Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN –George Wellbeing, an initiative of the YMCA of the North which is a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, will be offering free community acupuncture starting February 6 at the Blaisdell and Midway YMCAs for Y members and the public.

The free service is walk-in only and no reservations are needed. All are welcome and no Y membership is required to receive the acupuncture service. Non-Y members will need to bring a photo ID to check in. The 10 walk-in appointments a day fill quickly so people may need to wait. People who are interested to receive acupuncture should arrive 10 minutes before start of the service. 

"Health and wellbeing aren’t just about our individual goals of working out and eating right, our wellbeing also needs healing practices in community settings that allow for deep restoration, compassionate connection, and a holistic approach to feeling well,” said Sally St. John, vice president of whole-person wellbeing at the Y.

“The YMCA is honored to be working in partnership with Bill and Penny George and The George Family Foundation to provide integrative healing practices to the community,” said Glen Gunderson, president of the Y.  “When individuals and communities are given the right to self-care practices, people start believing their lives matter, their choices matter and their journey can be something to embrace rather than fear.”

YMCA of the North George Wellbeing

George Wellbeing Community Acupuncture


  • Blaisdell YMCA on 3335 Blaisdell Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
  • Midway YMCA on 1761 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104

Starting February 6

Blaisdell YMCA

Location: Warehouse

  • Tuesday: 3-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 2-4 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9-11 a.m.

Midway YMCA

Location: Studio K

  • Monday: 9-11 a.m.
  • Thursday: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 9-11 a.m.

10 walk-in appointments are available each day, but not guaranteed


Each person is seated in a restorative zero gravity chair. The licensed acupuncturist will check in with each person for a brief consultation. Once the acupuncturist has placed needles, each person can expect to rest for 20-30 minutes. Participants should be prepared to wait for the treatment. Individuals can drop in once in a while or come regularly to maintain wellbeing. Participants should wear loose fitting clothing.

About the YMCA of the North

The YMCA of the North is a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Established 167 years ago, the Ys provide life-strengthening services across 12 counties of the greater Twin Cities metro region, southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin communities. The 28 Y locations and program sites, seven overnight camps, 10 day camps, and more than 90 child care sites engage more than 370,000 men, women and children of all ages, incomes and backgrounds. To learn more about the Y’s mission and work, visit www.ymcanorth.org.