This year we are delighted to bring to the UK three world masters in the application of moxibustion using the traditional material of bamboo - Junji Mizutani, Felip Caudet and Oran Kivity.
Moxibustion is very ancient practice – even more ancient than needling. In modern acupuncture, it is often considered too difficult and time consuming to master as it involves great skill to apply correctly. Yet the classics say: for chronic conditions, moxa has no equal. Mastering the application of moxa is an essential skill in the practice of Oriental Medicine and bamboo tubes provide an efficient and safe delivery mechanism. Isaburu Fukaya called bamboo tubes “moxa heat reducing devices” allowing the delivery of moxa to be safe and comfortable for the patient. Each workshop will explore the use of administering moxa via different forms of bamboo tubes. After the final workshop you will have an indepth understanding of moxa, bamboo tubes, and how to use these delivery mechanisms safely and effectively within your clinic.
Advantages of Bamboo Tubes
Direct moxibustion is, of course, hot. And nobody likes moxibustion that feels too hot. The first advantage of using a bamboo tube is that the heat sensation of applying direct moxibustion cones can be overcome. All three styles of bamboo moxa produce a unique and comfortable penetrating sensation into the body.
The second advantage is that the pressure of the tube feels good and creates a unique therapeutic effect. When the pressure is applied rhythmically as moxa is burned inside the tube, the two stimulations of moxa heat and bamboo pressure are combined. This creates a comfortable vibration in the body and most patients relax. Direct moxibustion stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system.
The third advantage is that when the moxa is burned within the Fukaya and Mizutani bamboo tubes, a tiny “insect-bite like” heat sensation is produced but, with very few exceptions, no blisters are formed. Even this small level of direct heat stimulation can produce “denatured proteins” in the subcutaneous tissue. This activates antibodies and cytokene, and is thought to stimulate immune cells.
The fourth advantage is that the effect of compression with the bamboo tube and the heat (the infrared light from the burning moxa) are combined so that the vasomotion of the peripheral blood vessels is improved and circulation is increased. This has a dramatic effect in the reabsorption of inflammation and waste products in the body. Direct moxibustion is a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory agent. And also it is a very relaxing and comfortable stimulation therapy.
The fifth advandage is that bamboo moxa produces very little smoke and uses high grade moxa punk which is less pungent than the lower grade moxas used in needle head moxa, heat perception moxa or stick moxa.
Please join us on this very exciting exploration into the fusion of traditional and modern methods of moxibustion with these three accomplished and very generous teachers - Junji Mizutain, Felip Caudet and Oran Kivity.
Fiona & Marian
MIZUTANI STYLE BAMBOO MOXA with Junji Mizutani
5th & 6th of September 2020
"I believe that the success of all treatment methods rests on whether “the patient feels comfortable.” Unless the moxibustion treatment is comfortable, the maximum effect cannot be drawn out, so my belief is that strong treatments that distress the patient are no good."
Junji Sensei developed his own bamboo tube modelled on Fukaya sensei's tube in order to further reduce the heat sensation for Westerners receiving his unique Autonomic Nevervous System Balancing Treatment. From around 1992, he began progressively shortening the bamboo tube for very sensitive patients. He first reduced the open space at the bottom end of the tube and then gradually increased this space before settling on his revised model. Both ends of his standard bamboo tube can be used, but the shorter end holds less air so the moxa goes out sooner and the heat sensation is milder compared to the longer end, which is a bit warmer.
Participants will learn:
The functions and indications of traditional Japanese moxibustion therapy
How to palpate and accurately locate points requiring moxa
The practical and safe application of direct moxa to acupoints
Different approaches to Gynaecology, Musculoskeletal and Digestive disorders using bamboo moxa
Autonomic nervous system balancing treatment using bamboo moxa
Junji will also share his personal clinical experience and cases and demonstrate how to use this in treatments.
Junji Mizutani is a leading authority on Moxibustion and has established his approach over decades of practice. He graduated from Japan Central Acupuncture College in Tokyo in 1983 and obtained his license to practice shiatsu, acupuncture, and moxibustion in Japan. In 1983 he continued his studies and also taught in Toronto, Canada. Mizutani sensei travels widely and is a well-known and popular teacher in North America. He is a founding member, and director of the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine devoted to Traditional Japanese medicine.
