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A More Gentle Approach

Japanese style needling tends to use thinner needles and needling tools. Emphasis is placed on observation of the patient’s skin, gentle palpation along channels and pulse diagnosis to guide the treatment. Needles are typically not left in place, are inserted superficially and often non-insertive needle techniques can be used.  De Qi sensation is not elicited in meridian therapy. Japanese acupuncture is beneficial for all types of patients but is especially suited for children and for individuals who are sensitive to standard acupuncture techniques.


Translates as ‘Far-East Needling” and is a modern form of Japanese meridian therapy originally founded by blind practitioners. Toyohari practitioners have received certification training from the Toyohari Association, which is a worldwide organization. Gold, silver and stainless steel needles and needling tools are used and are generally not inserted, rather placed or pushed onto the skin. This style of acupuncture requires a more delicate and gentle palpation technique along the skin to detect any imbalances that are manifesting on the surface of the arms, legs, neck, abdomen and back. Increased sensitivity and awareness of the patient’s Qi is cultivated with this style of acupuncture. Pulses are checked frequently to monitor subtle internal shifts ensuring the patient is responding well throughout the session. Toyohari treatments focus on supporting what is deficient and then allowing the body to return to a state of balance on its own.

Koshi Balancing

A form of orthopedic therapy, most often utilized for musculoskeletal complaints. Koshi is a Japanese term that refers to our key area of strength and movement, the buttocks, thighs, pelvis and lumbar-sacral region. Koshi-balancing focuses on releasing restrictions in these areas, primarily within the connective tissue (aka fascia) and if necessary the muscles, tendons and ligaments. The treatment combines structural assessment, Japanese-style acupuncture and movement therapy (So Tai Ho). Most patients report immediate shifts in structural alignment and posture, leading to reduced pain and improved function.

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