I had never gotten acupuncture before I went to Marnie. (I have a fear of needles.) But when a friend assured me that Marnie could help with my problem, I bit the bullet and went in. Marnie was very respectful of my fears and created a calm, relaxing atmosphere. She used small needles. I hadn't wanted to look like a hedgehog, so she only used about five or six in specific points, and found alternatives for my ears since I was most afraid of needles there. As long as I kept my eyes closed, it was fine - I never felt the needles going in. After a couple of sessions, I was comfortable with as many as a dozen needles, and that's where I stayed for the time I got acupuncture.\r
After the needles are inserted, the acupuncturist leaves you alone. At East West, you are alone in your own room, with dim warm non-fluorescent light and soothing music playing. Marnie gave me a panic button I could hold in my hand so that if I needed attention I could call her. Just the fact of having the button eased most of what could have been panic for me.\r
Occasionally, I woud suffer from back pain as well because my spouse, a massage therapist, and I could not get our schedules to line up enough for my spouse to work on me. In those cases, Marnie would split my session into acupuncture and massage. Marnie is an accomplished massage therapist and absolutely worth going to for that alone, as well as for her wonderful acupuncture work.\r
After about a year of going to her, my problem was solved, and I'm very happy that I took the time to have Marnie give me acupuncture.
Pros: respectful, calming, friendly