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MANAKA MADE SIMPLE (dates to be confirmed)


Overwhelmed by Chasing the Dragon’s Tail? Curious about Japanese Acupuncture and Moxibustion? This transformative workshop will simplify your learning and train you to start using this unique healing system for yourself in just three days.


Yoshio Manaka was a poet, artist, scholar, physician and healer. He lived for and was inspired by ideas and invention. At the pinnacle of his life, he reached a level of healing skill that made him renowned in Japan and overseas.

 Japanese acupuncture is different to Chinese acupuncture in many ways. Based on the idea of “maximum benefit with minimum intervention”, it uses very light needling and moxibustion techniques as well as a variety of polarity devices to enhance channel flow. This makes it very comfortable for patients to receive.

This three-day workshop will give you a working knowledge of Dr Manaka’s comprehensive system of diagnosis and treatment: a structured approach to address the root, the branch and the overall structure of the body. The course will focus on Dr. Manaka’s insights into the channel system and the dynamic interactions between channels, points, the abdomen and other reflex areas. The system is not mysterious. It is based on tests and observations you can repeat and confirm for yourself. Palpation, especially abdominal palpation, is all-important to check and recheck the effectiveness of each technique.

This is a practical workshop with an emphasis on practice.  By the end of the three days, you will be able to treat patients with all four steps of Manaka’s system. This introduction to Manaka’s approach is a gateway to a deeper understanding of acupuncture, moxibustion and palpation, bringing you to new levels of clinical effectiveness and confidence.

The course will be taught in English with translation into Portuguese and will focus on both the theory and practice of the following:

  • Manaka’s octahedral theory of the eight extraordinary vessels
  • Use of the eight extraordinary vessels with ion pumping cords
  • Palpation skills, diagnosing from the abdomen and channels
  • Japanese moxibustion skills, including warm needle and rice grain moxa techniques
  • Manaka’s isophasal treatments using holographic systems of the ear and hand
  • Japanese superficial needling, correct insertion with a guide tube
  • Sotai stretches and channel release exercises for musculoskeletal disorders & structural adjustment

By the end of these three days,  you will be able to treat your patients with this system. Levels 2 and 3 are optional courses that may be taken later to deepen your understanding of Manaka’s system for treating the root. They include many other Japanese methods for treating the branch, including Dr Manaka’s wooden hammer and needle, clinical applications of the 24-hour, 10-day and 60-day cycles, and specialised Japanese applications of moxibustion, cupping and bloodletting.

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Jun 10 - 12 2022


All Day



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