Things that aren't new: acupuncture. Things that are: getting it done in a place that feels like home.
If you're new to alternative healing, Maha Rose is a welcoming start. The converted loft space in Greenpoint is more like a comfy apartment (complete with layered rugs and whitewashed brick) than a dimly lit doctor's office with a few paper screens and one lonely bamboo plant.
The reason for that is because the center's services extend beyond those tiny needles. Maha Rose also holds daily yoga and meditation classes in its large front room and fun community-oriented events like a chakras brunch, where you learn how to cook in alignment with your energy channels. But just past the open kitchen are the treatment rooms--where the magic really happens.
We recently stopped by for our first-ever acupuncture visit and discovered that our practitioner, Lisa Levine, also combines her treatments with Reiki (the Japanese technique of placing hands to conjure energy as you lie and relax). Massages are all well and good, but this takes tension release to the next level. Even if you're skeptical of alternative therapies, we have to admit we slept pretty great that night.
Maha Rose, 97 Green St. (at Franklin St.), #G3, Brooklyn; 718-757-2758 or maharose.com