Japanese acupuncture is one of the gentlest forms of acupuncture because it uses the thinnest gauge needles with subtle manipulation. The Japanese style is based on the work of Kiiko Matsumoto.
Palpating the abdomen (or 'Hara' diagnosis) is the main form of diagnosis in Japanese Acupuncture. This works especially well for digestive disorders and fertility issues. This form of acupuncture clears areas of stagnation, builds areas that are weak, gives an overall sense of well-being, and most importantly, empowers you by bringing a “felt sense” of awareness to your own body-mind-spirit.
Dr. Tan's Balance Method
This Method of Acupuncture focuses on where the pain or discomfort is, and the acupuncture channels that run through it. It does not relay on the knowledge of syndromes. The underlying theory emerges from the study of the I Ching, the Ancient Book of Change.
Auricular acupuncture, also known as “ear acupuncture,” is an ancient practice. The ear is seen as a microcosm of the body. The shape of the ear is likened to a curled up human image, and the acu-points align accordingly. Much like the feet in reflexology, different parts of the ear relate to different parts of the body. Auricular acupuncture is most commonly known for treatment of addictions and weight loss, but recently has been widely used to treat PTSD. Using auricular acu-points, pain can be treated in various parts of the body to relieve symptoms of many illnesses, and to calm anxiety and stress.
The World Health Organization recognizes over 43 common conditions that Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has success in treating:
Headaches / Migraines
Facial Pain (TMJ. / Bell’s Palsy)
Upper Back Pain
Lower Back Pain (Sciatica / Piriformis syndrome)
Lower Extremity Pain
Repetitive Strain Injury
Tennis Elbow / Carpal Tunnel
Constipation / Diarrhea
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Amenorrhea (lack of menses) Dysmenorrhea (painful menses)
Infertility Postpartum Depression Irregular Menses Menopausal Symptoms
Allergies Sinusitis / Rhinitis
Anxiety / Stress / Depression
Weight Loss High / Low Blood Pressure
Shiatsu is a form of therapeutic bodywork from Japan. It uses kneading, pressing, soothing, tapping, and stretching techniques and is performed without oils through light, comfortable clothing.
"Shiatsu" translates as "finger pressure." There are different styles of Shiatsu, all of which have roots in one of three systems that developed in Japan in the early 1900s as a result of a resurgence of Japan's traditional medical therapies, including acupuncture and anma massage. Shiatsu developed at this time from the integration of traditional Japanese manual therapies with modern western medical knowledge.
In the U.S., Shiatsu is one of the main therapies within the larger profession of Asian Bodywork Therapy.
Gua Sha is a healing technique that involves rubbing the skin with a dull edge to eliminate toxic residue from the underlying tissue that has built up through repetitive chronic inflammation. This cutaneous palpation creates a comfortable sensation and is used for chronic chest congestion and for breaking up old scar tissue caused by injury or general wear and tear.
Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices that are placed on the skin. The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage - rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation. Once suctioned, the cups are generally left in place for about ten minutes while the patient relaxes.
Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can also be used alone. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system . Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines and rheumatism and is an excellent modality for lung congestion – especially bronchitis and asthma.
Lisa Noto M.S. L.Ac I
have been practicing Eastern medicine for more than 24 years. My first encounter with Eastern modalities came with the birth of my daughter 25 years ago. About two weeks after her birth, I began to experience postpartum depression. I went to my doctor and all that was offered were antidepressant medicine. I was never a person to take drugs, so I searched for an alternative cure. I was introduced to Shiatsu (Japanese Acupuncture) by a friend. After my first treatment, I felt like someone “turned the light back on” in my body and my brain. I continued treatment and kept getting more energy and feeling like I was 16 again. I knew more people needed to experience this work and to be educated in alternative therapies in order to regain health.
I became a certified Ohashi Shiatsu practitioner, Master Reiki and Thai massage therapist and opened a practice in Pennsylvania in 1994. I was surprised to see how many other people were searching for holistic ways to heal.
From 2000 to 2003, I studied Acupuncture at Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City. I hold a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture, accredited by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and licensed by the North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board.
I have had the pleasure of studying with many notable acupuncture teachers such as:
Japanese Meridian Acupuncture with Kiiko Matsumoto.
Balance Method with Dr. Richard Tan.
Trigger Point Release with Dr. Mark Seem
Tuina with Jeffrey Yuen.
Cosmetic Acupuncture with Martha Lucas, Mary Elizabeth Wakefield and Michelle Gellis.
I am also interested in teaching the importance of Food as our Medicine.
I am certified in Mei Zen Facial Rejuvenation, using acupuncture and acupuressure to revitalize the skin of the face and neck.
I am proud and humbled to be a part of this wonderful healing medicine that brings natural relief and vibrant health to the masses.