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Japanese acupuncture is founded on traditional theories of Oriental medicine originating from China. A versatile range of treatment approaches have been developed that are gentle, dynamic and effective.

There are a number of key characteristics that are specific to Japanese acupuncture.

  • Japanese acupuncture is very gentle. Needles are superfine and usually inserted very shallowly beneath the skin or in some cases, not inserted at all, so treatment is well tolerated even by those people who might be anxious about receiving acupuncture.
  • A hands-on approach to diagnosis involves gentle abdominal and channel palpation, along with examination of the pulse. Positive changes can be felt through these feedback mechanisms and improvement to symptoms experienced during the treatment.
  • Japanese acupuncture always addresses the root imbalance that is seen as the cause of the presenting condition. A number of systems are used, that allows for a diverse range of approaches tailored to the needs of each individual patient.
  • To effectively target symptoms through branch treatment, an extensive repertoire of treatment strategies includes moxa techniques, cupping, tuina massage, auricular acupuncture, structural adjustment and channel stretching exercises.

Dr Manaka’s yin yang balancing system

Dr Manaka’s comprehensive and structured approach applies fundamental principles of yin and yang to the treatment process. It is a four step protocol which treats both the root (underlying imbalance) and branch (presenting conditions).

Using this approach, tension in the abdomen & back are released, enabling the body to return to a more harmonious state of balance and wellbeing. This dynamic approach, with its many feedback systems, means that both the practitioner and the person receiving treatment, can experience immediate changes.

Meridian Therapy

Meridian therapy (also known as ‘keiraku chiryo’ in Japanese) was developed in Japan in the 1930s as a movement to preserve traditional principles within the acupuncture profession.  Meridian therapy is based on the classical texts of Chinese medicine dating back 2500 years, with its emphasis on the meridian system that connects not only the musculoskeletal structure but also the internal organs.  The theory of the five elements and phases explains the dynamic inter-relationship of the meridians and their associated internal organs and aims to improve the circulation of ‘Qi’ (vital energy) to bring the body back into balance, on both a physical and emotional level.

Toyohari Meridian Therapy

Toyohari is a form of meridian therapy that was developed by a group of blind practitioners in Japan. It is one of the leading associations of Meridian Therapy in Japan. This association now has extensive branches in Europe, the US and Australasia. It involves a unique style of needling using very fine silver needles and non-insertive needle techniques that influence the flow of the ‘Qi’ in the meridian system.