a single treatment room on the ground floor of Stark Mill. From hiring more talented acupuncturists and front desk workers, doubling our treatment space a few years later, having a hand in launching POCA (the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture), opening a second MAS clinic in Nashua and then steering the Manchester clinic to our current terrific home two-plus years ago, it's been an honor to take part in this work. It has been our pleasure to meet so many excellent people in the clinic and around towns, becoming a part of the communities of Manchester and Nashua whom we serve. 

The story of MAS is quite simple: endeavoring to offer affordable acupuncture as often as we are able. We are in the final stages of becoming a non-profit, and we have always run our business in a way that places our patients and accessible acupuncture at the forefront. It's been a great ride, and we are all looking forward to continuing to be present and available to you for years more to come.

In this spirit, we welcome all to join us on Saturday, June 3rd in Manchester & Nashua during normal clinic hours for a mellow celebration of 10 years’ worth of Manchester Acupuncture Studio and affordable acupuncture in Southern New Hampshire with FREE acupuncture and light refreshments.  Bring a friend and put your feet up, on us.  We hope to see you there.




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Weather-permitting we are open every day of the year at our Manchester location (Nashua isn't there quite yet)

With this in mind, here are our Holiday hours in Manchester & Nashua over the next six weeks or so.

Thursday, November 24th - Thanksgiving

Manchester: 9-11

Nashua: Closed

Friday, November 25th - the day after Thanksgiving

Normal Hours at both locations

Saturday, December 24th - Christmas Eve

Manchester 9-1

Nashua 9-1

Sunday, December 25th - Christmas Day

Manchester: 9-noon

Saturday, December 31st - New Year's Eve

Manchester: 9-1

Nashua: 9-1

Sunday, January 1st - New Year's Day

Manchester: 9-4


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Three years ago this month MAS Nashua opened its doors. Time does fly!

To celebrate, we're offering free treatments on Saturday the 25th from 9-1.  Come join us!  Folks who are new to acupuncture are welcome, of course.

Light refreshments will be served.

In addition, we're ready to expand the schedule a bit in Nashua.  Starting the 27th of June, we'll be open from noon to 7pm on Tuesdays.



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Friday the 27th
Manchester: 9-7
Nashua: 9-2

Saturday, the 28th
Manchester: 9-4
Nashua: 9-1

Sunday, the 29th
Manchester: 9-1
Nashua: closed

Monday, the 30th
Manchester: 9-1
Nashua: closed

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In an effort to help us all start the holiday season with some genuine good cheer and a little more wind in our sails, we're offering ...

Free Acupuncture all day this Friday November, 27th!

Please come down and bring family, friends, and out of town guests.

@ MAS Manchester from 9 am to 7 pm

@ MAS Nashua from 9 am to 1 pm


Also! We'll be taking last appointments @ 6pm in Manchester & Nashua on Wednesday the 25th.

We ARE open on Thanksgiving Day from 9a-11a in Manchester. We will be closed in Nashua. 


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November Calendar of Events


Wednesday the 4th - Manchester opens at 2pm, due to a scheduled electrical outage in the neighborhood.

Nashua open 3p-7p, per usual.

Wednesday the 11thVeterans Day

$5 treatments for Vets.  Thank you for your service.

Thursday the 26th, Thanksgiving 

Manchester open from 9a-11a.
Nashua is closed for the holiday


Friday the 27th - FREE treatments for ALL in Manchester & Nashua!

City & State workers enjoy $10 treatments all month long.

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