What is Japanese Acupuncture ?

Meridian Palpation and Massage: 

Many people do not know there is a distinction between Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture.  Both systems use the same theories, meridians and acupuncture points.  

In Japanese acupuncture, each Point is “greeted” with a welcoming massage to prepare the patient for the needle insertion.  No surprises about where the next needle will be! Often when the patient feels pain or is concerned about a symptom they focus primarily on that problem.  The practitioner can offer useful information, educating the patient about where the problem may have originated and how to prevent it from recurring.  Massage and Palpation help relax the patient and provide the practitioner with valuable diagnostic information.

Needles are generally placed in the front or yin part of the body to activate the parasympathetic nervous system—the rest, relax and restore branch of the nervous system—you may feel your stomach gurgling, respiration and heart rate slowing, you become quiet, your eyes close and you may become sleepy. These signs indicate activation of the relaxation response suggesting your body is receptive to the treatment.

Needles placed in the back of the body help relieve stress and tension in the larger muscles of the legs, hips, back and neck as well as restore overall physiological balance.

There are many correlations between body parts, symptoms and where a practitioner might needle. As your session progresses I am happy to explain why I use certain points and how these relate to your condition—please ask!


Fine-gauge needles and shallow needle insertion.

Japanese needles are generally so thin they must be inserted with a guide tube to prevent bending.  


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Japanese needles are often much thinner than their Chinese counterpart. They are placed just beneath the layer of the skin in the FASCIA—an area of active cellular communication sending a stimulus to the physiological systems.