Parents, children and practitioners like Shonishin because it is not painful and is thus not scary to the child. Shonishin effectively treats numerous conditions common in childhood and fortifies a child’s vital energy, thereby helping strengthen their constitution and maintain health. It has a wide application and is easily adapted to the clinical practice of the individual acupuncturist. Modified forms of it can also be taught to parents for home therapy to augment the treatment process. This workshop is designed for both novice and experienced practitioners; no experience in Traditional Japanese Medicine is necessary. The focus throughout this workshop will be on practical skill development and you will learn new skills that can be immediately applied in your clinical practice.
We begin with an overview of the history and development of Shonishin in Japan. Diagnostic assessment and treatment strategies will be covered and ample time to practice techniques with various tools will be provided. The most common pediatric conditions will be discussed (i.e.. respiratory diseases, gastrointestinal disorders, nervous system disorders, ADHA, ear infections, and sleep disturbances).Demonstration of learned techniques will occur via clinical theatre, and ample time will be provided for questions and answers.
Day two will focus on deepening hands-on skills. Participants will have the option of bringing their patients in for supervised treatment.
Eligible for 12 CEUs, PDAs, CEUs and/or CEs for the following professions:
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Course Notes: If participants have Yoneyama zanshins, teishins or enshins, kindly bring them. Wear clothes that allow easy access to abdomen, legs & arms. If you have a child (or have a client with a child) that you would like to receive a demonstration treatment, please contact Bastyr via email firstname.lastname@example.org
This style of pediatric acupuncture can be used by any acupuncturist regardless of style of practice. A Shonishin kit is helpful but not required. Brenda will have tools available for you to try.
The optional book, Shonishin: Japanese Pediatric Acupuncture (DVD included), by Stephen Birch, is available in the Bastyr Bookstore. Call ahead for availability: 425-602-3026.
Location: Bastyr University Kenmore Campus, room 133. Bastyr University is housed in an older facility with fluctuating interior temperatures; it is advisable to wear layers. Also, Bastyr is a “fragrance-free” campus.
Meals: One hour lunch break – Bring a sack lunch or eat in Bastyr’s dining commons. Dining commons closes at 2:00 p.m. on weekends.
Brenda Loew, MAc, EAMP has a family practice in Seattle specializing in Japanese-style acupuncture (particularly Toyohari Meridian Therapy, Shonishin Pediatric Therapy and Manaka Yin-Yang Channel Balancing Therapy). She has travelled to Japan regularly since 1996 for continued studies with senior Japanese Toyohari teachers and completed the first Advanced Toyohari training offered outside of Japan (in Amsterdam). She has been an authorized instructor in the Toyohari Association since 1998.
Brenda was on the faculty of the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NIAOM) from 1994-2002, currently is clinical adjunct faculty at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, and adjunct faculty at Middle Way Acupuncture Institute in Mt. Vernon, Wu Hsing Tao School in Seattle and Pacific Rim College in Victoria, B.C. She has also served on the Continuing Education faculty for Bastyr University, Cercle des Arts Thérapeutiques in Montreal, and the Institute for Traditional Medicine in Toronto, Canada, and she teaches Toyohari Meridian Therapy and Shonishin around North America. She is the former President of the Toyohari Association of North America (TANA) from 1998 to 2012 and is a co-founding member of the Japanese Acupuncture Institute, LLC which offers a Certificate in Japanese Acupuncture. Her publication Layperson’s Guide to Japanese Pediatric Acupuncture (Shonishin) will be published soon. She can be reached at email@example.com or at www.japaneseacupuncture.org