Allison C, Staten Island, New York:
I was only vaguely familiar with acupuncture before I met Lauren--and skeptical. I had seen some footage on a television program, and the fact needles were involved left me uneasy. Lauren, on the other hand, made me feel entirely the opposite, so, I decided to give it a try. If it was too painful, I wouldn't go through with it; and if it didn't have any positive aftermath I'd have lost nothing. Lauren first did an intake interview to see what she could help me with, mostly bronchial and lung related things, and she then proceeded with the actual acupuncture. Not even a few small pinches later, and they were in. The atmosphere was already relaxed so all I had to so was just be. She checked on me throughout the duration of the process, and before I knew it, it was over. I felt great: relaxed, warm and fuzzy. Not to mention my breathing felt looser. I would highly recommend giving it a try.
Lee P., Staten Island, New York:
The best thing I could have done for myself was to go see Lauren. I woke up on one of the worst days; I had massive neck pains! I stayed in bed all day with a neck massager that gave me "rug burn." I thought, well, this will go away by tomorrow because I just slept wrong. But it didn't. When seeing Lauren you not only get acupuncture, but also a complete intake to get to know your medical/health history, and how you are feeling on a daily basis. After the interview, I then had the pleasure of having all my senses relaxed so "Lauren?s magic" can work. Soft music played and the room was dimly lit with candles as I relaxed during the session. After an acupuncture treatment she did a procedure called cupping (Cupping is a method of applying acupressure by creating a vacuum next to the patient's skin. The therapy is used to relieve what is called "stagnation" in TCM terms, and is used in the treatment of respiratory diseases such as the common cold & bronchitis. It is also used to treat back, neck, shoulder, and other musculoskeletal pain. ) It feels like a reversed massage. I felt my muscles being pulled up instead of pushed down. I felt like she was trying to bring the blood to the muscle and it was great! I noticed a difference after the first treatment! Lauren helped my cranky days turn into a wonderful experience. Thanks Lauren!
Sherri L., Jersey City, New Jersey:
I went to Lauren Fortuna for acupuncture treatment after feeling fatigued for several months. Having never tried acupuncture before, I was a little nervous about it. Lauren quickly put me at ease during the patient interview, and I felt comfortable once I laid down on the table for the procedure. Lauren explained to me why she was applying needles to certain acupuncture points, so I understood the nature of the session. The most wonderful part of the treatment was the application of indirect moxibustion; the warmth of the moxa and the scent of mugwort were so therapeutic. After the treatment was over, I felt energized yet relaxed, as opposed to anxious and fatigued as I had been feeling for months beforehand. The sensation carried over for a few days afterwards. I highly recommend Lauren Fortuna, especially for those new to acupuncture.
Adam G., Staten Island, New York:
I had been suffering through weeks of brutal pain in my feet, calves and lower back when I decided something had to be done! I saw a chiropractor first (which actually made it worse), and then a friend recommended acupuncture. I was lucky enough to be given Lauren's name when I started looking for references. After the very first session I was confident that Lauren would be able to get me back on my feet again...literally. It took several weeks of her patience and attention to my individual sensitivity/needs to gradually make the pain less frequent and eventually disappear. I can't thank Lauren enough for giving me back my mobility and peace of mind.
Susan L., Staten Island, New York:
Thank you for your wonderful work to help alleviate my neck, right shoulder and right arm pain. As you know I went to a chiropractic neurologist for2 months and then to physical therapy with absolutely no relief from my constant unbearable pain. In only 4 visits with you I am beginning to feel like my old self again and I owe it all to you and your fantastic work in the art of Acupuncture. Lauren, every morning I say some prayers and then I tell "God" what I am grateful for today. You are on the top of my list. I have already referred you to 2 people! Thank you so much for giving me back my smile.
Alexis V., Staten Island, New York:
I have suffered with vestibular migraines and anxiety attacks for the past 12 years. Since receiving acupuncture treatments over the last few months from Lauren, my migraine severity and frequency has reduced greatly. It has been a great relief to not have to take Advil daily. Lauren also provided me with the cupping procedure which completely loosens the muscles of my shoulders, back and neck. This procedure has aided me in helping reduce the painful and debilitating headaches by reducing the tightness in those areas ( a contributing factor in migraine sufferers). The procedure also has helped with my stress. Lauren has also been able to help me reduce the frequency of my anxiety attacks through treatments. She provides a comfortable and relaxed environment and always explains what points she is addressing for the acupuncture session. Lauren is professional, kind and truly cares for patients.
Pat, Staten Island, New York:
I want to thank you for the relief you have given me with pain management. I have been an arthritic for many years and have tried almost every form of pain management known. After being treated by you , I will sing your praises wherever I go. Feel free to use my testimonial. I recently had hip replacement surgery and was feeling great relief. However, after several months of Physical Therapy, I developed bursitis in the new hip. The pain was becoming unbearable, and after being prescribed anti inflammatory medication, weeks later, still no relief. I returned to Lauren, who helped me years earlier, and after the second visit, I had no more pain. GONE! Gentle, caring and knowledgeable, I highly recommend her service to anyone suffering any kind of pain. I am able to live the life I enjoy so much. I love to garden and enjoy six grandchildren. I can continue to do so with Lauren's help.
E.K., Staten Island, New York:
I have suffered with chronic back pain for nearly 8 years. A friend referred me to Lauren and I'm happy to say that after a series of visits my back pain improved, reducing its frequency and intensity. Acupuncture is certainly worth a try! Thank You!
Kerri O. Staten Island, New York:
Hello Lauren, Hope you are doing well! I do miss you and the treatments. When I came to you I had 4 buldging disc and was in constant pain. On a scale from 1 to 10 I was a 8. I just want everyone to know that after my treatment with Lauren I walked out of the office with a 3, and it helped so much! I have also done the Chiropracter and I walked out in a 7 and it's just not the same! I've told everyone and will continue to brag about my experience with Lauren and the treatment she gave me! She is GREAT and very welcoming and I recommend everyone to try her if you are in any pain she can help!! Miss you Lauren and I'm coming back anyday!