FUKAYAKYU-HO with Felip Caudet
10th & 11th October 2020
Fukaya Style Bamboo Moxibustion (Fukayakyu-ho) is a very particular style of bamboo moxa which enjoys great recognition. Isaburo Fukaya used famous moxibustion points and acheived great effect with very few points. His work was based on Hangdog Mingtang Jiujing (Yellow Emperors Bright Hall Moxibustion Classic) written by Dou Guifang in 1311. He also applied his knowledge of Western medicine. He said that “Moxibustion doesn’t work, you make it work. Use special points to draw out the effect.”
Fukaya sensei developed his bamboo tool to reduce the perception of heat during treatment. He devised two tubes - a shorter hollow type for light pressure used on the arms and legs, and a longer type for strong pressure which is closed at one end. It is used for the shoulders and back. Moxa cone sizes are very specific with this style and correct timing is esssential to the succesful application of the bamboo tube. Felip is the only westerner authorised to teach Fukayakyu-ho in the world by Shinma sensei (son of Fukaya sensei)
Participants will learn:
Key points of the style
How to roll Fukaya’s size of cones
Fukaya’s tube. Uses and characteristics (diagnosis and treatment)
Fukaya’s 10 rules
How to perform root and branch treatments
Special treatments and Fukaya’s points
Protocol and dosage
Digestive conditions, gynecological and stress related issues
Felip is principal and main teacher of the Japanese Moxibustion School in Barcelona. As a physical therapist, his speciality is postural balancing and Japanese moxibustion. Felip studied with Fukushima sensei and Shinma sensei in the traditional way in Japan. He is President of the European Fukayakyu Society. He has developed a unique approach to Postural Balancing with Japanese moxibustion known as Kinseikyu. Felip has published "The Heat that Heals" (techniques of direct moxibustion, specifically Fukaya style), "Moxibustion at the End of the Rope" (techniques of Josetsu-ho (search for points for the moxa with the string bent) and "The Treasure points of the Fukaya Moxibustion.
ONTAKE WARM BAMBOO with Oran Kivity
14th & 15th of November 2020
This innovative technique uses a piece of bamboo filled with moxa wool to roll, tap and press on the acupuncture meridians using a metronome programmed to each meridian’s frequency (based on research by world renowned Japanese teacher Dr Yoshio Manaka). The rhythmic application of heat, frequency and pressure triggers rapid shifts in your patients’ body condition and mood. The method can be integrated into any meridian based practice, whatever your style of acupuncture or body work may be.
Participants will learn:
How to systematically palpate the channels and note significant reactions
Load bamboo with moxa and light it safely
Perform tapping, touching and closing, rolling, standing, rocking, pressing, leaning, vibrating and knocking techniques with heated bamboo
List and apply the frequencies for each meridian
Apply a whole body warm bamboo treatment to strengthen the root
Describe Japanese acupuncture concepts of dosage and how to recognise sensitive patients
Remedy overtreatment using Ontake
Treat pain: select treatment channels according to the Ontake matrix and different holographic images of the body on the arms and legs
Apply warm bamboo to treat a broad range of conditions including headache, neck pain, back pain, knee pain, constipation, diarrhoea, stress, depression and anxiety
Oran Kivity is a veteran acupuncturist and international trainer from the UK, in practice since 1987. The founder of Sayoshi.com, the online directory of Japanese acupuncture, he has dedicated countless hours of clinical observation and study to integrate the knowledge of contemporary Japanese masters. He is the author of Moxa in Motion with the Ontake Method, a step-by-step guide to these dynamic new Ontake moxibustion techniques that will have you reaching for your moxa as routinely as you do for your pins.
Course fees: Early bird payment for all three workshops: £825 before July 31st 2020, £885 thereafter.
Individual workshops: £295 Earlybird or £315 thereafter.
Prerequisites: Any ‘style’ of acupuncture knowledge. No knowledge of moxa necessary.
Time schedule: Saturday: 10.00 – 18.00 hrs. Sunday: 9.00 – 17.00 hrs.
Location: City College of Acupuncture, University House, 55 East Rd, London N1 6AH