About Tona

Tona Marquez LAc
Tona Marquez LAc

Tonatiuh Tona Marquez, the acupuncturist who runs TonaHealing.com, was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. His uncle, Dr. Nephtali Solis, encouraged Tona to study Acupuncture and continue his family's tradition of supporting local community and helping people acheive good health.

Tona started as an Intern Acupuncturist in 2006 and was certified by the State of California in 2008 as a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc). He then advanced his acupuncture skills, under the late Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan, master of Balance Method Acupuncture, a system that provides quick and effective pain relief, improves sleep and digestion, regulates hormones and the immune system, reduces stress, anxiety and depression. After the passing of Dr. Tan, Tona continued to refine his balance method acupuncture skills under master students of the late Dr. Tan at Si Yuan. 

Executive Level Balance Method Practitioner

Currently, Tona is further mastering his balance method acupuncture skills at The Acadamy of Acupuncture, where he has achieved the highest certification of Executive Level Practitioner. Tona is the only Excecutive Level Practioner of Balance Method Acupuncture between Los Angeles and the Bay Area.

For years, Tona has been providing balance method acupuncture at Issels Medical Center, treating oncology patients by boosting their immune systems, providing pain relief, and treating the side effects of previous western oncology treatments. Previously, he was on staff at the Spine and Orthopedic Center of Santa Barbara using his balance method acupuncture skills to provide relief for back and neck conditions, as well as orthopedic disorders of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot. Tona has treated many, many patients with a wide variety of health issues.

DCA @ 209 W. Sola Street
Downtown Community Acupuncture is located at 209 W. Sola Street

Finally, Tona has been treating patients at Community Acupuncture clinics since 2008, becoming a POCA member in 2013. To this day, Tona continues treating patients from all walks of life at Downtown Community Acupuncture of Santa Barbara.

Book an appointment online with Tona to begin your journey to a better quality of life.

So, What is Community Acupuncture

Community Acupuncture (CA) is a system where people of all walks of life get acupuncture together and everyone pays on a $30-$55 sliding scale. The $30-$55 sliding scale system is an essential component of the community acupuncture model. Patients receiving acupuncture together is another essential component.

CA patients get acupuncture while resting in a reclined chair, in a peaceful, relaxed, open room with other patients. After a quick check-in with Tona, super thin acupuncture "pins" are gently placed, mostly from the elbows to the hands and from the knees to the feet; so there is no need to disrobe. Simply roll up your sleeves and pants’ legs, take off your shoes and socks, recline your chair, close your eyes and relax.

DCA Community Treatment Space
Sticking Together and Healing Together

Once your "pins" are in place, rest for about an hour. You may soon feel more at ease or a little sleepy. Sometimes you’ll take a short nap, or drift in and out a peaceful, dream like rest. If not that's ok too. Usually after 30 to 60 minutes you’ll “wake up” or start to feel a little restless, this means you’re “ready”. Just open your eyes and Tona will notice this, check in with you to make sure you’re “ready” and then remove your "pins".

People may be hesitant to try CA at first. Many come to prefer what CA has to offer. Patients remark that having others resting around them makes them feel more prepared and open to receiving acupuncture. They sometimes are surprised about experiencing deeper peaceful treatments while in a room filled with other patients. They’re also surprised how a few super thin "pins" in their arms and legs can help their back and neck pains, headaches, anxiety, stress and other ailments. One thing that doesn’t surprise them is the price. It’s always the reliable $30 to $55 sliding scale.  Book an appointment online with Tona today.

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Peoples Organization of Community Acupuncture

The People Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA) is a great resource for acupuncturists, patients and co-op minded folks who want to learn about the CA movement, philosophy, and how community acupuncture is changing the world. Anyone can become a  POCA  member, so sign up and become part of the CA movement, plus get special member benifits. You can even find other Community Acupuncture Clinics to refer family and friends who live out of town.  All this and more can be found at  POCAcoop.com