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Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin

    Wow that is totally weird that it was a group session! It is true though that different paths of the body have a lot of different pressure points so I’m sure they hit a lot of the IT band. I had acupuncture once for my back along with cupping but it didn’t help me that much. I do believe in Eastern medicine though and for some things i really think it can help.

  2. Lori (Finding Radiance)

    You are a braver woman than I with all those needles! I have a hard enough time just donating blood. I would never get acupuncture. There are good things about Eastern medicine that I think we should embrace in Western medicine, but i don’t think acupuncture is one of them (my opinion only). Plus, if there is a benefit, I think you have to go a lot of times for it to show.

  3. Carbzilla

    Oh shoot – because I didn’t know what you were expecting, I didn’t know to explain it in better detail. (I don’t work there, Lisa and I had just sorta talked about it before)

    I have been in a room with other people but a little more divided than it sounds like you were. I’m glad I told you to say something if it burns because that is not good, especially if it does not go away.

    I think now that you know what to expect you should give it another chance, especially since you were able to drift off like that. I think that is a very good sign. I tried it a number of times before it just didn’t seem like the pain was going to stay away. But mine was expensive and only partly covered by insurance.

    This reminds me that I should post about my Beijing foot massage I got over the weekend. It was UNBELIEVABLE! Do you have those in Portland ‘cuz if so I’m moving NOW!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’ve never heard of a Beijing foot massage! Post! Post! I must know.

      I will probably give the Acupuncture place one more try. Not sure when.

  4. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    A group session? Oh my I have never heard of antying like that?!

  5. Mary (A Merry Life)

    I’ve always been curious about acupuncture, but not enough to do it!

  6. Jess @ NZ Girl Runs

    I’m sorry you had such a bad experience! You are right, you should have been told that it was a group session. You should have been asked if you had ever been there before, and once you said no they should have told you what to expect. It’s basic customer service (I feel). I personally believe that acupunture works well. I had horrible sciatica (sp) and after a couple of treatments it was all but gone. It still pops up now and again but isn’t constant anymore. I had acupunture at the physio (he is dual qualified) and I was in a room with two beds but they were curtained so everything was private.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’m glad to hear that you had a positive experience–and that it works. That makes me more willing to try again.

  7. Natalie

    I’ve not heard of group acupuncture sessions before and completely understand how that set you off on the wrong foot. It sounds as though you got some benefit -I’m sure falling asleep is a good sign. I have always been sceptical of alternative therapies but when I was pregnant in ’96 my doctor offered me acupuncture for my bad back. It worked brilliantly and after a couple of very sore days initially I had permanent results. If you feel comfortable doing so, I would suggest going back and giving it another go.
    Ps I’m a new reader and have been blown away by your success, what an inspiration you are.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Welcome to my site! I’m glad you checked it out. I’m willing to give Acupuncture another try. I might look into another place though.

  8. marie

    I have a friend who is an acupuncturist in Olympia, WA. Never heard it being done this way but you might check and see if there are other places you can go. I’d also call them and talk to someone – besides the receptionist! – and explain what happened. In the very least, they should have asked if you’d ever been there before. Good luck!

  9. Anonymous

    Possibly the GREATEST thing that I have read all month!!


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