Shakuju Therapy (SJT) is a dynamic and elegant method of acupuncture treatment developed by Dr. Shoji Kobayashi of Japan.
This distinctive style is noted for many benefits, such as:
- A painless acupuncture experience. Even very sensitive and needle-phobic people can take advantage of the benefits of acupuncture treatment.
- Providing a very gentle treatment. It is ideal for a wide range of patients, such as elderly, very young, and those in a sick and weakened condition.
- Ability to treat difficult cases. Because it treats the body on a more fundamental level, it corrects deep imbalances. It can treat issues that have not previously responded to acupuncture therapy.
- Immediate results. Patients commonly notice marked improvement after their first treatment, including reduced pain, improved organ function, balanced nervous system, increased vitality and resistance to disease, and overall well-being.
Shakuju Therapy works to balance the entire body.
Patients notice both their tension releasing and their pain disappearing during a treatment. This relaxation, of both body and mind, is invaluable. It is in this state of deep relaxation where healing really occurs – all of your body tissues and organs are regenerating and repairing.
The licensed practitioner of Shakuju Therapy facilitates this healing experience by being present and gently guiding the treatment the entire time, not leaving the room as is customary with other types of acupuncture.
In Shakuju Therapy, a specially-designed silver needle with a blunt, rounded point makes contact with the body, making for a very pleasant and painless acupuncture experience. This needle is not inserted. Different reference areas are then checked periodically to monitor the patient’s response and efficacy of treatment administered.
This approach is based on the principle that all disease is caused by Fundamental Cold, or “chilliness”, which results from many factors: congenital, injury and physical trauma (including surgery), emotional states, lifestyle choices, and even climate. This Fundamental Cold is the body’s diminished ability to function properly. The aim of treatment is to warm the body to eradicate the cold (the primary cause of disease) and restore proper function.
Emphasis is placed on evaluating the condition of the abdomen.
This is the center of the human body, the center of gravity, where human beings received their first nourishment. Finding tight or painful areas here (the shaku and ju that give this therapy its name) is of primary diagnostic importance. Treatment is performed on the back to elicit change in these areas. Reduction or elimination of the abdominal findings confirms the fundamental cold has been warmed, and the entire body has been positively affected.
More information can be found at the Shakuju Association website.
The goal of Shakuju Therapy is not just to relieve suffering, but to do this and prevent its relapse – to empower our own vitality and resiliency to keep us at our healthiest so we can live happy, healthy lives in accordance with our full potential.