Workshops, seminars and short courses

Introduction to the Kiiko Matsumoto Style of Japanese Acupuncture 

50 hours of Theory & 50 hours of Clinic
Based on the Nagano Style of Japanese Acupuncture

Wonder what makes our Japanese Acupuncture course so unique?

In addition to offering 50 hours of theory in Japanese Acupuncture, students will also receive 50 hours of hands on clinical training treating patients independently, coming up with their own diagnosis and doing all their own needling. This experience and opportunity is vital in truly understanding the intricacy of the art of Japanese Acupuncture.

Japanese acupuncture refers to several acupuncture styles which have been developed or cultivated in Japan. Kiiko Style Acupuncture is one of these styles. It is based on the work of many Japanese masters including Master Kiyoshi Nagano.

     Tak Tsurusaki, GP-R.Ac

         Pavel Rankin, Hon. B.A.    

About the instructors:

Tak Tsurusaki, GP-R.Ac
Tak has been working along side Master Kiiko Matsumoto for over 20 years and has been instructing new Japanese acupuncturists for over 15 years at The Shiatsu School of Canada.

Through his apprentiship and long term work with Kiiko Matsumoto, Tak Tsurusaki  has become recognized as a leader in the field of 'Nagano style' Japanese acupuncture.

Kiiko Matsumoto and Tak continue to develop this specific form of Japanese acupuncture through their scholarly and clinical work, bringing the 'Nagano style' of Japanese acupuncture to practicing acupuncturists all over the world.

Pavel Rankin, Hon. B.A.
After graduating from U of T (with majors in History and Linguistics), Pavel travelled to Japan where he lived and worked for two years.  He graduated with a diploma of Acupuncture (2400 hours) at the Institute of Traditional Medicine.  He has also been apprenticing with Takamasa Tsurusaki, a master of Japanese style Acupuncture, since 2011.

Pavel specialises in Kiiko Style Acupuncture (one of several Japanese styles), noted for its gentle, palpation-based approach and the use of moxa.  His solid grasp of Japanese language has enabled him to translate medical documents as well as attend and assist at Acupuncture seminars in Japan, including ones with Kiiko Matsumoto and Tsuyoshi Shimamura.

A practitioner of martial arts since childhood (including Aikido, Iaido, Karate and Western Boxing), Pavel has been an instructor of Kenjutsu (traditional Japanese swordsmanship) since 2010. 

Approach to treatment:
The goal of each treatment is to achieve the best results with the fewest needles. The result is a virtually painless treatment and the highest level of comfort - even for patients who are afraid of needles.

A complete treatment that addresses both the
"root" and "branch". This means that we treat both the symptoms a patient describes and the cause of those symptoms. (To simplify this idea, imagine the following: you notice that the branches of your lemon tree are dry. To solve this problem, you would not water the leaves, you would instead add water to the root of the dry tree.)

Diagnostic tools:
Japanese acupuncture relies heavily on point, channel and structural palpation.

At the Shiatsu School of Canada and SSC Acupuncture Institute, we use the Kiiko Matsumoto Style of acupuncture in which careful palpation of the abdomen (hara), muscle structures and reflex points in conjunction with the cross checking method are used to diagnose and guide the treatment. This method allows both the patient and the practitioner to monitor the progress of each treatment right away. When a correct set of acupuncture points are chosen, the patient feels a change in the palpated structures immediately.

Treatment tools:
In a Japanese acupuncture treatment, very thin needles and Moxa are used to stimulate points.

Course Description:
This introductory course covers a broad range of treatment techniques from Japan, including abdominal (hara) palpation and diagnosis, subtle needling techniques and moxibustion and paste techniques.

Theory will be taught by Pavel Rankin and the clinic portion will be taught and supervised by Tak Tsurusaki.

For Non SSC Acupuncture Institute Graduates:
Students who wish to register for this post graduate course can do so by submitting a completed application form (please ignore any reference to submitting a medical form and transcript) as well as a $25.00 application fee. All students must be registered with the CTCMPAO.

Please call (416) 323-1818 ex.22 for further information.


Course Details:

September 21 - December 14, 2015 (Theory)
January 4 - April 4, 2016 (Clinic)

Mondays from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tuition Details
(monthly: $125 / month from August 15, 2015 - March 15, 2016)

Registration: Please call the Admissions Department at 416-323-1818 ex. 22 or toll free at 1-800-263-1703 ex. 22 for further information, to register for this course or wish to discuss various payment plan options.  Minimum enrolment is required to run this course.
(Applications are currently being accepted, apply early to guarantee your seat in this class)