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Introduction to the Kiiko Matsumoto Style of Japanese Acupuncture (100 hours)
Based on the Nagano Style 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.

About the instructor:

Tak Tsurusaki, 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.

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'I feel that we benefit from learning this style of acupuncture because we can
instantly know whether our clients are responding to our treatment methods because of this specific style of acupuncture and approach to treatment'
                                                                    David Douville, Cert.S.T., Dipl.A.C.

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.

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 along with transcripts detailing their level of completing acupuncture training. All students must have at least the following:

  • a minimum of 1600 hours of previously completed Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) training which should include a completed course in Clean Needle Technique.

Each applicant will be screened for suitability. Please call (416) 323-1818 ex.25 for further information.

Course Details:

Dates:
September 15, 2014 - April 27, 2015

Mondays from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
(no class on October 13, December 22 & 29, February 16) 

Tuition Details:
$1500 (+hst) for non SSC grads
(monthly: $166.66 + hst/month)

$1000 (+hst) for SSC grads
(monthly: $111.11 + hst /month)

Registration: Please call the Admissions Department at 416-323-1818 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 enrollment is required to run this course.

(Applications are currently being accepted, apply early to guarantee your seat in this class.)