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Japanese Traditional Acupuncture

Japanese Traditional Acupuncture is a hands-on healing art that developed alongside massage and bodywork. Japanese acupuncture, like many other Japanese art forms such as chado (tea ceremony), ikebana (flower arrangement) and shodo (calligraphy) is greatly influenced by the unique philosophy of Zen with a special emphasis on calmness, serenity and concentration. Treatment entails a high degree of focused intention and connection between the practitioners and patientís fundamental core energy or consciousness. Treatment proceeds from a detailed assessment of the body through touch. The skillful touch employed in Japanese acupuncture has its basis in Shiatsu and other forms of traditional manual therapy which is studied by most Japanese acupuncturists. The emphasis is on gentle palpation in diagnosis and treatment in order to obtain constant feedback on the changes in the patient's energy state.

Treatment can usually proceed with various methods of contact needling (sesshokushin), using a teishin or ShakuJu needle, both of which have a rounded, egg shaped tip. This approach is most common to Shakuju and Toyohari styles. Contact needling when performed correctly, produces remarkable and lasting benefits and ensures patient comfort, especially those who may be uncomfortable with the idea of needles.

In certain situations, when needle insertion is necessary, we use very shallow (to a depth of 1mm) insertions when tonifying for Deficiency. Dispersive needling of stiff, painful, or tight areas of the body are needled to a depth of 2-3 mm, into what is referred to as the nutritive Ki level. Patients experience minimal to no discomfort with any of these techniques, and usually find treatments extremely relaxing. Often patients are not even aware that a needle has been inserted. The aim is to work more on the surface level where subtle energy is more accessible. Japanese Traditional acupuncturists must develop an energetic connection with the patient to engender relaxation and natural healing.

Treatments are divided into at least two steps. The first is the root treatment that addresses core energetic and structural imbalances. The subsequent steps aim to resolve symptoms and patient complaints. Symptomatic treatment is sometimes enough especially in acute conditions, but usually the underlying causes of disease must be addressed to activate the body's own healing capacity.

Authentic Japanese Traditional Healing Since 1983

Ted Annenberg graduated from the Nakazono Kotatoma Institute in 1983. He has been practicing and studying traditional East Asian medicine for over thirty years, successfully applying Japanese style acupuncture, moxibustion and Kampo herbal therapy to a wide range of health conditions associated with contemporaneous lifestyle. He has traveled and studied in Japan regularly since 1983 and continues to study with senior Japanese teachers as well as participating in regular trainings in the U.S.

Mr. Annenberg specializes in traditional Japanese healing arts including: Japanese-style acupuncture as taught by Denmai Shudo, Masakazu Ikeda and Kodo Fukushima (Toyohari). Moxibustion according to the principles of Fukaya and Shirota and Classical School (Koho-ha) Japanese herbal medicine largely based upon the instruction of Otsuka Keisetsu. He is currently incorporating the Shakuju approach of Shoji Kobayashi into his practice.

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