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Japanese Toyohari Acupuncture

Acupuncture has evolved and developed in many different historical and cultural contexts since it originated in ancient China. There are many different styles of acupuncture used today. The most common and widely known is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

The word "Toyohari" literally translates as "East Asian Needle Therapy". There are some obvious differences between Toyohari and other styles of acupuncture practice. Toyohari uses very gentle needling techniques with thin gauge needles and shallow insertion or non-insertion methods. Clients receiving treatment are most likely to notice that the Toyohari approach is gentle and the practitioner's touch and needling techniques feels light and less invasive. The ability to influence the flow of the energy using such subtle techniques is specifically characteristic to Toyohari.

Toyohari was founded by blind practitioners in Japan, evolving out of earlier developement in meridian therapy. Today it includes both blind and sighted practitioners. For the past four hundred years, visually-impaired practitioners have played a major part in the more recent development of acupuncture in Japan. Because of this, there is a strong emphasis on palpation and feeling the quality of the energy that flows through the meridian system as well as a continuing refinement of extremely delicate techniques.

The Toyohari Acupuncture Association in Japan ensures that Toyohari Acupuncture is a living tradition where diagnostic and treatment techniques are continuously being re-examined and evaluated in the context of the twenty-first century and its rapidly changing life-style. 

Toyohari Acupuncture is offered as a post-graduate training program in Japan, North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The curriculum is highly organized with an emphasis on hands-on clinical training and uses the Kozato method for study practice involving feedback to enhance skills.



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