Shonishin: Japanese "Non-Insertive" Pediatric Acupuncture (ACUP - 17SHON10)

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October 14th, 2017 9:00 AM   through   October 15th, 2017 5:00 PM
14500 Juanita Drive N.E.
Bastyr University
Kenmore, WA 98028-4966

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Phone: 425-602-3152
Professional $ 375.00
Bastyr/NIAOM Alumni $ 325.00
Full-time student $ 275.00
Retake $ 160.00
Campus Kenmore Campus
Audience full time AOM students with at least one year clinical experience, acupuncturists & medical doctors with acupuncture training; parents of patient volunteers may attend but need to make arrangement with the instructor
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Shonishin is a unique, non-invasive and gentle pediatric style of acupuncture that developed over 250 years ago in Japan. Safe, quick, and easy to perform, these modified Japanese acupuncture methods involve the application of light touch diagnosis and non-insertive techniques such as rhythmic stroking, pressing, scratching and tapping methods (as well as contact needle acupuncture) in simple treatment patterns. This is a two day course. First day is learning technique, second day is practice and setting skill. DATE: Saturday October 14 & Sunday Oct. 15, 2017 COURSE TIME: Saturday from 9 a.m. -5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Instructor: Brenda Loew, MAc, EAMP. 12 CEUs.

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.

*Enroll by October 1, 2017 for the early rate*

Eligible for 12 CEUs, PDAs, CEUs and/or CEs for the following professions:

  • LAc - NCCAOM PDAs: 701-325
  • LAc (licensed in CA through the CA Acupuncture Board) Category 1; CEP 453

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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

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 or at